Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 88 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Mar-2003
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WHO health briefing on Iraq
Many people within Iraq face increasing difficulty with access to food and water, to electricity, and to basic services. The international humanitarian agencies are poised, ready to help. We cannot access those being affected by the conflict and by the extra strains placed on health and other civilian infrastructure. For example, access to the people of Basra is now vital - so that health experts can assess the impact of the current situation on the health of the population and ensure that the right kinds of relief are provided to those who need it the most.  more

UN Wire - Health information, IRAQ: Oil-for-food program relaunched; $2.2 Billion flash appeal issued
The U.N. Security Council today unanimously approved a resolution revamping the humanitarian oil-for-food program for Iraq that will allow Secretary General Kofi Annan to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of Iraqi civilians for an initial 45-day period. more


SARS: WHO seeks daily China updates, Global airport screenings
Experts from the World Health Organization today urged China to provide daily updates on severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and adopt other measures aimed at stemming the spread of the illness, which continues to sicken hundreds worldwide.  more

POLIO: Bangladesh worried about spread from India
Bangladeshi health officials yesterday voiced concern about polio spreading from neighboring India, adding a sense of urgency to an immunization drive scheduled to begin Sunday. more

Treatment by an allergy specialist reduces emergency room visits for asthma
Asthma sufferers who regularly use inhaled corticosteroids and are under the care of an allergy specialist are less likely to seek emergency room treatment for their disease, according to a study in the March 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). The JACI is the peer reviewed journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).  more

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