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The latest findings from CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that more and more children and teens are overweight, continuing the pattern the survey documented over the past two decades when the number of overweight children and teens nearly doubled. The initial results for 1999 show 13 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight, up from 11 percent in the previous NHANES survey conducted from 1988 to 1994. The number of overweight teens ages 12 to 19 increased from 11 to 14 percent in the same time period.
For more information: More American Children And Teens Are Overweight
The first US site of "Turning the Pages," a remarkable program developed at the British Library, is the National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland. On March 16, 2001, the NLM will unveil a digitally browsable "Elizabeth Blackwell's Curious Herbal", published between 1737 and 1739.
For more information: Innovative Technology Helps Public Touch Treasures: National Library Of Medicine To Launch "Turning The Pages" Exhibit
Vidyya offers this report, which is the fourth global report on TB control. The report is based on case notifications and treatment outcome data supplied by national control programs to the World Health Organization (WHO). It makes use of five consecutive years of data to assess worldwide progress in TB control, focusing on 22 countries that account for 80% of all new cases. The main aim is to assess progress towards meeting WHO targets for case detection (70%) and treatment success (85%).
For more information: WHO Report 2000: Global Tuberculosis Control
Britain's National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended that Xenical® (orlistat), a weight management treatment manufactured by Hoffmann-La Roche Limited, be reimbursed by the National Health Service (NHS) for weight management in overweight and obese patients. This landmark decision highlights the importance Britain places on treating excess weight as a serious medical condition, and underscores the worldwide obesity epidemic.
For more information: Xenical® Gains Approval From The National Institute For Clinical Excellence (NICE) In Britain
India's first indigenously developed AIDS / HIV detection kit will hit the
Indian health care market soon. The kit developed by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) was released in India today for commercial production by the Minister of State for science and technology Shri Bachi Singh Rawat, in the presence of the Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. C.P. Thakur.
For more information: India Develops AIDS
Detection Kit. Country's Kit Will Hit Market Soon
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