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Acting CDC head adopts public role with swine flu

11 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

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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...

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

11 years ago from NY Times Health

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

Endoscopic surgery effectively relieves sinusitis symptoms

11 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...

Gene test determines risk of heart surgery complications

11 years ago from

Genetic differences can explain why some patients undergoing heart surgery later experience shock and kidney complications, according to a study by researchers at the Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, the Max-Delbrueck-Centre...

Mexico shuts down to control flu

11 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Mexico starts a five-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to curb swine flu, as the virus reaches China.

Chemical can reproduce complications for some patients

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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...

What influences women's opinions on their breast surgery?

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The six major factors that affect how happy a woman feels with the outcome of her breast surgery have been uncovered. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Women's...

New noninvasive liver fibrosis index reduces need for biopsies in children

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A new non-invasive diagnostic index has been developed that may be used in tertiary care to rule in liver fibrosis in children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The 'Paediatric...

Injured Marines At Risk For Abnormal Bone Growth

11 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...

New technology shows promise against resistant staph infections

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Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have combined their revolutionary new drug-delivery system with a powerful antimicrobial agent to treat potentially deadly drug-resistant staph infections in...

Rotator cuff tears: Are they all in the family?

11 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

11 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...

Family of Mexico's first fatality grapples with infamy

11 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

11 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

11 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?

11 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...

Report Says Bank’s AIDS Efforts Are Failing

11 years ago from NY Times Science

An assessment finds that complex AIDS projects have not worked adequately, and modest programs to fight other diseases have been neglected.

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

11 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

11 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...

Beyond Associations: Colorectal Cancer Culprit Found

11 years ago from Science Daily

Genetics plays a key role in risk for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Several genetic markers are associated with the disease, but...

Two-pronged Attack Works Best For Psoriasis Treatment

11 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists find that two commonly used topical treatments work best together to treat chronic psoriasis, but are not a cure.

New Biosensor For Most Serious Form Of Listeria Food Poisoning Bacteria

11 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists in Indiana are reporting development of a new biosensor for use in a faster, more sensitive test for detecting the deadliest strain of Listeria food poisoning bacteria. That microbe...

Big City: In 1918 Flu Outbreak, a Cool Head Prevailed

11 years ago from NY Times Health

When the Spanish influenza hit more than 90 years ago, the city’s health commissioner assured New Yorkers that there was no cause for panic.

Culling Pigs in Flu Fight, Egypt Angers Herders and Dismays U.N.

11 years ago from NY Times Health

The decision to kill about 300,000 pigs is straining the tense relations between Egypt’s majority Muslims and its Coptic Christians.

Some Disetronic insulin pumps are recalled

11 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of Accu-Chek Spirit insulin pumps due to a potential malfunction.

To Aid Mexico, Google Expands Flu Tracking

11 years ago from NY Times Health

The Flu Trends service watches for searches that include symptoms of the flu, which could help public health officials identify outbreaks.

Research Raises Questions About Age Progression Photographs of Missing Children

11 years ago from Physorg

( -- When a child goes missing, law enforcement agencies often digitally alter old photos to show how the child might have aged. In one of the first laboratory studies...