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Sep 04, 2003

Sep 04, 2003

Study changes understanding of anthrax pathophysiology

(CIDRAP News) – A new study on anthrax in mice indicates that the organism kills its victims by a different mechanism than previously believed, a finding that could change the approach to drug development for anthrax.

Sep 03, 2003

Sep 03, 2003

Study offers guidance for telling anthrax from influenza

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who compared the reported signs and symptoms of anthrax and of common viral respiratory tract infections have published guidelines that could help clinicians distinguish inhalational anthrax from more benign infections in the aftermath of an anthrax attack.

Sep 03, 2003

WHO advocates flu shots to limit SARS false alarms

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says influenza vaccination may yield an extra benefit this year: limiting the number of false alarms for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Aug 29, 2003

Aug 29, 2003

Early detection and hospital preparedness called major SARS concerns

(CIDRAP News) – Worries about the ability to quickly detect a return of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and about hospitals' ability to handle a large number of patients were two leading issues at a recent national meeting on SARS preparedness, according to a participating physician.

Aug 29, 2003

Aug 29, 2003

With FDA nod, lactoferrin to be used as antimicrobial for beef

(CIDRAP News) – After getting a green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a Salt Lake City company says it will launch the use of lactoferrin, a milk protein, as an antimicrobial treatment for beef carcasses in October.

Aug 28, 2003

Aug 28, 2003

West Nile cases doubled in past week, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus cases in the United States this year reached 1,442 yesterday, more than double the total reported a week ago, with 21 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 27, 2003

Aug 27, 2003

FDA grants fast-track status for anthrax drug

(CIDRAP News) – A Maryland company says it has received "fast track product" designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ABthrax, a drug designed to help prevent and treat anthrax. The FDA grants fast-track status to speed the review process for products that address an "unmet medical need."

Aug 25, 2003

Aug 25, 2003

First responders worried about safety gear for chem, bio hazards

(CIDRAP News) – Emergency workers in the United States believe they lack adequate gear to protect themselves when responding to chemical, biological, or radiological terrorist attacks, according to a RAND study released last week.

Aug 25, 2003

Aug 25, 2003

Lab tests exclude SARS in British Columbia outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Laboratory analysis has ruled out the SARS coronavirus as a cause of nearly 150 cases of respiratory illness at a nursing home in a suburb of Vancouver, B.C., according to regional public health officials.

The virus appears to be another member of the coronavirus family, officials said. Earlier indications of the presence of a coronavirus had prompted concern about SARS and increased infection control precautions.

Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Irradiation proponents object to Consumer Reports article

(CIDRAP News) – Supporters of irradiation as a tool for preventing foodborne disease are dismayed by a generally negative evaluation of irradiated meat in the August issue of Consumer Reports.

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