Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 139 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-May-2003
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How much would it take? Money for organs: The wave of the future
Could financial rewards for organ donors -- dead or alive -- eliminate the suffering and death caused by the long wait for kidney or liver transplants? A team of transplant physicians, medical ethicists and economists considered that question, and others, at a two-day conference held at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza, on May 16 and 17.  more

WHO health briefing on Iraq
WHO Information Officer Fadela Chaib has been working in Basra over the past two weeks. In today's issue, she describes a visit to a black market for looted, diverted and pilfered medicines.  more


New study examines how the brain works in reading; Offers key to better understanding dyslexia
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study brain activity in children, researchers today confirmed part of an eighty-year-old theory on the neurobiological basis of reading disability, and shed new light on brain regions that change as children become accomplished readers. Their findings were reported in the May 18 online publication of the journal Nature Neuroscience.  more

Mental health in emergencies: Mental and social aspects of health of populations exposed to extreme stressors
This document summarizes the present position of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence on assisting populations exposed to extreme stressors, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors and terrorism-, war- or genocide-exposed populations. WHO recognizes that the number of persons exposed to extreme stressors is large and that exposure to extreme stressors is a risk factor for mental health and social problems. Principles and strategies described here are primarily for application in resource-poor countries, where most populations exposed to disasters and war live. The mental health and well-being of humanitarian aid workers also warrant attention, but their needs are not addressed in this document. more

Combined effect of proteins saves lives in cases of pneumonia
An effective host defence to the most prevalent form of pneumonia is only obtained if two proteins combine their forces. Dutch researcher Anita Rijneveld made this discovery during her PhD research at the Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam.  more

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