Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 14 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Jan-2005
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Alcohol abstinence drug, Campral(R) (acamprosate calcium), now available
Campral(R) (acamprosate calcium) Delayed- Release Tablets are now available to physicians, patients and pharmacies nationwide. Campral was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 29, 2004 for the maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients with alcohol dependence who are abstinent at treatment initiation.  more

Prescribing information: Campral (acamprosate calcium)
Campral® (acamprosate calcium) Delayed-Release Tablets are now FDA-approved for the maintenance of abstinence from alcohol in patients with alcohol dependence who are abstinent at treatment initiation. Treatment with Campral should be part of a comprehensive management program that includes psychosocial support.  more

Trial of percutaneous cardiac recovery system expanded from 8 centers to 40
Orqis Medical Corp. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an expansion of the Cancion® CRS(TM) clinical trial from eight to 40 medical centers nationwide, accelerating the trial's recruitment and enrollment efforts.

The Cancion CRS therapy is a percutaneous cardiac recovery system being studied for its ability to create a "rest-to-recovery" environment for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients.  more


How to avoid the health risks of Hajj
Later this month, millions of Muslims around the world will journey to Mecca for Hajj. But two doctors in this week's BMJ warn that the Hajj carries considerable health risks if the pilgrim is unprepared.  more

Eliminating cervical cancer: First state assessment calls for renewed education and screening programs
Earlier this week, Women In Government presented the findings from its first report on states' progress to eliminate cervical cancer - a disease that is almost always preventable with the most-advanced screening technologies. The report titled, "A Call to Action: The "State" of Cervical Cancer in America," finds that none of the states are where they should be, based on cervical cancer screening rates, coverage of routine screening tests in public insurance programs and passage of state legislation to make cervical cancer elimination a priority.  more

Full report: State report on cervical cancer prevention (PDF 4MB)
Women In Government is pleased to announce the release of, A Call to Action: The "State" of Cervical Cancer Prevention in America. The report, developed at the request of our Cervical Cancer Elimination Task Force, provides a baseline assessment of states' current progress on this issue, while identifying opportunities for improvement. It evaluates published national data and state legislative activity, and has been reviewed by the leading consulting firm, Boston Healthcare Associates. more

Number of adults with high blood pressure set to soar by 2025
The proportion of the world’s adult population with high blood pressure is predicted to increase from a quarter to a third by 2025, totalling over one billion. more

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