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Newsletter Summary For 06-August-2000:

The civil war in Angola is facilitating the spread of HIV within Angola's borders. Over two million people have been displaced by fighting and there are a large number of women who have turned to prostitution in order to survive. The increased rate of prostitution combined with a population that is constantly on the move is creating a hotbed of infection. If current rates of infection continue, over one million young people will have AIDS by 2008.

Kazakhstan's top oil company faces a health probe after a spate of mysterious heart-related deaths. The company denies that the deaths could relate to any sort of occupational exposure.

The FDA approved a new drug for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. This Vidyya includes patient information on open-angle glaucoma and short background information on the new drug known as Rescula. Rescula differs from other anti-glaucoma drugs in that it is the only available ocular therapy containing a docosanoid. Rescula consistently and safely lowers intraocular pressure (IOP) when used as either a monotherapy or in combination with other drugs, and IOP reduction is maintained at a constant level throughout the day.

The last article in today's Vidyya was taken from the British Medical Journal (BMJ). A report in Friday's BMJ suggests that a nicotine inhaler effectively and safely achieved sustained smoking reduction over 24 months in patients who had difficulty quitting. The study concluded that smoking reduction may be a feasible first step towards smoking cessation in subjects who are not willing or able to abruptly stop.

Readers can expect more tobacco and health related issues in the coming week in Vidyya as news from next week's World Conference on Tobacco Or Health, an international summit of 4,000 leaders in medicine, health government, business, advocacy, communications, and education becomes public. The six-day conference begins on Monday, August 7th in Chicago.

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