The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
Lifescan, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was ordered to pay fines totalling $60 million after pleading guilty to charges that the company failed to disclose to customers or FDA that its SureStep blood glucose monitoring device was defective.
For more information: FDA News: Blood Sugar Device Company Receives Huge Fine
Scientists report this week that people who inherit a single, relatively common alteration in a human gene tend to progress more rapidly to AIDS than those born without the alteration. This week's finding, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, marks the tenth genetic alteration identified by scientists in the past four years that plays a role in slowing or hastening the onset of AIDS.
For more information: Scientists Discover Gene Alteration That Hastens Onset Of AIDS
The Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project (HSPP) was a 15-year randomized trial conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, and supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Md. The purpose of the study was to determine the long-term impact on youth smoking of a school-based intervention from the third through 12th grade.
For more information: Questions And Answers: The Hutchinson Smoking Prevention Project
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found that a curriculum-based approach to prevent youth smoking was ineffective when used alone in a school setting. The study was conducted over a 15-year period, from 1984 through 1999, in 40 Washington state school districts.
For more information: Researchers Complete Extensive Youth Smoking Prevention Study
Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Investigating the causes, progression, and treatment of AMI continues to be a national research priority. In 1991, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health initiated the National Heart Attack Alert Program (NHAAP) to study the issues related to rapid recognition and response to patients with signs and symptoms of AMI in emergency department (ED) settings. This ongoing effort brings together scientists, clinicians, and NHLBI staff with a Coordinating Committee that includes representatives of 40 professional organizations. Read a summary of their ongoing research in today's issue of Vidyya.
For more information: Evaluation Of Technologies For Identifying Acute Cardiac Ischemia In Emergency Departments
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