Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 7 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jan-2003
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FDA halts study of asthma drug
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that an interim analysis of a large safety study of the approved asthma drug Serevent (salmeterol xinafoate) Inhalation Aerosol suggests that the drug may be associated with an increased risk of life-threatening asthma episodes or asthma-related deaths, particularly in some patients. more

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CDC issues recommendations designed to prevent hepatitis infections in correctional settings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today published recommendations designed to prevent and control viral hepatitis infections in correctional settings. Implementation of these recommendations can reduce transmission of hepatitis infections among adults at risk in both correctional facilities and the outside community. It's estimated that 12 percent to 15 percent of all Americans with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and 39 percent of those with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections were released from a correctional facility during the previous year. more

 


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Prevention and control of infections with hepatitis viruses in correctional settings
This report consolidates previous recommendations and adds new ones for the prevention and control of infections with hepatitis viruses in correctional settings. These recommendations provide guidelines for juvenile and adult correctional systems regarding 1) identification and investigation of acute viral hepatitis; 2) preexposure and postexposure immunization for hepatitis A and hepatitis B; 3) prevention of hepatitis C virus infection and its consequences; 4) health education; and 5) release planning. Implementation of these recommendations can reduce transmission of infections with hepatitis viruses among adults at risk in both correctional facilities and the outside community. These recommendations were developed after consultation with other federal agencies and specialists in the fields of corrections, correctional health care, and public health at a meeting in Atlanta, March 57, 2001. This report can serve as a resource for correctional health, corrections, and public health professionals involved in planning and implementing health-care programs for incarcerated persons. more

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CDC unveils new toolkit to help physicians prevent and treat brain injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today unveiled Heads Up Brain Injury in your Practice, a tool kit for physicians. The tool kit is designed to raise physicians' awareness about the public health problem of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and to improve treatment for patients with MTBI. MTBI, also known as concussion, is one of the most common neurological disorders. The kit is part of a larger initiative directed by CDC's Injury Center.  more

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Poor amino acid breakdown increases the risk of heart disease
People with a genetically determined, reduced breakdown of the amino acid homocysteine have an increased risk of coronary heart disease compared to healthy people. This is revealed in doctoral research carried out by Mariska Klerk at Wageningen University.  more

 
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