Appendix 1: Example MedPulse Critical Care Email From Medscape

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MEDSCAPE Critical Care MedPulse®

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September 2002 FDA Drug Approvals
The first in a series of monthly columns discussing recent Food and Drug Administration approvals.
Medscape Pharmacists 3(2) 2002

Bleeding Complications of Platelet Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Inhibitor Abciximam
Read about a patient who died of intracranial hemorrhage following abciximab-induced severe thromboycytopenia
J Invasive Cardiol 14(7) 2002

Soluble Intercellular Cell Adhesion Molecule-1 and L-Selectin Plasma Concentrations and Response to Surfacant in Preterm Infants
Despite wide use of antenatal steroids and improved obstetrical management of preterm delivery, RDS has not been extinguished.
PCCM 3(1) 2002

Elevated End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide During Thoracoscopy
Read a case report that highlights a rare complication during thoracoscopy for biopsy and diagnosis.
Medscape General Medicine 4(3) 2002

Acute Flaccid Paralysis Syndrome Associated with West Nile Virus Infection - Mississippi and Louisiana, Jul-Aug 2002
Clinicians should evaluate patients with AFP for evidence of WNV infection.
MMWR 51(37) 2002

Carbon-Monoxide Poisoning Resulting from Exposure to Ski-Boat Exhaust - Georgia, Jun 2002
Recreational boaters should be aware of the dangers of open-air CO poisoning, and engineering solutions are needed to reduce the amount of CO in boat exhaust.
MMWR 51(37) 2002

Update: Investigations of West Nile Virus Infections in Recipients of Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion
The virus can survive in some blood components, such as fresh frozen plasma, and probably can be transmitted by transfusion.
MMWR 51(37) 2002

West Nile Virus Activity - US, Sep 12-18, 2002, and Ohio, Jan 1-Sep 12, 2002
During this period, 440 cases of WNV-associated illness were reported in the US, for a total of 1,641 cases and 72 deaths in 2002.
MMWR 51(37) 2002

Air Travel and Venous Thrombosis: How Much Help Might Aspirin Be?
What are the potential benefits of taking aspirin prior to air travel?
Medscape General Medicine 4(3) 2002

Viagra Relieves Pulmonary Hypertension
Sildenafil may be the drug of choice for pulmonary hypertension related to pulmonary fibrosis.
Medscape Medical News 2002

Diffusion-Weighted MRI Better Than CT in Stroke Diagnosis
Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) is more sensitive and accurate for stroke infarct detection and measurement, when the two procedures are performed at the same interval after stroke onset.
Reuters Health Information 2002

Photoplethysmography Adapted for Non-Contact Use
British scientists have developed a method of measuring blood flow in human body tissue without the need for surface contact, which they say could have wide-reaching clinical application.
Reuters Health Information 2002

Acute Flaccid Paralysis Linked to West Nile Virus
Patients presenting with this syndrome should be screened for WNV before receiving treatment for presumed Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Medscape Medical News 2002

West Nile Virus Linked to Organ Transplants and Blood Transfusions: A Newsmaker Interview With Steven Wiersma, MD, MPH
Patients needing these procedures should not forgo them because of potential risk of infection.
Medscape Medical News 2002

Warfarin Reduces Vascular Events Better Than Aspirin Alone After MI
Bleeding risk is higher with warfarin and mortality is no better, so aspirin may remain the standard of care pending pharmacogenomic advances.
Medscape Medical News 2002

Panel Addresses Financial Conflicts in Clinical Trials
Academic institutions must establish policies for assuring that their financial interests do not compromise the well-being of human subjects in the clinical trials they conduct, an expert panel said this week.
Reuters Health Information 2002

Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa Antagonism as Effective in Women as in Men
Treatment with the glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa receptor antagonist eptifibatide (Integrilin; COR Therapeutics) is gender-neutral in its ability to protect against serious ischemic events after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), study results show.
Reuters Health Information 2002

Blood Transfusion Tied to Increased Mortality Risk in Critically Ill Patients
Even after controlling for factors such as disease severity and admission hemoglobin level, blood transfusion is associated with increased mortality in intensive care unit (ICU) settings, according to a recent report.
Reuters Health Information 2002

Spinal Cord Injuries Often Missed in Initial Trauma Assessment
Findings from a new study suggest that nearly 10% of spinal cord injuries are missed on initial work-up.
Reuters Health Information 2002

Federal Officials Say Progress Being Made on Control of West Nile Virus
The West Nile Virus is unlikely to be eradicated in this country now that it is established, federal health officials told a joint U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday.
Reuters Health Information 2002

Re-Emergence of 1918 Pandemic Flu Virus Might Be Treatable With Existing Antivirals
Currently used antiviral agents inhibit replication of a recombinant influenza virus containing genes from the virus that caused the pandemic of 1918, investigators report in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for September 23. Based on reported nucleotide sequences of the 1918 virus, Dr. Christopher F. Basler, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and associates generated influenza A virus containing genes from the 1918 virus...
Reuters Health Information 2002

Motor Vehicle Crashes Cost US $230 Billion in 2000
Motor vehicle crashes in the year 2000 cost the US more than $230 billion, in terms of medical care, lost work days and a range of other expenses, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Reuters Health Information 2002

Bush Nominates Administration Policy Adviser to Head FDA
President Bush on Wednesday nominated Dr. Mark McClellan, an administration health policy adviser, to be Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a post that has been vacant since Bush took office.
Reuters Health Information 2002

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