Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 17 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Jan-2005
little clear gif used for spacer

Mothers vitamin C intake during pregnancy is associated with wheeze during child's second year
Researchers studying diet during late pregnancy showed that total maternal vitamin C intake was positively associated with wheeze in certain infants who did not have a cold during their second year of life.  more

New combination therapy for asthma provides consistent relief for patients
A successful trial of an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) combined with a long-acting beta2-agonist (budesonide/formoterol) was part of a double-blind, randomized, parallel-group study of 2,760 asthma patients.  more

U.S.-born Mexican Americans have a higher asthma rate
U.S.-born Mexican Americans have a higher prevalence of asthma than do Mexican Americans born in Mexico, according to study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  more


Ensuring food safety in the aftermath of natural disasters
Following natural disasters, such as the recent earthquake and tsunami in South East Asia, food in affected areas may become contaminated and consequently be at risk for outbreaks of foodborne disease, including diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever. Poor sanitation, including lack of safe water and toilet facilities and lack of suitable conditions to prepare food have led to mass outbreaks of foodborne disease.  more

Women still less likely than men to be identified as having heart attack, despite new guidlines
Women are still less likely than men to be correctly identified as having had a heart attack, despite the publication of new guidance designed to lower the index of suspicion, reveals research in Heart.  more

Most childhood cancers "probably" due to prenatal exposure to pollutants
Most childhood cancers are "probably" due to prenatal exposure to industrial and environmental pollutants, most likely to have been inhaled by the mother during pregnancy, suggests research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. more

Authors warn of inaccuracies concerning use of race in health & social science research
New and sophisticated methods for studying the relationship between human genetic differences, the environment, health and behavior, all made possible by the completion of the Human Genome Project, have made traditional race-based measurements of human differences obsolete, according to numerous authors writing in a special issue of the American Psychologist devoted to Genes, Race, and Psychology in the Genome Era. more

little clear gif used for a space