Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 39 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Feb-2003
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CDC releases most extensive assessment ever of Americans' exposure to environmental chemicals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, the largest and most extensive assessment of the U.S. populationís exposure to environmental chemicals. The report presents exposure information for 116 environmental chemicals measured in blood and urine specimens. The blood and urine specimens came from a sample of people who represent the U.S. population for the years 1999 and 2000. more

Family history has limited predictive value for asthma risk
Although a family history of asthma is associated with increased risk of asthma in children, family history does not successfully predict enough cases of childhood asthma to be a useful tool in guiding widespread environmental prevention efforts, a new study concludes. more


Low amniotic fluid no risk to normal birth
Doctors may not have to deliver a baby early if it has low amniotic fluid surrounding it, Johns Hopkins obstetricians report.  more

The prevention and treatment of jet lag
The hormone melatonin has long been used to prevent and treat jet lag, but in many countries it cannot be sold because it is not licensed. Researchers in this week's BMJ argue that if use of the drug is in the public interest, then public funds should be used to get it adequately tested to be licensed.  more

FDA recommends temporary additional blood inspection measures as it continues investigation of reports of white particulate matter in some units of blood and blood components
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has issued recommendations to the blood industry for additional blood inspection measures and will shortly issue interim guidance recommending enhanced visual inspection of all blood and blood components. This interim guidance is a precautionary measure as the FDA continues to actively investigate reports of units of blood and blood components containing white particulate matter.  more

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