Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 307 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Nov-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Nov-2004
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FDA allows qualified health claim to decrease risk of coronary heart disease for olive oil
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the availability of a qualified health claim for monounsaturated fat from olive oil and reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).  more

Smokers with psychiatric disorders including nicotine dependence consume most U.S. cigarettes
Adults with nicotine dependence and/or psychiatric disorders consume 70 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the United States, according to results of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study.  more

NIDA study finds high school program yields health benefits for female athletes
New research that focuses on a health promotion program supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, shows the program decreased the abuse of stimulant medications and other substances believed to enhance body image or performance among female high school athletes, while encouraging healthy behaviors. more


Fat buildup found in hearts of obese or diabetic heart failure patients
Diabetic or obese patients suffering advanced heart failure have higher levels of fat embedded in their hearts and greater molecular evidence of haywire cardiac metabolism, a research team led by cardiologists at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston reports in the November issue of the FASEB Journal.  more

New study lays to rest concerns about virtual colonoscopy as a screening tool
Virtual colonoscopy can effectively detect flat lesions in the colon, a study of more than 1,200 patients shows. The study results lay to rest concerns that virtual colonoscopy should not be used as a screening tool to detect colon cancer because it can't detect these lesions, the study authors say.  more

Optimism associated with lowered risk of dying from heart disease
Patients who described themselves as highly optimistic had lower risks of all-cause death, and lower rates of cardiovascular death than those with high levels of pessimism. more

Molecular clock genes influence metabolism of sugar and dietary fats
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered that components of the internal molecular clock of mammals have an important role in governing the metabolism of sugars and fats within the body. They found in mice that two of the well-studied proteins in the clock control the ability of animals to recover from the fall in blood sugar that occurs in response to insulin.  more

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