Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 120 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Apr-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-May-2003
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Physical activity reduces risk for heart attack and death in men with diabetes
Men with type 2 diabetes can save their lives by walking, and the faster they walk the less likely they are to have a heart attack or stroke, according to new research reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

Interim guidelines about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) for persons traveling to SARS-affected areas
CDC has issued a travel advisory suggesting that people planning elective or nonessential travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, Singapore, and Hanoi, Vietnam, may wish to postpone their trips until further notice. CDC has also issued a travel alert for Toronto, Canada, to recommend that U.S. travelers to Toronto observe precautions to safeguard their health. If you decide to go ahead with your travel to an area with SARS, then this report contains guidelines you should keep in mind before you go.  more


Sesame oil helps reduce blood pressure
Cooking with sesame oil in place of other edible oils appears to help reduce high blood pressure and lower the amount of medication needed to control hypertension, researchers reported today at the XVth Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension. The meeting is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research.  more

Effective method for killing prostate cancer cells discovered
By blocking a protein key to prostate cancer cell growth, researchers at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University have discovered a way to trigger extensive prostate cancer cell death. This finding opens a new window for developing targeted treatments aimed at destroying prostate cancer cells before they have the opportunity to grow or spread. The study is published in the April 29 online issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. more

WHO health briefing on Iraq
To respond to critical shortages of medicines and other health supplies in Iraqi hospitals and communities, WHO is sending three large trucks, loaded with tonnes of supplies, from Amman to Baghdad today. These include 40 emergency health kits including 10 donated by the government of Norway. Each kits serves 10 000 people for three months, so this delivery will help serve the urgent health needs of 400 000 Iraqi people until the end of July.  more

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