Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 266 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Sep-2004
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Acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting, pain after major breast surgery
In the first such clinical trial of its kind, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that acupuncture is more effective at reducing nausea and vomiting after major breast surgery than the leading medication.  more

Walking associated with improved mental function among elderly men and women
Older men who walked the least in a comparison group had nearly twice the risk for dementia compared to men who walked the most, according to a study in the 22/29 September issue of JAMA. Women aged 70 years and older who participated in higher levels of physical activity scored better on cognitive performance tests and showed less cognitive decline than women who were less active, according to an article in the same issue.  more

UIC unveils world's most powerful MRI for decoding the human brain
The University of Illinois at Chicago unveiled today the world's most powerful magnetic resonance imaging machine for human studies, capable of imaging not just the anatomy but metabolism within the brain. more


Anger, hostility and depressive symptoms linked to high C-reactive protein levels
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have discovered that otherwise healthy people who are prone to anger, hostility and mild to moderate depressive symptoms produce higher levels of a substance that promotes cardiovascular disease and stroke.  more

Information for patients: Making an informed decision about breast implants
Despite more than a decade of controversy over their safety, breast implants are more popular than ever among women who want to build upon what nature gave them or who want to restore what disease has taken away. Whatever the reason, opting for breast implants is a personal decision that should be made only after a woman fully understands and accepts the potential risks of the devices and the importance of follow-up evaluations with her physician.  more

Information for patients: Different trials, different results and how to explain them
News reports about medical studies can get confusing. Have you ever thought that something was supposed to be good for your health, but then suddenly heard it was bad for you? How in the world can medical studies come to such different conclusions about the same thing? more

Mediterranean diet and healthy lifestyle associated with significant reduction in death rate
Individuals 70 to 90 years old who adhered to a Mediterranean-type diet and several healthy lifestyle habits had a more than 50 percent lower death rate than those who did not, according to a study in the 22/29 September issue of JAMA. more

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