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Oregon Live


January 26, 2006

Medical privacy advocates expressed horror over Providence Health System's revelation Wednesday that a car thief had walked away with the medical records of 365,000 patients across Oregon and Washington.

The thief who smashed the window of a Plymouth Voyager parked outside a Milwaukie home last month seized a trove of records containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers and intimate health information from patients receiving home services from Providence. Records of Providence hospital or clinic patients were not stolen. The records, some dating to 1987, were stored on computer disks and digital tape that a Providence employee took home and left in his car overnight. Providence officials said certain employees routinely took home records to provide readily available backup.

The Boston Globe (AK)

by Karen Kaplan

January 22, 2006

FAIRBANKS -- Beneath a dim morning sky, Jonathan Runstadler trudged across the ice with a long fiberglass tube, gardening tools, and a smattering of plastic lab bottles.

"Ground zero is what's in birds," said the University of Alaska molecular biologist, who dropped hockey puck-shaped ice samples into a Ziploc bag. This snowy patch of the Alaskan wilderness sits at the edge of a bird flu outbreak that emerged in Hong Kong in 1997 and has recently spread as far as Kazakhstan, Croatia, and Siberia.

Telegraph News (UK)

by Celia Hall

January 22, 2006

As fears of avian flu grow, levels of normal winter flu are at an all-time low and the chances of a bad flu season this year are vanishing.

At the turn of the year levels of ordinary flu were running at under 10 per 100,000 consultations with GPs, about three times less than the "baseline" levels of flu activity seen in summer months. In the past, winter flu levels, described as "normal seasonal activity", have been expected to reach levels of 30 to 200 per 100,000 consultations.

Scotsman (UK)

January 22, 2006

HEALTH experts are considering plans to give all children under the age of two the flu jab, it emerged yesterday.

The plan would mean inoculating thousands of toddlers in order to protect the wider population from the annual seasonal flu, which affects between 5 and 10 per cent of the population every winter and killed more than 1,000 people in the UK last year.

The Trumpet (OK)

by Mark Jenkins

January 22, 2006

Antiviral drugs have been rendered obsolete by viruses that are becoming resistant in startlingly quick fashion. Not a reassuring development as the world sits on the cusp of a pandemic.

The first time I heard that the flu bug was becoming resistant to medications, I was in sixth grade. Our teacher tended to wander away from the usual topics a bit, and that particular digression struck me as especially frightening as she spelled out a doomsday scenario where no medication would or could protect my classmates and me from violent illnessâ€"perhaps even death. But there was no epidemic that year.

The Boston Globe (MA)

by Patricia Wen

January 20, 2006

The state Department of Social Services sought a legal order to withdraw life support from a brain-damaged girl, who is now showing some signs of improvement.

Agency officials, already under fire for missing signs that 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre was chronically abused, defended their decision to act so quickly, saying they followed doctors' diagnosis that her condition was hopeless. Though neurologists say that some patients with severe brain injuries show major improvement months later, DSS officials say they were told by doctors that Haleigh was "virtually brain dead."


January 18, 2006

A 5-year-old autistic boy died because the wrong medication was administered during a controversial treatment for the disorder, a doctor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Abubakar Tariq Nadama, of Monroeville, died Aug. 23 in his doctor's office because he was given the wrong medication, not because of the therapy itself, Dr. Mary Jean Brown said Tuesday. Chelation therapy involves injecting a synthetic amino acid called EDTA into the body, which is supposed to clean out heavy metals from the bloodstream so they can be dispelled through urine.

Deseret News (UT)

by Lois M. Collins

January 16, 2006

University of Utah researchers believe they know the general area where one gene that causes autism may lie. But they need the help of families with at least one member who has the behavioral disorder.

The researchers used DNA from thousands of genes to conclude that a region on chromosome 3 probably is home to a gene causing autism. The scientists reached that conclusion by tracing variations in the DNA of a multi-generational Utah family that has an unusually high occurrence of autism. They looked at 31 members of the family, which is of Northern European descent and all descended from one couple. Seven of those members have autism or a related disorder.

Amherst Times (NY)

by Rob Stein

January 11, 2006

New York City is starting to monitor the blood sugar levels of its diabetic residents, marking the first time any government in the United States has begun tracking people with a chronic disease.

Under the program, the city is requiring laboratories to report the results of blood sugar tests directly to the health department, which will use the data to study the disease and to prod doctors and patients when levels run too high.

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by Annette M. Hall

January 7, 2006

Let's face it public school and lice go hand in hand, it's the rare child who escapes it. Learn how to safely and effectively rid your family of lice without the use of harmful chemicals.

After reading about a chemically resistant strain of louse, I thought it would be appropriate to see what was available for those parents who are dealing with a lice problem yet are trying to minimize exposing their children to harmful chemicals, something all parents are concerned with. I was pleasantly surprised at my findings.

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