Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 53 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Feb-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Feb-2004
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Changing rooms: Changing the hospital experience - UK room makeovers transforming hospital environments
The transformation of a corridor in a north London hospital has been dramatic. Thanks to the Kingís Fundís Enhancing the Healing Environment program, what was once a drab, depressing and dirty area has been converted into a colorful, cheerful and clean space.  more

Two domestic cats in Thailand die of bird flu
Two domestic cats in Thailand have died of the same bird flu that has killed 22 people in Asia, scientists say, increasing fears about the ease with which the virus can move between species, Reuters reports.  more

UN praises safe-sex samba message in Brazil
The U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS has praised a Brazilian samba school that plans to promote safe sex at the Rio de Janeiro carnival, held from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 this year.  more


UNFPA releases guidelines on HIV testing and counseling
The International Planned Parenthood Federation and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) announced guidelines on Tuesday to assist reproductive health care providers who want to offer HIV testing and counseling.  more

Integrating HIV Voluntary Counselling And Testing Services Into Reproductive Health Settings: Stepwise Guidelines For Program Planners, Managers And Service Providers (PDF)
New guidelines for including voluntary HIV counselling and testing in sexual and reproductive health programs - for program planners, managers and service providers.  more

UN warns of AIDS crisis in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia
Russia, Ukraine and Estonia are suffering from some of the world's fastest growing HIV/AIDS rates, according to a U.N. Development Program report released yesterday in Moscow.  more

Exploring the role of predators in keeping pathogens at bay
Lyme disease, bubonic plague, and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome--all potentially serious disease threats to people--are carried by non-human vertebrates, most often rodents, who are the host species for a plethora of pathogens. Recent outbreaks of Monkeypox and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome have generated fresh concern about how pathogens move from non-human carriers to people. more

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