Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 106 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Apr-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Apr-2003
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Status of diagnostic test, significance of "super spreaders", situation in China
Scientists participating in the WHO collaborative network of laboratories have developed several diagnostic tests for SARS. These include a so-called "PCR" test, which allows detection of the distinctive genetic information of a virus.  more

WHO health briefing on Iraq
The World Health Organization has taken part in new assessments of the health situation in northern and southern Iraq. WHO joined the first humanitarian assessment team to travel to Az Zubair and Safwan, close to Basra in the south. The WHO team in Kirkuk has also further investigated the health situation in that town. The International Committee of the Red Cross has also made assessment visits to most of the major hospitals in Baghdad. more


Heart disease risk lowered by gene variation in immune system cells
In a serendipitous spin-off of HIV/AIDS research, scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and colleagues have found strong evidence that a genetic variation affecting immune system cells protects against heart disease.  more

Decision tool aid assists women considering adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer
Women with breast cancer who are considering treatment with adjuvant chemotherapy may benefit in decision making from the use of a formal decision aid, according to a study in the April 16 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  more

Stick and stones may break my bones, but researchers say, words may also hurt me
Research by Dr. Stephen Joseph a psychologist at the University of Warwick into bullying at Secondary Schools dispels the well-known saying "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me".  more

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