Archive for January, 2008

Recent outbreaks of norovirus–also known as stomach flu–indicate the highly contagious, fast-moving virus is again a public health concern. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has six simple steps to protect families against noroviruses. Norovirus is the second most frequent cause of illness after the common cold. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, […]

Duke Medical Center – A high systolic blood pressure (over 135) may be one of the top killers in the country, but you’d never know it by the way we’re behaving, say scientists attending the annual congress of the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). “Research shows that some 73 million people in the U.S. […]

Health Behavior News Service – Even low-intensity group support helps motivate young American Indian women to hit the produce aisle, a new study suggests. After participating, these women reported upping their intake of fruits and vegetables — a dietary change that can lower this population’s increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study targeted […]

University of Haifa – Recent research has found that children with autism improved their road safety skills after practicing on computers with a unique virtual reality system. The independence of children with autism depends on their receiving treatment in natural settings. One of the main problems they face is their inability to learn how to […]

3 hours per week of exercise found to make the telomeres of your chromosomes 10 years younger. JAMA / Archives – Individuals who are physically active during their leisure time appear to be biologically younger at the cellular level than those with sedentary lifestyles, according to a report in the January 28, 2008 issue of […]

Study finds particular advantages of diuretics for black patients with hypertension. JAMA / Archives – Use of calcium-channel blockers, alpha-blockers or angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors appears to offer no advantages in improving clinical outcomes compared with use of diuretics when treating hypertension among individuals with metabolic syndrome, according to a report in the January 28, […]