Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 10 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Jan-2003
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Diagnosis: Those hip-hugging trousers could cause paresthesia
Doctors, it's time to warn your patients. Young women like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera are putting their health at risk by wearing hip-hugging jeans. According to Canadian authorities, the tight, low-rise trousers favoured by the pop stars and teens can squeeze a sensory nerve under the hipbone and cause a tingling sensation in the thighs called paresthesia. more

Fact Sheet: Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a rare and fatal human neurodegenerative condition. As with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, vCJD is classified as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) because of characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain and its ability to be transmitted. vCJD is a new disease that was first described in March 1996. more


Study identifies c-reactive protein as cause of blood clot formation
Further underscoring the limitations of cholesterol screening in assessing a patient's risk for heart disease, a new study by UC Davis physicians is the first to conclusively link C-reactive proteins (CRP) to formation of blood clots, a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and other vascular disease. Until now, CRP had been recognized mainly as a risk marker of heart disease. The study appears in the Jan. 25 print edition of the journal Circulation, a publication of the American Heart Association, and is available on the Web at more

CDC Finds Annual Flu Deaths Higher Than Previously Estimated
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week released data indicating that the estimated number of people who die from influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) per year in the United States is substantially higher than previous estimates. The data are published in the January 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). more

Laboratory security and emergency response guidance for laboratories working with select agents
In recent years, concern has increased regarding use of biologic materials as agents of terrorism, but these same agents are often necessary tools in clinical and research microbiology laboratories. Traditional biosafety guidelines for laboratories have emphasized use of optimal work practices, appropriate containment equipment, well-designed facilities, and administrative controls to minimize risk of worker injury and to ensure safeguards against laboratory contamination. The guidelines contained in this report are intended for laboratories working with select agents under biosafety-level 2, 3, or 4 conditions as described in Sections II and III of BMBL. These recommendations include conducting facility risk assessments and developing comprehensive security plans to minimize the probability of misuse of select agents.  more

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