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The inactivated hepatitis B vaccine that was licensed in November 1981 will be distributed for general use later this year. Extensive studies have confirmed the safety, immunogenicity, and remarkable efficacy of this vaccine for the prevention of acute hepatitis B disease, asymptomatic...
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In the article "Encephalopathy Following Jejunoileostomy" by Ayub et al (1981;246:970), the mechanism of the neurological syndrome was not clear. However, they stated, "As in hepatic coma, a substance or factor originating in the shortened intestine, in the colon, or in the...
A generation of medical students owes its survival to Andres Goth. Now in its 20th year and tenth edition, Goth's Medical Pharmacology has rendered intelligible and tolerable the often alien and all too quantitative discipline of pharmacology, firmly sealing its link with clinical medicine. Over...
To determine whether characteristics that are correlated with male homosexual behavior are associated with the incidence of cancer, the names of persons with a diagnosis of cancer in western Washington during 1974 to 1979 were linked to those in the state syphilis registry. Eight of 47 men with...
The population of Japan has a lower mortality rate due to coronary heart disease than does the population of other industrialized countries. We surveyed high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol levels of six Japanese population-groups with different life-styles (1,804 men and 1,561 women). We...
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H. J. Roberts, MD, described complications of persons performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (1981;246:1302). They included muscle sprains of the low back and neck, infections from handling improperly cleaned mannikins, and temporomandibular arthropathy.
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Calcium-entry blockers, a class of drugs that increase the heart's blood supply by reducing the spontaneous constriction of cardiac and arterial muscle cells, are finally becoming available for the struggle against heart disease.
The Food and Drug Administration has now approved two of these...
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