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Scenic Fruit Company Recalls Pomegranate Kernels in Colorado
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today announced a nationwide voluntary recall by Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, OR of its Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels in eight-ounce bags. The recall was issued due to ...

So far, no blood donations have tested positive for the West Nile virus this year
When the West Nile virus swept into North Texas last summer, the first sign of trouble showed up in the local blood supply. On June 5, 2012, a blood donor tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, the first time in three years the virus had appeared in ...

China law 'forcing' children to visit parents ridiculed
BEIJING (AFP) – A Chinese law requiring family members to visit their elderly relatives went into effect Monday to howls of online ridicule, as the country's huge population ages rapidly. The regulation "forces" children to visit their parents, the state-run Global ...

Mosquito spraying starts today
.... • Apply insect repellent with DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting, intact screens. • Contact the local mosquito and vector control agency at 877-968-2473 to report ...

Teva says cleared of wrongdoing after man's death in France
JERUSALEM | Mon Jul 1, 2013 4:30am EDT. JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Monday that French prosecutors had cleared it of any operational failures after the death of a 92-year-old man last month. A preliminary ...

Tobacco control policies to cut deaths by 2050
About 7.4 million people will be saved from premature death by 2050 due to the tobacco control measures, which have been put in place in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010, a new study has revealed. The study demonstrates the success of the World ...

Differences between the sexes stretches to fitness formulas
By Dorene Internicola. NEW YORK | Mon Jul 1, 2013 3:14pm IST. NEW YORK (Reuters) - When it comes to fitness, experts say men generally want to be bulkier and women want to be trimmer and everyone wants to do what they are good at. That's why as ...

New China law says children 'must visit parents'
Grown children in China must visit their parents or potentially face fines or jail, a new law that came into effect on Monday says. China's new "Elderly Rights Law" deals with the growing problem of lonely elderly people by ordering adult children to visit their ...

"Reverse vaccine" fights type-1 diabetes - West
A “reverse vaccine” developed for type-1 diabetes young sufferers. It seems to act on the immune system, killing its “bad” cells that destroy the pancreatic ones of type B. This is the proposal of researchers from the Stantford University of Medicine, who ...

Right diet, exercise cut tumour risk
Men with prostate cancer can take control of their disease and moderate its aggressiveness through diet and lifestyle choices, a study has suggested. Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) have published the first study on ...

Tourists in America's west suffer in brutal heat as mercury rises to near record ...
Tourists in America's west suffer in brutal heat as mercury rises to near record ...

Merck's Insomnia Drug Fails to Get FDA Approval at Higher Dosages
Merck & Co.'s (MRK) insomnia treatment failed to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at higher dosages, which the pharmaceutical company expects will result in a need for manufacturing studies to move ahead with a smaller 10 ...

Anti - Smoking Policies Will Prevent 7 Million Deaths Worldwide by 2050 : Study
MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Anti-tobacco policies really do stop people from smoking and save millions of lives, a new study finds. Tobacco control measures enacted in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010 will prevent about 7.4 million premature ...

Being a night owl can lead to weight gain, study finds
A new study, published in the journal SLEEP, examined the effects of restricted sleep on weight gain, caloric intake, and timing of meals. This study, which used the largest and most diverse sample of healthy adults, found that people who regularly go to bed ...

Heart Surgery Riskier for Blacks With Peripheral Artery Disease, Study Finds
MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) — Black patients with peripheral artery disease have an increased risk of death following heart bypass surgery compared to white patients, and therefore require closer follow-up, according to a new study. In peripheral ...

Collapsible hampers pose eye risk for kids: doctors
By Genevra Pittman. NEW YORK | Mon Jul 1, 2013 10:21am EDT. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Collapsible laundry hampers with wire supports may pose a risk to children's eyes, according to researchers who saw two related injuries within a year, both ...

Women Lose Weight With Help From Avatar
Could an avatar modeling weight-loss behavior help you fight the flab? Perhaps, according to US researchers whose pilot study suggests a virtual world "alter ego" may help some women lose weight in the real world. If confirmed with further research, the ...

Insmed's lung infection drug fares no better than rival, shares fall
Mon Jul 1, 2013 10:38am EDT. (Reuters) - Insmed Inc's experimental lung infection drug fared no better than a competing drug developed by Novartis AG in a lung function test, sending shares in the company down 27 percent in pre-market trading. Insmed's ...

Setback for Merck Insomnia Drug
Merck & Co. must develop a lower-dose version of an experimental sleep drug called suvorexant before regulators will approve the new pill for U.S. sale, the drug maker said Monday. In a response to Merck's application for approval, filed late last year, the ...

Lower risk of breast cancer linked to omega-3 fatty acids in fish
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013- Consuming omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines can lower the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a large-scale review of past studies published in the June 27 issue of the British ...

Ethicists question giving girl second lung transplant
The operation on 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl raises new questions about the best use of a precious resource. Murnaghans. On May 30, Sarah Murnaghan celebrated her 100th day in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, and mother, ...

Man and woman with elliptical cross trainer in sport fitness gym club. FOTOLIA ...
Man and woman with elliptical cross trainer in sport fitness gym club. FOTOLIA ...

World Health Organization: Start treatment for HIV earlier
The World Health Organization (WHO) is advocating for earlier treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The organization said that all countries should begin antiretroviral therapy (ART) for citizens infected ...

First-ever human head transplant is now possible, says neuroscientist
Technical barriers to grafting one person's head onto another person's body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. In a recent paper, Canavero outlines a procedure modeled on ...

New skinny on weight loss: Avatars might help
A new study suggests virtual reality can help people lose weight. Game to lose weight. An avatar demonstrates walking at a moderate pace on a treadmill. (Photo: Temple University Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine.) ...

Insmed Falls After Lung Drug Trial Results Disappoint
Insmed Inc. (INSM), a developer of inhaled medicines for lung diseases that had almost tripled in the past 12 months, fell the most in almost two years after its leading drug candidate didn't perform better than a competitor in a clinical trial. Insmed's Arikace met ...

Guide: Not all kids need ear tubes to relieve fluid
A new guideline offers physicians guidance on which kids benefit most from ear tubes and the best way to care for the devices. Tympanostomy tubes are also called ventilation tubes because the opening allows air to enter the middle ear directly from the ear ...

FDA Prefers Smaller Dosage of Merck Sleep Drug
The Food and Drug Administration has rejected an application by Merck to sell a new sleeping pill, but indicated that it would probably approve the drug in lower doses. Add to Portfolio. Merck & Company Inc · Go to your Portfolio ». The agency concluded that ...

Clinical trial of type-1 diabetes vaccine conducted by Stanford researchers
vaccine A clinical trial of a vaccine designed to combat type-1 diabetes was recently conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and showed promising results in the fight against the disease. The study was published June 26 in ...

Post-CABG Risk of Death Increased for Blacks With PAD
(HealthDay News) – For patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), the risk of death is higher for those with peripheral artery disease (PAD), particularly for black vs. white patients, according to a study published online June 3 in the Annals ...

Unnecessary repeat cholesterol tests common: study
By Genevra Pittman. NEW YORK | Mon Jul 1, 2013 4:04pm EDT. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One-third of people with heart disease have their cholesterol levels checked more often than guidelines recommend, a new study of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients ...

Experts Scramble to Trace the Emergence of MERS
As the scientists peered into the darkness, their headlamps revealed an eerie sight. Hundreds of eyes glinted back at them from the walls and ceiling. They had discovered, in a crumbling, long-abandoned village half-buried in sand near a remote town in ...

Milk does a body good? Maybe not always, Harvard doc argues
Milk: Celebrities are constantly asking if you've got any, because, as the long-running ad campaign says, it does a body good. But a Harvard pediatrician is arguing that the current U.S. recommendation of three servings of dairy a day isn't necessarily ...

Merck: FDA won't approve insomnia drug, wants more studies, lower dose due to ...
Merck: FDA won't approve insomnia drug, wants more studies, lower dose due to ...

It leaves the rest of the immune system alone, though
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease, but researchers at Stanford University are hoping to eliminate the effects of the disease -- and eventually cure it -- with a new vaccine. Researchers from the Stanford School of Medicine -- led by Lawrence Steinman, MD, ...

Watching your avatar be healthy may help with weight loss
Watching an avatar of yourself working out may be a great way to inspire you to lose weight. A new study published on July 1 in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology showed that women who watched a video on healthy weight-loss habits featuring ...

Women who work night shifts for more than 30 years 'are twice as likely to get ...
Women who work night shifts for more than 30 years 'are twice as likely to get ...

Start HIV drug therapy earlier, says World Health Organization
The World Health Organization has a new philosophy regarding antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV: Why wait? If a person has a healthy immune system, they have at least 500 CD4 cells per cubic millimeter of blood. But those CD4 cells, white blood ...

Milk might NOT be good for you: Harvard scientist claims sweeteners added to ...
Milk might NOT be good for you: Harvard scientist claims sweeteners added to ...

Talking cigarette packets warning smokers of risks to their health could be latest ...
Talking cigarette packets warning smokers of risks to their health could be latest ...

Will HIV family be third-generation lucky?
AHMEDABAD: His two generations have battled the dreaded HIV virus. His grandmother got HIV through blood transfusion in 1980s but at that time, its treatment was a rarity she could hardly afford. His father was born with HIV and spent most of his childhood ...

Pay More for Health Care if You are Healthier?
Former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt and board certified emergency physician Dr. Leigh Vinocur on who will pay more for health care under ObamaCare. Duration 5:48; Date Jul 1, 2013. Advertisement ...

Health care information technology blossoms in Kansas City
A slip of paper at the nurses' station indicated a certain medication dose was due for a patient. Dallas Fulton knew better. Actually, his hand-held computer knew better. Order Reprints. FRED BLOCHER | The Kansas City Star Dallas Fulton, a nurse, uses a ...

Will new WHO guidelines reduce HIV-related illness burden?
Just more than a decade ago, World Bank (WB) health specialists told India that anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment, the only lifesaver for people living with HIV, should not be its priority because it would exhaust the country's health budget. The then National AIDS ...

Are American Heart Patients Getting Their Cholesterol Levels Checked ...
Are American Heart Patients Getting Their Cholesterol Levels Checked ...

Endearing pooch Lentil helps kids with facial differences
(CNN) -- He's 5 months old, about 10 pounds of adorable, and he already has more than 90,000 Facebook friends. His name is Lentil, and he's a French Bulldog puppy who has made quite a name for himself in Philadelphia by helping raise awareness of ...

Pa. girl who got new lungs after parents sued to change transplant rules set for ...
Pa. girl who got new lungs after parents sued to change transplant rules set for ...

It's alive! Scientist claims human head transplants may soon be possible
One neuroscientist may soon get the nickname Dr. Frankenstein after making an ambitious claim about a completely novel medical procedure that has many experts' 'heads spinning.' In a recent paper in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Dr. Sergio ...

Girl who got new lungs in Philly set for diaphragm surgery
A 10-year-old suburban Philadelphia girl who got adult lungs after her parents sued to change national transplant rules is set for more surgery to repair her diaphragm. Sarah Murnaghan is set to have the latest procedure at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ...

First Non-Hormonal Treatment for Hot Flashes Approved by FDA
Antiretroviral therapy for people with HIV should begin sooner than it does now, according to new guidelines released Sunday by the World Health Organization. Treatment should begin as soon as a patient's CD4 count drops below 500 cells per cubic ...

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