Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 170 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-June-2003
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Study provides new tool to diagnose and halt aggressive blood disorder
Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have discovered that an especially aggressive and deadly form of a rare disorder known as hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) can be detected with a simple blood test, rather than an expensive and time-consuming genetic test. This finding should allow doctors to diagnose the most severe form of HES early and give people with the illness the appropriate, lifesaving treatment.  more

Update: FDA investigation into counterfeit Lipitor two distributors recalling all Lipitor repacked by MED-PRO
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that its continuing investigation of counterfeit Lipitor has resulted in Albers Medical Distributors, Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., expanding their recall to include all Lipitor products repacked by MED-PRO, Inc., of Lexington, Neb. In addition, H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co., of Springfield, Ill., has recalled all Lipitor products repacked by MED-PRO.  more


Monkeypox virus infections and blood and plasma donors
In early June 2003, CDC reported monkeypox virus as the cause of illness among some residents in the U.S. after coming in contact with sick prairie dogs. Monkeypox virus is an orthopoxvirus related to smallpox, and also related to the virus used in the smallpox vaccine (vaccinia). Monkeypox causes a human disease that resembles smallpox but has a lower person-to-person transmission rate.  more

Information for patients: Smallpox vaccine and monkeypox
In humans, monkeypox causes fever, headache, backache, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a blister-like rash. In some cases, monkeypox can cause death. more

Understanding and treating severely traumatized patients
The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) is about to release its summer volume. This issue focuses on the value of psychoanalytic principles in understanding and treating very difficult patients, particularly those who have undergone severely traumatic experiences. more

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