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Six Million Children, Adults Vaccinated Against Measles Following Outbreak In DPRK

In one of the fastest responses to a major outbreak of measles, 16 million children and adults in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have now been immunized against the disease, less than a month after the government asked for assistance.

Susceptibility to Crohn's disease - an important new clue

Crohn's disease is a chronic relapsing inflammatory disorder of the intestinal tract that affects an estimated 0.15 percent of people in the developed world. Common symptoms of Crohn's diseaseinclude abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the disorder is often associated with debilitating clinical complications.

Extending effectiveness of drug for Parkinson's disease

After Parkinson's disease patients use the drug levodopa or L-dopa for several years as a treatment for restoring the cellular communication that controls muscle movement by replacing lost dopamine, they begin to experience motor complications that include a shortened response to each dose of L-dopa.

Investigating Sevelamer Carbonate In Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease Study Successfuly Completed

Genzyme Corp. announced that a recently completed study of Renvela (sevelamer carbonate) achieved its primary endpoint, demonstrating a statistically significant reduction in serum phosphorus for hyperphosphatemic patients with chronic kidney disease who are not on dialysis.