Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 114 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Apr-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Apr-2003
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Multi-country outbreak Update 37
As a result of ongoing assessments as to the nature of outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Beijing and Shanxi Province, China, and in Toronto, Canada, WHO is now recommending, as a measure of precaution, that persons planning to travel to these destinations consider postponing all but essential travel.  more

Updated interim U.S. case definition of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The previous CDC SARS case definition (published April 16, 2003) has been updated. Reported U.S. cases of SARS will be classified as suspect or probable based on new criteria, which appears in this report. Also, Toronto, Canada has been added to the areas with documented or suspected community transmission of SARS. more


FDA approves an implant for gastroesophageal reflux disease
The Food and Drug Administration today approved Enteryx, a permanently implanted device to help patients with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which some of the stomach's contents -- including acid -- flows up into the esophagus, causing heartburn and/or burning pain in the chest or back of the throat. More than 60 million American adults experience GERD, and about 25 million of them have daily symptoms.  more

NCI study estimates more than 2 million women could benefit from Tamoxifen
More than 10 million women in the United States have a high enough risk of developing breast cancer that they could consider taking the breast cancer chemoprevention drug tamoxifen, according to Andrew N. Freedman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). more

Study boosts confidence in potential screening tool for Alzheimer's disease
A major study has confirmed the value of potential markers for identifying people with Alzheimer's disease. Scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that levels of two key indicators in spinal fluid distinguished clinically diagnosed Alzheimer's patients from controls with 89-92 percent efficiency.  more

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