Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 115 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Apr-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Apr-2003
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Avian influenza reported in the Netherlands
Outbreaks of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza virus A (H7N7) have been reported in various poultry farms in the Netherlands since February 2003. Recent cases of the disease in poultry have also been reported in Belgium.  more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Multi-country outbreak Update 25-April-2003
The Chinese Ministry of Health has today reported an additional 125 probable SARS cases, including the first case from Anhui. The new figures bring the cumulative number of reported probable cases in China to 2422. more


WHO health briefing on Iraq
In recent days, WHO has consistently highlighted the key needs for Iraq's health system. These include security for staff, hospitals and health centres. They also include supplies, drugs, diagnostic kits, surgical supplies and oxygen cylinders. Underlying all of this is the need for water supply, electricity, and waste collection. more

Drug-coated stents approved by FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of a drug-coated stent to treat patients with clogged cardiac arteries. These stents — metal mesh tubes used as scaffolding to keep blood vessels open and unclogged — are laced with low doses of the drug sirolimus to help prevent clogging.  more

Study shows gastric bypass surgery improves diabetes in most patients
According to a study presented today by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) researchers at the American Surgical Association’s (ASA) 123rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C., 97 percent of patients who underwent laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery for obesity (LGBP) had resolution or improvement of their type 2 diabetes mellitus.  more

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