Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 296 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Oct-2003
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Independent task forces release recommendations on community and clinical approaches to preventing skin cancer
Research results on skin cancer prevention published in the October 17, 2003, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Recommendations and Reports offer recommendations for educational and policy approaches in primary schools, as well as recreational and tourism settings, to encourage people to wear hats or other garments to limit sun exposure.  more

Counseling to prevent skin cancer: Recommendations and rationale of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
An independent panel finds insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine counseling by primary care clinicians to prevent skin cancer. Although counseling parents may increase children's use of sunscreen, the USPSTF found little evidence to determine the effects of counseling on the sun protection behaviors of adults. These behaviors include wearing protective clothing, reducing excessive sun exposure, avoiding sun lamps and tanning beds, or practicing skin self-examination.  more


Risk assessment reinforces that keeping ready-to-eat foods cold may be the key to reducing listeriosis
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released the risk assessment on the relationship between foodborne listeriosis and human health. This scientific analysis outlines clear measures industry, retailers and consumers can take to dramatically reduce the risk of this food-borne pathogen.  more

Quantitative assessment of the relative risk to public health from foodborne listeria monocytogenes among selected categories of ready-to-eat foods
This Interpretive Summary provides an overview of the revised Listeria monocytogenes risk assessment. Its purpose is to briefly describe, in non-technical language, the material covered in the complete risk assessment (also referred to as the 'technical document'), including background information on L. monocytogenes and listeriosis, the techniques and data used to develop the risk assessment, the results of the risk assessment, and limitations and implications of those findings. In order to achieve its purpose, much of the material covered quantitatively in the complete risk assessment is described qualitatively in the Interpretive Summary.  more

New study identifies gene signaling puberty
NIH-funded researchers have identified a gene that appears to be a crucial signal for the beginning of puberty in human beings as well as in mice. Without a functioning copy of the gene, both humans and mice appear to be unable to enter puberty normally. The newly identified gene, known as GPR54, also appears necessary for normal reproductive functioning in human beings.  more

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