Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 261 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Sep-2004
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Antidepressants and pediatric patients: FDA statement on recommendations of the psychopharmacologic drugs and pediatric advisory committees
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally supports the recommendations that were recently made to the agency by the Psychopharmacologic Drugs and Pediatric Advisory Committees regarding reports of an increased risk of suicidality (suicidal thoughts and actions) associated with the use of certain antidepressants in pediatric patients. FDA has begun working expeditiously to adopt new labeling to enhance the warnings associated with the use of antidepressants and to bolster the information provided to patients when these drugs are dispensed.  more

Nasal ointment reduces allergic rhinitis symptoms
One in five Americans have allergic rhinitis, a number that is steadily rising, but the exact reasons for this increase are unknown. A new lipid-based nasal ointment is found effective at reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis in German patients.  more

Joslin researchers clarify mechanisms for beta-cell formation
A new study by researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center sheds light on the key mechanisms by which new pancreatic beta cells normally form in response to insulin resistance. These findings may some day help researchers devise ways of staving off full-blown diabetes. more


Mayo Clinic researchers define link between eosinophils and asthma
Mayo Clinic researchers have used a comparative genomic strategy to demonstrate a causative link between eosinophils, a rare type of white blood cell, and asthma. Their research shows that the presence of these unique blood cells is absolutely required for the development of asthma. The details of this animal-based study appear in the 17 September , 2004, issue of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  more

U.S. child health worse than other industrialized countries
The health of U.S. children is worse in virtually all categories when compared to children in other industrialized countries, according to new research from a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researcher. The United States can improve the health of American children by changing some of our health care policies and adopting new Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations concerning how child health should be viewed and developing information systems that better reflect the health needs of children and their distribution in the population, according to study author Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, university distinguished professor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management. The study, “U.S. Child Health: What’s Amiss, And What Should Be Done About It?” is published in the September/October 2004 issue of the journal Health Affairs.  more

What are you on? – Three out of five Israeli clinicians still using placebos
Three out of five Israeli clinicians report using placebos – inactive treatments or drugs – in treating patients, despite the medical profession's official disapproval of their use, say the authors of a BMJ Online First paper this week. more

New way to protect brain from stroke damage
Researchers have uncovered a new culprit behind the brain injury suffered by stroke victims. Their new study, published in the 17 September issue of Cell, links brain cell damage to a rise in brain acidity following the oxygen depletion, or ischemia, characteristic of stroke. The results may lead to new therapies designed to avert the often debilitating effects of stroke, for which successful treatments are currently lacking, the researchers said. more

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