Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 102 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Apr-2004
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Information for patients: How active do adults need to be to gain some benefit?
Physical activity does not need to be hard to provide some benefit. Participating in moderate-intensity physical activity is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities. There is no demographic or social group in America that could not benefit from becoming more active.  more

Information for patients: What is "vigorous-intensity physical activity?"
This chart appears courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and contains examples of activities that are considered "moderate-intensity" and "vigorous-intensity." It is in PDF format.  more

FDA statement on generic oxycodone hydrochloride extended release tablets
Oxycodone hydrochloride extended-release products, such as OxyContin and its generic versions, are important options for the management of moderate-to-severe chronic pain, such as that associated with cancer and various other illnesses. FDA's approval of two generic oxycodone hydrochloride products should make this safe and effective medicine available at a lower cost to patients suffering from moderate to severe chronic pain.  more


FDA enhances safeguards for consumers who may have special sensitivities to certain commonly used over-the-counter drug ingredients
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published new rules on 24 March 2004, requiring content labeling (amount present per dosage unit, e.g. tablet) and warning labeling for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that contain levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium, or potassium that might be harmful to people with certain underlying medical conditions. FDA published these final rules in the Federal Register in order to enhance the safe use of these products by providing uniform content and warning labeling for oral OTC drug products containing levels of these substances that exceed specific thresholds. Mouth rinses, fluoride toothpastes and mouth washes are not covered by this regulation.  more

DNA research highlights prostate cancer mechanisms
Certain prostate cancer cell lines are unable to repair DNA damage caused by "free radicals," according to scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). more

A simple breath test could detect tuberculosis
Coughing into a breathalyzer could be the new way to detect the most common form of tuberculosis. Rapid Biosensor Systems had developed a portable device that would be quicker and easier to use than the current screening method, called the Heaf test.  more

Stem cell transplants fail patients with breast cancer
Stem cell transplants do not appear to benefit patients with breast cancer, research has shown. Studies had suggested they improved the success of chemotherapy in patients with breast tumors. But new research appearing in the journal Annals of Oncology, found the transplants had failed to live up to early hopes. more

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