Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 81 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Mar-2003
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Treatment for minor depression
In a new approach to research on minor depression, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a four-year study to determine the safety and effectiveness of St. John's wort, a common herbal supplement, and citalopram, a standard antidepressant, compared to placebo.  more

Minimally invasive procedure shrinks blood clots in the brain
Combining a minimally invasive surgery with clot-busting drugs may be a safe way to remove clots from deep inside the brain, according to research reported in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. more


Inhaled asthma drugs more effective than oral therapy
Inhaled glucocorticoid drugs are more effective than the newer anti-leukotriene tablets for adults with mild or moderate asthma, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. more

MMWR reprint: Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ---Worldwide, 2003
Since late February 2003, CDC has been supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) in the investigation of a multicountry outbreak of atypical pneumonia of unknown etiology. The illness is being referred to as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). This report describes the scope of the outbreak, preliminary case definition, and interim infection control guidance for the United States.  more

MMWR reprint: Preliminary clinical description of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a condition of unknown etiology that has been described in patients in Asia, North America, and Europe. This report summarizes the clinical description of patients with SARS based on information collected since mid-February 2003 by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada, and CDC in collaboration with health authorities and clinicians in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Canada, and the United States.  more

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