Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 281 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Oct-2003
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Clinical trial: Male contraceptive method safe and effective
Scientists have developed a male contraceptive which was 100% effective and side-effect free in trials. The hormonal treatment is a combination of an implant under the skin and injections - meaning men do not have to remember to take a pill every day.  more

Asthma drug has fewer side effects
A safer treatment for preventing asthma attacks will become available next year. It is hoped ciclesonide will be particularly useful in treating children.  more


Injuries in hospitals pose a significant threat to patients and a substantial increase in health care costs
Medical injuries during hospitalization resulted in longer hospital stays, higher costs, and a higher number of deaths in 2000, according to a study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study, "Excess Length of Stay, Charges, and Mortality Attributable to Medical Injuries During Hospitalization," is published in the October 8 Journal of the American Medical Association.  more

Promising drug proves ineffective as treatment for hearing loss
Researchers have demonstrated that Methotrexate, a promising drug to treat hearing loss in patients with autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED), proved no more effective than placebo in a recently concluded four-year study.  more

Gene expression profiling may lead to customized treatments for pediatric leukemia patients
Gene expression profiling can help doctors accurately identify subtypes of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to the October 15, 2003, issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology. Diagnosing a subtype of ALL can allow physicians to customize a treatment program based on a patient's likelihood of responding to therapy.  more

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