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Vidyya Medical News Service For 02-January-2001:

The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.

How to manage various infections in the age of antibiotic resistance has become a serious science. To help British primary care physicians the UK NHS has released a guidance that covers antimicrobial treatment for the infections most frequently encountered in general practice. Download the document from today's Vidyya.

For more information: Management Of Infection Guidance For Primary Care: UK NHS Draft For Consultation & Local Adaptation

Over the last 10 years the number of consultations at Genitourinary medicine clinics (GUM clinics) in the UK has doubled, which can in part be attributed to the clinics being more accessible to patients and a heightened awareness of testing for infections like chlamydia. STD diagnoses have risen dramatically over the last 5 years in the UK and this is even more disturbing when viewed against a background of decreasing or stabilized reports during the 1980ís and early 90ís. It suggests that changes in sexual behavior, thought to be related to the extensive safer sex messages in the wake of the HIV epidemic have not been sustained. Complacency over safer sex has unfortunately led to severe increases in all STDs. Get a full report on the trends in sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom as seen seen at genitourinary medicine clinics.

For more information: Upward Trend In Sexually Transmitted Infections In The United Kingdom Noted

New year, new guidelines: New guidelines issued yesterday by the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association (AHA) and published in Circulation and Stroke recommend use of ramipril -- Altace® -- in at risk people with diabetes to prevent stroke. These recommendations are based on data from the HOPE (Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation) Study, which demonstrated that people with diabetes can reduce their risk of stroke by 33 percent, even if they are already taking other medications.

For more information: New American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines Indicate People With Diabetes Can Prevent Stroke With Ramipril

When a medication appears in the news, Vidyya obtains the prescribing information for you. Get the info you need about Altace in today's issue.

For more information: Prescribing Information: Altace® Capsules (Ramipril)

First, butter is the enemy. Then solid margarine is on the forbidden list. Next, beta-carotene supplements are thought to prevent cancer -- until they are found to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. Later, tomatoes are the darlings of the prostate-cancer prevention community -- until broccoli, cabbage and other crucifers take center stage. Confused consumers are increasingly deciding to eat whatever they want and ignore diet advice. Who can blame them?

For more information: Conflicting Messages About Healthful Diet Result In Unhealthy Eating Habits

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