Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 98 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-April-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-April-2005
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Major medical journals unite in call for clinical trials registration
The editors of Transplantation, the official journal of The Transplantation Society, have announced that Transplantation will join with other leading kidney journals and the major general journals—such as New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet—in establishing a policy that clinical research studies involving trials will only be considered for publication if they have been submitted to a free, electronically searchable clinical trial register.  more

Bacterial infection associated with heart attack in young men
Preliminary research suggests infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae may increase the risk of heart attack in young men, according to an article in the April 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.  more

Competition in health care may not result in better quality
For several decades, competition within the health care industry has been touted as the way to curb rising prices by reducing inefficient practices and improving quality and safety. But a study of 341 HMOs suggests that more competition may not automatically solve price and quality-of-care problems as hoped for by legislators, regulators and employers. more


ISHLT updates guidelines for heart and lung transplants
The process for prioritizing heart and lung transplant candidates and determining the treatments they receive while awaiting donor organs is under review by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) during its Annual Meeting and Scientific Session this week in Philadelphia.  more

BMJ editorial: The right to live gives us a right to die
Human beings' inalienable right to life means we also have the right to die, says an editorial in this week's BMJ.  more

FDA announces series of changes to the class of marketed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a series of important changes pertaining to the marketing of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory class of drugs, including COX-2 selective and prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter (OTC)) non-selective NSAID medications.  more

FDA approves sealant to prevent cerebrospinal fluid leaks after brain surgery
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a new product to protect against leakage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) after brain surgery.  more

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