Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 140 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-May-2003
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Beware: New killer diseases
Global health chiefs have urged countries around the world to be on alert for new killer diseases. The World Health Organization has warned that new diseases could spread in the wake of the deadly Sars virus. Officials have urged governments to work more closely together to try to deal with the threat.  more

First global consultation on SARS epidemiology
The first global consultation on SARS epidemiology, held at WHO headquarters in Geneva from 16 to 17 May, has concluded its work. The meeting united face-to-face and via video and audio linkage more than 40 leading epidemiologists from 16 countries, including representatives from all areas experiencing significant outbreaks and from WHO teams at these sites.  more


Misbehaving molecules: 3-dimensional pictures of ALS mutant proteins support two major theories about how the disease is caused.
A new study reveals for the first time how gene mutations lead to the inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.  more

Hostility in children, risk factor for cardiovascular disease
It is well-known that adults who respond to life events with anger are more at risk for developing cardiovascular disease than those who do not. And now, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Helsinki, children and adolescents with similar hostile responses are also putting themselves at increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome. more

Next era of cancer therapy aims to separate cancer from blood supply
Separating cancer from its blood supply -- or keeping them from linking in the first place -- is the goal of clinicians and researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and other leading research institutions.  more

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