Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 95 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Apr-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Apr-2005
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The more television children watch, the more likely they are to bully
Four-year-old children who receive emotional support and cognitive stimulation from their parents are significantly less likely to become bullies in grade school, but the more television four-year-olds watch the more likely they are to bully later.  more

Adoption of breast conserving therapy may be accelerated through the use of electronic brachytherapy
Tens of thousands of women suffering from breast cancer opt for full mastectomies or for lumpectomies without radiation therapy, despite significant clinical evidence demonstrating that lumpectomies followed by radiation therapy have equivalent survival rates to full mastectomies.  more

NICE lifts restrictions on access to bowel cancer treatments
The Appraisal Consultation Document (ACD) released today by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) proposes to allow access to previously restricted treatments for colorectal (bowel) cancer and has been welcomed by clinicians and patient groups. more


Study shows new antipsychotic drug prevents brain loss in schizophrenia
A new brain imaging study of recently diagnosed schizophrenia patients has found, for the first time, that the loss of gray matter typically experienced by patients can be prevented by one of the new atypical antipsychotic drugs, olanzapine, but not by haloperidol, an older, conventional drug. The study, published in today's Archives of General Psychiatry, also confirmed previous studies that show patients who experience less brain loss do better clinically.  more

Panel discusses effect of individualized diets on chronic disease risk
Today at the 2005 Experimental Biology Conference, the Dairy Council of California sponsored a thought-provoking symposium titled "Individualized nutrition as a tool to prevent and treat chronic disease." During the symposium attended by over 250 people, researchers, health professionals, nutritional scientists, and a panel of experts discussed how the progression from broad, population-based guidelines to more finely-tuned dietary recommendations and specific food choices will ultimately result in an improvement in health and chronic disease prevention across the population.  more

Infants needing a heart transplant can accept organs from different blood types
A study showing that infants under one year of age can accept heart transplants from donors of different blood groups without the risk of organ rejection means a better chance of survival for infant patients and more efficient use of donor organs overall.  more

ACP guidelines to treat obesity cover diet, exercise, drugs and surgery
New guidelines for management of obesity from the American College of Physicians recommend diet and exercise for everyone and drugs and surgery only for obese patients who are not able to achieve weight-loss goals with diet and exercise alone. more

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