Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 173 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-June-2003
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What owners of pet shops should know about monkeypox
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease caused by monkeypox virus. The virus can spread from animals to humans (and sometimes from human to human). In humans, monkeypox causes fever, headache, backache, and swollen lymph nodes, followed by a blister-like rash. In some cases, monkeypox can be fatal.  more

FDA aproves Prilosec OTC to treat frequent heartburn
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Prilosec OTC (omeprazole), the first over-the-counter treatment for frequent heartburn. more


Update: Multistate Outbreak of Monkeypox --- Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, 2003
As of June 18, a total of 87 cases of monkeypox have been reported to CDC from Wisconsin (n = 38), Indiana (n = 24), Illinois (n = 19), Ohio (n = 4), Kansas (n = 1), and Missouri (n = 1). Of the 87 cases, 41 (47%) were among males. The median age for the 82 patients for whom age data were available was 28 years (range:1--55 years). Data on symptom onset were available for 78 persons. Among the 75 patients for whom data were available, 20 (27%) were hospitalized. The majority of patients were not seriously ill; some were hospitalized to facilitate proper isolation.  more

FDA approves first biologic for allergy-related asthma
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first biotechnology product to treat patients with a type of asthma that is related to allergies. more

FDA public health advisory: FDA warns consumers against taking the following dietary Supplements-SIGRA, STAMINA Rx and STAMINA Rx for women, Y-Y, Spontane ES and Uroprin
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase or consume the following products: SIGRA, STAMINA Rx and STAMINA Rx for Women, Y-Y, Spontane ES and Uroprin, manufactured by NVE, Inc., in Newton, N.J. and distributed by Hi-Tech in Norcross, Ga. These products, which are being marketed as dietary supplements, actually contain a prescription drug ingredient that poses possible health risks. The products are being sold over-the-counter and are claiming to increase stamina, confidence and performance.  more

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