Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 245 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Sep-2004
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Full-body CT screening increases risk of cancer death
The risk of cancer mortality from a single full-body computed tomography (CT) scan is modest, but not negligible, and the risks resulting from elective annual scans are much higher, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Radiology.  more

Minorities worry public health system won't respond fairly in a bioterrorist event
While nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that the public health system would respond fairly in a bioterrorist event, African-Americans and Asians adhere to this view in smaller proportions, perhaps because of past discriminatory policies put in place by health officials, according to a new UCLA study.  more

Patients with multiple sclerosis may want to take wait-and-see approach to medications
Rather than taking medication to ward off a future potential attack, patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) may want to take a conservative approach and wait watchfully with their doctors for the first few years to see how the disease progresses over time, according to a new Mayo Clinic study published in the August Annals of Neurology. more


MIT team explains yin-yang of ginseng
In work that emphasizes the need for stronger regulations of herbal drugs, an international team of MIT scientists and colleagues has unraveled the yin and the yang of ginseng, or why the popular alternative medicine can have two entirely different, opposing effects on the body.  more

ESC Congress 2004: Cardiologists should care about glucose
NAVIGATOR (Nateglinide and Valsartan in IGT Outcomes Research trial) is a massive global effort involving about 790 investigators in 40 countries. The aim of the NAVIGATOR study was to find out how common diabetes and, more interestingly, other glucose and insulin abnormalities (e.g. pre-diabetes) are in patients with different types of cardiovascular disease (CVD - disease of the heart or arteries) or risk factors for CVD.  more

NIH offers $35,000 in annual student loan repayment
Starting Wednesday, September 1, 2004, the National Institutes of Health will accept applications to its five Loan Repayment Programs. December 15, 2004, is the application deadline. more

Rehabilitation programs improve survival after heart attack by over 50 percent
The study of 1,821 patients from Olmsted County, Minn., who had heart attacks between 1982 and 1998 and survived to go home from the hospital, found that nearly half (48 percent) of the deaths within three years of hospital discharge were attributable to not participating in cardiac rehabilitation. more

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