Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 276 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Oct-2003
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Analysis indicates SARS virus can change quickly and unpredictably
The SARS virus is capable of changing rapidly and unpredictably, which could present serious challenges for managing the disease and developing drugs and vaccines to combat it, research at the University of Michigan suggests.  more

Hysterectomy and sexual wellbeing: prospective observational study of vaginal hysterectomy
Many women are concerned that hysterectomy may affect their sexual attractiveness, but a study in this week's BMJ finds that sexual pleasure improves after hysterectomy.  more


Time trends and demography of mortality after fractured neck of femur in an English population
Death rates among elderly people after fracturing a thigh bone (neck of femur) have not declined appreciably during the past 20 years, finds a study in this week's BMJ.  more

Dietary fat intake and risk of stroke in male US healthcare professionals
Unlike heart disease, dietary fat does not seem to be associated with risk of stroke, finds a study in this week's BMJ.  more

In childhood leukemia study, aggressive chemotherapy cuts deaths by 37%
More than a third of children who die from a particularly deadly form of leukemia would be saved if doctors used three existing drugs more aggressively administering them at much higher doses and over a longer period of time. That is one of several important conclusions drawn from a long-term study, published in the October issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, that tested a high-dose drug regimen in 125 young leukemia patients and tracked their outcomes for an average of nine years.  more

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