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US study points finger at sugar
Not all calories are equal when it comes to diabetes, suggests an unusual study which finds sugar may play a more sinister role than simply increasing obesity. Although obesity was the main driver for diabetes, sugar availability in a country also appeared to ...

Cancer risk from Fukushima disaster small, report says
The 9.0-magnitude Tohoku-Oki earthquake and resulting tsunami that triggered a meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has resulted in only a small increase in lifetime cancer risks for people living nearby, and an even smaller risk for ...

DNA research discovers 'good' acne bacteria
Acne bacteria, the scourge of every self-conscious teen, may have met its medicinal match: more acne bacteria. When researchers at Washington University and the University of California at Los Angeles sequenced acne DNA, they found that a “good” strain ...

Clogged arteries can precipitate stroke
Clogged arteries could precipitate a stroke, even if you're considered low risk, says a new study. A stroke is a condition in which the brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen, caused by blockage in the blood flow, or the rupture of an artery that ...

Fukushima Residents Have Slighter Higher Cancer Risk
There is a lightly higher risk of developing some types of cancers for people living near the site of the Fukushima nuclear power disaster, says a group of international experts who carried out an analysis. They added that the predicted risks for developing ...

Morning Sickness Drug Zorfan Safe for Fetus
(Photo : Reuters) Popular anti nausea drug ondansetron (brand name Zofran) does not cause any birth defects nor any risk to the growing fetus. Very few women are able to pass through their pregnancy period without a whiff of morning sickness, while most ...

Facebook, Google and Amazon join fight against cancer
The project will allow smartphone users to play to investigate vital scientific data at the same time as playing a mobile game. The first step is for 40 computer programmers, gamers, graphic designers and other specialists to take part in a weekend "GameJam" ...

Scientists Rope Bacteria Into Important Job Of Preventing Acne
OK, so zits aren't exactly the most pressing issue in the medical community, but nobody enjoys them and they are painful and uncomfortable. Fortunately, some of the bacteria that cause acne can apparently be recruited to the side of clear skin and peer ...

Meltdown: Despite the Fear, the Health Risks from the Fukushima Accident Are ...
Meltdown: Despite the Fear, the Health Risks from the Fukushima Accident Are ...

Program to Cut HIV Transfer to Babies Gets High Marks
The African nation of Malawi is getting an A+ for its aggressive approach to preventing HIV transmission from mothers to babies. With aid from the U.S., the country's Option B+ plan – giving full triple-drug therapy to all pregnant HIV-positive women regardless ...

FDA staff say calcitonin salmon cancer risk appears plausible
By Toni Clarke. Fri Mar 1, 2013 11:23am EST. (Reuters) - Staff reviewers for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a potential increased risk of cancer with drugs containing calcitonin salmon appears plausible. In briefing documents released on ...

BPA may increase asthma risk in kids, but tough to avoid
Once again, the infamous chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to an increased risk of a health problem: this time asthma in kids. Excess exposure to BPA, which interferes with the body's production of certain hormones, has already been linked to ...

Salmonella Scare Prompts Easter Candy Recall
An Indiana candymaker has recalled packages of its chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs, which may contain salmonella. Zachary Confections announced the voluntary recall of the Easter treats Wednesday after a sample taken during routine testing ...

Johnson & Johnson Plaintiff: Profit Motive Led to Defective Hip Implant
The attorney for the plaintiff suing Johnson and Johnson for their metal-on-metal hip implants says that the company's pursuit of profits led it to sell an implant that was defective and wore out more quickly than that of their competitors. Yesterday marked the ...

Flu no longer widespread in the US
Twelve states report widespread activity; 28 had cases regionally. Flu. Fitness coach Kelsey Gunderson disinfects exercise equipment at the Centegra Health Bridge fitness center in Huntley, Ill. The flu season has heightened sensitivity about spreading the ...

Childhood Asthma Linked To BPA Exposure
Children who are exposed to the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, are at an increased risk for asthma, according to a new study published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. A group of researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environment ...

Biscuit, Overweight Tabby Cat That Weights 37 Pounds, Is Looking For A New ...
Biscuit, Overweight Tabby Cat That Weights 37 Pounds, Is Looking For A New ...

Morning Sickness Pill Found Safe For Babies
A study has shown that morning sickness pill Zofran is safe for pregnant women to use and for their babies. For the study, the researchers reviewed health records from 600,000 pregnancies in Denmark from January 1, 2004 to March 31, 2011. The researcher ...

Chocolate covered marshmallow eggs recalled over salmonella concerns
Zachary Confections, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs over concerns of a possible salmonella contamination. The recall is in response to a routine post-production testing, which found the potential for a ...

First DePuy ASR Trial Reveals Telling Evidence
The first DePuy ASR hip lawsuit to go to trial began January 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Plaintiff Loren Klansky—one of about 10,000 with claims against DePuy Orthopaedics and parent company Johnson & Johnson—claims that after the device was ...

Zachary's Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs recalled over possible ...
Zachary's Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs recalled over possible ...

CMS Now Says Sequester Medicare Pay Cut to Kick in April 1
Physicians treating Medicare patients will not see a 2% pay cut take effect until April 1 under the $85 billion federal budget sequester, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said today. Although the across-the-board budget cuts in the sequester ...

Cancer Risk Found in Fukushima Infants
Infants who were in the Japanese region most affected by radiation after the 2011 tsunami have a slightly elevated lifetime risk of some cancers, according to the World Health Organization. Baby girls in the region have the greatest relative risk increase – 70 ...

Flu Activity Easing Across the US
Influenza activity -- though still elevated on a national level -- continued to drop little by little around the country, according to the latest CDC numbers. For the week ending Feb. 23, no states reported high influenza-like illness activity (down from three the week ...

Iron linked to reduced risk of severe PMS
By Andrew M. Seaman. NEW YORK | Fri Mar 1, 2013 5:00pm EST. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who get a little more than the recommended daily amount of iron in their diets may be less likely to get a more severe form of premenstrual syndrome ...

BPA exposure may raise child's asthma risk
Asthma rates climb in the United States every year, and a new study suggests exposure to the chemical BPA may be a reason. Asthma is disease that causes wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and other breathing difficulties. It can last a lifetime. In 2001 ...

PTSD Often Seen With Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Nearly a quarter of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with blacks, Asians, and women younger than 50 reporting distress more often, a study found. Symptoms diminished over time, with 16.5% of ...

Researchers: BPA May Increase Chance Of Childhood Asthma
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Like many moms, Laura Lieb worries about how chemicals in cans and plastics could affect her 3-year-old. She takes steps to avoid one in particular – bisphenol a, also known as BPA. “We've tried to make sure that the container this ...

Philippines: 380 new HIV cases reported in Januar...
Philippines: 380 new HIV cases reported in Januar...

Eating healthy helps keep teeth healthy
CHICAGO, March 1 (UPI) -- Most people don't know the plaque on teeth contain bacteria that can cause cavities, U.S. dentists say. The American Dental Association said the bacteria feed on sugar, releasing acid that attacks the teeth, and sugary foods and ...

Less housework may result in weight gain
COLUMBIA, S.C., March 2 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they compared the hours women spent doing housework in the 1960s and 2010 and found women spent fewer hours today. Researchers at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public ...

Sitting Less Reduces Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
People at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can reduce the risk by sitting less and moving around more frequently, rather than exercising regularly. The finding came from a study at the University of Leicester which indicates that decreasing sitting time by ...

Hawaii Tops Well-Being List for Fourth Consecutive Year
Hawaii has ranked highest on a well-being survey for the fourth year in a row.(Image credit: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images). Lucky devils. Hawaii has ranked highest on a well-being survey for the fourth year in a row, according to a new Gallup poll. Weather ...

Easter Candy Being Recalled for Salmonella Scare
A candy maker in Indiana has recalled its marshmallow eggs that are covered in chocolate. The recall was made for the packages of candy because of the fear they might be contaminated with salmonella. Zachary Confections made an announcement it was ...

Tooth Fairy Letters From Kids Prove We Are Raising A Nation Of Negotiators ...
Tooth Fairy Letters From Kids Prove We Are Raising A Nation Of Negotiators ...

Is the flu vaccine worth the effort?
Health authorities are looking to extend free flu vaccinations to all preschoolers. We investigate whether the flu jab works - and whether it is worth the millions of dollars the taxpayer spends subsidising it. Singleton was one of the 612,376 people who received ...

Celgene drug shown to be effective, safe in psoriasis trial
By Deena Beasley and Bill Berkrot. Sat Mar 2, 2013 11:22am EST. (Reuters) - Celgene Corp's experimental drug apremilast proved to be more effective than a dummy pill for psoriasis patients in a late-stage study, clearing the way for the company to file for ...

The 10 Most Miserable States In America
High unemployment, poor access to basic necessities such as food, shelter, and medicine, and rising obesity rates continue to plague many of America's Southern states, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The Index looks at six ...

Celgene Drug Results Fall Short of Earlier Trial
Celgene Corp. said its experimental anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis significantly helped a smaller proportion of patients than in an earlier study, a result that could damp hopes for the drug's market potential. The firm is counting on Apremilast to ...

Health insurance brokers and small employers fear higher prices
President Barack Obama's ambitious goal that all Americans have access to health care will take a huge step forward this fall with the opening of federal and state insurance exchanges. But it is too soon to tell whether these bold creations of the Affordable ...

Widely used chemical linked to childhood asthma
(CBS News) Bisphenol A (BPA) is often used to line food and beverage cans as well as to keep plastics flexible, but a new study suggests the compound can leach into the foods we eat. BPA has been linked to behavior problems, obesity, hormone ...

PTSD Often Seen In Breast Cancer Patients, New Study Says
Two breast cancer survivors embrace during a psychotherapy session at a centre run by the "Reto" Group for Full Recovery of Breast Cancer in Mexico City October 23, 2012. Breast cancer has been the leading cause of death in Mexican women since 2006, ...

One in Four Breast Cancer Patients Experience PTSD: Study
(Photo : Reuters) The researchers from the National Institute of Health have revealed that Ovulation-Stimulating Fertility drugs temporarily elevates estrogen levels which trigger breast cancer. Receiving shocking health news is enough to catch anyone off ...

Robert B. Simpson: Bad medicine
Feeling dragged out and low on energy lately? Need something to get your pulse rate up and your blood pressure out of the basement? I know the solution. Read "Bitter Pill," by Steven Brill, in the March 4 issue of Time. If you've already read it and aren't ...

Nurse refused to give CPR to elderly woman who later died
Bakersfield fire dispatcher Tracey Halvorson pleaded with the woman on the other end of the line, begging her to start CPR on an elderly woman who was barely breathing. “It's a human being,” Halvorson said, speaking quickly. “Is there anybody that's willing ...

No salmonella in chocolate covered Easter eggs, says company
According to Zachary Confections of Frankfort, Indiana, the company's chocolate covered Easter eggs have been confirmed not to contain salmonella and are safe for consumption. Zachary Confections previously announced a voluntary recall of four code ...

Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs Salmonella Withdraws Recall, 'Does Not Contain ...
Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs Salmonella Withdraws Recall, 'Does Not Contain ...

Mobile Game App Could Help Drive Cancer Research
A collaboration project between Cancer Research UK and the Citizen Science Alliance is focusing on creating a new mobile game app that could accelerate cures for cancer. The new and exciting idea will let people use their smartphones to play a fun game ...

Identifying mentally ill only small part in gun debate
Gun-control laws that require mental health professionals to report mentally ill people who are likely to harm others are unlikely to make a dent in gun violence, health researchers say. Gun. The nation's gun-control debate includes discussion about mental ...

Silver Lining for Spain in Italian Vote
One knee-jerk reaction to the shocking Italian election was to worry about the spreading of panic to Spain. As Italian bond yields shot up last Tuesday, Madrid's were dragged up in sympathy. These are the two troubled big beasts of the euro zone periphery, ...

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