Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 7 Issue 8 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jan-2005
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FDA approves Abraxane(TM) for treatment of metastatic breast cancer
American Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. and American Bioscience, Inc. (ABI) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AbraxaneTM for Injectable Suspension (paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension) (albumin-bound) in metastatic breast cancer. Abraxane is indicated for the treatment of breast cancer after failure of combination chemotherapy for metastatic disease or relapse within 6 months of adjuvant chemotherapy. Prior therapy should have included an anthracycline unless clinically contraindicated.  more

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Prescribing information: Abraxane™ for Injectable Suspension (paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension)
Abraxane™ is indicated for the treatment of breast cancer after failure of combination chemotherapy for metastatic disease or relapse within 6 months of adjuvant chemotherapy. Prior therapy should have included an anthracycline unless clinically contraindicated.  more

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Zinc may help prevent esophageal, oral cancers
Cancer researchers have found that zinc treatment may help prevent cancers of the esophagus and oral cavity in those persons at high risk. The research was carried out scientists at Jefferson Medical College and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. more

 


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System used to check heart health during stress test my have application in the labor and deliver room
The Medical College of Georgia is leading research to see if the same electrical activity that indicates the lack of oxygen to the heart during a treadmill test can also be used to identify babies in serious distress who need immediate delivery. The goal is to see if monitoring ST segment activity during labor reduces the number of babies born with hypoxic brain damage as well as unnecessary Caesarean sections.  more

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Research reveals more than 17 percent of 8th graders report having used inhalants
According to the 2004 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, lifetime inhalant use for 8th graders increased significantly in the past year with more than 17 percent reporting having purposely inhaled potentially toxic vapors often found in common household products.

Inhalants are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive, or mind-altering, effect. Although other abused substances can be inhaled, the term "inhalants" is used to describe a variety of substances whose main common characteristic is that they are rarely, if ever, taken by any route other than inhalation. Get the latest NIH research on inhalants in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

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MMWR Reprint: Recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule --- United States, 2005 - Harmonized childhood and adolescent immunization schedule, 2005
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) periodically reviews the recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule to ensure that the schedule is current with changes in vaccine formulations and reflects revised recommendations for the use of licensed vaccines, including those newly licensed. These recommendations are unchanged from those published for July-December 2004. more

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Precise radiation therapy helps prostate cancer patients avoid dysfunction
By using an innovative planning technique that relies in part on MRI and CT scans, radiation oncologists can identify the blood vessels that control erectile function and plan prostate cancer treatment to target the prostate more precisely, sparing those nearby vessels. Results from an initial study of 25 patients at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center appear in the January issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. more

 
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