The H1N1 flu has come become widespread earlier and with more waves of infection than expected, and the illness is considered widespread in 46 states. "Forty-six states having widespread transmission is the peak of flu season. To be basically in the peak of flu season in October is extremely unusual," said said the CDC director.
Accidental injections of epinephrine are a growing problem, according to researchers who reviewed case reports from the past 20 years. They said of 69 reported cases, more than two-thirds have occurred in the past six years. Most accidents occurred when people accidentally jabbed themselves in a finger when trying to use or help someone use an EpiPen.
A Pennsylvania law from 2007 went into effect this month, giving nurse-midwives the authority to prescribe drugs and medical devices, administer immunizations, and order lab tests. The state Board of Medicine still must develop an application process for nurse-midwives who want the prescribing authority.
Researchers at Eli Lilly and Co. found that erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis did not cause adverse effects on visual acuity, color discrimination or intraocular pressure, or create other eye problems after daily treatment for six months. The results might not apply to patients with co-existing systemic or ocular disease, the study authors said.
Some medical professionals recommend that all pregnant women undergo prenatal thyroid screening due to the risks of thyroid complications during pregnancy and the fact that thyroid problems can easily go undiagnosed. Others say that the cost and uncertainty of screening outweighs the health benefits, as test results are often hard interpret. It is also uncertain whether treatment can help women with subclinical hypothyroidism.