Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 291 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Oct-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Oct-2004
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Bone health and osteoporosis: A report of the surgeon general
U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, warned in a new report that by 2020, half of all American citizens older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass if no immediate action is taken by individuals at risk, doctors, health systems, and policymakers. This new report, “Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General” says that 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, the most common bone disease, while another 34 million are at risk for developing osteoporosis.  more

Full report: Bone health and osteoporosis: A report of the surgeon general [PDF 24MB]
A healthy skeletal system with strong bones is essential to overall health and quality of life. Yet, today, far too many Americans suffer from bone disease and fractures, much of which could be prevented. An estimated 10 million Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis (the most common bone disease), while another 34 million are at risk. Each year an estimated 1.5 million people suffer an osteoporotic-related fracture, an event that often leads to a downward spiral in physical and mental health. In fact, 20 percent of senior citizens who suffer a hip fracture die within 1 year.  more

Information for patients: The 2004 Surgeon general's report on bone health and osteoporosis: What it means to you [PDF 1.5MB]
The 2004 Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis was prepared by some of the country’s top scientists, doctors, and public health experts. The full report is more than 400 pages long and took more than 2 years to complete. It is written for a scientific audience. However, Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona believes that the findings are very important to everyone. This booklet explains what the report says and what it means to you. more


Weight operations linked to peripheral nerve damage
Mayo Clinic researchers found a significant number of patients with peripheral nerve damage. The nerve damage is believed to be the result of stomach surgery used to lose weight. The patients complained of pain, tingling or numbness.  more

Vaccine preparedness, or not
An editorial in this week’s issue discusses the impact of the temporary removal of Chiron’s licence to provide influenza vaccines. It comments that the main lesson is to avoidrelying on only two manufacturers (in the case of the USA) for vaccine supply.  more

Plant compound treats the most common cancer
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have demonstrated in laboratory animals that a compound derived from a common plant can be used to treat and prevent the most widespread form of cancer in people— the first such therapy to succeed in an experimental animal and one that may lead to therapies in people for this and other frequently encountered cancers. more

Promising results for malaria vaccine trial
TEncouraging phase II results of a trial to test the efficacy of a malaria vaccine for young children is published in this week’s issue of The Lancet more

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