Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 111 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Apr-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Apr-2003
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Smoking during pregnancy is a bad idea: Evidence suggests infants of smoking mothers more likely to die of SIDS
Scientists have found yet more evidence to suggest that smoking during pregnancy can seriously affect the health of babies. Researchers in the United States have confirmed that infants are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or cot death if their mother smoked while pregnant.  more

Changing definition means China will need to raise SARS death toll
China will likely increase its figures for the number of SARS cases in Beijing, according to a World Health Organization official. James Maguire, a member of the WHO team investigating the SARS outbreak in China, told Reuters news agency that the Chinese authorities had agreed to alter the way they define patients with SARS symptoms.  more


Buckyballs: The new 'antibiotic of last resort'
Rice University chemists hope a new variant of vancomycin that contains buckyballs -- tiny cage-shaped molecules of pure carbon -- could become the world's first targeted antibiotic, creating a new line of defense against bioweapons like anthrax.  more

Poor quality patient care information can limit the patient's ability to choose
Patients have a right to information about their care. Good patient information should describe what will happen, explain why, and highlight possible choices with risks and benefits. Yet, a study in this week's BMJ finds that information is often poor and can limit a patient's ability to make choices about their care. more

The life of the neglected: Antisocial personality disorder
Evidence suggests that an antisocial lifestyle is linked to illness, injury, and premature death, yet while links between deprivation and health have been widely studied, links between antisocial lifestyle and health have been neglected, according to two experts in this week's BMJ.  more

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