Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 133 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-May-2003
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New publications show injuries kill more than five million people a year
Two new WHO publications highlight that injuries kill more than five million people worldwide each year, accounting for nearly 1 of every 10 deaths globally. In addition, tens of millions of people visit emergency departments annually due to injury. Whether they are unintentional - resulting from incidents such as road traffic collisions, drowning or falls - or intentional - following an assault, suicide or war-related violence - injuries affect people of all ages and economic groups.  more

Less death on British roads thanks to medical advances says new study
Improvements in medical technology and better medical care can take much credit for reducing the death toll from accidents on Britain's roads according to new research by transport policy experts at Imperial College London.  more


Information for patients: How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, finding a doctor and treatment facility for your cancer care is an important step to getting the best treatment possible. Although the health care delivery system is complex, resources are available to guide you in finding a doctor, getting a second opinion, and choosing a treatment facility. Below are suggestions and information resources to help you with these important decisions.  more

WHO meets with industry executives on healthier diets
The World Health Organization met last week with senior executives from the food industry to develop a global strategy to encourage healthier diets and increased physical activity in the fight against chronic diseases that result in 59 percent of the 56.5 million annual deaths worldwide. more

Cancer number one killer of British men, overtaking heart disease for first time
Data from the charity Cancer Research UK shows that death rates from cancer have actually fallen by 15% in the last decade. But mortality from heart disease dropped by 30% over the same period. Experts warn that a similarly dramatic decline in deaths from cancer is unlikely as the disease is more complex. But they are confident that medical and research advances will see the death rate continue to fall.  more

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