Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 347 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Dec-2003
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US wants British flu vaccine
As US health officials run short of influenza vaccine, they are considering buying thousands of doses of flu vaccine from Britain. Parts of the US have been affected by the Fujian flu strain, which has also hit the UK. The UK Department of Health said the US would talk directly to vaccine suppliers and any deal would not affect NHS patients.  more

Are COX-2 drugs cost effective?
Findings reported in a study published today by The American Journal of Managed Care call into question the cost effectiveness of the new, more expensive COX-2 anti-inflammatory drugs. Using data representing actual clinical practice, researchers sought to validate the rate of co-prescribing of agents used to protect the gastrointestinal tract -- a key assumption made in prior COX-2 cost-effectiveness studies.  more


Preventing drug abuse among children and adolescents
This booklet, Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders, Second Edition, presents updated prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention. It can serve as an introduction to research-based prevention for those new to the field of drug abuse prevention. Selected resources and references are also provided.  more

Information for patients: Selecting a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner
Selecting a health care practitioner--of conventional or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)--is an important decision and can be key to ensuring that you are receiving the best health care. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has developed this fact sheet to answer frequently asked questions about selecting a CAM practitioner, such as issues to consider when making your decision and important questions to ask the practitioner you select.  more

Information for patients and practitioners: About chiropractic and its use in treating low-back pain
While there are some differences in beliefs and approaches within the chiropractic profession, this Research Report will give you a general overview of chiropractic, discuss scientific research findings on chiropractic treatment for low-back pain, and suggest other sources of information. more

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