Health News Briefs: Friday, February 11, 2011

New KRMC support groups

KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center is offering two new support groups.

The fibromyalgia and arthritis support group meets from 1-2:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Del Webb Wellness Center Conference room. Fibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissue. Its symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body. Fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms can be relieved through medications, lifestyle changes, stress management, and other fibromyalgia treatment.

For more information about this support group, contact Ruth Holstead at (928) 692-4600.

The Parkinson's Pro-Active Support Group is also meeting now. For more information, contact Linda at (928) 692-5640.

Gardasil for ages 9-26 OK'd

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Gardasil in people ages 9 through 26 for the prevention of anal cancer and associated precancerous lesions due to the human papillomavirus.

The drug is already approved for the prevention of cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer and precancerous lesions in women of the same age.

According to the FDA, anal cancer is uncommon but incidents of the disease have increased. HPV is associated with nearly 90 percent of anal cancer cases, according to the department. The American Cancer Society estimates that 5,300 people are diagnosed with the disease every year in the U.S.

The drug was shown in studies to be 78 percent effective in preventing anal cancer.

The most commonly reported side effects to taking the drug include: fainting, pain at the injection site, headache, nausea and fever.

Diagnosis on the run

WASHINGTON D.C. - Doctors will soon be able to use iPhones and iPads to view medical images and make a diagnosis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Mobile MIM on Feb. 4. The application is designed to allow doctors to view computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine technology, such as positron emission tomography (PET) images on their mobile device without having to be at a workstation. The images are taken using hospital equipment and then compressed for secure transfer to the doctor's mobile device.

According to the FDA, the image quality is good enough that most doctors have said that they can make a diagnosis.