Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 116 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Apr-2003
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HHS and NCI launch national campaign to address diet-related diseases affecting African-American men
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Andrew von Eschenbach today announced a national campaign to reduce the risk of chronic diseases among African-American men. Launched during National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, April 20-26, the campaign will focus on motivating black men to eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to reduce their risk for diet-related diseases that disproportionately affect the black community. NCI's campaign to reach African-American men is among four national initiatives launched today by HHS.  more

Protecting personal health information in research: Understanding the HIPAA privacy rule
This booklet contains information about the "Privacy Rule," a Federal regulation under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that protects certain health information. The Privacy Rule was issued to protect the privacy of health information that identifies individuals who are living or deceased. The Rule balances an individual's interest in keeping his or her health information confidential with other social benefits, including health care research. This booklet provides researchers with a basic understanding of the Privacy Rule and how it may affect health research. It also addresses how researchers may be directly or indirectly affected by the Rule when their research requires the use of, or access to, an individual's identifiable health information.  more


Early diagnosis of Usher Syndrome Type 1 made possible by new findings
Deafness in both ears and progressive loss of vision due to retinitis pigmentosa are the indicators of Usher syndrome, a genetic dual deficit disorder. There are three clinical subtypes of Usher syndrome, the most severe of which is Usher type 1 (USH1). This syndrome involves deafness at birth, progressive blindness and balance problems. In 1861, a physician working in Berlin described the clinical features of Usher syndrome in Jewish individuals.  more

Interim domestic guidance on the use of respirators to prevent transmission of SARS
Health-care workers caring for patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are at risk for acquiring SARS. Although the infectivity of SARS is currently uncertain, transmission to health-care workers appears to have occurred after close contact with symptomatic individuals (e.g., persons with fever or respiratory symptoms), particularly before implementation of recommended infection control precautions for SARS (i.e., unprotected exposures).  more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Optimism in Viet Nam, caution urged when using diagnostic tests
If no new cases are detected by 30 April (a date which marks the end of two incubation periods), Viet Nam could become the first country to be taken off the list of SARS-affected countries. This achievement would also make Viet Nam the first country to successfully contain its SARS outbreak.  more

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