Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 81 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Mar-2004
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Report predicts end to elephantiasis by 2020
A U.N.-led campaign against elephantiasis is expected to wipe out the disfiguring disease by 2020, according to a report released yesterday by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.  more

NGO warns africa against single-dose use of nevirapine
The Italian nongovernmental organization Community of Sant'Egidio yesterday warned African countries to stop administering single doses of the anti-AIDS drug Nevirapine, which reduces the risk of newborn babies contracting HIV from their mothers, because such usage left too many babies born with HIV, did not extend the lives of their mothers and was contributing to resistance to other antiretrovirals. more

Nigeria declares polio vaccine safe; Clerics voice skepticism
Nigeria's president announced yesterday that independent tests had confirmed the safety of polio vaccines used in his country during immunization drives, but a spokesman for the northern state of Kano, which boycotted last month's vaccination campaign amid suspicions that it would spread infertility and HIV, said he was not convinced. more


WHO report says substance addiction treatable
Drug dependence is as much a brain disorder as any other neurological or psychiatric disorder and can be treated, according to a report released today by the World Health Organization.  more

World is ill-prepared for inevitable flu pandemic
Vaccine production capability is nowhere near what is needed to deal with an "inevitable" influenza pandemic, the World Health Organization said yesterday (Frances Williams, Financial Times, March 19). more

One-third of ER patients don't know they have high blood pressure
A new way to catch a “silent killer” may be as easy as diagnosing patients in the ER. Recent findings of a multi-center hypertension study, led by the department of Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital and School of Medicine, found that one-third of ER patients had severe high blood pressure and didn’t know it.  more

Eighth bird flu death in Thailand; China claims initial success
Thailand has been forced to put off plans to declare itself bird-flu free amid fears that the virus had emerged in 11 provinces.  more

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