Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 58 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Feb-2005
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Human transmission of avian virus documented
The avian influenza virus can spread from human to human, according to a new study of the 2003 bird flu outbreak in the Netherlands. The information was published in the January/February 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Previously it was not known whether the virus could only be transmitted through direct contact with birds. more

The “Learn the signs. Act early.” campaign
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with a coalition of national partners, launched a public awareness campaign to help parents learn more about the importance of measuring their child’s social and emotional progress in the first few years of life.  more

Information for the public: Autism spectrum disorders fact sheet
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities caused by a problem with the brain. Scientists do not know yet exactly what causes this problem. ASDs can impact a person's functioning at different levels, from very mildly to severely. more


NIMH information: Autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders)
Not until the middle of the twentieth century was there a name for a disorder that now appears to affect an estimated one of every five hundred children, a disorder that causes disruption in families and unfulfilled lives for many children.  more

Learn the Signs. Act early: Health care professionals' downloads
Here you can view or download the various materials for the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Campaign designed for parents and health care professionals.  more

Researchers uncover key step in manufacture of memory protein
A cellular enzyme appears to play a crucial role in the manufacture of a protein needed for long-term memory, according to a team of researchers led by scientists at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.  more

History of broken bones overlooked when treating osteoporosis
Women who need treatment for osteoporosis--thinning of the bones--may not be receiving it because their history of fractures is not being considered by physicians, according to a study done in part at the University of Alberta. more

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