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2008-11-19 15:45:00

An experimental strategy called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, may lower the risk of catching HIV in sexual active people who do not use protection. PrEP is currently being tested in several large trials, with the first results due next year. Pending positive results, the drug could save millions of lives from the HIV epidemic that infects an estimated 7000 people every day. But many critics fear that it may provide people a false sense of security, encouraging them to have more unsafe...

2008-10-21 15:00:09

EXTON, Pa., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ViroPharma Incorporated today announced it has completed its acquisition of Lev Pharmaceuticals (BULLETIN BOARD: LEVP) following the approval earlier today of the transaction by Lev stockholders. Lev stockholders will receive $2.25 in cash, 0.042146 shares of ViroPharma common stock and one non- transferable contingent value right which entitles the holder to receive up to two contingent payments of $0.50 each in cash, payable upon the...

2008-10-02 21:00:03

Grandma, 92, to be matron of honor SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Many brides-to-be pick best friends to serve as their maids or matrons of honor. That's the case for Erica Schultz. But the Saginaw Township woman's best buddy isn't a high school or college pal. It's her 92-year-old grandmother. Angelene Schultz will stand beside her granddaughter when the 26- year-old marries Mark James on Oct. 18 in Bay City. And the woman known as Busha or Granny-Mae has been no bystander in the...

2008-07-27 21:00:26

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Timothy Mastro, MD, FACP, DTM&H, who joins Family Health International (FHI) on August 1st as Senior Director of Research, will share information on promising research into pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Dr. Mastro's presentation, titled "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Current and Planned Trials," will examine ongoing and upcoming clinical trials that suggest oral...

2007-05-29 12:00:46

As a service to you and your patients, Westside Medical Associates of Los Angeles would like to provide you with the most recent American Heart Association guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of endocarditis published on May 7, 2007. These guidelines will lead to reduced utilization of antibiotics for many but not all patients based on previous recommendations. The current practice of giving patients antibiotics prior to a dental procedure is no longer recommended...

2006-07-03 15:45:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Findings from a new study suggest that just 15 percent of adolescents who have been sexually assaulted and started anti-HIV postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) actually complete the recommended 28-day course of treatment. "The use of PEP in this population can be difficult because of patient uncertainty regarding exposure, high rates of psychiatric comorbidity, and low rates of follow-up," Dr. Elyse Olshen, from Columbia University in New York, and colleagues note. PEP...

2006-05-01 16:05:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Combining an anthrax vaccine with a short course of antibiotics completely protected monkeys who inhaled spores of the often-deadly bacteria, offering perhaps a more realistic way to protect people in case of a biological attack, researchers said on Monday. The finding suggests it may be possible to vaccinate people who have been exposed to anthrax spores, and give them a short, two-week course of antibiotics to provide extra...

2006-05-01 16:00:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Combining an anthrax vaccine with a short course of antibiotics completely protected monkeys who inhaled spores of the often-deadly bacteria, offering perhaps a more realistic way to protect people in case of a biological attack, researchers said on Monday. The finding suggests it may be possible to vaccinate people who have been exposed to anthrax spores, and give them a short, two-week course of antibiotics to provide...

2005-11-29 13:59:52

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A stable extract of the popular herbal remedy feverfew, called MIG-99, appears to be particularly effective in preventing migraine, German researchers report in the current issue of Cephalagia. "Feverfew in the form of MIG-99 is an effective and safe prophylactic treatment of frequent migraine attacks," lead investigator Dr. Hans-Christoph Diener told Reuters Health. Diener of the University of Essen and colleagues note that feverfew has...

2005-09-29 19:31:21

Giving infants preventive treatment for malaria can reduce malaria and anaemia even in seasonal, high transmission areas such as Ghana, finds a study in this week's BMJ. But concern exists about a possible rebound when treatment is stopped, warn the authors. The study followed over 2,400 infants in Ghana who were given a preventive treatment for malaria or a placebo (dummy pill) when they received routine vaccinations and at 12 months of age. Preventive treatment reduced malaria by 25% and...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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