Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 293 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Oct-2003
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Paxil CR helps patients suffering from the most common anxiety disorder
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Paxil CR(TM) (paroxetine HCl) Controlled-Release Tablets for the treatment of social anxiety disorder. Paxil CR is the first controlled-release SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) approved for social anxiety disorder, a highly debilitating condition that affects more than 10 million Americans.  more

Prescribing information: Paxil (paroxetine HCl)
Most common adverse events (incidence of 5% or greater and incidence for Paxil CR and at least twice that for placebo) in studies for major depressive disorder, panic disorder, PMDD and social anxiety disorder include infection, trauma, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, constipation, decreased appetite, somnolence, dizziness, decreased libido, tremor, yawn, sweating, abnormal vision, asthenia, insomnia, abnormal ejaculation, female genital disorders and impotence. Patients should not be abruptly discontinued from antidepressant medication, including Paxil CR. Concomitant use of Paxil CR in patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or thioridazine is contraindicated. Get the full prescribing information for Paxil in today's issue of Vidyya.  more


Longevity & lipoproteins - Number and size both important
A study that received national attention warrants greater attention to lipoprotein number in addition to size when considering longevity. The study, "Unique Lipoprotein Phenotype and Genotype Associated With Exceptional Longevity," was published in the Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The lead researcher, Dr. Nir Barzilai of the Institute for Aging Research, sought to understand why certain individuals live exceptionally long lives.  more

Management of pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis
Inhaled antibiotics are being used by over 60 percent of U.S. patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who have tested positive to the most significant pathogen affecting those with CF. The advantages of the technique involve direct delivery of high-dose antibiotics to an individual's bronchial space and limited systemic absorption and toxicity.  more

Unusual form of memory loss often confused for Alzheimer's disease
An article by Alzheimer's disease expert M.-Marsel Mesulam, M.D., in the Oct. 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine reports that nearly a quarter of all dementias, especially those of presenile onset, may be caused by diseases other than Alzheimer's disease and that some of these so-called atypical dementias involve cognitive abnormalities in areas other than memory.  more

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