Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 355 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Dec-2004
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Study: Fall-related injuries during the holiday season, United States, 2000-2003
The holiday season, 1 November to 31 January, can bring with it an increased risk of injuries from falls, as people use ladders, stools and other furniture to hang lights, ornaments and other decorations. About 5,800 people, two to three every hour, were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries sustained while decorating during each of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 holiday seasons. Men were more likely than women to be injured (58% vs. 42%). Holiday fall prevention strategies should focus on raising awareness about seasonal fall hazards, using ladders safely, and using stable step stools rather than furniture when arranging holiday decorations.  more

Early learning leaves lasting changes in brain, Stanford owl study shows
Educational toys can leave a mark on more than just your checkbook - they can also leave a permanent imprint on a child's brain. That's according to a Stanford University School of Medicine study in owls showing that early learning experiences forever change the brain's structure.  more

Small variations in genes can determine risk of developing breast cancer
A woman's risk of developing breast cancer is due in part to a group of very small variations in genes which code for a cell's estrogen receptors, according to a collaborative study by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Celera Diagnostics, SAIC-Frederick Inc., Applied Biosystems, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. more


Information for patients: Neurofibromatosis
The neurofibromatoses are genetic disorders of the nervous system that primarily affect the development and growth of neural (nerve) cell tissues. These disorders cause tumors to grow on nerves and produce other abnormalities such as skin changes and bone deformities. Although many affected persons inherit the disorder, between 30 and 50 percent of new cases arise spontaneously through mutation (change) in an individual's genes.  more

Married adults are the healthiest, new CDC report shows
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that married adults are healthier than divorced, widowed or never married adults.  more

Liver damage from medicines, herbals at center of new study
Our livers take a lot of punishment every day, coping with the fatty foods, alcohol and tobacco we consume, and filtering toxins from our blood. more

Some canned fish safer than others for women in childbearing years
In order to meet public health standards and ensure the safety of infants and developing fetuses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationís Action Level for mercury in commercial fish should be reduced from 1000 parts per billion, according to researchersí study of canned fish published in this monthís issue of Journal of Food Science. more

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