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Vidyya Medical News Service For 08-November-2000:

The following articles appear in full on the Vidyya Medical News Service(SM) Web site.

A study reported in the November 8 issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association" (Volume 284, Number 18) shows that communities that undertake comprehensive prevention strategies can effectively reduce alcohol-related traffic crashes and injuries from crashes and assaults.

Scientists supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have documented that chronic cigarette smoking during adolescence may increase the likelihood that these teens will develop a variety of anxiety disorders in early adulthood. These disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces.

Yesterday, the FDA approved two new devices that administer radiation energy for treatment of in-stent restenosis. These types of devices, called intravascular brachytherapy systems, are the first of their kind.

Perhaps vitamin E isn't an "alternative medicine." A new health study in Finland has found that Vitamin E supplementation may prevent ischemic stroke in high-risk hypertensive patients.

Finally, to follow up on yesterday's story on phenylpropanolamine, in the same week that the FDA decided to order the removal of phenylpropanolamine from store shelves, a New England Journal of Medicine Report has tapped another substance as risy for consumers. Ephedra, an ingredient used in weight loss supplements and diet tea is being blamed for numerous complications. The articles in today's Vidyya are:

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