Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 87 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Mar-2003
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WHO recommends new measures to prevent travel-related spread of SARS
WHO is today recommending new measures, related to international travel, aimed at reducing the risk of further international spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).  more

SARS virus close to conclusive identification, new tests for rapid diagnosis ready soon
On 17 March, WHO established a global network of leading laboratories to collaborate in the identification of the causative agent of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). more


Errors occur in half of intravenous drug doses
Errors in preparing and administering intravenous drugs remain a concern in the United Kingdom, say researchers in this week's BMJ.  more

Smoking stokes risk for bleeding strokes
Men who smoke increase their risk for hemorrhagic stroke every time they light up, and smoking more than a pack of cigarettes a day doubles their risk compared to nonsmokers or men who've kicked the habit, according to a long-term prospective study reported in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. more

WHO health briefing on Iraq
The World Health Organization team in Iraq is working intensively to keep the health system in the country functioning. Working with the national authorities, WHO teams are distributing medicines and other medical supplies in northern Iraq.  more

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