Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 62 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Mar-2005
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Life expectancy hits record high; Gender gap narrows
Life expectancy for Americans has reached an all-time high, according to the latest U.S. mortality statistics released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more

NCHS report -- Deaths: Preliminary data for 2003
This report presents preliminary U.S. data on deaths, death rates, life expectancy, leading causes of death, and infant mortality for the year 2003 by selected characteristics such as age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin.  more

Finger length predicts physically aggressive personalities, study shows
Dr. Peter Hurd initially thought the idea was "a pile of hooey", but he changed his mind when he saw the data. more


Future diabetes drugs may target new protein interaction
In the 3 March issue of Nature, Johns Hopkins researchers report that two proteins best known for very different activities actually come together to turn the liver into a sugar-producing factory when food is scarce. Because the liver's production of sugar is a damaging problem in people with diabetes, the proteins' interaction might be a target for future drugs to fight the disease, the researchers say.  more

Shallow hip socket predicts osteoarthritis of the hip
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip is one of the leading causes of disability among elderly men and women. This progressive joint disease involves multiple factors, including genes, age, gender, hormones, as well as body mass index, mechanical stress. In addition, a developmental condition known as acetabular dysplasia can contribute to disease risk. Often present at birth, acetabular dysplasia is marked by a shallow hip socket, making the hip unstable and, in extreme cases, prone to dislocation. Severe acetabular dysplasia has been linked to premature hip OA.  more

FDA provides updated patient and healthcare provider information concerning Crestor
In order to provide Americans with earlier access to emerging safety information about their medicines, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory, a patient information sheet and a corresponding healthcare professional information sheet further explaining the identified risks and benefits of Crestor (Rosuvastatin calcium), a cholesterol-lowering drug.  more

British lift suspension of flu manufacturer's license
The British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) lifted their 5 October 2004 suspension of Chironís license to manufacture influenza vaccine.  more

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