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China urges precautions against deadly virus

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- China has made it mandatory for health care providers to report all cases of a viral illness that has sickened thousands of young children across the country,...

Commonly Used Medications Associated With Impaired Physical Function In Older Adults

10 years ago from Science Daily

Older adults who take drugs designed to block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- including common medications for incontinence, high blood pressure and allergies -- are more likely to be dependent in...

William H. Stewart, 86; surgeon general fought tobacco industry

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

William H. Stewart, who as U.S. surgeon general from 1965 to 1969 led the federal anti-smoking crusade, called for warning labels on cigarette advertising and used the introduction of Medicare...

UCLA study links poor health to fast-food neighbors

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Higher rates of diabetes, obesity occur in areas where fast-food restaurants and convenience stores greatly outnumber grocery stores, researchers say. ...

Celebrity-snooping ex-UCLA Medical Center staffer is indicted

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

Lawanda Jackson, who has since resigned after admitting to peeking at the hospital records of stars, was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of obtaining identifiable health...

McCain Health Plan Could Mean Higher Tax

10 years ago from NY Times Health

The McCain campaign acknowledged that for some workers, a tax credit would not offset eliminating tax breaks on employer-provided health benefits.

More Mothers Breast-Feed, in First Months at Least

10 years ago from NY Times Health

About 77 percent of new mothers breast-feed their infants at least briefly, the highest rate seen in the United States in more than a decade, a government survey shows.

Physical Activity, Healthy Eating And BMI Not Linked In Older Teens

10 years ago from Science Daily

Contrary to what many researchers expect, physically active older teens don't necessarily eat a healthier diet than their less-active contemporaries. And there appeared to be no link between body mass...

Researchers find quick way to make human monoclonal antibodies against flu

10 years ago from Biology News Net

Human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs)--highly specific, identical, infection-fighting proteins produced in large quantities in the lab in cell lines that are derived from a single cell--against influenza can be rapidly produced...

MicroCT Of Skeleton Can ID Even The Subtlest Birth Defects

10 years ago from Science Daily

A technique called microscopic X-ray computed tomography (microCT) is affording scientists the ability to visualize even the subtlest birth defects in prenatal and postnatal bats, mice, opossums and primates, which...

Anti-fibrotic Mechanism Of A Chinese Medicinal Herb May Inspire Drug Development

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have determined that the antifibrotic function of Chinese herbal extract Cpd 861 is mediated by both downregulating the synthesis of collagens and upregulating the degradation of collagens. This effect...

Arsenic found in infant rice cereal

10 years ago from Physorg

Researchers say one-third of infant rice cereal in Britain contains unsafe levels of arsenic.

Workers' health insurance costs soar

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

From 2001 to 2005, employees' incomes rose 3% but their coverage costs jumped 30%. ...

Climate change threats to HIV rates

10 years ago from Biology News Net

Social factors, including economic pressures caused by climate change, could lead to an increase in HIV infection rates world-wide, warns a leading researcher from the University of New South Wales...

Smoking is a major cause of gum disease: study

11 years ago from Physorg

Almost a third of the more than two million cases of gum disease among Australians are caused by smoking, according to research by University of Adelaide researchers in the Australian...

Study of Bacteria Levels in Aircraft Shows Low Risk to Travelers

11 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

A study measuring bacterial concentrations in cabin air on 12 commercial passenger aircraft has shown that flying may be safer than we think. Elevated levels of bacteria were detected at...

Drug use on the decline

11 years ago from Science Alert

A report has found that, overall, the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs has dropped since 2004, yet teenagers are still drinking dangerous amounts.

Cancer kills more indigenous people

11 years ago from Science Alert

Indigenous New Zealanders and Hawaiians are more likely to die from cancers than people of European descent living in the same countries, according to research.

Scientists find trick to fast metabolism

11 years ago from Science Alert

Researchers have learnt how to manipulate fat cells in a way that speeds up metabolism, aids weight loss and prevents diabetes.

Early intervention could stop crime

11 years ago from Science Alert

There are several risk factors that could predispose children to a life of crime, revealed new findings that may aid early intervention programs.

Opinion: ECT - what no one is talking about

11 years ago from Science Alert

ECT, or electro-convulsive therapy, is used as a treatment for people with depression. The trouble is, not much is known about it, writes Sam Westgarth.

Feature: Taking medicine back to nature

11 years ago from Science Alert

From reptile blood to green tea, medical researchers are borrowing from the natural remedies of the past to improve health today, writes Catherine Madden.

Democrats say politics at work in toxic chemical decisions

11 years ago from AP Science

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic senators accused the Bush administration Tuesday of injecting politics into the Environmental Protection Agency's assessment of health risks from toxic chemicals, citing a congressional investigation that...

Philippines health officials: No kidneys for foreigners

11 years ago from AP Health

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Foreigners will be permanently banned from receiving kidneys for transplant in the Philippines to prevent the country from becoming a major Asian center in an already...

Singapore sees more HIV infections in 07

11 years ago from AP Health

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Singapore recorded 422 new HIV infections last year, the highest number in a single year since records started in 1985, the city-state of 4.5 million people said...

Exercise-heart study casts doubt on 'fit but fat' theory

11 years ago from AP Health

CHICAGO (AP) -- New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women....

Study finds increases in nursing home, assisted living costs

11 years ago from AP Health

NEW YORK (AP) -- Costs for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and some in-home care services have increased for a fifth consecutive year, and could rise further if a shortage...

FDA warns Merck to fix vaccine plant problems

11 years ago from AP Health

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has ordered drugmaker Merck & Co. to correct manufacturing deficiencies at its main vaccine plant....