Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 5 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Jan-2003
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Designing safer handguns could prevent many unintentional shooting
Two studies in the January 2003 Annals of Emergency Medicine explore the causes of unintentional shootings in the United States and the preventive measures that may help end the deaths and disabilities they cause each year, particularly among children.  more

Study finds many patients wait more than an hour for emergency care
The first regional study on emergency department waiting times indicates they are longer in poorer neighborhoods where resources are scarce. Results of the study, commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation and conducted by researchers from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars' Program at the University of California in Los Angeles and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, are published in the January 2003 Annals of Emergency Medicine.  more


One in five GPs in England want to quit
The proportion of general practitioners intending to quit direct patient care within the next five years has risen from 14% in 1998 to 22% in 2001, finds a study in this week's BMJ. more

Paperwork and billing bigger concerns than quality of health care
Patients complain more often about paperwork and billing concerns than the quality of their health care to their health care providers, even though quality related problems are just as common as administrative issues, a new study suggests. more

FDA approves Prozac for pediatric use to treat depression and OCD
The Food and Drug Administration has approved new uses for the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) to treat children and adolescents seven to 17 years of age for depression (major depressive disorder) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This is the first approval of one of the newer types of antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs) for treating depression in this population.  more

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