Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 238 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Aug-2004
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Regular physical activity boosts immune system in older men
Itís possible for men over 70 to mount an immune response similar to that produced by much younger men -- if they get regular moderate physical activity of about six hours a week.  more

Bright idea could doom cancer and viruses, say Purdue scientists
Cancer and viruses may someday find themselves blinded by the light of therapies based on recent Purdue University chemistry research.  more

Seniors reduce or discontinue medications when faced with gap in drug coverage, UCLA study shows
Seniors who use up their yearly drug benefits before the end of the year often resort to reducing their recommended dosages, or even stop taking their medications altogether--a situation that could endanger their health, according to a new study co-authored by a UCLA researcher. more


Pain common side effect of depression
Patients with depression frequently talk to their physicians about symptoms such as headache, back or muscle pain, stomach ache and dizziness instead of symptoms more commonly associated with depression such as fatigue, lack of motivation and moodiness.  more

Psychotherapy by telephone an effective addition to treatment for depression
Integrating psychotherapy by telephone into a program for treating depression can significantly improve outcomes, according to a study in the 25 August issue of JAMA.  more

Higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes
Women who drink higher amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and gaining weight, according to a study in the 25 August issue of JAMA. more

New compounds show promise in fighting malaria and cancer
Using an ancient Chinese folk remedy as a model, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have designed several new compounds that, in early testing, promise to be both safer and more effective in fighting malaria and some forms of cancer than the current "gold standard" drug treatments.  more

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