Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 109 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Apr-2004
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Task force recommends that primary care clinicians prescribe fluoride supplements to prevent cavities in preschool children
Primary care clinicians who practice in areas where the water supply is deficient in fluoride should prescribe oral fluoride supplements to preschool children over the age of 6 months, according to a recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The recommendation appears in the May 2004 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  more

Recommendations and rationale: Prevention of dental caries in preschool children, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
This statement summarizes the USPSTF recommendations on the primary care clinician's role in the prevention of dental disease among preschool children based on the USPSTF's examination of evidence specific to dental disease in young children. It updates the 1996 recommendations in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Second Edition. more

DNA vaccine may protect against smallpox
A DNA based vaccine may protect against smallpox say researchers from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Their findings appear in the May 2004 issue of the Journal of Virology.  more


Delirium in ICU patients a predictor of mortality
There are an estimated 6,000 intensive care units in the United States caring for approximately 55,000 patients daily. Between 60 percent to 80 percent of these patients develop a brain dysfunction known as delirium, which according to a group of physicians at Vanderbilt Medical Center is an independent predictor of mortality.  more

Study finds low activity levels among nursing home residents regardless of restraint
The use of physical restraints in U.S. nursing homes has dropped dramatically since the 1990 implementation of federal regulations severely limiting the use of such devices. However, a new study reports there is little evidence that this freedom has led to increases in residents' activity levels or in rehabilitation programs that improve the problems that can result from restraint use. more

Research program to predict and prevent alcoholism
Mayo Clinic has established a landmark research program in the genomics of addiction with the long-term goal of predicting and preventing alcoholism and other chemical dependencies. more

Weight training not enough for weight loss
Does circuit weight training help with weight loss?

Weight training offers many benefits, but by itself, it won’t burn enough calories to promote much weight loss, says the April issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s Health Source.  more

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