Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 51 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Feb-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Feb-2004
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Research adds health benefit to tomatoes
Researchers at Oregon State University have created purple-fruited tomatoes that include anthocyanins – the same class of health-promoting pigments in red wine that function as antioxidants and are believed to prevent heart disease.  more

New system helps predict disease spread, aids control efforts
Scientists have developed a new system that uses basic information about the ecology of "vector" borne diseases - malaria, Lyme disease or some of the new emerging diseases such as Avian flu - to mathematically predict how they might change, spread and pose new risks to human health.  more

Protein helps immune system mount 'instant strike' against deadly flu viruses
Researchers at the University of Rochester have identified a protein in the immune system that appears to play a crucial role in protecting against deadly forms of influenza, and may be particularly important in protecting against emerging flu viruses like the avian flu. The researchers believe that a vaccine made with a live but weakened strain of flu virus – such as the inhaled flu vaccine introduced last year – may activate this part of the immune system and offer the best defense against avian flu.  more


New studies are the first to document changes induced by placebo in the brain's pain pathways
Researchers have produced the strongest evidence yet that placebo--or the mere expectation of relief, with no real treatment--causes physical changes in how the brain responds to pain. Their report appears in the Feb. 20 issue of Science.  more

Study provides new insights about brain organization
New evidence in animals suggests that theories about how the brain processes sight, sound and touch may need updating.  more

Information for professionals: Why milk matters -- Questions and answers for professionals
Although the consequences of low calcium consumption may not be visible in childhood, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) recognizes this problem as a serious and growing threat to children and teens later in life. At a time when they require more nutrients to feed their rapidly growing and developing bodies, these children and teens are putting themselves at high risk. Health professionals can help teens improve their nutrition habits; according to a recent survey, doctors, parents, and teachers are their top sources for health and nutrition information.  more

Information for parents: Milk matters for your child's health (PDF)
Because milk and dairy foods have lots of calcium and other nutrients that make bones grow strong and healthy. Children and teenagers especially need the calcium and other bone building materials in milk because their bones are growing more than at any other time in their lives. Studies show that most kids don’t get the calcium they need. In fact, more than half of teenage boys and girls don’t get the recommended amount of calcium. more

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