The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing its advice to pregnant women and women of childbearing age who may become pregnant on the hazard of consuming certain kinds of fish that may contain high levels of methyl mercury.
For more information: FDA Announces Advisory On Methyl Mercury In Fish
Before the FDA warning the EPA issued a national advisory concerning risks associated with mercury in freshwater fish caught by friends and family. In the EPA warning, the groups most vulnerable to the effects of mercury pollution included: women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and young children. To protect against the risks of mercury in fish caught in freshwaters, the EPA recommended that these groups limit fish consumption to one meal per week for adults (6 ounces of cooked fish, 8 ounces uncooked fish) and one meal per week for young children (2 ounces cooked fish or 3 ounces uncooked fish).
For more information: EPA Fact Sheet: National Advice On Mercury In Fish Caught By Family And Friends
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National
Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health have completed the first successful effort to introduce
a new gene into the unfertilized eggs of rhesus monkeys, a member of the family of mammals that includes human beings.
The eggs were then fertilized, resulting in several pregnancies and the birth of three live monkeys. The gene was
successfully incorporated into one monkey's DNA, making this the first genetically modified non-human primate.
Previous gene transfer attempts in animals have been confined largely to rodents and agricultural animals.
For more information: The Genetic Monkey Wrench: NICHD Funded Researchers First To Genetically Modify Non Human Primate
Each year, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the recommended childhood immunization schedule to ensure that it remains current with changes in manufacturers' vaccine formulations, revisions in recommendations for the use of licensed vaccines, and recommendations for newly licensed vaccines. This report presents the recommended childhood immunization schedule for 2001 and documents the changes that have occurred since the January 2000 publication.
For more information: Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule --- United States, 2001
Late last month, Vidyya presented a consensus statement from the NIH about the use of chemotherapeutic drugs for breast cancer patients. After weighing the evidence, an expert panel recommended a combination of chemotherapy drugs for most women with localized breast cancer. The panel made other recommendations as well, providing broad guidelines on when and how to use adjuvant therapies. However, one group largely left out of the recommendations was older women. The reason for the omission was simple: Few breast cancer trials have had enough older participants to provide meaningful data on their response to therapy. The panel simply did not have enough information to make recommendations for older women.
Cancer Trial Barriers Falling For People Over 65
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