Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 204 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-July-2003
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SARS: Protecting against a deadly disease
From Texas to Taiwan, people are taking precautions to protect themselves from a virulent respiratory illness that is sweeping some areas of the globe as readily as the common cold. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)--which has killed hundreds of people and sickened thousands--is causing people to don face masks, avoid traveling, wash their hands constantly, and call their doctors at the first sign of a sniffle.  more

Update to SARS case definition reduces US cases by half
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dropped the number of SARS cases in the United States by half (49.5%) to a total of 211. The new tally, reported in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), includes 175 suspect cases and 36 probable cases, down from 344 suspect and 74 probable cases reported on July 15. The change results from excluding cases in which blood specimens that were collected more than 21 days after the onset of illness test negative for SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Exclusion of these cases with negative convalescent serum provides a more accurate accounting of the epidemic in the US. more


Early heart disease in parents linked to thicker artery walls in offspring
If your parents had coronary heart disease before age 60, the walls of your neck arteries are more likely to be thicker, putting you at higher risk of heart disease, too, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

Diet as good as drug for lowering cholesterol, says study
Researchers at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital have shown that a vegetarian diet composed of specific plant foods can lower cholesterol as effectively as a drug treatment. more

Happy people may have more immunities to common cold
An explosion of Alzheimer's research in the last 10 years and its continuing momentum hold out hope for potential preventions and treatments for this devastating disease.  more

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