Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 8 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jan-2003
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American Lung Association report cards show many states failing to protect public in tobacco policy
Four years after securing more than $240 billion in tobacco settlements, most U.S. states have squandered the unprecedented opportunity to fund comprehensive tobacco initiatives proven to help protect children and adults from disease and death caused by tobacco, according to the first annual American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2002 report.  more

Need for social support deters HIV patients from taking their drug 'cocktails'
Social support may play a small but potentially important role in helping HIV-positive people adhere to the complicated schedules for taking their drug "cocktails" to control the virus that causes AIDS. more


Patient compliance influences pediatric transplant recommendations
Whether or not a doctor recommends a child for kidney transplantation often depends on the child's track record for sticking to a medication regimen, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center report.  more

New role for tamoxifen as fertility drug for breast cancer patients?
US fertility experts have discovered a potential new role for the wonder drug tamoxifen helping breast cancer patients to have babies by IVF. more

Information for patients: 20 Tips to help prevent medical errors in children
Medical errors are one of the Nation's leading causes of death and injury. Rates of medication errors and adverse drug events for hospitalized children were comparable to rates for hospitalized adults in a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, the rate for potential adverse drug events was three times higher in children, and substantially higher still for babies in neonatal intensive care units. Studies of medical errors outside the hospital are just getting underway.  more

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