Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 28 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Jan-2003
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More people are getting sick from eating fresh fruits
Salmonella, E. coli, shigellosis, hepatitis A, and Norwalk -- these food-borne diseases can produce symptoms that run from the mild to life-threatening. The young and old are particularly vulnerable and while consumption of beef and poultry have been the most common sources of such infections, fresh fruits and vegetables are being increasingly implicated in such outbreaks. more

Study is first to confirm link between exercise and changes in brain
Three key areas of the brain adversely affected by aging show the greatest benefit when a person stays physically fit. The proof, scientists say, is visible in the brain scans of 55 volunteers over age 55. more


Fat that may benefit diabetics reduces weight, blood sugar
Supplementing the diet with a certain fatty acid may lead to better weight control and disease management in diabetics, a new study suggests. more

Puzzle solved on how influenza builds its infectious seeds
By solving a long-standing puzzle about how the influenza virus assembles its genetic contents into infectious particles that enable the virus to spread from cell to cell, scientists have opened a new gateway to a better understanding of one of the world's most virulent diseases. more

Information for clinicians: Smallpox vaccination and adverse reactions
The guidance in this report is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is for evaluation and treatment of patients with complications from smallpox vaccination in the preoutbreak setting. Information is also included related to reporting adverse events and seeking specialized consultation and therapies for these events. The frequencies of smallpox vaccine-associated adverse events were identified in studies of the 1960s. Because of the unknown prevalence of risk factors among today's population, precise predictions of adverse reaction rates after smallpox vaccination are unavailable. The majority of adverse events are minor, but the less-frequent serious adverse reactions require immediate evaluation for diagnosis and treatment.  more

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