Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 247 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Sep-2004
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New report maps women's health in the United States shows patterns by state for key indicators
Hawaii has the lowest overall death rate for women, Colorado the lowest rate of obesity, and Minnesota ranks best in terms of health insurance coverage. These findings and more are in a new report, The Women’s Health and Mortality Chartbook, a collection of current state data on critical issues of relevance to women’s health. Prepared by the HHS Office on Women’s Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the report ranks each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in 27 indicators, including major causes of death, health risk factors, preventive care, and health insurance coverage.  more

Women's health and mortality chartbook (14.8 MB PDF)
The Women's Health and Mortality Chartbook, developed by NCHS with support from the Office on Women's Health, describes the health of people in each State by sex, race, and age by reporting current data on critical issues of relevance to women.  more

FDA approves new stent system to help prevent stroke
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a stent for use in opening blocked arteries in the neck. The new stent is intended to prevent stroke by treating blockages in the carotid artery, the main blood vessel leading to the brain.  more


Study finds immune therapy for metastatic breast cancer possible
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health, have found promising evidence that immune cell transplant therapy can help shrink tumors in patients with metastatic breast cancer. Similar therapies, which also involve transplantation of donated immune cells, have produced dramatic anti-tumor effects in leukemias and lymphomas.  more

Should AIDS therapy be used earlier than current guidelines recommend?
Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has been shown to delay progression of AIDS and reduce mortality, yet the optimal time to start it is unknown.  more

Chernobyl study: Risk of thyroid cancer rises with radiation dose
The risk of thyroid cancer rises with increasing radiation dose, according to the most thorough risk analysis for thyroid cancer to date among people who grew up in the shadow of the 1986 Chernobyl power-plant disaster. more

FDA issues guidance on hospital bed design to reduce patient entrapment
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published draft guidance for hospital bed manufacturers designed to reduce the occurrence of patient entrapment. more

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