Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 164 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-June-2003
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Information for patients: Understanding autoimmune diseases
This booklet contains information about autoimmune diseases. You will not find everything there is to know about autoimmune diseases here, however. In fact, the information presented here may prompt you to think of more questions about autoimmune diseases because autoimmune diseases are complex.  more

HHS bans rodent imports from Africa; Prohibits domestic commerce in rodents and prairie dogs
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced on June 12 that an immediate embargo on the importation of all rodents from Africa due to the potential that these rodents can spread monkeypox virus infection to other animal species and to humans.  more


Antifungal drug helps kids with immune disorder avoid hospitalization
The antifungal medication itraconazole is well tolerated and effectively prevents fungal infections in children who have chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), report scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  more

HIV/AIDS: Questions prompt review of dirty needles' role in African infections
Questions about what percentage of Africa's HIV infections are caused by dirty needles has prompted U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson -- who is also the chairman of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria -- to order a review of all research linking HIV/AIDS and medical injections, the Associated Press reported yesterday. more

Study claims assertive patients are leaving needier patients waiting
Assertive patients who swallow up doctors' time with lists of questions are increasing health inequalities by leaving needier patients waiting, according to an article in this week's BMJ. more

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