Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 21 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jan-2004-Jan-2004
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'Bell-ringer' concussions require removal from the game health
As the NFL playoffs wind down and we approach the Superbowl, football fans are likely to hear announcers refer to a player as having a "ding" or "bell-ringer." However, in the high school athlete, a concussion is not a trivial event, according to a study published in the January American Journal of Sports Medicine by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program. more

Weizmann Institute scientists reveal key part of nerve regeneration mechanism
A new study conducted by Weizmann Institute scientists has now uncovered a key process leading to the regeneration of peripheral nerves. Nerves in the peripheral nervous system (any part of the body aside from the brain and spinal cord) are capable of regenerating, though often they do so poorly or slowly. Scientists have been trying to understand how they regenerate in order to better treat damage to the peripheral nervous system.  more

USDA BSE update for 19 January 2004
USDA's investigation into the 81 cows that came from Canada continues. Three animals have been located at a facility in Tenino, Washington and one additional animal has been located in Connell. The State has placed a hold on the Tenino facility in order to facilitate the investigation. In total, 23 of the 81 cows that came from Canada have been located.  more


Zithromax receives FDA approval as a once-daily, three-day treatment for acute bacterial sinusitis
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Zithromax (azithromycin(TM)) as a once-daily, three-day treatment for acute bacterial sinusitis (ABS). Zithromax is the only antibiotic approved as a three-day treatment regimen for acute bacterial sinusitis.  more

Prescribing information: Zithromax (azithromycin)
Zithromax® (azithromycin) is an antibiotic used most often to treat respiratory infections in children and adults. For adult patients, these infections include bacterial bronchitis and community-acquired pneumonia. Zithromax can also be used to treat skin infections and some sexually transmitted diseases in adults. In children, Zithromax treats some ear infections and pharyngitis/tonsillitis.  more

Report says young females follow unique substance abuse path
Differences between the sexes is an age-old topic. Yet, when it comes to alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use, a new study shows that we have a lot to learn.  more

MMWR reprint: Preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of the 2003--04 inactivated influenza vaccine --- Colorado, December 2003
A retrospective cohort study was conducted among workers at a Colorado hospital to provide preliminary data on the effectiveness of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) against influenza-like illness (ILI). This report summarizes the results of that study, which indicated that TIV had no or low effectiveness against ILI.  more

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