The SARS response -- building and assessing an evidence-based approach to future global microbial threats
The response to and ultimate control of the SARS outbreak has taught doctors and public health officials how to respond to any other infectious disease outbreaks, whether natural or resulting from a terrorist attack. The December 24/31, 2003 issue of JAMA contains several articles about the SARS outbreak. One evaluates a drug treatment, another recounts how Beijing effectively contained the outbreak in a relatively short time, and another talks about the balance between public health and individual civil liberties during infectious disease outbreaks.
Publication Name: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association
Understanding the causes of schizophrenia
Schizophrenia appears to have many different causes, all of which must be present for the disease to occur. Schizophrenia is a mental illness probably caused by abnormal connections between nerves, which distorts information processing by the brain. However, unlike dementia, schizophrenia does not involve visible damage to the brain. Most schizophrenics develop the disease during the late teens and early 20s, when the brain is reaching full maturity. A 1999 study found that environmental factors played a much larger role than genetic factors.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
- Abstracts: An Evidence-Based Approach to Interactive Health Communication: A Challenge to Medicine in the Information Age
- Abstracts: Stress and reproductive failure: an evolutionary approach with applications to premature labor. Elevation of total nitrite and nitrate concentration in vaginal secretions as a predictor of premature delivery
- Abstracts: The role of the physician and the medical profession in the prevention of international torture and in the treatment of its survivors
- Abstracts: Parkinson's disease: between coping and a cure. ALS: progress, but still no cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. Parkinson's disease: New treatments, still no cure
- Abstracts: Incremental value of the leukocyte differential and the rapid creatine kinase-MB isoenzyme for the early diagnosis of myocardial infarction