Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 12 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Jan-2005
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Quality of preschooler diets hurt by added sugar
American preschoolers get about 14 to 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day, on average, mostly from fruit-flavored drinks, high-fat desserts and cola-type soft drinks which displace the grain, vegetable, fruit and dairy food groups and lower the quality of their diet, a Penn State study has shown.  more

People with low overall anxiety levels more likely to ignore rectal cancer symptoms
A little anxiety can be a good thing when it comes to cancer symptoms according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. They report that people with low overall anxiety levels were more apt to ignore symptoms of rectal cancer for long periods of time, thereby delaying treatment. In contrast, people with at least moderate levels of anxiety tended to quickly recognize symptoms such as rectal bleeding as a sign of serious illness.  more

Nutrition Reviews: Blood pressure levels drop in response to vegetarian diet
A new scientific review shows that high blood pressure can be reduced with diet changes, especially a vegetarian diet. The new report analyzes the results of published studies and concludes that vegetarian populations have lower rates of hypertension, "the silent killer."  more


Likelihood of a large vCJD epidemic remains small claim researchers
The likelihood of a large number of future cases of vCJD remains small claim researchers from Imperial College London. According to research published today in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team believe there will be around 70 future cases of vCJD arising from the consumption of BSE-infected beef. At most this could rise to a total of around 600 deaths, although the researchers feel this is unlikely.  more

Canadian Food Inspection Agency announces new case of BSE
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on 11 January that Canada’s national surveillance program has detected bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in an Alberta beef cow just under seven years of age. As part of its surveillance program, the CFIA has control of the carcass. No part of the animal has entered the human food or animal feed systems.  more

Children and mobile phones do not mix
Children should use mobile phones only when absolutely necessary because of potential health risks, a leading UK expert is warning. Parents need to work to keep mobile phone use to an absolute minimum. more

National conference to examine effects of dietary supplements in patients taking blood thinning medications
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will convene a conference this week to evaluate the risks of interactions between dietary supplements and prescription blood-thinning medications which are used by four million Americans to ward off heart attack or stroke. Experts from the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration will join academic, patient advocacy and industry representatives to assess current knowledge, identify strategies for clinical guidelines, and determine opportunities for further research. more

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