July 25, 2007 (Insidermedicine)
Health authorities are warning that anyone traveling on a bus from Boston to Montreal on May 5th be tested for TB. This is because a man with active TB was on the bus. The strain of TB is not MDR or XDR.
An FDA panel has okayed a drug for breast cancer prevention. An expert panel is recommending that the FDA approve the osteoporosis drug - Evista - to prevent breast cancer in postmenopausal women. The ruling may affect millions of women.
Obesity may impact education. Research based on over 11,000 adolescents showed that obese girls were less likely to go to college. The study also found that obese girls were more likely to use alcohol and marijuana and have a negative self-image.
And finally from Sydney,
Experts are calling for HIV drugs to be designed with children in mind. Over 600,000 new infections occur each year, and without treatment nearly half of all infected babies will die by their second birthday. The development of medicines for children would lower long-term side effects and ensure correct dosing.
For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.