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Health Highlights: Feb. 19, 2013

Health Highlights: Feb. 19, 2013


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, England.

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 Associated Pressreported.

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 cases, the APreported.

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 by athletes.

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 told The Times. "But what they discovered is the opposite happened."

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