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Vidyya Medical News Service For 06-November-2000:

Treatment with a combination of chemotherapy drugs improves survival and should be recommended for most women with localized breast cancer, according to a consensus panel convened by the National Institutes of Health. The panel also recommended hormonal therapy for women whose tumors have estrogen receptors, and radiation therapy for women who have had mastectomies and who are at high risk for recurrence of cancer.

The selection of systemic adjuvant therapy is based on prognostic and predictive factors. Prognostic factors are measurements available at diagnosis or time of surgery that, in the absence of adjuvant therapy, are associated with recurrence rate, death rate, or other clinical outcome. Predictive factors are measurements associated with degree of response to a specific therapy.

Draxis Health Inc. announced that the Therapeutic Products Programme (TPP) of Health Canada has approved Permax® (pergolide) for use as early therapy without levodopa in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease (PD).

Combined tobacco and alcohol use among reproductive-aged and pregnant women decreased in late 1980s and leveled off in the 1990s. Despite overall decreases in joint use of alcohol and tobacco among US women of childbearing age achieved during the 1980s, the rates remained unchanged during the 1990s. Younger women are as likely as older women to use both substances and are less likely to stop during pregnancy.

Ugandan Health officials on Thursday confirmed that the deadly Ebola virus has been identified outside northern Uganda's Gulu district. Despite the new case, World Health officials have not restricted travel to the area. The articles in today's Vidyya are:

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