Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 16 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Jan-2004-Jan-2004
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Avian influenza A(H5N1) in humans and poultry: 12 dead from bird flu in Vietnam, WHO Says health
Laboratory results received on Sunday have confirmed the presence of avian influenza virus strain A(H5N1) in samples taken from humans. The samples were taken from two children and one adult admitted to hospital with a severe respiratory illness in Hanoi. more

Avian influenza (“bird flu”) and the significance of its transmission to humans
Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The disease, which was first identified in Italy more than 100 years ago, occurs worldwide. more

OSU study finds huge variability in vitamin E absorption
A new study has found that cereal fortified with vitamin E has a very high rate of absorption into the bloodstream, whereas pills taken separately with the same food have inconsistent effects, and taking the supplements alone is largely useless.  more


New SARS variety less contagious, scientist says
The new variety of the SARS virus that emerged this year and so far has infected a man and possibly a woman in Guangzhou, southern China, appears to be less contagious than the strain that killed more than 800 people last year, a Hong Kong scientist said yesterday.  more

Study finds new antibiotic effective for diabetic foot infections
A clinical trial involving 371 patients in eight countries shows that linezolid, a new antibiotic, is at least as effective as two older therapies for treating diabetic foot infections. The drug may be an important new agent for doctors treating infections that are increasingly caused by bacteria resistant to standard antibiotics, and that in severe cases may require amputation. The study, led by a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) physician and conducted at 30 U.S. and 15 European sites, appears in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. more

Information for patients: Cosmetic laser surgery - A high-tech weapon in the fight against aging skin
Normally this is not a good thing where humans are concerned. In science fiction films the characters vaporized by a laser simply disappear. Patients opting for cosmetic laser surgery, however, suffer a less severe fate: Only their wrinkles and other skin imperfections disappear.  more

Information for patients: Guide to health insurance
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions and compare services and costs using the checklist in this guide. 23 pp. (2003. USDA (PDF))  more

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