Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 193 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-July-2003
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U.S. Company failed to comply with regulations designed to prevent the establishment and spread of "Mad Cow Disease"
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the filing of a Consent Decree of Permanent Injunction against X-Cel, Feeds Inc., and individual officers based on violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In the Consent Decree, the Firm and officers admitted liability for introducing adulterated and misbranded animal feeds into interstate commerce and agreed to implement measures to correct the violations under FDA's supervision.  more

Ranking the benefits of food: Guidance for industry and FDA --- Interim evidence-based ranking system for scientific data
This guidance is intended to notify the public of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) interim evidence-based ranking system that is a process designed to lay a foundation for a more detailed system to be used permanently. This guidance describes a process that FDA intends to use, on an interim basis, to evaluate and rank the scientific evidence in support of a substance/disease relationship that is the subject of a qualified health claim until the agency can promulgate regulations under notice-and-comment rulemaking. Based on this process, the agency will categorize the qualified health claim into one of three levels (i.e., a "B", "C", or "D" level). more


Lack of studies on women limits usefulness of research on coronary heart disease
Although coronary heart disease (CHD) is the cause of more than 250,000 deaths in women each year, much of the research in the last 20 years on the diagnosis and treatment of CHD has either excluded women entirely or included only limited numbers of women and minorities. As a result, many of the tests and therapies that are used to treat women for CHD are based on studies conducted predominantly in men.  more

Summary: Results of systematic review of research on diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease in women
Much of the evidence supporting contemporary recommendations for testing, prevention, and treatment of coronary disease in women is extrapolated from studies conducted predominantly in middle-aged men. The two best approaches to obtain additional evidence on diagnosis and treatment of CHD in women are to conduct large studies that include adequate numbers of women and minorities to answer the research question or to perform systematic reviews and meta-analyses summarizing effect estimates by subgroup. more

The search for the cause of delayed sleep phase syndrome
Two new research studies to determine the cause of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), a serious sleep disorder thought to affect between 500,000 and several million Americans, are being undertaken by researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.  more

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