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2010-05-05 14:53:32

Research published in PLoS Medicine this week by Weijia Xing and colleagues examines the publication of epidemiological literature concerning the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreaks in Hong Kong and Toronto. The research shows that the majority of the epidemiological articles on SARS were submitted after the epidemic had ended (22% submitted during the epidemic) with only 7% being published during the epidemic. These findings show that although the academic response to the...

2009-09-24 06:46:28

H1N1 influenza could slow growth in key industries and stall already-weak GDP growth in the third and fourth quarters of 2009, says a health economist in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Business. "Tourism and travel are vitally important sectors in the economy of many U.S. cities and communities," Bryce Sutton, Ph.D. "Depending upon the severity of the spread of the virus, consumers and businesses may respond by restricting travel and vacation plans, which would dampen...

2009-04-27 11:48:00

NEW YORK, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to confirmed cases of swine flu in Mexico, Canada, and the United States, European Union health officials are advising against travel to North America. At airports in Japan and several other Asian countries, thermal scanners are being used to identify fever among passengers from North America. But in the U.S. the disease is already among us. The severity and extent are unknown. The SARS outbreak (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in...

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2009-01-06 14:08:10

Scientists have developed a three-dimensional model of a virus that causes SARS, which they believe will assist future efforts to battle the disease. Dutch researchers created the model using a hepatitis coronavirus from mice, they reported in the Jan. 13 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "I think we can translate what we found for this virus to the SARS virus," Berend Jan Bosch, a virologist at Utrecht University who worked on the study, told Reuters. "If...

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2008-02-19 14:35:00

Scientists who have studied the genome of the virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) say their comparisons to related viruses offer new evidence that the virus infecting humans originated in bats.The analysis tracing the viruses' paths through human and animal hosts counters assertions that SARS was eradicated in 2004 when thousands of palm civet cats in China were identified as the original source and killed in an effort to eliminate the risk of new outbreaks.According to...

2006-08-02 07:26:26

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's former health director, who is running for the top post at the World Health Organization, said on Wednesday that she would focus on chronic diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis. Margaret Chan, who joined the WHO in 2003 and is now its assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said it would do well to remember that chronic diseases were responsible for 60 percent of the world's mortality. "Infectious diseases have the...

2006-03-29 08:22:30

By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto's deadly brush with the SARS virus three years ago has uniquely prepared the city for the possibility of a bird flu pandemic, health officials say. Drawing on lessons from the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, city and provincial experts promise new screening measures, emergency plans to treat patients from home and tough laws detailing what health workers must do. Rules still under government debate could ban travel,...

2006-03-29 08:20:00

By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO -- Toronto's deadly brush with the SARS virus three years ago has uniquely prepared the city for the possibility of a bird flu pandemic, health officials say. Drawing on lessons from the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, city and provincial experts promise new screening measures, emergency plans to treat patients from home and tough laws detailing what health workers must do. Rules still under government debate could ban travel, fix prices and...

2006-01-24 19:20:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adding Chinese herbs to mainstream medical treatment of SARS victims did not save any lives but may have eased their misery a little, Chinese researchers reported on Tuesday. A look at 12 separate trials of 654 patients with SARS who were treated with both Chinese medicines and Western therapy found no suggestion that either single herbs or combinations helped them to survive better. SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, broke out in China's southern Guangdong...

2006-01-24 19:20:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adding Chinese herbs to mainstream medical treatment of SARS victims did not save any lives but may have eased their misery a little, Chinese researchers reported on Tuesday. A look at 12 separate trials of 654 patients with SARS who were treated with both Chinese medicines and Western therapy found no suggestion that either single herbs or combinations helped them to survive better. SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, broke out in China's southern Guangdong...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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