Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 92 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Apr-2003
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Marked improvement in heart attack care seen in 33-hospital study
Doctors today know more than ever about what drugs, treatments and lifestyle changes can help heart attack patients live longer and healthier lives after they leave the hospital. But amazingly enough, as many as half of such patients may not get the prescriptions, tests and counseling they need.  more

Families with severe form of bipolar disorder help scientists narrow the search for disease genes
After years of frustrating searches for genes that contribute to mental illness, researchers at Johns Hopkins studying families with a severe form of manic depressive illness, called psychotic bipolar disorder, may be one step closer to finding the genetic underpinnings of both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. more


Six-month public smoking ban slashes heart attack rate in community
In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that the number of heart attack victims admitted to a regional hospital dropped by nearly 60 percent during the first six months that a smoke-free ordinance was in effect in the area.  more

WHO health briefing on Iraq
Reports from the Iraqi capital say that hospitals in Baghdad and across southern Iraq are treating a growing number of injuries. However, the hospitals in Baghdad are relatively well supplied and continue to function. more

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Update on cases and countries
As of today, a cumulative total of 1804 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and 62 deaths have been reported from 15 countries. This represents an increase of 182 cases and 4 deaths compared with the previous day.  more

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