Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 86 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Mar-2003
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Emergency departments divert ambulances 41 per cent of the time due to overcrowding
On any given day, hospitals divert ambulances as much as 40 per cent of the time due to overcrowding in their emergency departments but reducing the volume of walk-in patients with minor illnesses will not alleviate the problem, says a new study by University of Toronto researchers.  more

Temporary deferral recommended for heart patients volunteering for smallpox vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today took the precautionary step of adding a temporary medical deferral to the smallpox vaccination program for persons who have been diagnosed with heart disease. CDC is investigating whether there is any association between smallpox vaccination and reports of heart problems in seven health care workers who have been vaccinated. more


Health Canada: Questions & Answers About SARS
Due to mounting concern about transmission of the SARS agent in non-hospital and community settings in those areas, Health Canada recommends that persons planning travel to these places should defer all travel until further notice.  more

Iraq: WHO humanitarian briefing
Reports from Basra indicate that at least half of the civilian population still lacks access to safe, clean drinking water. This situation has continued since late on Friday, despite the best efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross to gain access to the key water plants and restore supplies. more

Researchers discover new breast cancer gene
Scientists Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a private company, Tularik Inc., have discovered a new gene that is expressed at abnormally high levels in nearly 50% of the breast cancer specimens they examined, and is similarly overexpressed in a large proportion of lung cancers (35%).  more

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