Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 254 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Sep-2004
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FDA announces qualified health claims for omega-3 fatty acids
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the availability of a qualified health claim for reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) on conventional foods that contain eiscosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids.  more

New research suggests link between maternal diet and childhood leukemia risk
A new study suggests that eating more vegetables, fruit and protein before pregnancy may lower the risk of having a child who develops leukemia, the most common childhood cancer in the United States.  more

Customized program reduces asthma-related illness in inner-city children
A program that reduces allergens and tobacco smoke in the home resulted in fewer asthma-related illnesses in children participating in the intervention than in those who were not, according to a new study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Children taking part in the intervention had 21 fewer days of asthma-related symptoms over the 1-year course of intervention. more


New research shows air pollution can reduce children’s lung function
Children who live in polluted communities are five times more likely to have clinically low lung function — less than 80 percent of the lung function expected for their age. New data from the Children's Health Study suggests that pollutants from vehicle emissions and fossil fuels hinder lung development and limit breathing capacity for a lifetime.  more

First reports of health effects in World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers find high rates of respiratory and mental health problems
Nearly half of more than 1,000 screened rescue and recovery workers and volunteers who responded to the World Trade Center attacks have new and persistent respiratory problems, and more than half have persistent psychological symptoms, according to preliminary data from a medical screening program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City.  more

Oral erythromycin combined with a number of commonly used drugs may increase the risk of sudden cardiac death
Patients who took the antibiotic erythromycin with medications that inhibit CYP3A drug enzymes, such as certain calcium-channel blockers, certain anti-fungal drugs, and some anti-depressants, had a five-times greater risk of sudden death from cardiac causes than patients who did not take the drugs at the same time, according to a new study co-funded by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Food and Drug Administration, and National Institutes of Health.  more

New treatment for fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic, incapacitating musculoskeletal disorder. Nearly six times more common in women than in men, fibromyalgia is marked by widespread body pain and muscle tenderness, often accompanied by headaches, sleep disturbances, and fatigue. While its cause remains a mystery, fibromyalgia has been linked to abnormalities in the brain's neurotransmitters, serotonin and norepinephrine--chemicals key to mood and widely recognized for their role in depression. more

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