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Men: Wider waists = sex, urination issues
NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Obesity in men affects not just their hearts and metabolism, but also their sexual function and urinary health, US researchers said. Senior investigator Dr. Steven A. Kaplan of the Weill Cornell Medical College -- director of ...

Under Health Law, 'No-Cost' Birth Control Starts Today
by Julie Rovner Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joins Democratic senators at a news conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday to announce new preventive health coverage for women that takes effect Aug. 1. Health and Human Services ...

Giant Leap: Miami Project To Cure Paralysis Gets FDA Nod To Begin Human Trial
(RTTNews) - Spinal cord injury often leads to paralysis. It is estimated that nearly 6 million Americans suffer some form of paralysis, of which 1.275 million people have sustained spinal cord injuries. While there is currently no cure for the ...

Psychological Distress Linked to Higher Death Risk
Feeling anxious, depressed or lonely may boost the risk of early death, a new study found. The British study of more than 68000 people found those who reported symptoms of psychological distress were more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, ...

Reducing the stomach's circumference by just 2.5inches could improve sexual health
By Claire Bates Men who have recently let out their belts a few notches should take heed - scientists have found obesity increases the risk of having sexual problems. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center who studied more than 400 men suffering ...

Republicans Renew War on Women
Starting today, critical women's preventive health services will be available to women, free of co-pays or deductibles -- a hard-fought benefit for women in Nevada and across the country that is long overdue. Yet on the eve of the implementation of ...

UK reaps "patent dividend" as medicines bill falls
By Ben Hirschler | LONDON (Reuters) - Britons are taking more prescription drugs than ever but the state health service is paying less for them - cheering news for taxpayers, if not for drugmakers. The trend reflects an increased use of generic ...

Bloomberg's Breast-Feeding Plan: Will Locking Up Formula Help New Moms?
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's breast-feeding initiative calls on city hospitals to lock up infant formula like medication and lecture new mothers about the benefits of the breast. Is that going too far? Maybe not By Bonnie Rochman | @brochman ...

Fewer hip fractures after cataract surgery
In a new study of older adults with cataracts, people who had surgery to improve their vision were less likely to fracture a hip in the next year compared to those who didn't get surgery. The findings don't prove vision-improving procedures prevent ...

Obamacare Won't Eliminate Need For Bill Collectors Like Accretive Health
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was able to get a settlement with medical bill collector Accretive Health. The company admitted no wrongdoing and its stock is on the rise with strong growth prospects coming under the Affordable Care Act. (Photo ...

Free contraception for women provision of Obama health care law starts today
(CBS News) Beginning today, up to 47 million women may be eligible to get free access to preventive health care services as that provision of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act goes into effect. As contraception mandate goes into effect, ...

Larger waist size may be bad news for men's sexual and urinary health
(CBS News) Large waists not only affect heart health and diabetes risk, it can negatively impact sexual and urinary health in men. A new study published in the August 2012 issue of the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI) showed that men ...

Whooping cough outbreak grows in FdL Co.
The Health Department is urging anyone with an irritating or worsening cough to talk with a health-care provider to determine if the cough could be pertussis (whooping cough). “The number of confirmed cases of pertussis has nearly doubled in July with ...

Why Lack of Sleep Weakens Vaccine Effectiveness
By Alexandra Sifferlin | @acsifferlin | August 1, 2012 | + Skimping out on sleep won't just put you in a cranky mood. It may also reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), ...

Improving human immunity to malaria
The deadliest form of malaria is caused the protozoan Plasmodium falciparum. During its life-cycle in human blood, the parasite P. falciparum expresses unique proteins on the surface on infected blood cells. Antibodies to these proteins are associated ...

A Novel Way to Prevent Hip Fractures
By THE NEW YORK TIMES The Times reports today on a study finding that cataract surgery greatly reduces the risk of hip fracture in the elderly. The benefits accrued particularly to those who were most ill and those in their early 80s; they experienced ...

Mild mental illness linked to premature death
People with minor symptoms of mental health problems like anxiety or depression may have a lower life expectancy, a new British study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 68000 people in England with an average age of 55 who were surveyed ...

Many Americans With Celiac Disease Are Unaware Of It
A Mayo Clinic analysis that investigated the prevalence of celiac disease revealed that around 1.8 million people in the US suffer from the disease. However, about 1.4 million are unaware they even have the disease. The study, featured in the American ...

The 8 Preventive Health Services that Women Start Getting Free Today
By Alexandra Sifferlin | @acsifferlin | August 1, 2012 | + Starting today, about 47 million American women will have access to free preventive health services as part of a new provision in President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Comprehensive preventive ...

Urban Ebola? Why the Latest Outbreak in Uganda Raises Worries
By Bryan Walsh | @bryanrwalsh | August 1, 2012 | + In Kasese, Uganda, a man distributes newspapers with a title about the Ebola virus outbreak, on August 1, 2012. The Ugandan president has called on people to limit physical contact with each other, ...

Cancer debate: Are tumors fueled by stem cells?
By Malcolm Ritter on August 01, 2012 NEW YORK (AP) — How can a cancer come back after it's apparently been eradicated? Three new studies are bolstering a long-debated idea: that tumors contain their own pool of stem cells that can multiply and keep ...

Boston Mayor Undergoing Droopy Eyelid Surgery
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino delivers his major policy speech at the annual meeting of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau in South Boston. (Image credit: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe/Getty Images) Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is undergoing surgery ...

CDC Reports Surge in West Nile Cases
By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today This year is shaping up as the worst for West Nile virus infections in the US at this point in the season since 2004, the CDC reported Wednesday. Through the end of July there have been 241 cases reported ...

Select cells appear to spawn tumors
By Tina Hesman Saey New evidence from three independent studies supports the idea that solid tumors in the brain, colon and skin can arise from a few bad cells known as cancer stem cells. Cancer researchers have debated whether every cell in a tumor is ...

Controversy Surrounds Health Care Contract Workers
By Jacque WilsonCNN (CNN) -- Since a temporary radiologic technologist was accused of stealing drugs from a New Hampshire hospital and giving patients hepatitis C through infected syringes, troubling reports of his past have emerged -- casting a ...

Wider Waist Can Mean Urinary, Sexual Issues For Men: Study
(RTTNews) - Having a wider waist may be linked with higher risk of sexual dysfunction in men, new research from New York City's Weill Cornell Medical Center shows. The study included over 400 men and found those with a waist size over 36 were at a ...

Heyman nominations: Mofenson tries to break HIV link between mother, child
Lynne Mofenson's office walls at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda look like pages from a professional scrapbook, adorned with name tags from past international AIDS conferences, photos of her world travels and, if you look closely, ...

Cataract Surgery Can Drastically Reduce Hip Fracture Rate
(RTTNews) - Elderly adults who undergo surgery to repair eye cataracts are less likely to suffer hip fractures, a new report from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles shows. According to lead researcher Dr. Anne L. Coleman, ...

Menino has successful surgery to repair eyelids
Mayor Thomas M. Menino underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair his eyelids, which had drooped over time and had begun to obscure his vision. Dr. Mami A. Iwamoto performed the hourlong outpatient procedure. Menino remained awake but was sedated ...

Toronto mosquitoes with West Nile virus at record high
Toronto Public Health says the number of mosquitoes found to have West Nile virus is at a record high this summer, likely due to the warm weather. "This year the risk seems to be a bit higher than what we usually experience," said Dr. Howard Shapiro, ...

Stem cell findings point toward new cancer treatments
When cancers are treated, tumors may shrink but then come roaring back. Now studies on three different types of tumors suggest a key reason why: The cancers are fueled by stem cells that chemotherapy drugs don't kill. The findings — made by independent ...

Mayor Thomas Menino will undergo droopy eyelid surgery
Boston mayor Thomas Menino is going under the knife today, ABC News reports. Mr. Menino will have surgery to correct his drooping eyelids, a condition properly known as dehiscence ptosis. The condition is caused by upper eyelid tendons stretching over ...

Some in Peru survived rabies
ATLANTA, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Some people living in two Amazon communities in Peru survived exposure to the rabies virus from animals without receiving vaccination, officials say. Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Sleeping well may be key to vaccine protection study suggests
Sleeping more than seven hours a night may help the body react more efficiently to vaccinations while a lack of sleep may leave patients unprotected, it was found. Some volunteers receiving a hepatitis B vaccine who slept for fewer than six hours a ...

Combining breast cancer drugs effective
CHICAGO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Combining two drugs normally given as single agents significantly extended the lives of women with metastatic breast cancer, US researchers say. Dr. Kathy Albain, a breast cancer specialist at Loyola University Medical Center ...

Jungle Secrets: Rabies-resistant Rare Group Of People?
(RTTNews) - The Peruvian Amazon is the area of the Amazon jungle included in the territory of Peru, and is home to indigenous groups of people, such as Aguaruna, Cocama-Cocamilla and Urarina. Rabies infections spread by bites from vampire bats is ...

Cancer Stem Cells May Drive Tumor Growth
Three new studies of cancer in the brain, skin and gut, appear to support the controversial idea that cancer may have its own stem cells that drive the regrowth of tumors. If confirmed with more evidence, the idea may transform our understanding of ...

Aetna CEO and 30-Year-Old Bond Over Staggering Cancer Bills
Arijit Guha, an Arizona State University graduate student, returned from a trip to India with a stomach ache and only one month later learned he had Stage IV colon cancer. As tough as his diagnosis was at the age of 30, learning that his insurance ...

Ebola outbreak sees tourists cancel holidays to Uganda
At least 16 people have been killed by the disease, and 20 more are thought to be infected, with cases occurring in the Kibale district, in the west of the country, home to a Kibale National Park that is popular with tourists. Although the World Health ...

FDA Approves Swallowable Sensor That Tracks Health From The Inside
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an ingestible digital sensor that can be swallowed in a pill to track health data from inside the body. The idea is that the data can be used not only by patients themselves, but also by caregivers and ...

Sleep may be necessary for vaccines to be effective
People who, though a lab test, find out they are not immune to infectious diseases such as hepatitis B may choose to undergo vaccinations. However, these inoculations may not be effective if patients do not get enough sleep, according to research ...

Potential new vaccine for rabies found (but the bad news is you'll need to get ...
Potential new vaccine for rabies found (but the bad news is you'll need to get ...

Anti-Estrogen Combo Better for Late Breast Cancer
By Salynn Boyles Aug. 1, 2012 -- Older women with the most common type of metastatic breast cancer may soon have a new treatment option that may improve their survival. A new study shows that postmenopausal women with advanced disease treated with a ...

CDC uncovers small population with natural resistance to rabies
If left untreated, the rabies virus is considered to be fatal 100 percent of the time – with less than 10 known cases of survival among people who did not receive the vaccine. However, new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Halozyme Plummets After US Regulators Reject Drug
By Anna Edney and Jeanna Smialek on August 02, 2012 Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (HALO) (HALO) fell the most in eight years after an immune deficiency treatment it developed with Baxter International Inc. (BAX) (BAX) was rejected by US regulators who ...

Report: Boston mayor Thomas Menino undergoes surgery on drooping eyelids
(CBS News) Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino reportedly has undergone surgery to repair drooping eyelids that were giving him vision problems. PICTURES: Top 10 most popular cosmetic procedures in US The Boston Globe reports that Menino, 69, underwent the ...

Fruit flies offer DNA clue to why women live longer
Scientists believe they have discovered a clue to why women tend to live longer than men - by studying fruit flies. Writing in Current Biology, they focus on mutations in mitochondrial DNA - the power source of cells. Mitochondria are inherited only ...

Exercise may reduce depression in heart failure patients
(CBS News) The benefits of exercise in people with heart problems may go beyond the physical. According to a new study from Duke University researchers, patients with chronic heart failure who exercise have modest reductions in depressive symptoms ...

Mom's genes may explain why women outlive men
An evolutionary "loophole" might explain why males of many species live shorter lives than their female counterparts, a new study finds. The loophole lies in the mitochondria, the energy-generating parts of our cells. The mitochondria have their own ...

Tobacco companies profit from loophole, market small cigars
After decades of progress toward their goal of preventing smoking-related illness and death, public health officials said Thursday that they're seeing a worrisome new trend: Smokers who switch from high-priced cigarettes to cheaper, ...

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