Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 115 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Apr-2004
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Medical residents need training to interact with pharmaceutical representatives
Medical residents need to learn that there's "no free lunch" when it comes to their interactions with drug company representatives, say researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in the current issue of Academic Medicine.  more

Canadian doctors don't know costs of prescribed treatments
For the most part, family physicians in British Columbia aren't even close when they guess the costs of the treatments and tests they prescribe for their patients, according to a new study published in the journal Canadian Family Physician. more

Information for professionals: Patient scenario -- Botulism poisoning
This learning scenario can be used to reinforce medical management information pertaining to foodborne illnesses, such as that provided from the other booklets of this primer. This case study provides questions that need to be considered when dealing with a potential case of foodborne illness. Answers are provided immediately following the questions to enhance the learning process.  more


Information for patients: Fight BAC!TM
This handout details four simple steps to food safety: clean, separate, cook and chilll. The PDF patient education brochure also contains safe cooking temperatures for several common foods and other helpful tips to protect your patients against food born illness.  more

Suggested food safety resources and reading list
This list, compiled by the CDC, AMA, ANA, CFSAN, and FSIS (USDA) provides you with Web pages, books, journals and other resources about food safety. There are several sections, including sections that list resources by pathogen.  more

New SARS cases confirmed in China; Virus can be airborne
China confirmed two new cases of SARS and said two other people were suspected of having the disease, one of whom died.  According to Associated Press, it would be the first SARS fatality in China since July of 2003. more

Russia not taking HIV/AIDS threat seriously, Report says
While the HIV caseload in Russia has jumped from 163 in 1994 to an estimated 1 million by the end of last year, President Vladimir Putin has taken little action to tackle the epidemic, USA Today reported this week. more

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