Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 28 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Jan-2005
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Green tea extract: The new performance drug?
Now that even baseball players may need to seek new, more natural performance aids, will Japanese green tea sets become standard in dugouts and athletic training tables around the world?  more

Longer cardiac rehab programs necessary, says U of T study
Although three months are often prescribed for cardiac rehabilitation, it takes nine months for patients to reach peak improvement, say researchers from the University of Toronto.  more

Calcium may protect women from cancer
A University of Minnesota Cancer Center study found that women consuming more than 800 milligrams of calcium each day reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by as much as 26 to 46 percent. A 26 percent reduction in risk of colorectal cancer occurred regardless of whether the calcium intake was from diet or supplement. Among women who consumed high levels of calcium from both diet and supplements, the risk reduction was almost double that observed for calcium from either source by itself.  more


Passive smoking in childhood may increase risk of lung cancer in later life
Children who are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (passive smoking) are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer as adults, says a paper in this week's BMJ.  more

Mayo Clinic discovers a key to 'low metabolism' and major factor in obesity
Wiggle, walk, tap your toes, shop, dance, clean your basement, play the guitar to boost your NEAT or if you're a scientist, your "non-exercise activity thermogenesis." Mayo Clinic researchers report in today's issue of the journal Science that NEAT -- more powerful than formal exercise -- determines who is lean, and who is obese. Obese persons sit, on average, 150 minutes more each day than their naturally lean counterparts. This means obese people burn 350 fewer calories a day than do lean people.  more

Study shows that diabetes increases risk of blood poisoning
A new study adds potentially fatal blood infections to the list of health risks from diabetes, a condition that is on the rise in the United States as obesity rates climb, according to the 15 February issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. more

Herstatin blocks signaling inside cells that leads to deadly glioblastoma growth
A protein developed by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University blocks the growth of glioblastoma, an aggressive and deadly brain tumor, in laboratory rats, a new study shows. more

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