As the Ebola virus continues to cause illness and death in Uganda, health professionals may be interested in learning more about the disease and other related hemorrhagic fevers. The term viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) refers to the illness associated with a number of geographically restricted viruses. This illness is characterized by fever and, in the most severe cases, shock and hemorrhage. Although a number of other febrile viral infections may produce hemorrhage, only the agents of Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fevers are known to have caused significant outbreaks of disease with person-to-person transmission. The following guidelines from the CDC are provided by Vidyya on the heels of the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
Nearly all women having a breech baby are likely to be told to have a caesarean section following publication of a "landmark" study.
Researchers who studied more than 2000 women whose babies were breech found that the risk of death or serious harm to the baby was more than three times lower in those who had a caesarean.
deCODE genetics and Roche announced today that scientists at deCODE together with psychiatrists from the Icelandic healthcare system have identified a gene linked to schizophrenia. The discovery is the result of a genome-wide screen conducted with the participation of 400 Icelandic schizophrenia patients and an equal number of their unaffected family members.
After more than a decade-and-a-half-long search, researchers have identified the gene that makes the most deadly malaria parasite resistant to chloroquine, the former mainstay, low-cost antimalarial drug. A single gene on chromosome 7 of Plasmodium falciparum holds the key.
A brand of polio vaccine routinely given to children has been withdrawn over fears it could be contaminated with BSE. The UK Department of Health has told doctors not to use the Medeva brand of polio vaccine after it found the maker had breached CJD safety guidance. But "hundreds of thousands" of doses of vaccine produced in breach of these guidelines have already been given to patients.
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