Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 29 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Jan-2005
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CDC announces new strategies to promote continued influenza vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced two unprecedented strategies for use this season to help healthcare providers continue efforts to vaccinate individuals at risk for the serious complications of influenza. In addition, in areas where there are ample supplies of influenza vaccine, CDC endorsed the efforts of state and local health officials to broaden the groups of people recommended to receive vaccine.  more

Revised interim guidance for late-season influenza vaccination
On 5 October 2004, Chiron Corporation notified CDC that none of its inactivated influenza vaccine (Fluvirin®) would be distributed in the United States this season. CDC, in coordination with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), initially issued interim recommendations to direct available inactivated influenza vaccine to people in certain priority groups. As the influenza vaccine supply and demand situation evolved, some areas had adequate supplies of vaccine to meet the demand from persons in the interim priority groups. On 22 December, in coordination with ACIP, CDC issued updated interim recommendations for influenza vaccination during the 2004–05 season. These updated recommendations expanded influenza vaccination recommendations to cover Additional Priority Groups for Inactivated Influenza Vaccination in Areas of Sufficient Supply.  more

Update #8: South Asia earthquake and tsunamis - 29-January-2005
No major outbreaks of communicable diseases have occurred in tsunami-affected areas. However, the region continues to be vulnerable. This is a densely populated area and is endemic for dengue fever and malaria. With the rainy season now starting, a rise in cases should be expected. The early warning and rapid response systems set in place by Ministries of Health supported by WHO and a wide network of international health experts have been performing well. Mental health experts are providing guidance to properly help people cope with the impact of the tsuanami. Malnutrition is a growing concern.  more


Association of herpesvirus with lung disorder questioned
Contrary to the results of a recent U.S. study, investigators in Japan found no association between a herpesvirus infection and a potentially life-threatening form of high blood pressure, as reported in the 1 March issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online.  more

Despite causes of lupus proving complex, critical 'checkpoint' suggesting new therapy is revealed
Scientists at The Rockefeller University have determined that the autoimmune disease lupus results from a combination of genetics that likely varies from person to person, and that a common "gatekeeper" gene is critical to the prevention of this devastating disease.  more

Cooling the brains of babies deprived of oxygen at birth can reduce the risk of brain damage and cerebral palsy
Cooling the brains of babies deprived of oxygen at birth can reduce the risk of brain damage and cerebral palsy, according to an international study published 28 January in the Lancet online.  more

Obesity and weight gain increase risk for kidney stones
Obesity and weight gain are associated with increased risk for developing kidney stones, according to a study in the 26 January issue of JAMAmore

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