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December 97 Tipsheet from ATS

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

The following are articles appearing in the December issue of the "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine," published by the American Thoracic Society: 1- Fall Weather Brings Increased Hospitalization For Asthmatics; 2- Dust Mites Appear To Be A Dominant Risk Factor For Asthma; 3- Hospitalization for COPD and Asthma Dramatically Increases With Age; 4- Delirium, Acute Confusion and Malnutrition See As Indicators Of Pneumonia In The Elderly

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24-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Brain Imaging Researchers Receive Grants to Study Reasoning and Decision-making

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers have received nearly $16 million to collaborate on a first-ever research effort that will use brain imaging to analyze complex human thought processes--how people make plans, make decisions under time pressure or solve problems.

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Education Program Relating To Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) From Computer Use

Carnegie Mellon University

With debilitating injuries from computer use becoming the fastest growing category of work-related injuries in the U.S., Carnegie Mellon University has launched the first accurate, comprehensive effort to educate its community and the public about the causes and possible prevention of repetitive stress injuries (RSI).

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"Lead Busters" on the move in Bridgeport

Fairfield University

When the Southern Connecticut Gas Company joined forces with Fairfield University's School of Nursing last year the goal they had in mind was to provide health screening and lead testing for 3,100 adults, adolescents and school-age children, especially children under age 5.

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Disabled Employees Have Higher Risk for Injuries

University of Iowa

Employees with certain disabilities are more likely to be injured on the job than workers without disabilities. As a result, further research in the design and evaluation of workplace accommodations for these employees may be needed, according to a study by researchers at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Device Shows Promise

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon scientists are working with a physician on a new device that could bring relief to the millions of people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. The device provides an effective non-surgical treatment enabling doctors to more accurately treat CTS reducing recovery time and cost.

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24-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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1997--A Year of Headlines About Women's Health

Mayo Clinic

Womenís health issues frequently made headlines in 1997 ó from mammograms and pap smears to diet pills and hormone replacement therapy.

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24-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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January Online Tipsheet from APA

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

January Online Tipsheet: 1- ECT: Safe, Effective, Affordable -- Why Aren?t We Using It? 2- High Rate of Homelessness Among Newly Diagnosed Patients with Schizophrenia; 3- Confidentiality of Patients Records Threatened; 4- Psychiatrist, Heal Them Quick; 5- What Happens to the Children When Mental Illness Strikes?

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23-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Pfizer Receives Clearance to Market New Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic Trovan

Pfizer, NY

Pfizer Inc announced on Dec. 19 that its broad-spectrum antibiotic Trovan (trovafloxacin) had gained marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Discovered and developed by Pfizer, Trovan was cleared for the treatment of 14 bacterial infections, which is the largest number of indications ever included at an intial drug approval in the U.S. More than 13,000 patients participated in 87 studies involving Trovan and 30 comparatoe drug regimens, representing the largest clinical trial program in Pfizer history.

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Millions With Mental Illnesses Benefit From New Federal Rules

Mental Health America

Millions of Americans will be protected by new rules the Clinton administration released today telling employers how they must comply with the 1996 Mental Health Parity Act. The administration said all group health plans and all employers with 50 or more workers -- including state governments and churches -- must equalize the annual and lifetime limits imposed on mental and physical health care.

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