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Vidyya Medical News Service For 03-November-2000:

The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) hosts the 24th annual Great American Smokeout, Thursday, November 16, to encourage smokers to quit tobacco use for at least 24 hours. Despite effective therapies to combat tobacco use, most smokers still try to quit without assistance. Without assistance, however, most smokers are not able to sustain a quit attempt.

In today's issue, Vidyya presents a Surgeon Generalís report that is considered a major resource for smoking cessation. The research findings reviewed indicate that many strategies and approaches have been shown to be effective in preventing tobacco use among young people and in helping tobacco users end their addiction. The challenge to public health professionals, health care systems, and other partners in the national prevention effort is to implement these proven approaches.

In a new study with Vioxx® (rofecoxib), the osteoarthritis and acute pain medicine from Merck, Vioxx 50 mg significantly reduced moderate to severe acute pain after dental surgery to a greater degree compared to codeine 60 mg combined with acetaminophen 600 mg. Results of this study were presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society.

Hypertension Diagnostics, Inc., announced today that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the CVProfilorTM DO-2020 CardioVascular Profiling System for use by physicians and other health care providers to non-invasively screen patients for the presence of cardiovascular disease.

State Department of Health disease investigators are looking into a possible outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 on the Gulf Coast. One confirmed case and two suspected cases discovered through the Department's routine surveillance of reportable diseases jump-started the investigation.

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