Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 15 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jan-2004
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NU professor advocates testing of all cows for mad cow diseasehealth
For the first time in history, the United States is faced with a confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease within its borders, but according to Northeastern University professor of chemistry Ira Krull there are many more undocumented cases just waiting to be discovered. more

HHS bans civet imports: Action intended to prevent spread of SARS
As part of the national plan to prevent the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced an immediate embargo on importation of civets to the United States. The small animals have been identified as a possible link to SARS transmission in China. more

Questions and answers on embargo of civets
On January 13, 2004, CDC issued an order for an immediate ban on the import of all civets. CDC took this step because civets potentially can infect humans with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).  more


Heavy drinkers use narcotics to relieve back pain, despite possible interactions
Despite warnings about interactions between alcohol and narcotic pain relievers, a new study suggests many people taking these drugs continue to drink, in some cases heavily.  more

Many children with autism may receive complementary or alternative treatments
A significant percentage of children recently diagnosed with autism receive complementary or alternative medicine treatments, some of which are potentially harmful, according to a research team from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. more

Alcohol-dependence gene identified
Investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Indiana University School of Medicine and other centers have identified a gene that appears to increase the risk of alcoholism.  more

NEJM Explains: Why this year's flu is so severe?
Why is this year's flu packing such a wallop? And why is it taking such a harsh toll on young children? One reason is that the flu virus has changed, or mutated, slightly in the nine months since flu makers designed this year's vaccine, and those changes may be rendering the vaccine less effective, according to flu expert John Treanor, M.D., director of the Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit at the University of Rochester.  more

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