Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 97 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Apr-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Apr-2005
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Music improves sleep quality in older adults, researchers find
Sleep, a vital ingredient in life, can sometimes become difficult as humans get older. But a recent study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the Buddhist Tzu-Chi General Hospital in Taiwan shows that listening to soft music at bedtime will help older adults sleep better and longer.  more

Less cognitive impairment seen in women taking drug for osteoporosis
A drug prescribed for the prevention of osteoporosis reduced women's risk of mild cognitive impairment by 33 percent in a worldwide clinical trial led by researchers at San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).  more

Joslin Diabetes Center announces new nutrition guidelines
As Americans' waistlines continue to expand, contributing to a burgeoning epidemic of type 2 diabetes, the scientific jury is in and the verdict is clear: weight loss and increased physical activity is directly related to improved diabetes control. To help Americans fight the dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center has crafted new nutrition and physical activity guidelines for overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes (pre-diabetes). more


Sensory deprivation reduces new cell size in the olfactory system
Sensory deprivation causes changes in new cell size and excitability in the olfactory system, which governs the ability to smell, according to a study in Neuron by a Yale School of Medicine researcher.  more

Hormonal birth control, bacterial infections in women linked to increased shedding of herpes simplex virus type 2
Women who are infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) may have an increased risk of transmitting the virus to others if they use hormonal contraceptives or have certain bacterial vaginal infections.  more

Risk of HIV transmission highest in early stage of infection
The risk of HIV transmission via heterosexual intercourse is highest early in the course of HIV infection, before most infected people know their HIV status.  more

UW researchers identify potential therapeutic target for Huntington's disease
Researchers studying yeast cells have identified a metabolic enzyme as a potential therapeutic target for treating Huntington's disease, a fatal inherited neurodegenerative disorder for which there is currently no effective treatment. more

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