Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 121 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-May-2003
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World Health 0rganization lifts Toronto travel advisory, maintains advice for areas of China
Effective today, the World Health Organization (WHO) is lifting the travel advisory for Toronto, Canada. The advisory recommended considering postponing non-essential travel to Toronto, and was issued as a precautionary measure one week ago in order to minimize the international spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). WHO is lifting this advisory as the situation in Toronto has now improved.  more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Situation in China: more cases than the rest of the world combined
China reported an additional 166 probable SARS cases with 11 deaths, bringing the cumulative total to 3460 cases and 159 deaths. China now accounts for more probable cases than the rest of the world combined.  more


Anthrax genome decoded
The complete genetic blueprint of Bacillus anthracis, the microbe that gained notoriety during the 2001 anthrax mail attacks, is now known, researchers announced today. A formidable bioterrorist threat and the cause of potentially fatal inhalational anthrax, B. anthracis differs very little from the common soil bacterium that is its near relative, the scientists discovered. Those genetic differences are enough to give B. anthracis its disease-causing properties and may also give scientists valuable clues to its vulnerabilities.  more

Proteomics research aids cancer diagnosis and treatment
A new technique may allow physicians to monitor patients' responses to molecularly targeted drugs, according to researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)*. The finding was one of three advances in proteomics - the study of proteins within cells - scheduled to be announced by researchers from the NCI-FDA Clinical Proteomics Program in a press briefing at the 94th Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, which was canceled. more

New Web-based tools for developing comprehensive cancer control programs released
As part of a public-private effort, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week announced new Web-based tools for comprehensive cancer control planning, implementation, and evaluation.  more

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