Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 160 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jun-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jun-2004
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FDA warns against women using unapproved drug, domperidone, to increase milk production
In response to reports that women may be using an unapproved drug, domperidone, to increase milk production (lactation), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning breastfeeding women not to use this product because of safety concerns. Yesterday, FDA also issued six letters to pharmacies that compound products containing domperidone and firms that supply domperidone for use in compounding.  more

U.S. youth are more likely to die of violent causes than are youth in other developed countries
The results of an international survey show that young adolescents in the United States are no more likely to engage in violent behavior than are youth in 4 other countries. The study authors noted, however, that their findings fail to explain international statistics showing that U.S. youth are more likely to die of violent causes than are youth in other developed countries. more

Update: Ebola hemorrhagic fever in south Sudan
As of 6 June 2004, the health authorities of Yambio County have reported a total of 28 cases, including 7 deaths of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, (case fatality, 25%), in Yambio, Western Equatoria, south Sudan.  more


Even among those who need them most, statin prescriptions go unfilled
A new study finds that nearly half of patients who have a prescription for any of the cholesterol-fighting drugs called statins fail to fill their prescription often enough -- or stop filling it altogether, even though statins give the most benefit if used long-term.  more

New study shows estrogen patches lower cholesterol in men with prostate cancer
A small adhesive estrogen patch worn by men being treated for advanced prostate cancer lowers cholesterol, according to a new study conducted by Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute researchers.  more

Obesity and hypertension: Two epidemics or one?
Government and private sector health experts now estimate that 65 percent of America's adults are overweight and 31 percent of adults are obese and at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The link between obesity and hypertension is well known, but the exact nature of the association between the two disorders remains unclear.  more

Magnetic resonance imaging significantly better than mammography for detecting number and size of tumors in breast cancer
Researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania yesterday presented the first comprehensive study results which show that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is significantly better than traditional mammography for detecting the presence and extent of disease in patients with a diagnosis of breast cancer. The research has significant implications for women considering surgical options other than a full mastectomy to remove their breast cancer, such as a lumpectomy.  more

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