(January 12, 2009 - Insidermedicine) From the Netherlands - According to research in BMC Public Health, weight loss counseling delivered by phone or e-mail appears to be effective. In a six-month study of nearly 1,400 patients, researchers found that those who received a phone call from trained counselors every 2 weeks lost 1.5 kg compared to a control group who only received brochures. Patients who were contacted by e-mail lost 0.6 kg compared to the control group.
From Maryland - An FDA advisory panel has recommended approval of the anti-seizure drug Sabril (vigabatrin) for infantile seizures. Despite evidence that the drug is associated with a risk for peripheral vision loss, the advisory panel concluded that the benefits of the drug outweigh the potential risks. If the FDA decides to move forward with approval, Sabril would become the first drug approved to treat infantile spasms.
And finally, from London - According to research in the British Journal of Psychology, exposure to testosterone in the womb may increase the risk for autism in children. Researchers recorded testosterone levels in the amniotic fluid of 235 pregnant women and compared the results with questionnaires designed to measure autistic traits among 6 to 10 year olds. The researchers found that high levels of testosterone were linked with a higher likelihood of exhibiting autistic traits.
For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.