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"The illegal wildlife trade is the third biggest form of smuggling from Latin America, after the illegal smuggling of drugs and arms" says a Colombian expert. And now genetic material can be "hidden under your nail".

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Long-term response to chronic hepatitis C treatment suggests complete recovery.

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New York, July 5, 2000 (Praxis Press) The 6-month results of the FRISC II (Fast Revascularisation during Instability in Coronary artery disease) invasive trial show a reduction in the composite endpoint of death or myocardial infarction, contradicting previous large-scale randomized trials. The recent one-year follow-up of this randomized trial published in the Lancet confirms that the invasive strategy rapidly transforms unstable coronary-artery disease into a stable condition, lowering long-te

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New York, July 5, 2000 (Praxis Press) Continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT) are increasingly replacing intermittent hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis in the treatment of acute renal failure in critically ill patients. However, there is no consensus on the appropriate treatment dose or the impact of dose delivery on outcome. In a prospective randomized trial, Ronco et al determined that an increase in the rate of ultrafiltration in continuous veno-venous hemofiltration significantly im

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New York, June 30, 2000 (Praxis Press) Mortality rates from coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal ventricular function and unsustained ventricular tachycardia are high. In patients with a history of myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest is often the result of reentrant ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. Studies have not clearly assessed the prognostic value of electrophysiologic testing for these cases. In the Multicenter Unsustained Tachycardia Trial, Buxton et al performed electrophys

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New York, June 30, 2000 (Praxis Press) In familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a genetic disease that spurs the formation of hundreds of adenomatous polyps in the colon, the risk of developing colorectal cancer verges on 100 percent. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are linked to a lower incidence of adenomatous polyps and lower colon cancer mortality, possibly due to their inhibition of the cyclooxygenase enzyme family, but their gastrointestinal toxicity limits their long-term use

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Disease is killing 160 times more people than major disasters

By | June 30, 2000

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, best known for its very visible work in short-term humanitarian disasters, has made a dramatic shift to the longer view - where disease is the great killer.Releasing its latest annual report this week, the Societies say that the death toll from infectious diseases such as AIDS, malaria, respiratory diseases and diarrhoea is 160 times greater than the number killed in last year's natural disasters, including the massive earthqu

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Update on the global AIDS epidemic (Africa)

By | June 30, 2000

Small signs of hope amidst increasing gloom. That's the world AIDS situation according to UNAIDS.

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Update on the global AIDS epidemic (Asia)

By | June 30, 2000

Small signs of hope amidst increasing gloom. That's the world AIDS situation according to UNAIDS.

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Update on the global AIDS epidemic (Latin America)

By | June 30, 2000

Small signs of hope amidst increasing gloom. That's the world AIDS situation according to UNAIDS.

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