Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 12 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Jan-2003
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"I must die": Tuberculosis in History
Tuberculosis, it seems, has always been with us. Evidence of tubercular decay has been found in the spines of Egyptian mummies thousands of years old, and the disease was common both in ancient Greece and Imperial Rome. While it may have lessened its grip on mankind during some periods of history, TB never completely let go. more

Landmark study proves power toothbrushes with rotation oscillation action superior in reducing plaque and gingivitis
Nearly four decades of research conclude that power toothbrushes with rotation oscillation action are demonstrably more effective in removing plaque and reducing gingivitis than other types of power toothbrushes -- including those featuring "sonic" technology -- according to an international study announced Friday at the Forsyth Institute conference on evidence-based dentistry.  more


TB in the Age of Optimism
On the evening of March 24, 1882, before a skeptical audience of Germany's most prominent men of medicine, Robert Koch announced a discovery that awed his listeners and brought him worldwide acclaim. New laboratory techniques had helped scientists discover microbial causes of other infectious diseases, but tuberculosis remained a stubborn exception. Koch succeeded by staining the organism with not one but two dyes, and at last was able to bring the elusive microbe into view. more

Study finds patients with hip fracture who leave the hospital too soon are at risk for worse outcomes
Patients recovering from a hip fracture and who had one or more abnormal vital signs, mental confusion, heart or lung problems, or couldn't eat when they were discharged from the hospital had a 360 percent greater chance of dying and a 60 percent greater chance of readmission within 60 days, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  more

Afghan Ministry of Health and international humanitarian agencies join forces for cross-border outbreak response
On 2 January 2003, an emergency team travelled with an Afghan Ministry of Defence helicopter from Faizabad, the provincial capital of Badakhshan, to Darwaz district, to stop here an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) threatening the lives of an estimated 40,000 infants and young children.  more

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