Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 275 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Oct-2003
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Most U.S. oldest old lack some basic assistance
A comparative study of the U.S. and Sweden has shown that about 60 percent of surveyed Americans 75 years of age or older reported unmet needs for assistance with some activities of daily living versus only four percent of the Swedish oldest old.  more

White blood cell plays key role in body's excessive repair response to asthma
Researchers in London and Montreal report today that they have discovered an important link in the development of the body's response to allergic asthma.  more


Blue discoloration and death in patients receiving enteral feedings tinted with the dye, FD&C blue no. 1
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying health care providers of several reports of toxicity, including death, temporally associated with the use of FD&C Blue No. 1 (Blue 1) in enteral feeding solutions. In these reports, Blue 1 was intended to help in the detection and/or monitoring of pulmonary aspiration in patients being fed by an enteral feeding tube. Reported episodes were manifested by blue discoloration of the skin, urine, feces, or serum and some were associated with serious complications such as refractory hypotension, metabolic acidosis and death. Case reports indicate that seriously ill patients, particularly those with a likely increase in gut permeability (e.g., patients with sepsis), may be at greater risk for these complications. Because these events were reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, it is not possible to establish the incidence of these episodes.  more

AHRQ announces expanded resource to help adults stay healthy
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today released a revised and expanded booklet for health care consumers called The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults. This guide updates the Put Prevention Into Practice program's Personal Health Guide and is based on the most current research-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.  more

Global warming said responsible for 160,000 deaths per year
According to the scientists, from the World Health Organization and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, warmer temperatures can extend the range of mosquitoes that spread malaria to more regions and cause floods that contaminate water supplies and wash away crops.  more

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