Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 57 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Feb-2003
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Bacterial infections alter allergic response - Findings support hygiene hypothesis
Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center have gathered strong experimental support for the hygiene hypothesis, a proposed explanation for the worldwide rise in asthma and allergies.  more

The case: Flying infusion pump hits MRI, narrowly missing child
A child was brought to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) room for a brain scan. Accompanied by an anesthesiologist, the child was receiving sedation for the MRI via an infusion pump with a long IV tube. The anesthesiologist was aware that the pump needed to be kept away from the magnet. The pump was placed 10 to 15 feet away from the MRI magnet on top of a garbage can, as is the practice at the hospital--no bracket is used to secure the pump. Don't make a mistake like this, read the case. more


Drug strongly reduces risk of heart failure in children after cardiac surgery - Clinical trial was largest ever following heart surgery in children
Infants and young children with heart defects benefited from a drug they received shortly after cardiac surgery. The drug, milrinone, significantly reduced the risk of low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS), a life-threatening reduction in the heart's pumping ability. more

AHRQ launches new web-based quality measures resource
On February 20, 2003, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality launched its Web-based National Quality Measures Clearinghouse at  more

HHS announces contracts to develop safer smallpox vaccinesr
On February 25, 2003, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the award of two contracts totaling up to $20 million in first-year funding to develop safer smallpox vaccines. The three-year contracts were awarded to Bavarian Nordic A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Acambis Inc. of Cambridge, Mass.  more

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