Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 66 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Mar-2004
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Depressed moms want pediatricians to hear them
A new study by researchers at University Hospitals of Cleveland's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University offers a possible solution to address postpartum depression. Published in the March issue of Pediatrics, the study results indicated that, regardless of whether new mothers have relatively mild cases of the blues or incapacitating episodes of major depression, pediatricians can and should play a key role in keeping these women from slipping through the cracks.  more

FDA announces nationwide recall of faulty patients lifts
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday announced that Moving Solutions, Inc., of Downers Grove, Ill., is recalling its patient lifts because of a faulty design. more

Early treatment confirmed as key to stroke recovery
A study in the 6 March 2004, issue of The Lancet confirms the benefits of getting stroke patients to the hospital quickly for rapid thrombolytic treatment. The study provides the results of an extensive analysis of more than 2,700 stroke patients in six controlled clinical trials who were randomized for treatment with thrombolytic t-PA or a placebo.  more


New breast smear detects early cellular changes; May prevent onset of breast cancer
Long before a woman feels an ominous lump in her breast, Victoria Seewaldt, M.D., can test her for subtle signs that breast cancer may be brewing in a few errant cells amidst thousands of healthy ones. Never before has such a possibility existed, and Seewaldt is brimming with excitement.  more

Pain medication safe and effective for the elderly
The KRONUS-MSP trial is the largest trial to date to examine the tolerability of a sustained-release opioid for the treatment of chronic non-malignant pain. The trial employed a community-based, prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded-endpoint design involving 1,418 patients with moderate to severe, chronic, non-malignant pain and a history of unsuccessful pain management. more

Innovative reconstructive surgery improves appearance, outcomes for skin cancer patients
Dorothy Fahland says she was as a typical blue-eyed blonde with freckles growing up on Long Island, N.Y. She spent her days playing on the beach and sailing with friends. "No one ever thought to wear sunscreen back then," she said. "As a teenager, the goal was to get as tan as possible, so I was in the sun a lot."  more

Older patients need special attention in the dental chair
It is estimated that by the year 2040, adults over the age of 65 will account for 21 percent of the U.S. population. And as their ranks increase, a growing number of older adults will need dental care in years to come, according to the March/April 2004 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.  more

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