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Newsletter Summary For 24-September-2000:

Genetically Engineered Food Alert notified the press earlier this week about the existence of unapproved, genetically modified (GM) corn in Taco Bell brand toaco shells. As a result, the Kraft Company voluntarily recalled Taco Bell brand taco shells from grocery stores. The move didn't come quickly enough, the public has dubbed the shells "Franken-Tacos."

Re-used orthodontic supplies--it's a thought that would leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth, but under today's economic health-care constraints, and in a disposable society, the medical and dental professions have found that recycling pays. It appears that just about every type of device is fair game for recycling--including materials that go into the creation of orthodontic braces.

Need help with imparting diet advice? Vidyya has a great brochure for your patients. This booklet from the US government details 10 easy to follow nutritional guidelines for better health. Together, the 10 guidelines in this booklet will help patients build healthful eating patterns and take action for good health. This booklet tells explains the reason guidelines are important and gives tips for following a health diet. Patients can use this booklet to find out some of the many ways to aim for fitness, to build a healthy base, and to choose sensibly.

In infectious disease news, it appears that the West Nile virus may have flown into Canada. A dead crow found on the Canadian side of the Detroit River will be tested this week after showing possible signs of the for the West Nile virus. The virus is blamed for the deaths of seven people in New York City last year.

Finally, an AIDS vaccine candidate designed specifically for Africa and manufactured in Germany has been approved for human testing. The Medicines Control Agency (MCA) of the United Kingdom has approved Phase I testing of an MVA vaccine based on HIV subtype A, the most common strain in Kenya and in many other parts of Africa.

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