Score one for alternative, herbal therapies. St. John's wort, a popular herbal dietary supplement, should be considered the first line of defense in patients with mild to moderate depression, at least according to a study published Friday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). More information is available in this Vidyya issue or at www.bmj.com.
In infectious disease news, on 13 June 2000, the CDC was alerted by an official in Washington of L. longbeachae infection in a 46-year-old woman. The patient reported that she had been potting plants during the 10 days before her symptoms began in May. An isolate from the patient's sputum and two samples of potting soil obtained from the patient's residence were sent for
analysis. L. longbeachae was isolated from one potting soil sample. Legionella infections from potting soil have been reported for several years in Japan. This case is the first in the US.
The department of health and human services has updated its fact sheet on needlestick injuries. Needlestick injuries can lead to serious or
fatal infections. Health care workers who use or may be exposed to needles are at increased risk of needlestick injury. All
workers who are at risk should take steps to protect themselves from this significant health hazard.
Fasten that seatbelt. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), a nonprofit organization comprising corporate, state, and federal partners, is sponsoring the fourth annual Drive Safely Work Week during 11-15 September 2000. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States for persons aged one to forty-four years.
America's 115,000 doctors of internal medicine are launching
a national public education campaign about the number one killer of American
women. Millions of women heading for menopause are also heading for heart disease -- and many of them have it and don't know it -- according to the physicians who provide the majority of health care to them. Heart disease kills 11 times more women each year then breast cancer, yet many patients believe their chances of dying from breast cancer are higher than those of dying from heart disease or stroke. This campaign should help remedy the problem.
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