Women's health research received a big boost yesterday from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In a major new effort to stimulate women's health research across a variety of disciplines, the National Institutes of Health announced it will fund 11 awards to support development of new research in women's health. The program, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH), seeks to increase the number of researchers working on women's health issues and to mentor junior researchers in an interdisciplinary scientific setting by pairing them with senior investigators.
Another research project for women underway since the early 90s will begin to bear fruit in 2005. The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) is one of the largest studies of its kind ever undertaken in the United States and involves more than 162,000 American women, ages 50-79.
In an effort to keep our reader's up-to-date in the arena of women's health, this issue of Vidyya includes information about the BIRCWH and WHI initiatives.
Other news in today's Vidyya focuses on cholera, a deadly bacteria that may become nothing more than a slight nuisance. Researchers announced on 02 August 2000 that they have mapped the entire order of paired chemical building blocks that make up the DNA of the deadly cholera bacterium.
We've also included information for the lay person regarding cholera.
Finally, the FDA has released guidelines on the use of single-use medical devices. These guidelines have been long awaited as the reprocessing of medical devices labeled, or intended, for only one use has grown steadily in recent years. This trend has intensified concern about patient safety, informed
consent, the ethics of this practice and the equitable regulation of original equipment manufacturers and reprocessing
The articles in today's Vidyya are:
As always, we hope you enjoy the issue.