Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 23 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Jan-2005
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Allergists report risks associated with smallpox vaccine
The live-virus smallpox vaccine may pose a risk for individuals taking high-dose corticosteroids, and those with certain skin disorders or who are immunosuppressed, according to a report published in this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).  more

Study links maternal depression to low birth weights in newborns
Depressed pregnant women may be more likely to have babies with low birth weights, according to a new study co-authored by Karen Conway, professor of economics at the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics.  more

Premenstrual syndrome carries high costs for employers
The presence of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in female workers is associated with sharply increased costs to employers—mainly related to the indirect costs of missed work time and reduced productivity, reports a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). more


Protein in fly saliva speeds healing of incisions, wounds
Auburn University researchers investigating ways to control tiny, blood-thirsty black flies have discovered a protein in the flies’ saliva that speeds the healing of surgical incisions and have been awarded a U.S. patent on the technology.  more

New method to fix cleft palate shows promise in Mayo Clinic lab study
Results from a Mayo Clinic laboratory study in animals suggest that using distraction osteogenesis, a procedure that uses the mechanical force of an appliance to lengthen soft tissue and bone, may be a feasible and effective method to repair cleft palate in the future. Cleft palate is a common birth defect in which a child is born with a gap in the roof of the mouth. This condition occurs in one out of 700 to 1,000 births in the United States.  more

Severity of liver disease not a reliable indicator of quality of life
A new study on the determination of how livers are allocated for transplants examined the relationship between liver disease severity and quality of life, and found that the commonly used model for liver allocation is not a reliable indicator of general quality of life. more

Study: Unintentional non-fire-related carbon monoxide exposures — United States, 2001–2003
Carbon monoxide (CO) exposures and poisonings occur more often during the fall and winter, when people are more likely to use gas furnaces, heaters and generators in their homes. This study finds that in years 2001-2003 approximately 480 U.S. residents died, each year from non-fire-related CO poisoning. In addition an estimated 15,200 persons with confirmed or possible non-fire-related CO exposure or poisoning were treated annually in U.S. hospital emergency departments. more

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