Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 82 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Mar-2003
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SARS virus isolated, new diagnostic test producing reliable results
A team of scientists in the department of microbiology, University of Hong Kong, has announced today success in culturing the viral agent that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Further progress in the development of a reliable diagnostic test was simultaneously announced by the same team.  more

Alcohol dependence linked to chemical deficit
Anxiety has long been linked to substance abuse. It is the key psychological factor driving the impulse to drink alcohol and one of the first symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. more


Colorectal cancer screening not sought by men over 50 - Prostate cancer screening is sought, but scientific evidence doesn't support its use
Prostate cancer screening is more popular than colon cancer screening - a procedure known to prevent cancer and reduce death. The results surprised Department of Veterans Affairs researchers since the proven benefits of colon screening appear to have little influence on the majority of men aged 50 and older who are getting checked for cancer.  more

Accutane: Common acne drug provides hope for patients with Stargardt's macular degeneration
Using Accutane, a commonly used drug for the treatment of acne, UCLA researchers have successfully stopped the accumulation of toxic pigments in the eyes of animals with a genetic defect similar to Stargardt's macular degeneration. The UCLA team gave a daily injection of Accutane to mimic the effect of constant light deprivation. and the results proved dramatic. more

HHS to test use of handheld device network for transmitting urgent information about biological agents to clinicians
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced that HHS will begin testing a system using handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) for transmitting urgent information about biological agents to clinicians. The three-month pilot test of the PDA network is designed to gauge the best ways for federal officials to communicate effectively with front-line clinicians in the event of a bioterrorist attack.  more

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