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Newsletter Summary For 09-September-2000:

A study to be presented during the Infectious Diseases Society of America's annual meeting in New Orleans this week will disclose that osteonecrosis is a new and unrecognized complication of HIV infection. Investigators at the National Institutes of Health have demonstrated that a disabling bone disorder, osteonecrosis of the hip, is surprisingly common among patients with HIV infection.

Today's Vidyya contains "one for your personal library." This guide on the management of sickle cell disease has been called the "bible" for the health care worker involved in the management of patients with sickle cell disease. It represents a collective summary of experiences with therapeutic regimens rather than the by-product of controlled clinical trials. We hope you'll find the inclusion of the report in Vidyya useful.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Friday announced the release of the Report of the FDA Retail Food Program Database of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors. This report establishes a baseline to measure how effective industry and regulatory efforts are in changing behaviors and practices that directly relate to food-borne illness in the retail food industry.

In other news, flexible sigmoidoscopy performed every five years and the annual stool blood test are the two most cost-effective strategies for screening colon cancer in asymptomatic adults aged 50-85 years, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The study is published in the Summer 2000 issue of the quarterly International Journal of Technology Assessment in Heath Care. We have a summary for you on the Vidyya Website.

And last, but not least, elderly patients treated for heart attack at teaching hospitals are more likely to survive and receive better quality care than those treated at hospitals that do not train physicians, concludes a nationwide study supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published in next Tuesday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Get the scoop in Vidyya.

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