Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 362 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Dec-2003
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FDA statement on rendered products derived from BSE cow in Washington State
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that its investigators and inspectors from the states of Washington and Oregon have located all of the potentially-infectious product rendered from the one cow that has tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, known as mad cow disease) in Washington State.  more

Information for patients: New variant CJD (vCJD) fact sheet
New variant CJD (vCJD) is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder. Although experience with this new disease is limited, evidence to date indicates that there has never been a case transmitted from person to person.  more


Health Canada reminds Canadians not to use products containing kava
Health Canada is reminding consumers of the serious risks associated with the use of products containing kava. An independent market survey revealed that many retail outlets still sell products containing kava, despite Health Canada's recall and advisory regarding these products in August 2002.  more

Breast cancer spread 'could be halted'
Scientists have uncovered more evidence of a "switch" which allows breast cancer to grow and spread. The finding, by US researchers, could lead to drugs precisely-targeted to stop this process in its tracks.  more

New class of drug could boost weaponry against asthma
Scientists have identified a new class of drug which could dramatically boost the weaponry against asthma. Early trials of an experimental drug, called DNK333, have shown it can reduce asthma symptoms.  more

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