Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 49 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Feb-2003
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AHRQ announces new web-based medical journal with patient safety lessons drawn from actual cases
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality launched a monthly peer-reviewed, Web-based medical journal that showcases patient safety lessons drawn from actual cases of medical errors.  more

The Case: “Mr Smith” mix-up: Patient almost receives haloperidol ordered for roommate with same last name
The problem of patients with the same or similar last names is common but unstudied. On a recent day at UCSF Medical Center, looking only at the rosters for two of the medical floors, there were two patients with the same last name, Chan, and three other pairs of similar sounding last names (eg, Pena and Pineda). Read a case that examines this easily avoidable medical error. more


Data show anti-HIV agent tipranavir effective in patients with virus resistant to available drug therapy
Results from a Phase IIb study show that tipranavir significantly reduces levels of HIV in patients previously treated with multiple protease inhibitor-based (PI) treatment regimens. In this study of more than 200 highly treatment-experienced patients, researchers evaluated the efficacy and safety of three doses of tipranavir and further characterized the resistance profile of tipranavir in this advanced patient population. more

Promising drug for preventing serious complications of diabetes reported in Nature Medicine
Opening up the possibility of a new approach to the treatment of diabetes, researchers have shown in animal studies that a drug long available in Europe can simultaneously block three of the major biochemical pathways responsible for the blood-vessel damage that causes serious diabetic complications.  more

Bioterrorism watch: Q & A - NIH's building 470 in Frederick, Maryland
In 1953, the Army constructed Building 470 as a pilot plant for the production of biological agents as part of the United States' biological warfare program. From 1954 to 1965, the building was used for production of Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis, and Brucella suis. These bacteria are the causative agents of anthrax, tularemia, and brucellosis, respectively.  more

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