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SARS outbreaks contained

...land has not had a single case since June 15-- the benchmark figure by which an outbreak can be judged contained. Announcing Saturday that the global outbreak had been contained, WHO Director General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland warned countries around the world not to let down their guard against the virus, say...

Setting Standards: Benchmark Medical Tests to Gauge Accuracy of Medical Tests

... or measure the deviation. Generally Gold standard benchmark tests consume time and are often an ex pensive proposition. Anne Rutjes and colleagues studied 487 primary studies of test evaluations to check out if published results were precise. Much to their surprise, they discovered that only one among the lo...

Steps Taken To Maintain Inflation Rates Says Chidambaram

...ters here. Asked whether the government had any benchmark to contain the inflation rate, the finance minister said it was for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set such a target. "It is for the RBI to decide what should be the benchmark. The central bank sets the target. I think the present inflation rat...

New Born Breast Fed Babies Will Serve As Growth Yardstick

... breast fed babies’ growth pattern will become the benchmark against which the growth of babies will be measured. This will indeed mark a sea change from the practice of almost 4 decades, //where babies have always been measured against a growth chart formulated on the growth pattern portrayed by formula- fed ...

Limiting milk can hamper Babies’ Growt

...fessionals. The study chose a cup of milk as the benchmark as this contains about 2.5 micrograms of vitamin D. although this by itself is significantly below the daily intake of 5 micrograms, which is recommended by some dieticians and nutritionists. Vitamin D is vital in skeletal growth in addition to tra...

Nurses Outsmart Surgeons When It Comes Safety And Team Wok

...get areas for improved communication and provide a benchmark for rating strategies aimed at improving patient safety.' Makary says other questions, like ones that directly ask OR teams members if they would feel comfortable being operated on in their own hospitals, send a clear message regarding patient safe...

SRM Inst Signs Mou With Partners Health Care

...d fruitful venture as health care was an important benchmark of a country's progress. Hospitals were the tangible indicators of the shape of health care, he said, adding that the Institute should aim for cost effective health care that improved the quality of human life. (Source:PTI News)...

Treating Depression may Raise Anxiety Levels

...managing stress-related disorders as it provides a benchmark for developing new drugs for treating depression without firing up the "anxiety neurons" in amygdala. "Depression and anxiety are like twin brothers with a difference," Chattarji said. "What we are telling the drug developers is that if they want to ...

A Promising New Vaccination Strategy for Late-Stage Melanoma

... more importantly, to accept that a more realistic benchmark of clinical success with immunotherapy is disease stabilization—that is, control of cancer’s growth.” According to Dr. Old, from what scientists currently understand about cancer immunosurveillance and immunoediting, vaccine-related stabilization of ...

Carefully Monitored Treatment Can Help Those Who Suffer from Depression

...dy’s principal investigator. STAR*D is the first benchmark study to implement specific step-by-step medication treatment guidelines based on patients’ symptoms and medication side effects. This gives clinicians a “measurement-based care” approach to delivering high-quality treatment for depression. An impo...

Brain Responds Better to Name Brands

...Born believes that this research will be used as a benchmark to improve the understanding of the processing of brand-related information. “The vision of this research is to better understand the needs of people and to create markets which are more oriented towards satisfaction of those needs,” she said. “Res...

AAWL Affects Quality of Life

...es for AAWL, the results of which can be used as a benchmark for future studies and to help monitor progress in reducing the number of people with AAWL. In addition, by identifying characteristics associated with AAWL, the study may be useful in developing timely interventions for those at risk of work disabil...

Hospital Errors Rise 3 Percent -- HealthGrades Patient-safety Study

...top five percent of all hospitals -- to serve as a benchmark against which other hospitals can be evaluated, naming them Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety. On average, these hospitals had a 40 percent lower rate of patient-safety incidents when compared with the poorest-performing hospitals. If all ...

UCSF Brain Tumor Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Results

...eight patients have exceeded the historical median benchmark of 6.5 months survival from time of recurrence. The investigators will continue to follow the patients for overall survival. Based on these results, a larger, multi-center phase 2 study is planned for late 2007. Derived from each individual’s tumor...

Research Suggests Breast Cancer Fatigue Begins Before Chemo

... Berger said the new findings provide an important benchmark to begin looking for interventions to reduce cancer-related fatigue. The study was undertaken to further establish values for sleep, wake, activity, rest, circadian rhythms and fatigue and how they interrelate in women before and during the first y...

Adolescents Brains Fully Develop Between 10-12 Years

... that will follow provides a comprehensive set of benchmark values that clinicians and scientists studying brain development can reference for many years to come,said NIH Director Elias A.Zerhouni, MD. Once enrolled, the children underwent MRI scans of the brain and completed a battery of behavioural and co...

Library Of Brains To Aid Study of Brain Development In Children

...ve as a guide to childhood brain development and a benchmark against which to compare the brains of children with developmental disorders and diseases. The researchers also hope the results will help illuminate the underlying causes of developmental problems such as attention deficit disorder and autism. The...

Traditional Tibetan Medicine Gaining Acceptance in Himachal Pradesh

...ccording to the patients' taste and potency is the benchmark of Tibetan system of medicine. It is based on the theory of five elements Sa (Earth), Chu (Water), Me (Fire), Rlung (Wind) and Nam-mkha (Space) and is very much connected and dependant on nature. "They are very effective because they are all natu...

Doctors Puzzled Over Man's Normal Life With Unusually Tiny Brain

...e in society have a minimum IQ of 85, although the benchmark and the way it is measured are sometimes contested. Despite this, "the man has been able to lead a life that can be considered normal," said Feuillet. "Even if he has a slight intellectual handicap, this has not hampered his development or building...

HIV Drug Combo can Boost Immune Marker in Long-term Patients: Study

...etermining whether the drugs were working. Their benchmark was a viral load -- the number of AIDS viruses in the blood -- of 1,000 and 400 copies per microlitre, whereas the new study sets a far tougher standard of 50 copies or less. The paper is published by The Lancet ahead of a meeting in Sydney from Su...

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