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Vidyya Medical News Service For 16-October-2000:

Much has been written about the physical health effects of toxic substances and much research is underway, however, there has not been a compilation of the social and psychological effects that exposure to toxic substances can engender, until now. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) co-sponsored an expert panel workshop on the Psychological Responses to Hazardous Substances. The workshop explored what is known about how communities and individuals respond socially and psychologically to hazardous substances. Get the executive summary in today's Vidyya.

Two million American women experiencing menopause this year want to know—how does "menopause" affect sex? According to scientists at the New England Research Institute (NERI) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, menopause may be related to lower sexual desire and to reports of being less easily sexually aroused than when younger. However, there's more to this report that you'll want to read...

The National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and three private companies have announced they have formed a consortium to speed up the determination of the DNA sequence of the mouse genome. The Mouse Sequencing Consortium will provide $58 million over the next six months to decipher the mouse genetic code.

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. Get quick facts for your patients in today's issue about these devices.

Also on the subject of hearing, today's Vidyya contains an NIH Consensus Statement on the "Early Identification Of Hearing Impairment In Infants And Young Children." The conference was convened to address (1) the advantages of early identification of hearing impairment and the consequences of late identification of hearing impairment; (2) the issue of which children should be screened for hearing impairment and when; (3) the advantages and disadvantages of current screening methods; (4) the question of which model for hearing screening and followup is preferred; and (5) future directions for research in diagnosis and management of hearing impairment in infants and young children.

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