Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 334 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Dec-2003
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New study shows overall increase in HIV diagnoses
The most comprehensive analysis of US HIV cases completed to date reveals that new HIV diagnoses in 29 states increased in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today. Overall, new diagnoses in these states rose by 5.1 per cent over the four-year period 1999 to 2002. The increases underscore the urgent need for public awareness and action as countries around the globe observe World AIDS Day.  more

FDA updates information for physicians on Cordis Cypher Stent
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated and clarified information for physicians about adverse events associated with Cordis Corporation's Cypher Coronary Stent. FDA posted the new information on its web site as a public health notification to physicians.  more


Cochlear implants and bacterial meningitis
Children with a cochlear implant to treat hearing loss have a greater risk of developing bacterial meningitis compared to children in the general population, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration, and state and local health departments.  more

U.S. influenza summary update
Influenza activity was reported as widespread in 2 states (Texas and Nevada), regional in 6 states (Colorado, Idaho, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia), and local in 11 states (Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Oklahoma). Sporadic influenza activity was reported in 20 states (Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming), New York City, Guam, and Puerto Rico.  more

Information for patients: Risk of bacterial meningitis in children with cochlear implants
Any person who is showing signs or symptoms of meningitis should seek immediate medical care by contacting their doctor or going to a clinic or emergency room. If that person has a cochlear implant, the doctor or other health care provider should be told. The doctor can look at and examine the person and do others tests as needed. more

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