Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 98 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Apr-2003
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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Status of the main SARS outbreaks in different countries
Get SARS updates from China, Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, Viet Nam and Canada, plus, the latest SARS cumulative case counts.  more

CDC interim domestic guidance on persons who may have been exposed to patients with suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Most documented transmission of SARS has occurred in either healthcare workers or household contacts of patients with SARS; guidance for the management of healthcare exposures and household exposures have previously been made available. In addition, other persons may be exposed to SARS such as international travelers from areas with community transmission or persons identified as a result of a public health investigation. The following guidance on management is recommended for persons other than healthcare workers or household contacts that may have been exposed to SARS. more


Smallpox vaccine - Cardiac related reactions (From US DOD)
The Department of Defense reported its first case of inflammation in or around the heart (myo-pericarditis) after smallpox vaccination in early February 2003. To date, DoD identified 14 cases of myocarditis and/or pericarditis among 350,000 smallpox vaccinees, with symptoms appearing 7 to 19 days after vaccination. These 14 people had clinical conditions that varied from mild to severe. They all survived. The newest case is still in the hospital. The others have been discharged from hospital, and have either returned to duty or been given short-term convalescent leave to regain their strength.  more

What do wrinkles, hair growth and obesity have in common?
What do wrinkles, hair growth and obesity have in common? All three may involve the same gene, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  more

Inflammation marker signals stroke risk in healthy middle-aged men
High levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) in healthy, middle-aged men signals an increased risk of ischemic stroke in later life, according to a 20-year follow-up study reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

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