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Vidyya Medical News Service For 23-December-2000:

The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.

Yesterday, The Food and Drug Administration proposed a new format for prescription drug labeling that will help reduce medical errors, which according to the National Academy of Sciences may be responsible for as many as 98,000 U.S. deaths annually. The FDA believes that this new, user- friendly format will reduce errors in drug prescribing.

For more information: FDA News: New Format For Prescription Drug Labeling Proposed

Drug labels change daily, weekly and monthly. Adverse effects, contraindications...what's a practitioner to do? Catch up on all new label changes approved by the FDA in October 2000 in today's Vidyya, then watch for the November changes in a future issue.

For more information: Summary Of Safety-Related Drug Labeling Changes Approved By FDA For October 2000

Three new, separate research studies suggest that a gene or genes on chromosome 10 may be risk factors for late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). The findings, reported in the December 22, 2000, issue of Science, are important new evidence that more than one gene may play a role in development of AD later in life.

For more information: Scientists Suspect New Genetic Risk Factor for Late Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Since May 2000, 29 illnesses caused by a strain of Listeria monocytogenes (LM) have been identified in 10 states: New York (15 cases); Georgia (three); Connecticut, Ohio, and Michigan (two each); and California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin (one each). Dates of LM isolation ranged from May 17 through November 26 with 26 (90%) infections occurring since July 15.

For more information: Multistate Outbreak Of Listeriosis - United States, 2000

Listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, has recently been recognized as an important public health problem in the United States. The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. It can be avoided by following a few simple recommendations.

For more information: General Information: Listeriosis

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