It's all about the ear in today's issue of Vidyya. In a somewhat surprising evidence-based report, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)has reported that watchful waiting may be the best policy when it comes to treating pediatric otitis media. Physician reviewers found that 80% of otitis media cases resolved without therapy within seven days of onset--with no intervention. Vidyya has the full summary of the technical report for you.
In related news, Floxin ®, a topical antibiotic may also be useful in the fight against otitis media. A meeting of physicians from the American Academy of Pediatrics explored alternatives to oral antibiotic treatment for ear infection. The topical antibiotic was one of the interventions they explored.
There's a list of diseases that can be eradicated on a global scale. We've got the list for you. The list takes a look at conditions both infectious and non-infectious that should be candidates for eradication and addresses research needs, the scope of the problem and a description of each health condition.
Finally, in technology news, ePocrates, a hand-held network provider for physicians just received more capital funding. Compared with regular Internet networks, ePocrates has grown at a steady and fast rate. Are you ready to Palm?
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As always, we hope you enjoy the issue.