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U.S. Agent Orange Study Finds Raised Cancer Risks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2004 12:10

Air Force veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War have a higher-than-average risk of prostate and skin cancer, military researchers reported on Thursday. 

The ongoing study of 2,000 Vietnam veterans shows for the first time an elevated risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Previous studies have found increased risks of prostate cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and also diabetes.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2009 12:31
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Faulty medical devices can pose patient hazard PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2004 12:06

In addition to medication mistakes, problems caused by medical devices can pose a hazard to patients' health, according to a study by the University of Utah School of Medicine, LDS Hospital and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Problematic devices include everything from faulty prosthetics to insufficient glue used in hip replacements to broken hospital beds. 

The study, published in Wednesday's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first of its kind to evaluate computer-based surveillance techniques to identify and estimate the number of patients who have bad experiences with a medical device. 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2009 12:31
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Preliminary Assessment of the Effectiveness of the 2003--04 Inactivated Influenza Vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 January 2004 12:00

A retrospective cohort study was conducted among workers at a Colorado hospital to provide preliminary data on the effectiveness of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) against influenza-like illness (ILI). This report summarizes the results of that study, which indicated that TIV had no or low effectiveness against ILI.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2009 12:30
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Vitamin D may reduce multiple sclerosis risk PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 January 2004 00:00

A study testing a long-held theory about the cause of multiple sclerosis has found that women who took a vitamin D supplement cut their risk of developing the incurable neurological disorder by 40 percent, compared with those who did not take a supplement. 

The study, which involved 187,563 women, is the first large examination of an observation that has been around for decades — that MS might be caused, in part, by a lack of sunlight sufficient to allow the body to make its own vitamin D.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2009 12:28
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