Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 131 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-May-2003
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FTC and FDA crackdown on Internet marketers of bogus SARS prevention products
The Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning Web site operators, manufacturers and distributors who suggest that their products will protect against, treat, or even cure Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), that they are aware of no scientific proof for such claims and that the Web site operators must remove any misleading or deceptive claims from the Internet.  more

Brain plaques in Alzheimer’s disease linked to eye disease
Scientists at the Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration at the Neuroscience Research Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara have found a link between the brain plaques that form in Alzheimer’s disease and the deposits in the retina that are associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  more


Controversy surrounds new class of Schizophrenia drugs
Scientists have raised concerns that claims about the benefits of a new generation of drugs for conditions such as schizophrenia may have been exaggerated.  more

SARS in China, the Philippines, and Mongolia
China has reported 85 new probable cases of SARS today, including 54 new cases in Beijing, and 5 new deaths. China now has a cumulative total of 4884 probable cases, with 235 deaths. more

Update: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome --- United States, May 8, 2003
CDC, in collaboration with state and local health departments, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners, continues to investigate cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). During November 1, 2002--May 7, 2003, a total of 6,903 SARS cases were reported to WHO from 29 countries, including the United States; 495 deaths (case-fatality proportion: 7.2%) have been reported.  more

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