Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 277 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Oct-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Oct-2004
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Data show Zyvox is more effective and reduces costs for infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Treatment with Zyvox® (linezolid injection, tablets and for oral suspension) for complicated skin and soft tissue infections (cSSTIs) caused by suspected or proven methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) resulted in higher cure rates and decreased healthcare costs compared with intravenous (IV) vancomycin, according to a U.S. sub-analysis of data presented this week at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).  more

Prescribing information: Zyvox (linezolid injection, tablets and for oral suspension)
Zyvox was initially approved in the United States in April 2000 for the treatment of infections in adults with susceptible strains of designated organisms, including complicated skin and skin structure infections and nosocomial pneumonia including those caused by MRSA. In December 2002, Zyvox was approved for use in pediatric patients and subsequently received approval for diabetic foot infections without concomitant osteomyelitis in July 2003. Get the full prescribing information in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

Area of brain responsible for binge eating of fat found
Recent studies show that 65 percent of the U.S. population is either clinically obese or overweight. Over-consumption, or binge eating, of high amounts of fats, carbohydrates and sugar is, according to some researchers, largely responsible for this epidemic. A University of Missouri-Columbia researcher has discovered an area of the brain that appears to control the intake of high-fat foods. more


Spring-fall flu shots safe, protect children
Giving flu vaccine to toddlers in the spring and fall guards against infection and is easier on parents than the fall schedule of two doses administered a month apart, found researchers from Duke University Medical Center and the University of Washington.  more

The more you have on your plate, the more you overeat, Cornell nutritionist finds in study of eating behavior
A study by Cornell University researchers finds that when young adults are served larger portions from one week to the next they overeat by almost 40 percent. Eating larger portions over time could account for the growth of the American girth over the past 20 years, the researchers say.  more

Fasting during Ramadan could cause problems for Muslim patients
Fasting from dawn to dusk during Ramadan could cause problems for Muslim patients taking prescribed drugs, warn researchers in this week's BMJ. more

Drug-resistant bacteria causing infections in healthy people
An emerging form of so-called “flesh-eating bacteria” is caused by a strain that is resistant to standard first-line antibiotics. The same type of bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is causing record numbers of less-serious skin infections in children and also is emerging as a cause of pneumonia, which can be deadly. more

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