Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 284 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Oct-2003
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FDA warns consumers not to use decorative contact lenses without proper professional involvement
With the Halloween season approaching, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about serious risks of using decorative contact lenses distributed without appropriate involvement from an eye care professional. These decorative lenses can cause permanent eye injury and may potentially lead to blindness.  more

FDA approves Estrasorb for treatment of menopausal hot flashes
FDA approved Estrasorb (estradiol topical emulsion), an estrogen therapy product in a topical form. Current estrogen products available for treatment include oral pills, transdermal patches, and a vaginal ring. Estrasorb has been proven effective for treating moderate to severe symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.  more


Prescribing information: Femara (letrozole)
Postmenopausal women with early breast cancer who completed five years of post-surgical hormonal therapy with tamoxifen benefited significantly from extended adjuvant treatment with Femara (letrozole), according to interim results of a study published for early online release in 9-October's New England Journal of Medicine. The data prompted an Independent Data Monitoring Committee to unblind the study so that patients in the control arm could consider switching from placebo to Femara. Get the prescribing information for Femara, today in Vidyya.  more

Number of women 35-44 years old dying of sudden cardiac death continues to increase but researchers don't know why
The number of women in their 30s and 40s who experience sudden cardiac death is increasing much faster than the number of men of the same age who experience sudden cardiac death. But a study led by an Oregon Health & Sciences University cardiac researcher has found men and women are not dying from the same causes. Sudden cardiac death in men is usually caused by coronary heart disease or other specific causes.  more

Weigh in on the subject: Public Meeting on Obesity Set for 23 October 2003
FDA has scheduled a public meeting on obesity for Oct. 23, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Md. This meeting is sponsored by the FDA Obesity Working Group, chaired by FDA Deputy Commissioner Lester M. Crawford. The Vice Chair is Joseph A. Levitt, Director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.  more

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