The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
Ending a long controversy about the effects of inhaled corticosteroids in the treatment of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) today reported that inhaled corticosteroids do not slow the progression of the disease, as many had hoped, but they do reduce respiratory symptoms in some of these patients.
For more information: NHLBI Study Shows Inhaled Corticosteroids Do Not Slow Progression Of COPD
Doctors who give their afternoon patients the fasting plasma glucose test are likely to miss half of the diabetes cases in this group, according to research published in "The Journal of the American Medical Association" on 27 December 2000. The American Diabetes Association currently recommends the fasting plasma glucose test for detecting type 2 diabetes. The test is diagnostic for diabetes if a person has a blood glucose level of 126 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) or higher, and a second test on another day confirms the same high level of blood glucose.
For more information: Afternoon Blood Test May Miss Diabetes
The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) announced today it is expanding Medicare coverage of positron emission tomography (PET), an innovative imaging technology, to improve the care of patients who have or may have one of six types of cancer. Additional coverage is also provided for some patients with refractory epilepsy or who may be candidates for coronary revascularization.
For more information: Medicare Expands Coverage Of PET Scans
The CDC has been dealing with the following rumor:
Recently, a Weekly World News story made claims that CDC had discovered a mutated version of HIV that is transmitted through the air. Is this true?
For more information: Weekly World News Hoax Scares Members Of The General Public
The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern about what it called "exposure worldwide" to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its fatal human form, new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). The United Nations health agency said that it will convene a major meeting of experts and officials from all regions on the neurodegenerative diseases that affect cattle and humans. It will be held in Geneva in late spring, probably in May. Before the meeting is held, Vidyya readers can catch up on current knowledge with this publication regarding the current infection control guidelines for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.
For more information: WHO Infection Control Guidelines for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
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