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US autism rate now 1 in 88
ST. PAUL — This week the US Centers for Disease Control announced that in our country, autism now affects 1 child in 88. For boys, the rate is 1 in 54. Since 2009 autism has increased by 23 percent in the US “This is a national emergency,” said AACMN ...

Early clinical data show galeterone safe, effective against prostate cancer
Patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer had limited side effects and in many cases a drop in prostate-specific antigen expression with galeterone (TOK-001), a small-molecule oral drug, according to phase I data presented at the AACR Annual ...

FDA Refuses to Ban BPA from Food Containers
Just weeks after a landmark study found that even low dose exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals like bisphenol-A (BPA) produce significant, adverse health effects on people, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week rejected a petition ...

Retired pharmacist arrested for allegedly tainting food at New York hospital
A retired pharmacist has been arrested on charges he put poisonous mercury in cafeteria food at an upstate New York hospital. Martin Kimber, 59, was arrested for allegedly putting the mercury in food at the Albany Medical Center cafeteria, ...

Study: Long use of any hormones poses cancer risk
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer – 1 minute ago CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests that long-term use of any type of hormones to ease menopause symptoms can raise a woman's risk of breast cancer. It is already known that taking pills ...

Long use of any hormones raises women's breast cancer risk
CHICAGO – New research suggests that long-term use of any type of hormones to ease menopause symptoms can raise a woman's risk of breast cancer. It is already known that taking pills that combine estrogen and progestins — the most common type of ...

Poison from suicide attempt shuts down Florida emergency room, sickens paramedics
MARGATE, Fla. – The emergency room at a Florida hospital was temporarily shut down Sunday morning after a man who had attempted suicide vomited up poison, sickening three paramedics. Emergency rescue workers responded to the Coconut Creek home of a man ...

FDA won't ban BPA
The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it was denying a petition to ban BPA from all food and drink containers, saying the science does not show an immediate cause for such action. However, the federal agency cautioned that this ruling does ...

Intrepid Hosts Autism Awareness Day For Military Families
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Sunday hosted an autism awareness day for military families with children who have autism. A recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control found that one in every 88 children is diagnosed with the ...

Biological makeup reason black women are 40 percent more likely to get ...
Biological makeup reason black women are 40 percent more likely to get ...

US won't ban BPA in food packaging
By Bettina Boxall LOS ANGELES—The US Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it will not ban the use of bisphenol A, also known as BPA, in food packaging but said it will continue research on the health effects of the widely used chemical ...

April is National Autism Awareness Month
The Color of Autism Foundation will celebrate World Autism Day on Monday, April 2, 2012 and National Autism Awareness Month for the entire month of April with fundraising events and donation drives. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of ...

How labour takes longer for today's woman as it's revealed average birth takes ...
How labour takes longer for today's woman as it's revealed average birth takes ...

Autism No Longer An Invisible Disorder
By Elizabeth LandauCNN VICTORIA, British Columbia (CNN) -- Joseph Sheppard has an IQ above 130. Ask him about his life or worldview and he'll start drawing connections to cosmology and quantum mechanics. He'll toss around names of great intellectuals ...

Is sugar toxic?
(CBS News) If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, ...

Eating fast food linked to depression
WASHINGTON: Here's yet another reason why you should shun junk meals - eating fast food can raise a person's risk of suffering from depression, according to a new study published in the 'Public Health Nutrition' journal. Researchers at the University ...

Melanoma cases rising; young women at greatest risk
By Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY Planning to head to a tanning salon to beef up your bronze looks for prom and graduation or to get a head start on beach season? Young people might want to reconsider. By Rob Engelhardt, for USA TODAY Every session adds risk: ...

Gene clue to post-traumatic stress disorder risk
Susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder could be partially determined by gene variants, says a study. A US team looked at the DNA from 200 members of 12 families who survived the 1988 Armenian earthquake. It found those who carried two gene ...

Cervical cancer: Black women's virus said to linger
Chicago -- Provocative new research might help explain why black women are much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease. Doctors have long thought ...

Salman Khan to create awareness on autism
The much-ignored field of autism has now a star endorser. On the occasion of World Autism Day on Monday, actor Salman Khan is doing his best to spread awareness about the neurological disorder. "Autism is a misunderstood condition and the first step is ...

Women taking longer over labour than their grandmothers
The time it takes to have a baby is increasing, with labour taking an average two and a half hours longer than it did 50 years ago, research has found. By Hannah Furness A study of 150000 women found modern day labours are significantly longer compared ...

Fast food 'gives you the blues' as well as making you fat, study finds
By Hannah Furness EATING fast food will not only make you likely to put on weight but may give you the blues as well, a study has suggested. Research has revealed eating junk food has a negative effect on mental health, making those who consume it ...

Ex-nurse convicted of bleach killings awaits fate
AP LUFKIN, Texas -- A Texas nurse convicted of killing five kidney dialysis patients by injecting them with bleach faces a possible death sentence as jurors begin deliberating her punishment. Kimberly Clark Saenz (synz) is due back in court Monday for ...

Extended hormone use risky for women
By Marilynn Marchione | AP CHICAGO - New research suggests that long-term use of any type of hormones to ease menopause symptoms can raise a woman's risk of breast cancer. It is already known that taking pills that combine estrogen and progestin - the ...

Woman convicted of killing patients with bleach awaits fate
By Tom Foreman, CNN (CNN) -- A woman who was found guilty of killing five patients at a Texas dialysis center by injecting them with bleach will learn her fate this week. A jury in Angelia County found Kimberly Saenz, 38, guilty last week of capital ...

New Glaxo, Shionogi HIV Drug Equals Merck Blockbuster Isentress
By Sten Stovall Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES LONDON (Dow Jones)--A new once-daily AIDS drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) and its Japanese partner Shionogi & Co (4507.TO) proved as effective as Merck & Co's (MRK) twice-daily blockbuster Isentress in a ...

For World Autism Day I am sending you HOPE
Monday, April 2, the world will celebrate the 5th annual World Autism Awareness Day. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007 - in a landmark resolution that passed unanimously and became only the third health issue to be ...

Novartis Lung Drug QVA149 Meets Goals In Late-Stage Trial
By Marta Falconi ZURICH (Dow Jones)--Novartis' (NVS) lung treatment QVA149 met its main goals in three late-stage trials for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, often known as smokers' cough, as the Swiss drug maker races against ...

World Autism Day: Awareness and empathy can embolden autistic people
NEW DELHI: Whether an unreasonable airline denies them a seat or an inconsiderate doctor refuses to examine them, autistic people have for long faced unnecessary discrimination for no fault of theirs. Experts nonetheless believe that awareness and a ...

Keryx, Aeterna cancer drug fails trial, shares down
(Reuters) - Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc (KERX.O) and Aeterna Zentaris (AEZ.TO) (AEZS.O) said their experimental drug for colorectal cancer did not meet the main goal in a late-stage study, Shares of the companies fell about 60 percent before markets ...

Express Scripts Closes Medco Acquisition
By TESS STYNES Expess Scripts Inc. said it completed its $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco Health Solutions Inc. after the Federal Trade Commission determined that the combination of the two largest pharmacy-benefits management companies in the US ...

Autism: I'm aware, are you?
By JO ASHLINE In case you haven't heard, today is World Autism Awareness Day, and the entire month of April is dedicated to spreading awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Last year I threw myself into attending as many events as possible and made ...

Young Women Hardest Hit by Rising Melanoma Rate
By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today More young adults, and especially women in their 20s and 30s, are presenting with cutaneous melanoma. Note that the risk of dying from melanoma fell by 9% a year from 1970-1979 through ...

H5N1 bird flu research to be published in full
The author of controversial research on the H5N1 bird flu virus is delighted his work looks finally set to be published. Prof Ron Fouchier, from the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, said it was the only way to advance scientific knowledge and ...

Improvements in autism symptoms vary kid by kid
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that social and communication skills in some kids with autism may improve over time with therapy, but other kids will continue having problems functioning as they get older. Not surprisingly, kids who ...

Autism Awareness Day - Local Observance Will Light Up Fountain
The fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2012. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. In Springfield, the fountain at Park Central Square will be lit with ...

Long-term hormone use ups breast cancer risk, even estrogen
pink breast cancer ribbon, stock, 4x3 (Credit: istockphoto) (CBS/AP) The link between hormone therapy (HT) for menopausal women and breast cancer risk has been researched extensively, and now a new study has found any type of hormone therapy -including ...

HPV Clearance Tied to Cervical Ca Disparity
By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, Nurse Planner This study was published as an abstract ...

Bomb explodes outside Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin
By Rheana Murray / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS A small bomb exploded outside the Appleton Health Center on N. Gillett St. on Sunday night. Police are investigating the origins of a small bomb that exploded outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin on ...

Tell People What Is In Your Cigarettes, Tobacco Makers Told
Tobacco companies will have to inform purchasers about all the harmful substances they place in their products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled. They will also have to back up any "reduced harm" claims with compelling proof, ...

What parents should know about Autism
Bob and Suzanne Wright, founders of Autism Speaks, discuss the 23 percent increase in Autism among children over the past two years. >>> on this fifth anniversary of world autism awareness day , there is more reason than ever for alarm. according to ...

Chronic Stress Feeds Common Cold, Study Finds
Stress makes the common cold more miserable and harder to kick by letting inflammation linger, a new study found. Men and women who had chronic stress caused by work woes or marital strife were more likely to develop persistent cold symptoms after ...

A year after first full face transplant in US, Dallas Wiens can smile, feel ...
A year after first full face transplant in US, Dallas Wiens can smile, feel ...

Panel backs sharing studies of lab-made bird flu
NEW YORK (AP) – The US government's biosecurity advisers said Friday they support publishing research studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu because the studies, now revised, don't reveal details bioterrorists could ...

Some kids with severe autism may "bloom" out of disorder
(CBS News) Although most children with autism keep that diagnosis through teenage years and beyond, a new study suggests some kids might just "bloom" out of the developmental disability. Complete Coverage: Latest Developments in Autism The study found ...

Face transplant recipient says he can now feel daughter's kisses, do more than ...
Face transplant recipient says he can now feel daughter's kisses, do more than ...

Skin cancer spikes in young adults; tanning beds blamed
A dramatic spike in skin cancer rates among young adults in the US can largely be blamed on the use of tanning beds, a new study suggests. For their study, researchers from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic reviewed decades of patient-care data from ...

Calls to Quitline Hit Record High After CDC National Tobacco Ad Campaign Launch
By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ATLANTA, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Tips from Former Smokers campaign, calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW quitline ...

UPDATE 1-Bird flu studies OK to publish - US biosecurity expert
* Mutated virus less lethal than scientists feared * Move reflects international politics of flu research * Journals say they will publish the papers this year (Updates with additional explanations from panel member, new calculation of benefits to ...

Reliance on BMI understates the true obesity crisis, experts say
As if the nation's weight problems were not daunting enough, a new study has found that the body-mass index, the 200-year-old formula used to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy weight, may be misclassifying roughly half of women and just over ...

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