Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 130 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-May-2004
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Study suggests patients comfortable, satisfied with robotic doctor
A new study at Johns Hopkins finds that many hospitalized patients prefer visits from their own physician to those of the physicians on duty, even when those "visits" are virtual "telerounds."  more

Kadian relieves chronic pain in patients unsuccessfully treated with OxyContin and MS Contin
Arnold Weil, M.D., founder of the Non-Surgical Orthopaedic & Spine Center, is presenting new data at the 2nd Joint Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society and the Canadian Pain Society demonstrating that patients who were treated unsuccessfully with MS Contin® and OxyContin® found pain relief with Kadian, a sustained-release morphine sulfate. Kadian, approved to treat moderate-to-severe chronic pain, is designed with a unique polymer-coated pellet technology that avoids the initial release of morphine at the start of the dose and may reduce the “high” patients report experiencing with other oral pain-management therapies.  more

Prescribing information: Kadian (morphine sulfate sustained release capsules)
Kadian (morphine sulfate sustained release capsules) CII, is proven to provide 24-hour control of moderate to severe chronic pain with the convenience of dosing every 12 or 24 hours.  more


Libya sentences foreign medics to death over HIV allegations
A Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death by firing squad today for intentionally infecting more than 400 children with HIV as part of an experiment to find a cure for AIDS.  more

National stroke awareness month --- May 2004
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. During 2004, an estimated 700,000 persons in the United States will have a stroke; of these, approximately 160,000 (23%) will die. Nearly half of stroke deaths will occur before patients are transported to hospitals, and 15%--30% of stroke survivors will be disabled permanently.  more

Less educated people have lower stress, but more health effects
While less educated people report fewer stressful days than those with more education, their stress is more severe and has a larger impact on their health, reports a researcher from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and his colleagues in the current issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  more

Vietnam announces new bird flu outbreak
On 7 May 2004 Vietnam announced it had identified a new outbreak of bird flu, just weeks after it declared the country free of the disease despite warnings from U.N. health experts that the claim was premature.  more

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