Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 77 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Mar-2003
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Information for patients and practitioners: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the main symptoms and signs of SARS include a fever greater than 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.  more

March 18 Update: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) multi-country outbreak
Currently available findings from the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), continue to indicate that the overwhelming majority of cases are occurring in health care workers, and their families who have had direct contact with SARS patients. The number of cases without such close contact remains few, and no data indicate that this number is rapidly increasing. Based on current knowledge, WHO considers that the emergency travel advice issued on Saturday 15th March remains valid. more


Bupropion triples quit rates among women smokers - Also helps depressed smokers quit
The use of the antidepressant, sustained release (SR) bupropion, triples quit rates among women and smokers with a history of depression as compared to placebo, according to a new study just published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research by researchers at the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, University of Wisconsin Medical School.  more

Supplements that increase the effects of resistance exercise identified - Of the more than 250 substances on the market, only two provide for enhanced lean body mass
Those who seek a well-chiseled body can start clearing out their medicine cabinets. A new study has identified supplements that increase the benefits of resistance exercise, an essential component in a culture where image is everything. more

Caffeine delays exercise-related fatigue
Consuming caffeine, whether in coffee of soft drinks, has been shown to delay fatigue during prolonged exercise. Studies have shown, for example, that ingesting three to nine mg/kg of caffeine can increase the amount of exercise time to achieve by as much as 50 percent. How caffeine achieves this effect has not been fully determined.  more

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