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Insidermedicine in 60 - TB, Obesity, Menopause, Spina Bifida
Insidermedicine in 60 - TB, Obesity, Menopause, Spina Bifida

July 13, 2007 (Insidermedicine)
From Quebec: the US and Canadian governments' decision to fortify cereal and flour with folic acid has paid off. Research following nearly 2 million births shows that the rate of neural tube defects - including spina bifida - has fallen by 50% since fortification began.

From Montreal: nine people who flew home on the plane with Andrew Speaker, the 31-year old lawyer who was initially diagnosed with XDR-TB, have launched a law suit against him. They claim that their lives will forever be changed following the encounter and that his decision to fly back to the US was reckless.

From Connecticut: Yale researchers, revewing research over the past 40 years, note that overweight children have a quality of life similar to that reported by cancer patients. The research shows that overweight children are teased by peers, teachers and parents and even receive less allowance than children of normal weight.

And finally from New Zealand: the WISDOM study offers more evidence that hormone replacement therapy increases the risk for heart disease and dangerous clot formation. While it may be useful for hot flashes in menopause, care should be taken with their use.

For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.