Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 99 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Apr-2004
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Physicians, nurses and U.S. government release new foodborne illness guide
Americans' vulnerability to foodborne illness has been highlighted by large outbreaks over the last two years. To increase awareness, a new educational guide for health care professionals on how to identify and treat foodborne illnesses, as well as consumer tips for patients, was released yesterday at a news conference in the nation's capital.  more

Study identifies predictors of Alzheimer's disease longevity
It's among the first questions asked after someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease: "What can we expect?" It's a tough question that has been difficult to answer. But a new study suggests that assessing several key clinical aspects of the disease soon after diagnosis could help families and physicians better predict long-term survival in individuals with AD. These insights also could help public health officials refine cost projections and plan services for the growing number of older Americans at risk for the disease. more

Information for patients: Is it possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease?
AD has no known cure, but findings from research supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and others provide tantalizing clues about the origins and development of AD. These findings are leading investigators to wonder whether it might be possible to delay the onset of the disease, slow its progress, or someday, even prevent it altogether.  more


Understanding nutrition labels can lead to healthier eating
The nutrition label on packaged foods provides a lot of helpful information, but consumers don't always understand what it means for them. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using a tool they call "See it, Do it, Teach it" to help people learn how to interpret and calculate nutrition information on food labels and apply the knowledge to their own daily requirements.  more

Post-traumatic stress disorder increases in children with extended ICU stays after cardiac surgery
A study published in the April issue of The Journal of Pediatrics shows that the occurrence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) increases significantly in school-age children who experience extended stays in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) following cardiac surgery. more

Worms rid people of inflammatory bowel disease
Regular doses of worms really do rid people of inflammatory bowel disease. The first trials of the treatment have been a success, and a drinkable concoction containing thousands of pig whipworm eggs could soon be launched in Europe. more

Mind-body connection in placebo surgery trial studied: 12 month quality of life study with Parkinson's patients shows surprising results
Patients with Parkinson's disease who thought they had received a transplant of human neurons into their brains--but who really hadn't--reported an improved quality of life one year later.  more

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