Medscape 10th Anniversary: 2001 Top Stories

May 19, 2005

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Introduction

The year 2001 was, perhaps, most known for the anthrax bioterrorism attack, which affected about 2 dozen people. A study demonstrated the significant risk posed by Helicobacter pylori for gastric cancer. And the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines on the inappropriate use of antibiotics, which was increasing bacterial resistance to standard antibiotics. On the good-news front, drotrecogin alfa (activated) was reducing mortality rates from severe sepsis; aspirin was proving to be effective for primary prevention of cardiovascular events; islet transplantation was offering hope to people with type 1 diabetes; the polyvalent pneumococcal vaccine was significantly reducing pneumococcal disease in children; and statins were showing some protective effects against Alzheimer's disease (AD).

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