Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 159 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-June-2003
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Pregnant women carrying boys have a 10% higher energy intake than those carrying girls
women who were carrying a male embryo had an 8% higher intake of protein, a 9% higher intake of carbohydrates, an 11% higher intake of animal fats, and a 15% higher intake of vegetable fats than women who were carrying a female embryo.  more

Gleevec therapy shows promise for Kaposi's sarcoma patients
The cancer drug Gleevec has shown activity in the treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma, a malignant tumor commonly associated with the HIV virus, according to findings presented 3 June 2003, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). more


Advice on SARS and potential for food transmission
Due to the heightened interest in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the concerns regarding the public health, the FDA is informing the public that there is no information that suggests food is unsafe for consumption and can transmit SARS.  more

Questions and answers for food workers and managers regarding severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
Current information does not suggest that SARS is transmitted by food. However, since the coronavirus that may be the cause of SARS may remain on hands and surfaces for several hours, food handlers should maintain strict hand-hygiene, including washing hands with soap and water after using the restroom, after sneezing or coughing, and any personal activities that involve touching the face.  more

Vidyya book review: "Breaking the food seduction" makes the case for the addictive properties of certain foods
Anyone who's tried to give up coffee knows that caffeine is physically addictive, and many suspect the same about chocolate, but a new book by nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., argues that other foods are just as habituating. Cheese, meats, and sugar release opiate-like substances that seduce us into eating them again and again.  more

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