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Vidyya Medical News Service For 10-October-2000:

Recent evidence suggests that steroid abuse among adolescents is on the rise. The 1999 Monitoring the Future study, a NIDA-funded survey of drug abuse among adolescents in middle and high schools across the United States, estimated that 2.7 percent of 8th- and 10th-graders and 2.9 percent of 12th-graders had taken anabolic steroids at least once in their lives. Vidyya is pleased to present a compilation of scientific information on anabolic steroids that will help professionals and the public recognize the risks of steroid abuse.

On 05 October 2000 Vidyya reported that one of the largest studies on the long-term health effects of silicone breast implants, found no association between breast implants and the subsequent risk of breast cancer. The study was from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will appear in the November issue of Cancer Causes and Control. The information in today's issue, in question and answer format, answers important questions about the study--participants, methods, etc.--that were used in the research.

Yesterday, Pfizer announced that results from the first stage of a large-scale, post-marketing study of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) confirmed the safety profile established by the extensive clinical trials program.

In clinical research news, a key document that has helped define what's ethical in medical research for the last four decades has been revised to say that using placebos is unethical in nearly all experiments involving diseases that already have good treatments. The document may classify the majority of research underway in the US as unethical.

For some time, Vidyya had been following reports of Rift Valley Fever in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. According to WHO, there have been at least 291 cases and 64 deaths from the disease confirmed in the vicinity of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. We first reported on the epidemic in Vidyya Issue 161 and in issue 167. Since those reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed for $975,000 from the US to support international efforts to control and prevent Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Yemen.

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