Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 303 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Oct-2003
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Information for patients: Wildfires
As the fires in California continue to burn, CDC has released information on assessing your risk and protecting yourself during a fire emergency. Wildfires present health risks to anyone in their path.  more

Preventing arson in your community
More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and more than 25,000 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only had the information they needed to avoid a disaster. The following life-saving tips could make a big difference. By incorporating them, you could help save a life.  more


FDA advises physicians of adverse events associated with Cordis Cypher coronary stents
FDA has received more than 290 reports of thrombosis (clotting) occurring one to 30 days after the procedure to implant the Cordis Corporation's Cypher Coronary Stent. In more than 60 of these reports, use of the Cordis Corporation's Cypher Coronary Stent was associated with the death of the patient; in the remainder, the device was associated with injury requiring medical or surgical intervention.  more

Research update: Fruits offer powerful protection from skin cancer
Fruits contain a number of vitamins and minerals that are used as supplements to treat everyday illnesses. Now, research suggests that common fruit extracts may have significant clinical benefits in decreasing risk for skin cancer. These studies are presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research Second Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research.  more

Intervention improves control of high blood pressure in young inner-city African-American men
In East Baltimore's inner city, a group of hypertensive young African-American men gained control of their high blood pressure, thanks to a comprehensive intervention conducted at the community level by a multidisciplinary health care team. Forty-four percent of the men receiving the intensive form of the intervention attained control after three years, whereas at the study's start, only 17 percent had control.  more

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