Ameritas Group Offers Oral Cancer Screening

June 9, 2009

“Ameritas believes strongly in the importance of preventive care and oral wellness education,” said Roxann Brennfoerder, vice president – group customer relations and operations. Using new technology along with conventional visual exams, this simple screening makes it easier for dentists to detect oral cancer sooner, allowing patients to seek treatment sooner.

Early detection is one of the keys to successful treatment for patients with oral cancer. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society (oral cancer in the United States, 2008 estimates), when oral cancer is found in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate exceeds 80 percent.
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AdvanDx Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance For GBS PNA FISH(R) For Rapid Detection Of Group B Strep From Lim Broths

May 17, 2009

AdvanDx announced it received FDA 510(k) clearance for GBS PNA FISH(R) for detection of Streptococcus agalactiae, aka Group B Strep, from turbid Lim Broths inoculated with vaginal and rectal swabs obtained from pregnant women between 35 and 37 weeks gestation. The 90 minute molecular diagnostic test enables rapid and highly sensitive detection of Group B Strep from Lim Broths to help detect colonization in pregnant women.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Group B Strep is the most common cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women are colonized with Group B Strep and can transmit the bacterium to the newborn during delivery. To prevent the transmission and subsequent infection, women are routinely screened for colonization between 35 and 37 weeks gestation, and if positive, receive antibiotics at the start of labor to eradicate the bacteria. Accurate detection of Group B Strep colonization is therefore crucial to prevent as many infections as possible.(2)
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Latin American HIV/AIDS Advocacy Group Launches Magazine For Women

March 27, 2009

The Inter Press Service on Monday examined a new magazine published by the Latin American branch of the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS. The magazine — called “No Estas Sola,” or “You Are Not Alone” — focuses on providing HIV-positive women in Latin America with information about the virus, stigma, their rights and empowerment. Maria Mansilla, the editor in charge of the publication, said, “What we are trying to do through the magazine is to break with the weepy approach, where there is only room for complaints or for the scientific-medical perspective.” The magazine is a quarterly publication that is distributed in the 20 Latin American countries where ICW Latina has national chapters. Daniel Barberis, media officer for ICW Latina, said the magazine could be published more frequently in the future.
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Huckabee Compares Abortion To Slavery During Fundraiser For Antiabortion Group

March 26, 2009

Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Monday during a fundraiser for the antiabortion group Vitae Caring Foundation likened abortion to slavery, the AP/Kansas City Starreports. According to Huckabee, who made the comments during the fundraiser keynote address, when the U.S. abolished slavery, the country decided that it was immoral for one person to have complete control over another — an idea that should extend to pregnant women and fetuses.
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Report Released By Group Alleges Discriminatory Practices At CVS Pharmacies Across U.S.

January 13, 2009

A coalition of public interest groups on Thursday are expected to gather outside of several CVS pharmacies in New York City and four other cities to protest what they say are unequal services provided to minority communities across the country, the New York Daily News reports. CVS has more than 6,000 pharmacies nationwide. The coalition is expected to release a report that alleges “questionable product quality, overcharging and consumer safety issues” by the pharmacy chain in minority neighborhoods (Moritz, New York Daily News, 12/4).
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Yale Scientist Refutes Study On Bottled Water Issued By Environmental Working Group – Announces University To Host Drinking Water Symposium

January 8, 2009

One of the nation’s leading microbiologists, Dr. Stephen Edberg, professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, and the director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, strongly refuted today the Environmental Working Group’s study on bottled water quality, citing the study’s flawed methodology and lack of sound science.

Addressing the study’s findings which were released yesterday, Dr. Edberg said, “The Environmental Working Group’s study on bottled water is troubling for both its lack of acknowledgement of scientifically based history and for failing to conduct controlled scientific experiments. Its conclusions unduly confuse consumers through faulty methodologies and unsubstantiated findings.”
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Leaders Of Kenya’s Luo Ethnic Group Embrace Male Circumcision After Meeting With Medical Experts, Lawmakers

January 5, 2009

An advisory board made up of Luo leaders from the Nyanza region of Kenya on Monday gave their support for a voluntary medical male circumcision program, a decision that Kenyan officials say is a significant step in the region’s fight against HIV/AIDS, Kenya’s Daily Nationreports.

The discussion of the program took place during the fourth meeting of a series under the Nyanza Task Force on Male Circumcision and the research team of Kawango Agot and Jeremiah Achola Ndinya. The meeting was led by Prime Minister Raila Odinga, a Luo, and was attended by medical experts, lawmakers and members of the Luo Council of Elders. According to the Daily Nation, the previous meetings made little progress on the issue because the council feared the program would infringe on the group’s culture.
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