Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 250 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Sep-2004
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FDA gives advice to consumers to handle the aftermath of hurricane Frances
The Food and Drug Administration cautions consumers affected by Hurricane Frances to protect their health and food supply as they deal with the aftermath of the storm.  more

Information for the public: Precautions when returning home after a hurricane
If your area is under a curfew, allow travel time to and from your home. Although unusual following a hurricane, crime can also increase. If your area is under martial law, obey all orders by authorities because they will be armed. During a hurricane and in the cleanup, injuries occur. To avoid injury, use common sense and wear proper clothing, including clothes with long sleeves and long pants, and safety shoes or boots.  more

Rating medical journals by importance to clinicians
As doctors' time is precious it is imperative that they don't waste hours reading articles of little clinical importance. A study published today in BMC Medicine, rates 170 medical titles according to the number of clinically useful articles that they publish.  more


Small, Smac-like molecule encourages death of cancer cells
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have developed a small molecule that mimics the action of a key "death-promoting" protein in cells, a finding that could lead to more effective cancer therapies with fewer side effects.  more

"Planned-care method" of asthma care reduces kids' symptoms
A “planned-care method” of providing primary care for children with asthma can significantly reduce symptoms and need for emergency medications, according to a study published in the September issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  more

Do measures to control MRSA work?
Researchers demonstrate, in this week's BMJ, that there's little proof that MRSA control policies in hospitals actually work. But they stress that, although better studies are urgently needed, isolation measures should continue until further research establishes otherwise. more

International health watch: Rabies in France
Health authorities in France have notified WHO of a recent case of rabies in a dog with multiple opportunities to transmit the disease to humans and other animals. WHO is issuing this alert to assist French authorities in tracing persons and their animals known or thought to have been in contact with the infected dog during the period when virus transmission is possible. The dog, accompanied by her owner was present at several public gatherings during a time when numerous tourists were visiting this part of France. more

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