Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 85 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Mar-2003
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Update for March 26: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) multi-country outbreak
On 15 March, WHO issued a travel advisory in response to the growing international threat posed by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Since then, WHO has conducted daily teleconferences with health authorities and WHO team members on the scene in all areas affected by SARS.  more

CDC lab analysis suggests new coronavirus may cause SARS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that a previously unrecognized virus from the coronavirus family is the leading hypothesis for the cause of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Two coronaviruses that are known to infect humans cause one third of common colds and are also a common cause of health care-associated upper respiratory infections in premature infants.  more


Mayo Clinic study establishes 'new paradigm' for coronary artery disease
A key component of blockages in the heart's blood vessels appears to originate in the bone marrow instead of the vessel walls, according to findings published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. more

Assessment finds gaps in access to nation's trauma centers
Despite improvements in the availability of trauma care in the United States, many communities still do not have access to specialized trauma care according to an inventory of trauma services developed by the American Trauma Society (ATS), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  more

FDA issues new security guidance as part of Operation Liberty Shield to protect the food supply
As part of its continuing efforts to ensure the safety and security of the nation's food supply, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the availability of four guidance documents designed to help manufacturers minimize the risk of tampering or other malicious, criminal or terrorist actions.  more

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