Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 71 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Mar-2005
little clear gif used for spacer

Consensus on childhood obesity recommends classification as disease
A consensus statement on childhood obesity was published today in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, one of the four journals of The Endocrine Society. The consensus statement reflects the conclusions from an international summit held in Israel last year and includes a controversial recommendation to classify obesity as a disease. more

Weight status of children ages 8 to 15 predicts obesity, high blood pressure
New research shows that children between 8 and 15 years old who are in the upper half of the normal weight range are more likely than their leaner peers to become obese or overweight as young adults. This research was conducted over nearly a decade at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention and Children's Hospital Boston and is reported in this month's Obesity Research journal.  more

New estimates on extent of malaria
A new comprehensive investigation into the extent of the deadliest form of malaria shows there were over half a billion cases in 2002. more


Growth hormone treatment improves symptoms of metabolic disorder in postmenopausal women
Researchers in Sweden have discovered that growth hormone (GH) treatment may result in the reduction of multiple metabolic disorders associated with abdominal obesity in postmenopausal women. Published in today in the March issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, these findings demonstrate the important role growth hormone treatment may play in reducing serious metabolic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.  more

Aircraft cabin ventilation influences transmission of diseases in-flight
Increasing ventilation within aircraft cabins can reduce the spread of infectious diseases in-flight, suggests a review published in this week’s issue of The Lancet.  more

New guideline tackles leading cause of mother and child death
A new guideline published in this week's BMJ will help to tackle one of the leading causes of illness and death during pregnancy.  more

Openness is key to winning the war over MMR
Openness and communication between experts and the public is key to winning the war over MMR, says an expert in this week's BMJ. more

little clear gif used for a space