Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 53 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Feb-2005
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Assessing obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in snorers
An overnight sleep test is required to distinguish ordinary snorers from persons with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), according to a study in the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology –Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more

Similar results found in both older and younger patients undergoing weight-loss surgery
Elderly patients can safely undergo gastric bypass surgery and can be expected to experience similar benefits from the operation as younger patients, according to an article in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.  more

Antimicrobials to prevent infection in major surgery are used properly only about half the time
Antimicrobial medications intended to prevent surgical site infections are appropriately administered to patients (within one hour before incision) only 55.7 percent of the time, according to a study published in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more


Treatment guidelines for kids with bipolar disorder published
Early diagnosis and treatment is important for children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, according to new treatment guidelines. The guidelines were sponsored by the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), a national parent advocacy group, and were drafted by a scientific consortium led by Robert Kowatch, M.D., director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  more

Cases of rabies in Germany following organ transplantation
On 16 February 2005, the Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation (German Foundation for Organ Transplantation, announced possible rabies cases in three of six patients who received organs from a donor who died in late December 2004.  more

New WHO influenza vaccine recommendations for 2005-2006 season, northern hemisphere
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published new influenza vaccine recommendations for the 2005-6 season, for the northern hemisphere.  more

Second national reports on quality and disparities find improvements in health care quality, although disparities remain
This week the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its second annual reports on the quality of and disparities in health care in America.  more

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