Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 24 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Jan-2004
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FDA warns consumers not to feed infants “Better than Formula Ultra Infant Immune Booster 117”
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that a product, Better Than Formula Ultra Infant Immune Booster 117, sold over the internet as a dietary supplement should not be fed to infants. NSP Research Nutrition of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, sells the product as a dietary supplement. Even though NSP Research Nutrition labeled their product as "a dietary supplement," as a result of its labeling claims FDA is concerned that the product may be an infant formula. The term "Better than Formula," in the product name describes this product as a substitute for, or alternative to, other infant formulas.  more

Gene therapy in salivary glands could lead to promising applications in oral diseases
Although gene therapy has shown much promise over the past decade, one of its major challenges continues to be controlling the expression of a transplanted gene once it has been delivered into a cell. As many scientists already have reported, transplanted genes may switch off prematurely, or, in some cases, they might not turn off fast enough, causing an undesirable overproduction of its replacement protein.  more

NCI featured clinical trial: Trialphase III randomized Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR)
STAR will determine whether the osteoporosis prevention drug raloxifene is as effective as the cancer prevention drug tamoxifen in reducing the chance of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal women. “Another important part of STAR will be to assess the long-term safety of raloxifene versus tamoxifen in women at increased risk of breast cancer,” said Dr. Wolmark of NSABP, the group of researchers conducting the trial. “The two drugs have different side effects, which we need to better understand.”  more


NCI: Obesity associated with higher cancer risk among veterans
In a study of 4.5 million patients hospitalized at Veterans Affairs hospitals over a 27-year time period, researchers found an increased risk for nearly 20 different cancers in those men who were obese. The study appears in the January/February issue of Cancer Causes and Control.  more

Thailand confirms two people with bird flu
The Thai government today confirmed that two boys and a number of chickens have contracted the bird flu virus, after denying for several days that the virus was present in the country, Associated Press reports. more

WHO to revise obesity plan under U.S. pressure
Under pressure from the United States, the World Health Organization yesterday agreed to allow further revision of its plans to combat obesity worldwide, setting the stage for a battle over the next few weeks as the U.N. agency prepares a draft obesity plan for a mid-March deadline.  more

First ever guide to the care of women with disabilities now available
While the health care community has grown more sensitive to the health needs of the disabled, very little information is available to guide their competent care. Filling that void is a new resource book for physicians, nurses and other care providers that addresses the unique challenges faced by disabled women who seek routine medical care. more

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