Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 123 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-May-2003
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Agricultural pesticide use may be associated with increased risk of prostate cancer
Exposure to certain agricultural pesticides may be associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer among pesticide applicators, according to a large study looking at the causes of cancer and other diseases in the farming community. The study, part of a long-term study of pesticide applicators and their spouses known as the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), appears in the May 1, 2003, issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology*. The AHS is a collaborative effort involving the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Environmental Protection Agency.  more

FDA clears new breath test for monitoring asthma
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cleared for marketing a first-of-a-kind, non-invasive test system to measure the concentration of nitric oxide in exhaled human breath. The test system should help make it easier for doctors to monitor a patient's asthma.  more


AHRQ report describes enhancements to health care working conditions that could improve patient safety
Increasing nurse staffing levels in acute-care hospitals and nursing homes and enhancing systems for communicating between hospitals and other health care settings are among the strategies that are likely to lead to improved patient safety, according to a new evidence report summary released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  more

FDA and Lincoln Technologies, Inc. to collaborate on developing tools for safety data mining
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today the establishment of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Lincoln Technologies, Inc. The purpose of this partnership is to use data mining-a promising new technology-to enhance FDA's ability to monitor the safety of drugs, biologics and vaccines after they have been approved for use. more

The prostate cancer outcomes study
The Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study (PCOS) was initiated in 1994 by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to look at the impact that treatments for primary prostate cancer have on the quality of life of patients. PCOS is a collaboration with six cancer registries that are part of NCI's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. (The SEER Program was established by NCI in 1973 to collect cancer data on a routine basis from designated population-based cancer registries in various areas of the country.)  more

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