Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 13 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jan-2005
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New Dietary Guidelines for Americans released
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, the federal government's science-based advice to promote health and reduce risk of chronic diseases through nutrition and physical activity.  more

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 (PDF 3.6 MB)
Dietary Guidelines for Americans is published jointly every 5 years by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.  more

Consumer brochure: Finding your way to a healthier you: Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (PDF 255 KB)
The food and physical activity choices you make every day affect your health—how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. The science-based advice of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans,2005 in this booklet highlights how to: • Make smart choices from every food group.• Find your balance between food and physical activity. • Get the most nutrition out of your calories.  more


Institute of Medicine Report on the use of CAM in the U.S.
On 12 January 2005, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies released a report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the U.S. The report looks at what patients and health care providers need to know about both conventional treatments and complementary and alternative therapies to make the best decisions about their use. The report examines issues of safety, effectiveness, and regulatory oversight, as well as the impact of new therapies on the evolution of health care.  more

Marijuana associated with same respiratory symptoms as tobacco
Smoking marijuana is associated with increased risk of many of the same symptoms as smoking cigarettes--chronic bronchitis, coughing on most days, phlegm production, shortness of breath, and wheezing, according to a Yale study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  more

Vitamin A warning: Limit liver, watch other sources of vitamin A
The UK Food Standards Agency is warning consumers to limit eating liver to once a week and be careful about other sources of vitamin A. Too much vitamin A is toxic and increases the risk of bone fractures. Combining supplements with vitamin A-rich foods such as liver is risky. more

Sleep-deprived medical interns double their risk of car crashes
First-year doctors in training, or medical interns, who work shifts of longer than 24 hours are more than twice as likely to have a car crash leaving the hospital and five times as likely to have a "near miss" incident on the road as medical interns who work shorter shifts. more

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