News: January 2005 Archives

FDA approves ABRAXANE(TM) for metastatic breast cancer

ABRAXANE™, first solvent-free, albumin-bound paclitaxel nanoparticles, requires no premedication and almost doubles response rate
SCHAUMBURG, IL – January 7, 2005 – American Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:APPX) and American Bioscience, Inc. (ABI) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ABRAXANETM for Injectable Suspension (paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension) (albumin-bound) in metastatic breast cancer. ABRAXANETM is indicated for the treatment of breast cancer after failure of combination chemotherapy for metastatic disease or relapse within 6 months of adjuvant chemotherapy. Prior therapy should have included an anthracycline unless clinically contraindicated.

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1/12/2005 4:03:00 PM

To: National Desk, Health Reporter

Contact: David Fouse of the American Public Health Association, 202-777-2501 or; Web:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Public Health Association announced its support for the new dietary guidelines for Americans released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The revised dietary guidelines provide sound science-based advice for promoting health and reducing risk for major chronic diseases through diet and physical activity," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "The release of the updated guidelines represents a valuable step in addressing the nutritional health of the nation. Now the hard part is putting these recommendations into action."

Read more...U.S. Newswire

New diet guide: Count calories and exercise

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Government sees chance to change health habits

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cave men lived a healthy lifestyle: Their calorie intake stayed low because food was hard to find, and they exercised regularly to bring home the bacon.

The government wants Americans to follow that approach. Today, however, food is at their fingertips, driving has replaced running and people are fatter than ever.

New dietary guidelines coming out Wednesday are expected to place more emphasis on counting calories and exercising daily, along with swapping whole grains for refined ones and eating a lot more vegetables and fruits.

The advice is not really new. But Americans don't heed it, so the government sees the guidelines as an opportunity to change people's ways.

The recommendations will be incorporated into the familiar Food Guide Pyramid, which most Americans know about but which few actually follow. The Agriculture Department is revising the pyramid for the first time since 1992, when it was developed.

Read more...CNN News

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Date : Thursday - January 06, 2005

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced that under the new National Response Plan released today by the Department of Homeland Security, HHS will continue to lead the federal government in providing public health and medical services during major disasters and emergencies.

"HHS will continue to work closely with all our partners to protect the health of the American public," Secretary Thompson said. "The National Response Plan will help strengthen crucial working relationships between federal, state, local and tribal officials, and the private sector concerned with public health issues during disasters or terrorist attacks."

Read more...ArriveNet

Tsunami Help/Health & Safety

Tsunami Help Project

Table of contents
1 Health

1.1 Water - Purification
1.2 Water - Sanitation Management in Disasters Resources
1.3 Disease - Prevention
1.4 Dead Bodies - Information on Handling
1.5 Disease surveillance

1.5.1 Cholera
1.5.2 Malaria
1.5.3 Post-traumatic stress prevention

1.6 Medical follow-up on return to one's native country
2 Safety

2.1 Earthquake - Safety Tips
2.2 Standards: Humanitarian Assistance

Read more...Wiki News Tsunami Help Page

By Sola Ogundipe
Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Hunger, grief and the growing threat of disease, have remained the lot of survivors of the Asian tsunami disasters in which over 150,000 lives have been reportedly lost. Even as international aid continue to pour into Indonesia, Sri Lanka and 10 other distraught countries on the rim of the Indian Ocean with deliveries of food, water, medicine, clothing and other essentials, reports from the United Nations indicate that the death toll was expected to climb even higher.

The remote regions of Aceh province in Indonesia remained the focus of attempts to save survivors and prevent the possible spread of disease, aid workers said weekend in the aftermath of the December 26 disaster. The estimated death toll rose weekend to more than 140,000 people in the 11 Asian and African nations and aid workers are concerned primarily with providing clean water and proper sanitation.

Read more....Vanguard

U.N. official: Suffering from disease may 'dwarf' terror of tsunamis

World Health Organization warns of looming health crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations warned Wednesday that respiratory and waterborne diseases could break out in areas affected by southern Asia's tsunami disaster "in the next few days."

Relief organizations are distributing medical supplies to prevent the outbreak of disease, but their main focus is dealing with the wounded, said Jamie McGoldrick, an emergency relief coordinator of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva. (Relief workers describe threats)

"Diseases will start to come through in the next few days," McGoldrick said. "No doubt people will be affected, kids are drinking stagnant water."

Read more...CNN Health

Tsunami: WHO develops emergency health action programme

02 Jan 2005

WHO is mobilizing emergency health kits to cover essential medical needs of two million people for three months. Death rates will rise due to communicable diseases unless humanitarian assistance is provided promptly and is well coordinated.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today said urgent action is needed to address the emerging public health needs of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia. Between three and five million people in the region are unable to access the basic requirements they need to stay alive - clean water, adequate shelter, food, sanitation and healthcare.

Read more...Medical News Today

WHO: Public health now a priority

Geneva _ The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday said urgent action is needed to address the emerging public health needs of those affected by the earthquake and tsunamis in Southeast Asia.

Between three and five million people in the region are unable to access the basic requirements they need to stay alive _ clean water, adequate shelter, food, sanitation and healthcare.

To address the immediate public health needs and respond to the devastating catastrophe, the WHO estimated in a press statement that it will need US$40 million.

"Four days after the tsunami struck the coasts of Southeast Asia, we now have a clearer picture of the extent of the devastation and human suffering which has occurred," said Dr Lee, Jong-wook, director-general of the WHO. "This is the most serious natural disaster to affect the region for several decades. The health needs of the populations affected are immediate and substantial."

Read more...Bangkok Post

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