Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 107 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Apr-2003
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FDA grants expanded use of brain implant for movement disorder
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved a brain implant intended to help control some symptoms of dystonia, a rare, debilitating movement disorder. The device was approved for treating primary dystonia, the type that has no known cause.  more

FDA approves expanded use of HPV test
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved expanded use of a laboratory test to detect the presence in women of human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. more


Progeria gene discovery may help solve mysteries of normal aging
A team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute today announced the discovery of the genetic basis of a disorder that causes the most dramatic form of premature aging, a finding that promises to shed new light on the rare disease, as well as on normal human aging.  more

CDC interim laboratory biosafety guidelines for handling and processing specimens associated with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization have received reports of patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) from various international and domestic sources. The cause of these illnesses is unknown and is being investigated, but current findings strongly suggest a viral etiology with a coronavirus as the leading candidate. more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Coronavirus never before seen in humans is the cause of SARS
On 16 April 2003, the World Health Organization announced that a new pathogen, a member of the coronavirus family never before seen in humans, is the cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The speed at which this virus was identified is the result of the close international collaboration of 13 laboratories from 10 countries. While many lines of evidence have found strong associations between this virus and the disease over the last weeks, final confirmation came today.  more

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