Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 124 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-May-2003
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Women with smallpox vaccine exposure during pregnancy reported to the national smallpox vaccine in pregnancy registry --- United States, 2003
In the absence of circulating smallpox, pregnant women should not be exposed to live vaccinia virus contained in the smallpox vaccine. The smallpox vaccine should not be administered to women who are pregnant or might become pregnant within 4 weeks after vaccination because of the risk for fetal vaccinia, a rare but serious infection of the fetus.  more

Update: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome --- United States, 2003
CDC continues to work with state and local health departments, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to investigate cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). During November 1, 2002--April 30, 2003, a total of 5,663 SARS cases were reported to WHO from 26 countries, including the United States; 372 deaths (case-fatality proportion: 6.6%) have been reported.  more


Updated interim surveillance case definition for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) --- United States, April 29, 2003
CDC's interim surveillance case definition for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been updated to include laboratory criteria for evidence of infection with the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). In addition, clinical criteria have been revised to reflect the possible spectrum of respiratory illness associated with SARS-CoV. Epidemiologic criteria have been retained. The majority of U.S. cases of SARS continue to be associated with travel, with only limited secondary spread to household members or health-care providers.  more

Placebo study indicates lower doses may effectively treat ADHD
A significant percentage of children with attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder did just as well when harmless placebos, pills without any specific effect, replaced some of their medications, a study led by two N.C researchers shows. more

Low income kids’ height doesn’t measure up
In the United States millions of children go hungry or lack proper nutrients - and it's taking a serious toll on those American children's health and development, a new study finds.  more

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