BEIJING (AFP) — China urged Monday medical institutions to step up vigilance against bird flu outbreaks during the Lunar New Year holiday, a week after a teenager died of the disease.
"Medical institutions must strengthen monitoring, especially in areas where bird flu could erupt, and particularly during the Spring Festival," health ministry spokesman Mao Qun'an told reporters.
Mao said anyone who failed to report an infectious disease case or reported it late would be punished.
I wonder what they have in mind as a punishment for late reporting?
LONDON--A combination of drugs could trick the body into sending its repair mechanisms into overdrive, say scientists.
Dr Sara Rankin, one of the researchers, said: "The body repairs itself all the time, However, when the damage is severe, there are limits to what it can do of its own accord.
"We hope that by releasing extra stem cells, as we were able to do in mice in our study, we could potentially call up extra numbers of whichever stem cells the body needs, in order to boost its ability to mend itself and accelerate the repair process."
There are also hopes that the technique could help damp down autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues.
This may turn out to be a bigger story than we can imagine, a better way to stimulate healing.
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Steve Karas and Matthew Welling share a special bond.
"Bone marrow is the source of early blood stem cells, and they make all kinds of blood cells that fight infection," said Dr. Ann Haight, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Bone marrow transplants can help treat cancers such as leukemia and blood disorders such as sickle cell disease.
Very touching story, I know it hurts to donate bone marrow, so hats are off to this fine gentleman.
"The hard part of this is that we can't just drop a computer on every doctor's desk," said Dr. David Brailer, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, who served as President Bush's health information czar from 2004 to 2006. "Getting electronic records up and running is a very technical task."
A very technical task indeed, but if I can learn this program, you can learn EMR technology. Takes a will, says our forum.
Washington (dbTechno) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come out and asked Merck to give more data on their cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil before they approve it for older women. This comes as Merck continues to try and get the vaccine approved for men as well. Back in 2006, the FDA approved Gardasil for use in women aged 9 to 27. Gardasil is a popular vaccine that prevents both cervical cancer, as well as genital warts.It works by preventing HPV, which leads to the majority of cervical cancer cases.
Men can also benefit from Gardasil, says Merck. I think they will get their approval for men and older women.
They have four legs, fuzzy faces and udders full of milk.
To the uninitiated, they look like dairy goats. To GTC Biotherapeutics Inc., they're cutting-edge drug-making machines.
Sounds to me like progress is being made in this field as well as some interesting FDA application forms
Salmonella is one bad bug you don't want to get, particularly because it can cause serious illness or death in young children, the elderly, and people with impaired immune systems. Finding a source can take weeks, because the CDC has to interview people who got sick, try to pinpoint what they ate, and then compare the lists. Until we know the cause, here's how to reduce the risk of getting sick, based on advice from the CDC and infectious disease experts.
I wonder how many times a single guy can get this and still live? Let me try to remember…
Jan 13 2009, 08:37 AM