The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
On 01 January 2001, Vidyya brought you news that the Surgeon General was about to release a report regarding children's mental health. This report introduces a blueprint for addressing children's mental health in the United States. It reflects the culmination of a number of significant activities over the past year. On March 20, 2000, a White House Meeting launched a new public-private effort to improve the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of children with emotional and behavioral conditions. Serious concerns were raised about the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties in children, and the need to take steps to address this issue. Input on critical issues in children's mental health was solicited from the public through the World Wide Web and by mailing requests to over 500 individuals. Approximately 50 individuals were invited to provide input at a day of thoughtful discussion about the gaps in our knowledge on children's mental health. Get the full report in today's issue.
For more information: Report Of The Surgeon General's Conference On Children's Mental Health: A National Action Agenda
It's the DASH diet--again. Vidyya has discussed the DASH diet on several ocassions--and today is no different. It appears the well-known nutritional plan is still making headlines. Sodium reduction combined with either a typical U.S. diet or the "DASH" diet, which is rich in vegetables, fruit, and low-fat dairy products and low in total and saturated fat, substantially lowered blood pressure in persons with high blood pressure and persons with higher than optimal blood pressure, according to the results of a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. Get a synopsis of the research and a fact sheet on the diet in today's issue.
For more information: Reducing Sodium Leads To Substantial Drop In Blood Pressure, Finds NHLBI Study
First, the good news: The brain disease meningitis C has been virtually eradicated from the UK following a national vaccination campaign, according to new Department of Health statistics. The program is one of the most successful vaccine programs in history.
For more information: Say Good Bye: Vaccination Program Nearly Eradicates Meningitis C In The Uk In One Year
Now the bad news: A current outbreak of poliomyelitis in Dominican Republic and Haiti has raised serious concerns because the Western Hemisphere has been free of wild poliovirus circulation since 1991, and because the virus identified is an unusual derivative of the Sabin type 1 oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV), according to Dr. Ciro de Quadros, who directs the Pan American Health Organization's Division of Vaccines and Immunization. The Ministries of Health of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating the outbreak to determine the extent of spread and evaluate the reasons for the outbreak. Aggressive control measures have already been put in place.
For more information: Outbreak Of Poliomyelitis In Dominican Republic And Haiti: Low Vaccination Coverage With Oral Polio Vaccine Allows Sabin-Derived Vaccine To Circulate
Vidyya is pleased to provide a report about the UK government's new meningitis C vaccine and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicemia. All of the information is taken from the a leaflet: Meningitis C, Reduce the Risk, Your guide to the new meningitis C vaccine. The publications is being translated into 14 languages which will shortly be available to download. The information campaign includes a factsheet for health professionals about meningitis C and the new vaccine. The factsheet is written for health professionals and contains further information about the vaccine and is fully referenced. You can download the factsheet and print it out at the DHS Web site. The information following in today's Vidyya is primarily for patients.
For more information: Meningitis C, Reduce the Risk: The DHS Guide To The New Meningitis C Vaccine
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