Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 61 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Mar-2004
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One trip to the tanning booth can result in enough DNA damage to can cause skin cancer
As the long cold days of winter pale our complexion, thousands will turn to tanning booths to brighten their skin and their spirits. What people donít realize is that the bronzed glow they so desire is only the skinís visible response to damage from harmful ultraviolet rays. Dermatologists at the University of Michigan Health System say even one trip to the tanning booth can result in DNA damage that can cause skin cancer.  more

Patients with pain after previous back surgery benefit from Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
An operation called anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) benefits most patients with continued pain and other symptoms after previous, unsuccessful back surgery  more

HHS announces task force on drug importation
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the creation of a task force to advise and assist HHS in determining how drug importation might be conducted safely and its potential impact, positive and negative, on the health of American patients, medical costs and the development of new medicines.  more


Botulism IGIV approved for infants
FDA recently approved the first drug to treat botulism in infants under one year of age. The new product is Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), and will be sold under the trade name, BabyBIG. It can be used for both type A and type B botulism. more

Prescribing information: BabyBIG (Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human))
Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) is indicated for treatment of infant botulism caused by type A or type B Clostridium botulinum. Get the full prescribing information in today's issue of Vidyya. more

Lower social class linked to increased risk of postoperative MRSA infection
Results of a UK study in this week's issue of The Lancetsuggest that people from the poorest socioeconomic backgrounds could be up to seven times more likely to get postoperative infection with meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than people from affluent social groups. This heightened risk is more likely to be a result of increased hospital visits rather than due to community-based MRSA infection.  more

Intrathecal injection of ionic contrast media may be fatal
Here's a story you may want to pass on to colleagues in the radiology department. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently reported on a patient who received an intrathecal injection of the wrong contrast medium prior to undergoing myelography and died as a result.  more

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