Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 5 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Jan-2005
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Nighttime splinting reduces pain, discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome
A new study appearing in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation demonstrates that nocturnal splinting by patients with carpal tunnel syndrome helps relieve the pain and discomfort of the condition.  more

Health benefits of chamomile tea are real; Benefits continue after tea cup is drained
English scientists have found new evidence that chamomile tea may actually help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds, stress, and menstrual cramps.  more

Gene that codes for progesterone receptor influences ovarian cancer risk
Carrying one of two variations in the gene that codes for the progesterone receptor significantly increases a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, according to a team of researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.  more


JAMA: Access to emergency contraception does not increase unprotected intercourse
According to a study in the 5 January issue of JAMA, wider access to emergency contraception does not lead to an increase in unprotected intercourse, decrease the use of regular contraception, or lead to more cases of sexually transmitted infections.  more

Stick-to-it: Diet adherance, not type of diet, key to losing weight
Your mother may have called it "stick-to-it-iveness," but researchers call it adherence. In news that shouldn't surprise anyone, a comparison of four popular diet plans finds that the key to losing weight isn't so much the diet plan but the person's ability to follow the plan that's chosen. The study also found that overall adherence rates to diets, regardless of diet type, were low.  more

Stage set for development of urine test to deterimine risk of preeclampsia
A substance found in the urine of pregnant women can be measured to predict the later development of preeclampsia, according to research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. more

Update #5: South Asia earthquake and tsunamis -- 150 000 people at 'extreme risk' of dying of preventable disease
In response to last week's devastating tsunami, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it needs US$ 60 million to address urgent public health needs, most importantly in preventing outbreaks of water-borne and other infectious diseases. The WHO appeal forms part of the United Nations emergency flash appeal for victims of the tsunami. more

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