Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 230 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Aug-2003
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News you can use: What to throw out when the power goes out
With the largest blackout in North American history currently affecting as many as 50 million people, food spoilage can be a serious problem when refrigerators and freezers lose power. Consumers can help avoid spoilage and foodborne illness in their homes by making sure foods stay properly refrigerated during a power outage. more

Information for patients: What you need to know when the power goes out unexpectedly
Vidyya offers these tips to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power. more


Insurance coverage is the biggest factor driving choices in doctors and hospitals
Recent results of The Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive Health-Care Poll show that American adults rank a very good reputation (55%) and a trusted doctor's recommendation (41%) as two of the three most important indicators of the quality of medical care they can expect from a hospital. Similarly, word of mouth is the most important indicator of the quality of medical care American adults expect from a medical doctor-notably, 65% base such quality on a very good reputation, 57% on a recommendation or referral from another trusted doctor and 56% on a personal recommendation from someone they know.  more

Severe childhood ADHD may predict alcohol, substance use problems in teen years
Scientists tracking the progress of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as they became teenagers have shed new light on the link between ADHD and the risk of developing alcohol and substance use problems. The researchers found that individuals with severe problems of inattention as children were more likely than their peers to report alcohol-related problems, a greater frequency of getting drunk, and heavier and earlier use of tobacco and other drugs. more

Smallpox death toll may be lower than expected in the event of an outbreak and one vaccination may be as effective as many
Final results of a smallpox vaccine study conducted by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University show America's preparedness for a smallpox outbreak may be greater than initially thought. The research shows 90 percent of those vaccinated 25 to 75 years ago maintain a substantial level of immunity. In addition, researchers concluded that in the long term, repeated vaccinations do not result in a higher level of disease protection. The research project is the largest of its kind ever conducted. The study is printed in the September edition of Nature Medicine.  more

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