Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 36 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Feb-2003
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Vaccine shortage study exposes nationís 'patchwork' system
An ongoing national shortage of a vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia in children has left doctors scrambling to provide even the minimum number of shots, and has exposed gaps in the nation's "patchwork" vaccine system, the first-ever in-depth study of the problem finds. more

With concerns about estrogen, experts search for alternatives to treat hot flashes
More than 50 percent of women entering into menopause know the feeling all-too-well. That sudden rush of uncomfortable and often embarrassing heat that seems to take over the body, causing the heart to race and the skin to redden. more


Doctors fail to bridge confidential communication gap with teens
Teenagers seeking confidential health care for such conditions as pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases frequently get inaccurate information about their doctor's confidentiality policies, according to a study by a Johns Hopkins researcher in the February issue of Pediatrics. more

Perforation twice as frequent during colonoscopy as during sigmoidoscopy
The risk of perforation to the colon after a sigmoidoscopy, although small, is about half the risk of a perforation after a colonoscopy, according to a new study comparing the two procedures used for the early detection of colorectal cancer. The findings appear in the February 5 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  more

Task force issues two recommendations on screening for diabetes in adults and pregnant women
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force today recommended that adults with high blood pressure or high cholesterol be screened for Type II diabetes (insulin-resistant diabetes) as part of an integrated approach to reduce cardiovascular disease but concluded that further research is needed to determine whether widespread screening of the general population would improve health outcomes.  more

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