Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 19 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Jan-2003
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Bipolar disorder may affect three times more americans than previously believed
Results from a landmark nationwide study published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry show that three times as many people may suffer from bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, than previously believed. In addition, the survey results from more than 85,000 Americans indicate that up to 80 percent of those who screened positive had not been diagnosed with the illness and nearly one third had been misdiagnosed with major depression -- underscoring the need for early detection and accurate diagnosis.  more

Information for patients and practitioners: Facts about bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But there is good news: bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives. more


Information for patients: A story of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)
This patient education pamphlet asks important questions about bipolar disorder, such as: Are you feeling really "down" sometimes and really "up" other times? Are these mood changes causing problems at work, school, or home? If yes, you may have bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness. more

Point: IOM Report supports a cautious and deliberate approach - to implementing the smallpox immunization program
With the first phase of the national smallpox immunization program expected to begin shortly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should continue pursuing opportunities to deliberate and analyze outstanding issues and concerns to ensure that the campaign is carried out as safely as possible, says a new letter report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. The report is the first in a series of communications to CDC by an IOM committee established to advise the agency on its implementation of the vaccination program.  more

Counterpoint: "We will proceed quickly." The CDC telebriefing transcript regarding the CDC smallpox vaccination update
The president's decision to recommend that people on smallpox response teams voluntarily receive this vaccine as soon as possible was based on the need to have a group of responders available very quickly to be able to assist the nation if needed. The urgency and the need for efficient action comes from the fact that we are in fact in a dangerous world, where a terrorist attack with smallpox is possible. CDC must be prepared so that CDC can protect the American people.  more

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