Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 137 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-May-2003
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Do you believe this one? No detectable risk from mercury in seafood, study shows
An exhaustive study of 643 children from before birth to 9 years of age shows no detectable risk from the low levels of mercury their mothers were exposed to from eating ocean seafood, according to a study in the May 16 issue of The Lancet. Children born to mothers-to-be who ate an average of 12 meals of fish a week about 10 times the average U.S. citizen eats showed no harmful symptoms.  more

More fuel for the fire: Has the health effect of passive smoking been overstated?
The link between environmental tobacco smoke and coronary heart disease and lung cancer may be considerably weaker than generally believed, conclude James Enstrom of the University of California, Los Angeles and Geoffrey Kabat of New Rochelle, New York, in this week's BMJ. This study will add to the already controversial debate on the health impact of passive smoking.  more


FDA clears rapid test for aspergillus infection
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cleared for marketing the first rapid laboratory test for a life-threatening invasive fungal infection that occurs in leukemia patients, organ and bone marrow transplant patients, and patients whose immune systems are compromised by illness or chemotherapy. The test will allow doctors to diagnose invasive aspergillus infection quicker and begin treatment with anti-fungal drugs sooner.  more

FDA approves lower cost implantable defibrillator
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) system that is considerably less expensive than other ICDs. more

Go ahead, meet! CDC says plans involving international visitors should continue
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today called for businesses and universities to continue plans for meetings and events - including college graduations - that involve travelers from areas affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The call came as the CDC issued new guidance aimed at assisting businesses, universities and other organizations that have employees from affected countries or that expect to host visitor from affected countries.  more

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