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California's swine flu cases now total 79

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

More than 120 probable cases have been identified, health officials say. But of those, just 10 people have been hospitalized. ...

Acting CDC head adopts public role with swine flu

9 years ago from AP Health

ATLANTA (AP) -- Dr. Richard Besser had a relatively low public profile at the nation's public health agency. Then swine flu hit....

Chemical found in medical devices impairs heart function

9 years ago from

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that a chemical commonly used in the production of such medical plastic devices as intravenous (IV) bags and catheters...

FDA warns consumers to stop using Hydroxycut diet supplements

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

The manufacturer recalls most of the popular weight-loss supplements after the FDA reports some have been linked to serious liver injuries, one causing a death. ...

Lithium in drinking water may boost mood

9 years ago from UPI

LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- Japanese researchers say low levels of lithium found naturally in some water systems may help prevent suicides.

Emergency Rooms Fill With Record Numbers, but Many Aren’t Ill, Just Afraid

9 years ago from NY Times Health

People worried about swine flu are crowding some hospitals, often without symptoms, causing longer lines in emergency rooms.

Combined dietary factors impact AMD risk; study finds glaucoma care cost-effective

9 years ago from Physorg

Highlights of May`s Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy), include a new analysis of dietary factors and risks for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and a landmark...

Endoscopic surgery effectively relieves sinusitis symptoms

9 years ago from

Endoscopic sinus surgery can significantly relieve symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis - inflammation of the sinus cavities - according to a research team, led by a Georgetown physician, which conducted the...

Researchers find prenatal cocaine exposure may compromise neurocognitive development

9 years ago from Physorg

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that heavier intrauterine cocaine exposure (IUCE) is associated with mild compromise on selective areas of neurocognitive development during middle childhood....

Donated Vaccines Could Save 2.5 Million Quiet Little Lives

9 years ago from Live Science

No death is more painful, more poignant, more of a waste, than the death of a child. In Rwanda, swine flu isn't the big culprit.

AP: Most states have fewer drugs than feds suggest

9 years ago from AP Health

BALTIMORE (AP) -- With a swine flu outbreak spreading across the nation, more than half the states have yet to stockpile the number of flu-treatment doses...

Patient Money: Finding Health Insurance for College Students

9 years ago from NY Times Health

Coverage under their parents’ policy for full-time college students is no longer a given, but there are other ways to make sure a child has adequate health insurance.

Chemical can reproduce complications for some patients

9 years ago from

Medical science took a giant leap forward with the development of techniques that, at least temporarily, perform the function of vital organs. These processes, including the use of the heart-lung...

Chronic Ankle Pain May Be More Than Just A Sprain

9 years ago from Science Daily

Ankle sprains are a common injury after a fall, sudden twist or blow to the ankle joint. New information indicates tendon injuries may be the culprit.

Injured Marines At Risk For Abnormal Bone Growth

9 years ago from Science Daily

Marines and other military personnel who are wounded in combat as the result of a high-energy trauma, such as a bomb blast, are likely to develop an abnormality known as...

Maternal depression is associated with significant sleep disturbance in infants

9 years ago from

A study in the 1 May issue of the journal SLEEP suggests that babies born to mothers with depression are more likely to suffer from significant sleep disturbances at 2...

Integrative medicine: Soy offers natural estrogens

9 years ago from Physorg

If you're like many women, you may be reluctant to take hormones during the menopausal years because past studies seemed to recommend against it.

Tips for avoiding, treating swine flu

9 years ago from Physorg

Swine flu has surfaced in the United States, and people are bound to have many questions as the illness arrives a step closer to home. Dr. Mark Dworkin, an associate...

Rotator cuff tears: Are they all in the family?

9 years ago from Physorg

People with relatives who have experienced rotator cuff tears are at increased risk of similar tendon tears themselves, according to a study published in the May 2009 issue of The...

Institution of a bedtime routine improves sleep in infants and toddlers, maternal mood

9 years ago from Physorg

A study in the May 1 issue of the journal SLEEP demonstrates that the use of a consistent bedtime routine contributes to improvements in multiple aspects of infant and toddler...

Masks, sanitizer disappearing from pharmacy shelves on P.E.I.

9 years ago from CBC: Health

People on P.E.I. are stocking up on masks and hand sanitizer despite the fact there are no confirmed cases of the swine flu in the province, with some pharmacies reporting...

Family of Mexico's first fatality grapples with infamy

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

Adela Gutierrez of Oaxaca is the first person known to have died of the swine flu strain in Mexico. Her family says they are being shunned by the community. ...

An edgy quiet descends over Mexico City

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

Fear of swine flu stills the noisy megalopolis, with parks and roads empty of children and traffic. But unlike the lull over a holiday weekend, this one is filled with...

Heroin Addiction Drug May Relieve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

9 years ago from Scientific American

A drug commonly used to treat heroin addiction appears to ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a poorly understood but potentially debilitating condition that affects up to 12 million people in...

What If Vitamin D Deficiency Is a Cause of Autism?

9 years ago from Scientific American

As evidence of widespread vitamin D deficiency grows, some scientists are wondering whether the sunshine vitamin--once only considered important in bone health--may actually play a role in one of neurology's...

MR Enterography Eliminates Unnecessary Radiation Exposure In Patients With Small Bowel Disease

9 years ago from Science Daily

MR enterography is an effective tool to evaluate and guide treatment of patients with Crohn's Disease (a common form of inflammatory bowel disease that typically affects young people) without exposing...

TB Vaccine Enters New Clinical Trials

9 years ago from Science Daily

The world's leading candidate for a tuberculosis vaccine is to enter Phase IIb proof-of-concept clinical trials, making it the first TB candidate vaccine for more than 80 years to get...