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Vidyya Medical News Service For 21-March-2001:

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Increasingly concerned about the health threats from excessive antibiotic use, CDC convened a panel of national health experts to develop best treatment guidelines for adults with colds and acute upper respiratory infections. The guidelines, "Principles for Appropriate Antibiotic Use," were released yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine and target the overuse or misuse of antibiotics.

For more information: Health Experts Issue "Principles For Appropriate Antibiotic Use" For Adults With Upper Respiratory Infections

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the global partnership to Stop TB today announced a new initiative to increase access to tuberculosis (TB) drugs for ten million patients over the next five years. The Global TB Drug Facility, which is housed by WHO and managed by the Stop TB partnership, aims to significantly increase access to high quality TB drugs. WHO called for a commitment of at least US $50 million per year for the next five years to the Global TB Drug Facility.

For more information: WHO And Stop TB Launch New Initiative To Increase Access To Free TB Drugs: The Global TB Drug Facility

Study results presented yesterday at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) annual meeting showed that elderly hypertensive osteoarthritis (OA) patients taking Vioxx® (rofecoxib) experienced a statistically significant increase (approximately 3 mm Hg) in mean systolic blood pressure compared with those taking Celebrex® (celecoxib capsules). In comparison, Celebrex patients showed no increase in mean systolic blood pressure.

For more information: World Water Day – 22 March 2001: Water – Immediate Solutions For Persistent Problems

Women who use estrogen after menopause for 10 years or more have a substantially increased risk of death from ovarian cancer, report scientists from the American Cancer Society in today's Journal of the American Medical Association

For more information: Risk Of Dying Of Ovarian Cancer Found To Be Increased By Estrogen Therapy

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today announced the availability of an online resource, called the Child Health Toolbox, which provides information on how performance measurement can be used to measure the quality of care furnished to children in programs such as Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and Title V maternal and child health programs.

For more information: AHRQ’s Child Health Toolbox Is Now Online

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