Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
U.K. Hospital Patient With SARS-Like Coronavirus Dies
A patient infected with a SARS-like coronavirus has died,
according to officials at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham,
The hospital said the patient was also being treated for "a
long-term, complex and unrelated health problem" and already had a
weakened immune system, the
Twelve people worldwide have been diagnosed with the SARS-like
coronavirus and six of them have died. Most people infected with
the virus -- first identified last year in the Middle East -- had
traveled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Pakistan.
However, it's believed that the latest victim caught the virus
from a relative in Britain, where there have been four confirmed
A SARS outbreak in 2003 killed about 800 people worldwide.
Drug Companies Helping Anti-Doping Agency
A number of drug companies are helping the World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA) develop tests to detect illegal use of their products
Two large firms -- Roche and GlaxoSmithKline -- have started
evaluating every new drug candidate for its potential to be abused
by athletes and have promised to share information about these
medicines with WADA,
The New York Timesreported.
Several other smaller drug makers have provided WADA with
information about specific drugs.
Until recently, drug makers paid little attention to how their
products could be abused by athletes, according to David Howman,
director general of WADA. Previously, drug companies "felt that any
publicity in relation to anti-doping control would be negative," he
The Times. "But what they discovered is the opposite