Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 263 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Sep-2003
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Florida study shows surgical mishaps more likely in physician offices than ambulatory surgery centers
Patients operated on in ambulatory surgery centers are safer than those who undergo procedures in doctors’ offices — though the relative risk of death or injury is tiny in both types of facilities, a new Florida study indicates. more

Comparing cannabis with tobacco - again
Although the use of cannabis is not harmless, its link with death is still not established, argues a senior researcher in this week's BMJ. Two large studies reported no increase in death associated with the use of cannabis. Even diseases that might be related to long term cannabis use are unlikely to have a sizeable public health impact because, unlike users of tobacco and alcohol, most people who try cannabis quit relatively early in their adult lives, writes the author.  more


Self reported stressful life events and exacerbations in multiple sclerosis
For patients with multiple sclerosis, stressful life events seem to make their symptoms worse, finds a study in this week's BMJ. Dutch researchers followed 73 patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Regular visits were scheduled every eight weeks and additional visits were arranged when patients reported symptoms of infection or exacerbation (a worsening of existing symptoms or appearance of new symptoms). Each week, patients recorded any stressful events that were not related to multiple sclerosis.  more

Data support extremely early intervention for multiple sclerosis patients
Immediate initiation of drug treatment with Avonex in individuals considered at risk to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) continues to slow the development of MS after five years compared to initiation of therapy more than two years after the onset of symptoms, according to data being presented today at the meeting of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS).  more

Information for patients: Avonex medication guide
Patients are instructed to read this guide carefully before they start to use Avonex and each time their prescription is refilled since there may be new information. The information in this guide does not take the place of talking with a doctor or healthcare professional.  more

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