Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 338 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Dec-2004
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Exercise doesn't work for us all
Public health campaigns regularly plug exercise as a sure-fire way to avoid an early grave. But that message may be too simplistic. For an unhappy few, even quite strenuous exercise may have no effect on their fitness or their risk of developing diseases like diabetes.  more

How are we doing? Researchers aim to measure national well being
A new research tool developed by an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and economists could help social scientists more accurately evaluate how well individuals and society are faring. The method offers a new way to characterize the daily life experience of individuals, aimed at providing a measure that could be used in assessing social interventions, including clinical trials.  more

Why 42 percent of clinic appointments are no-shows: An issue of respect
Interviews with patients revealed three reasons why 42 percent of appointments are no-shows: 1) patients feel anxiety or fear about the cause of the symptoms and anticipated diagnostic tests, 2) they feel disrespected by the health care system, and 3) they do not understand the scheduling system.  more


UT Southwestern researchers trace how virus that causes AIDS spreads following oral exposure
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have utilized an animal model to trace how the virus that causes AIDS in humans may enter and spread throughout the body following an oral exposure.  more

VGTI researchers help uncover why aging reduces immune system function
Scientists at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have made a discovery that helps explain why our immune system worsens with age. The scientists hope this new information can be used to better protect the elderly from infectious diseases by finding ways to slow or stop the degradation of the immune system. more

As seen on TV: "Hot tub rash" Ė Pseudomonas dermatitis
As seen on the television show "Medical Investigation" for 19 November 2004, hot tub rash or dermatitis is an infection of the skin. The skin may become itchy and progress to a bumpy red rash that may become tender. There may also be pus-filled blisters that are usually found surrounding hair follicles.  more

Almost half of Americans use at least one prescription drug annual report on Nationís health shows
The Nationís medicine cabinets are more crowded than ever, with almost half of all people taking at least one prescription medicine and one in six taking three or more medications, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesí annual check-up on Americansí health. more

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