Volume 7 Issue 300
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Nov-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Nov-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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WHO global influenza preparedness plan: The role of WHO and recommendations for national measures before and during pandemics

The WHO global influenza preparedness plan has been prepared to assist WHO Member States and those responsible for public health, medical and emergency preparedness to respond to threats and occurrences of pandemic influenza. It updates and significantly revises the Influenza pandemic plan. The role of WHO and guidelines for national and regional planning published by WHO in 1999. This new plan addresses the possibility of a prolonged existence of an influenza virus of pandemic potential, such as the H5N1 influenza virus subtype in poultry flocks in Asia, which persisted from 2003 onwards. more  

FDA approves first oral drug for chronic iron overload

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today the approval of Exjade (deferasirox), an oral iron chelator developed to treat chronic iron overload due to multiple blood transfusions. more

FDA updates labeling for Ortho Evra contraceptive patch

The Food and Drug Administration today approved updated labeling for the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch to warn healthcare providers and patients that this product exposes women to higher levels of estrogen than most birth control pills. Ortho Evra was the first skin patch approved for birth control. more  

Saving money on prescription drugs

Many Americans have been buying prescription drugs from foreign countries as a way to cut costs, but experts at the Food and Drug Administration warn that this practice comes with potential safety risks. The safety and effectiveness of imported drugs have not been reviewed by the FDA, and their identity and potency can't be assured. Patients could get the wrong drug. Or they could get too little or too much of the right drug. All of these differences can be dangerous. more

Ketogenic diet prevents seizures by enhancing brain energy production, increasing neuron stability  

Although the high-fat, calorie-restricted ketogenic diet (KD) has long been used to prevent childhood epileptic seizures that are unresponsive to drugs, physicians have not really understood exactly why the diet works. New studies by a research team at Emory University School of Medicine show that the diet alters genes involved in energy metabolism in the brain, which in turn helps stabilize the function of neurons exposed to the challenges of epileptic seizures. This knowledge could help scientists identify specific molecular or genetic targets and lead to more effective drug treatments for epilepsy and brain damage. more

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center finds better predictors for outcomes after radical prostatectomy  

In the largest study of its kind to date, Mayo Clinic researchers report that prostate specific antigen (PSA) kinetics, both velocity and doubling time, can be used to predict disease progression and likelihood of death after radical prostatectomy surgery, suggesting that this could be used to guide treatment decisions. Study results are published in the December issue of The Journal of Urology. more

Research helps identify precursors to foot disease in diabetes patients

Foot ulcerations are one of the most serious complications of diabetes, resulting in more than 80,000 lower-leg amputations each year in the U.S. alone. A new study led by researchers at the Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Foot Center and Microcirculation Laboratory finds that early changes in the oxygenation of the skin could help foretell the development of ulcerations and enable doctors to treat patients at an earlier stage, before the onset of serious complications. more

 

Updated labeling for the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch warns healthcare providers and patients that this product exposes women to higher levels of estrogen