Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 86 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Mar-2005
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Brain attack: A look at stroke prevention and treatment
As a physical therapist, Dina Pagnotta, 33, has helped more than 100 people recovering from stroke. So when she had a stroke on a May morning in 2002, she had an idea of what was happening.  more

Pill cam: Incredible journey through the digestive system
Through the marvels of miniaturization, people with symptoms that indicate a possible problem in the gastrointestinal tract can now swallow a tiny camera that takes snapshots inside the body for a physician to evaluate.  more

Radiofrequency identification technology: Protecting the drug supply
The FDA has stepped up its efforts to improve the safety and security of the nation's drug supply by encouraging use of a state-of-the-art technology that tags product packaging electronically. The technology, called radiofrequency identification, or RFID, allows manufacturers and distributors to more precisely track drug products through the supply chain. more


New study shows limited use of electronic medical records
Less than a third of the nation’s hospital emergency and outpatient departments use electronic medical records, and even fewer doctors’ offices do, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  more

Use of computerized clinical support systems in medical settings: United States, 2001–03
This report presents information on the use of electronic clinical systems to support patient care in physician offices andhospital emergency and outpatient settings. Percentages of hospital emergency and outpatient departments with electronic patient medical records and automated drug dispensing systems are presented by selected hospital characteristics for 2001–02. Percentages of physicians using electronic patient billing records,electronic patient medical records,and computerized prescription order entry systems are presented by selected physician characteristics for 2003.  more

Rubella no longer major public health threat in the United States
A major public health milestone has been achieved in the United States - the rubella virus, a major cause of serious birth defects such as deafness and blindness, also known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), is no longer considered to be a major public health threat in the United States.  more

TB at all-time low, but decline is slowing and racial disparities persist
More than one-third of the global population is infected with the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium, and TB disease remains one of the world’s leading causes of disease and death. Each year, 8 million people become ill with TB, and 2 million people die from the disease. World TB Day on March 24 – the date in 1882 that scientist Robert Koch announced his discovery of the TB bacterium – is an international call to action against the disease.  more

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