Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 76 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Mar-2004
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Mouse antibodies thwart SARS virus
The mouse immune system develops antibodies capable of single-handedly neutralizing the SARS virus, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) report.  more

Fact sheet: Research on severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
SARS typically begins with flu-like symptoms, including high fever that may be accompanied by headache and muscle aches, cough, and shortness of breath. Up to 20 percent of infected people may develop diarrhea. Most SARS patients subsequently develop pneumonia. In the 2003 outbreak, there were more than 8,000 probable cases of SARS and 774 deaths (approximately 9 percent mortality), according to the World Health Organization.  more

Information for patients: What are high blood pressure and prehypertension?
High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the first- and third-leading causes of death among Americans. High blood pressure also can result in other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and blindness.  more


High blood pressure patients misinformed, not controlled
People at the greatest risk of heart disease and who are actively managing their high blood pressure may have a false sense of security about their health status, a new 800-patient survey released today by the Rippe Lifestyle Institute indicates.  more

Study will identify best treatment for type 2 diabetes in youth
A clinical study comparing three treatments of type 2 diabetes in children and teens has begun in 12 medical centers and their affiliated sites around the country. more

Questions & answers: -- TODAY (Treatment options for type 2 diabetes in adolescents and youth) study
Diabetes is a group of diseases that impair the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose and convert it to energy. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, usually begins as insulin resistance, a disorder in which fat, muscle, and liver cells do not use insulin properly. At first, the pancreas compensates by producing more insulin to meet the body’s needs. Gradually, its capacity to secrete insulin in response to meals falters as does the timing of insulin secretion. When diabetes develops, insulin production continues to decline. Many people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose by following a careful diet and exercise program, losing weight, and taking oral medication. more

Study shows effects of prenatal exposure to second-hand smoke greater for socioeconomically disadvantaged children
The effects of prenatal exposure to second-hand smoke on mental development are exacerbated in children who experience socioeconomic hardships, such as substandard housing and inadequate food and clothing, during the first two years of life, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other private foundations.  more

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