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AS ANTICIPATED, Desert Storm ground fighting is bringing a new set of challenges in terms of prompt evacuation and treatment of wounded allied soldiers.
When Iraqi forays into Saudi Arabia brought a start to ground fighting 3 weeks ago, the situation also highlighted the importance of US...
THE RELATION between war and medicine is an old one. Hippocrates urged that "he who would become a surgeon should join an army and follow it." While military campaigns have served as schools of medicine for physicians through the ages, medicine in return has done much to restrain war's cruelty...
ANTITRUST SUITS and acts of Congress have pressured the Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp of East Hanover, NJ, into "unbundling" its powerful schizophrenia drug clozapine (Clozaril).
The change "should make this breakthrough therapy far more widely available," says David Winter, MD, vice president for...
SCREENING of blood donors based solely on geographic or national origins is being eliminated. In its place will be expanded oral interviews aimed at identifying donors who are at high risk of transmitting disease. These interviews will include direct questions regarding risk behaviors,...
PLANS to conduct a random population survey that would allow the Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta, Ga) to better grasp the rate of spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States have been abandoned after 5 years.
The agency's decision came just 2 weeks before it...
HEALTH officials in the Americas may have just diagnosed the last new case of poliomyelitis in the Western hemisphere, or may do so very soon.
That is the word from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), after almost 6 years of an intensive vaccination program. The effort is part of the...
THE NEW editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is Jerome P. Kassirer, MD, an internist and nephrologist. Kassirer, who is the Sara Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Associate...
GENETICALLY engineered immune system modulators are entering the mainstream of medical practice. An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the commissioner license two of these agents.
One is granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and...
THE PHARMACEUTICAL industry has formed an eight-member Commission on Medicine for Treating Drug Dependence and Abuse to work with government agencies in expediting promising pharmacologic approaches to the treatment of addiction. It is chaired by Harry M. Meyer, Jr, MD, president, Medical...
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