Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 174 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-June-2003
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Information for patients: Avoid mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus infection
Human illness from West Nile virus is rare, even in areas where the virus has been reported. The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a mosquito bite is low. You can further reduce your chances of becoming ill by protecting yourself from mosquito bites.  more

Information for clinicians: West Nile virus (WNV) infection:
Most WNV infections are mild and often clinically unapparent; approximately 20% of those infected develop a mild illness (West Nile fever). The incubation period of WNV is thought to range from 3 to 14 days... more


Public health officials caution against ephedra use
The death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler in February 2003 brought renewed attention to the dangers of using the herb ephedra. Bechler died from multiple organ failure due to heat stroke, and a dietary supplement containing ephedra was a contributing factor.  more

Evidence on the safety and effectiveness of ephedra: Implications for regulation
ertain dietary supplements include ephedra, a plant that contains six ephedrine alkaloids among which ephedrine is predominant. The dietary supplement industry estimates that approximately 12 million individuals were using ephedra in 1999.  more

Daily growth hormone shot helps take off pounds, research shows
A controlled dose of growth hormone may help people who are obese lose weight and maintain the energy to exercise, new research at Saint Louis University shows.  more

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