Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 252 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Sep-2003
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FDA approves Seasonale oral contraceptive
The FDA has approved Seasonale, a new choice in oral contraceptives for women for prevention of pregnancy. Seasonale is a 91-day oral contraceptive regimen. more

Prescribing information: Seasonale oral contraceptives
Seasonale (R) is the FDA-approved extended-cycle daily birth control pill for the prevention of pregnancy that reduces your monthly periods to just 4 times a year. Seasonale (R) will be available only by prescription at the end of October 2003. Talk to your healthcare professional to see if Seasonale (R) is right for you.  more


Information for patients: Seasonale oral contraceptives
Seasonale tablets will be available in the Extended-Cycle Tablet Dispenser containing 84 active pink tablets and 7 white inert (inactive) tablets. To achieve maximum effectiveness, Seasonale must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours. Ideally, the tablets should be taken at the same time of the day on each day of active treatment  more

Telltale prostate cancer protein key to breast cancer, too
Like a killer charged with more than one murder, a tiny protein that has already been linked to deadly prostate cancer is now being implicated in lethal breast cancer. And it may soon help doctors tell cancer patients just how dangerous their tumors are.  more

Sleep apnea treatment helps patients and partners
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) not only improves patients' lives, it can improve the lives of their bed partners, says a study published in the September issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The study found that when patients with OSA were treated with CPAP, the mental and physical health, and overall quality of life (QOL) of patients and their bed partners significantly improved.  more

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