Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 113 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Apr-2004
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FDA approves Apokyn for the acute treatment of episodes of immobility in Parkinsonís patients
FDA has approved Apokyn (apomorphine) as an injectable drug for treating Parkinson's patients during episodes of "hypomobility," so-called "off periods" in which the patient becomes immobile or unable to perform activities of daily living. Apokyn was given priority review because injectable apomorphine is the first therapy approved to treat these episodes acutely (during the episode). Apokyn was also designated as an orphan product.  more

Multistate investigation of measles among adoptees from China --- April 2004
Seattle and King County, Washington, reported a laboratory-confirmed case of measles in a recently adopted child from China. Public health authorities in Washington state notified CDC, which collaborated with health officials in other states to locate other recently adopted children from China and contact their adoptive families. This report summarizes the preliminary results of an ongoing multistate investigation that has so far identified four confirmed and five suspected cases of measles among adoptees from China, underscoring the need for health-care providers to remain vigilant for measles and other vaccine-preventable communicable diseases in children adopted from international regions. more

AAAS analysis: U.S. President's budget proposal means R&D 5-year cuts 'well below historic levels'
With a budget deficit estimated at $521 billion this year, coupled with a commitment to halve it in five years, U.S. President Bush is proposing a budget that would mean cuts in research and development (R&D) funding for all but three federal agencies, according to the latest analysis from AAAS, the non-profit science society.  more


Starting salaries lower for 2003 chemistry grads, C&EN reports
The starting median salary for 2003 chemistry Ph.D. graduates declined by some $4,000 from 2002, according to the latest American Chemical Society survey of starting salaries and employment status reported in the April 19 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. The weekly newsmagazine is published by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.  more

New drug safer, more effective in preventing heart transplant rejection
Although cyclosporine is widely used to prevent rejection in organ transplant recipients over the long term, two problems remain for heart transplant patients: acute rejection, which occurs within the first three months after transplantation, and cardiac allograft vasculopathy, a thickening of the heart wall that can restrict blood flow.  more

Medication relieves chest pain, Lets cardiac patients exercise longer
New research published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology offers more evidence that an investigational drug may offer relief to the millions of Americans who suffer from angina, a chronic condition that causes chest pain and limits patientsí physical activity. more

Info on breast cancer detection techniques, confusing, culturally insensitive, misleading
Information on breast cancer detection techniques, such as screening and self examination, is confusing, culturally insensitive, and misleading, concludes an analysis in the Journal of Medical Ethics.  more

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