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Global Flu Cases Top the 2,000 Mark

11 years ago from NY Times Science

More than 2,000 people in 23 countries worldwide now have confirmed cases of the new strain of the H1N1 flu, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

California's swine flu cases now total 79

11 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. ...

Single gene defect can lead to stroke

11 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S.-led scientists say they have, for the first time, identified a single gene defect that can cause aneurysms, coronary artery disease and ischemic...

Survey Documents Flu Fears

11 years ago from Live Science

Nearly half of Americans were concerned five days ago that they or their family might actually get the H1N1 "swine" flu.

Caffeine Withdrawal Headache Explained: Your Brain On -- And Off -- Caffeine

11 years ago from Science Daily

Using EEG, ultrasound to examine blood flow velocity and questionnaires, researchers found physiological evidence of the likely mechanism underlying the common "caffeine withdrawal headache," as well as a surprise finding.

Cementless Hip Implants Are Durable For At Least 20 Years

11 years ago from Science Daily

Despite the common perception that total hip replacements last about 10 years, researchers have found that the devices are extremely durable, even 20 years after surgery.

FDA warns consumers to stop using Hydroxycut diet supplements

11 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

11 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.

You're not Superman: Despite major medical advances, recovery times for regular folks take time

11 years ago from Physorg

You fall off your bike and break your collarbone, and your doctor tells you to stay off the bike for six to eight weeks. Lance Armstrong falls and breaks his...

White House opens doors at Internet hot spots

11 years ago from Physorg

The White House on Friday opened doors at online hot spots MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

Speck of a Motor

11 years ago from PopSci

Doctors have miniaturized almost everything they need to send robots inside your brain's blood vessels to treat damaged tissue. But making a motor small enough to squeeze past blood cells...

Children bullied at school at high risk of developing psychotic symptoms

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- Children who are bullied at school over several years are up to four times more likely to develop psychotic-like symptoms by the time they reach early adolescence.

Plants may affect the effect of wildfires

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- Rising temperatures may lead to more tinder-dry vegetation, but that doesn't mean there will be a higher risk for wildfires in a particular area.

Universities warned about swine flu threat

11 years ago from News @ Nature

Government agencies in the US and UK issue advisories over flu on campus.

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

11 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...

Swine flu science: Who's writing what on the virus

11 years ago from SciDev

The detailed make-up of the virus, its likelihood of mutating into something more dangerous and where it really came from are all addressed in articles selected by SciDev.Net.

Researchers find prenatal cocaine exposure may compromise neurocognitive development

11 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....

Immune Cell Type Controls Onset And Course Of Severe Malaria

11 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have determined that a subset of immune cells may cause malaria patients to contract the severe form of the disease, suffering worse symptoms. The researchers found that patients with...

Two-pronged Model Could Help Foil Tough Cystic Fibrosis Infections

11 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have devised a new way to thwart the relentless bacterial infections that thrive in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, unlocking new possibilities against a tenacious and toxic...

Donated Vaccines Could Save 2.5 Million Quiet Little Lives

11 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

11 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

11 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.

Chronic Ankle Pain May Be More Than Just A Sprain

11 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.

Maternal depression is associated with significant sleep disturbance in infants

11 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

11 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

11 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...

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

11 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...