Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 65 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Mar-2003
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Information for patients: Talking to children about war and terrorism
Once again, parents and teachers are faced with the challenge of discussing the threat of terrorism and the prospect of war with their children. Although these are understandably difficult conversations, they are also extremely important. Keep in mind, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to have these discussions.  more

Study links ecstasy use with changes in cardiovascular function
NIDA-supported researchers have demonstrated that binge use of MDMA (ecstasy) can significantly alter cardiovascular function, including inducing cardiac arrhythmia and myocarditis, inflammation of the heart wall. more


Preventive wars are rare in American history
The Bush administration's claim that it is fighting a preventive war with Iraq now to forestall a more dangerous war later is a virtually unprecedented foreign policy move in American history and even among other nations over the past two centuries, a Penn State political scientist says. more

AHRQ report says bronchiolitis is commonly treated with medicines that may be ineffective
A new evidence report sponsored by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says that although doctors commonly use a wide array of medications to treat bronchiolitis -- the most common lower-respiratory tract disease among infants and toddlers - - there is currently no compelling evidence to support these treatments.  more

Outpatient prescription drug-related injuries are common in older patients, but many can be prevented
Medicare patients treated in the outpatient setting may suffer as many as 1.9 million drug-related injuries a year because of medical errors or adverse drug reactions not caused by errors, according to medical researchers sponsored by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).  more

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