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FDA Panel Backs Dopaminergic Impotence Drug

FDA Panel Backs Dopaminergic Impotence Drug – apomorphine Elizabeth Mechcatie BETHESDA, MD. — A sublingual formulation of an old Parkinson’s drug was backed by a Food and Drug Administration panel for use in treating men with erectile dysfunction. The FDA’s urology drugs advisory panel agreed 13-0 that studies of men with erectile dysfunction (ED) supported […]

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Foot Anomaly Risk Low With Amniocentesis at 13-14 Weeks

Foot Anomaly Risk Low With Amniocentesis at 13-14 Weeks – Brief Article Mitchel L. Zoler PHILADELPHIA — Amniocentesis during the early second trimester did not substantially raise the risk of congenital Foot anomalies in fetuses, compared with amniocentesis done after 15 weeks of gestation. This finding, based on a review of almost 4,500 amniocenteses done […]

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Twice-Weekly Squaric Acid Clears 67% of Warts – Brief Article

Twice-Weekly Squaric Acid Clears 67% of Warts – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included Sherry Boschert SAN FRANCISCO — Twice-weekly applications of squaric acid dibutylester cleared recurrent warts in 67% of 568 adults and children in a retrospective study, Dr. Giuseppe Micali and his associates reported in a poster at the annual meeting of the […]

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Short-Course TB Prevention – using rifampin and pyrazinamide has been proven to be safe and effective in preventing tuberculosis

Short-Course TB Prevention – using rifampin and pyrazinamide has been proven to be safe and effective in preventing tuberculosis – Brief Article A 2-month course of rifampin and pyrazinamide was as safe and effective as a 12-month course of isoniazid in preventing active tuberculosis in HIV-infected individuals, a randomized trial showed. The international study involved […]

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Suit Alleges Hmo Discrimination

Suit Alleges Hmo Discrimination – Brief Article Sally Peters A physician and several of his patients are suing a medical clinic and five health plans in Texas for allegedly denying care to people with disabilities and for forcing the physician and a colleague out of practice when they continued to provide care for those individuals. […]

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Novel Eczema Drug Backed for Approval

Novel Eczema Drug Backed for Approval Elizabeth Mechcatie ROCKVILLE, MD. — Tacrolimus ointment, the first in a new class of nonsteroidal topical immunomodulators, has won support from a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel for approval as a treatment for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis. At a meeting of the FDA’s dermatologic and ophthalmic drugs […]

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Nonulcer Dyspepsia – Brief Article

Nonulcer Dyspepsia – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included The symptoms of nonulcer dyspepsia do not abate with treatment of a concurrent Helicobacter pylori infection, reported Dr. Nicholas J. Talley of the University of Sydney Nepean Hospital in Penrith, Australia, and his associates. About 30% of patients with nonulcer dyspepsia have a concurrent H. pylori […]

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Extended-Release ADHD Rx – Brief Article

Extended-Release ADHD Rx – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included Metadate ER tablets (methylphenidate hydrochloride), for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, are the first 10-mg extended-release methylphenidate tablets. The new dosage may eliminate the need for midday dosing, according to Medeva Pharmaceuticals Inc. COPYRIGHT 2000 International Medical News Group COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group

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Gauge Asthma Severity Before Trying to Treat the Disease

Gauge Asthma Severity Before Trying to Treat the Disease – Brief Article Arnold Mann HARBOR SPRINGS, MICH. — You can’t treat asthma successfully without accurately assessing its severity, Dr. Autumn Clos said at the scientific assembly of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. Referring to the guidelines set forth in the National Institutes of Health’s […]

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Health Care Mergers On The Decline

Health Care Mergers On The Decline – Statistical Data Included Greg Borzo Mergers and acquisitions among health care companies were down 41% in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 1999, according to Irving Levin, Associates, New Canaan, Conn. However, certain segments of the market, including the managed care and […]