Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 292 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Oct-2003
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FDA and CDC statement concerning rumors about recalled lot of influenza vaccine
Rumors have been circulating that a contaminated lot of flu vaccine has been recalled by the FDA. This is false. No contamination of any flu vaccine has been identified anywhere in the U.S., and the FDA has not recalled any lot of flu vaccine.  more

Supplemental recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
This special issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Report explains recommendations for use of administered, trivalent, cold-adapted, live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), which was approved for use in the United States on 17 June 2003.  more


Dialysis no more: 16,000 patients may have the potential to live dialysis free
An estimated 16,000 or more dialysis patients in the United States may have the potential to come off dialysis because their kidneys may be capable of recovering some of their lost function, according to a paper by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Doctors may be writing off thousands of patients too soon as dialysis “lifers,” the study said.  more

Tiny device could restore sight to people suffering from macular degeneration
Researchers are developing a tiny device that they believe will restore sight to people suffering from macular degeneration and other retinal disease.

The micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) device, containing as many as 1,000 electrodes, is implanted in the eye on the surface of the retina. Operating in conjunction with a microprocessor and specially designed eyeglasses equipped with a video camera, the retinal prosthesis performs some of the normal ability of the photoreceptor cells, restoring limited sight to victims of age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. more

Inability to pump oxygen during exercise could pinpoint early heart problems
Mildly elevated blood pressure affecting millions of Americans could lead to heart pumping disorders if left untreated. A new Johns Hopkins study indicates that the amount of oxygen that can be circulated throughout the body during each heart beat while exercising could reveal to doctors early signs of heart trouble in this population.

The research, to be presented Oct. 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in Kansas City, should help physicians better follow patients with problems of the left ventricle, or main pumping chamber of the heart, by studying so-called oxygen pulse.  more

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