Health

Pregnant? Backache? Thank evolution
December 12, 2007 03:49 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pregnant women may stand out a mile away with their characteristic backward-leaning stance, but that clumsy-looking position is a unique adaptation that evolved over millennia, anthropologists said on Wednesday.

TB treatment pays off, World Bank report finds
December 12, 2007 01:38 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investing in effective tuberculosis control such as sustained antibiotic therapy would pay off many times over in countries worst hit by the disease, a World Bank report released on Wednesday found.

China revokes license of tainted drug maker
December 12, 2007 12:52 PM - Reuters

The drugs made by Hualian Pharmaceutical Co harmed several hundred children, causing difficulty in walking for some, according to local media reports. They were recalled in September by the Shanghai municipal government.

Canada set to order restart of isotope reactor
December 12, 2007 12:13 PM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian Parliament was set to overrule the country's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday and order a reactor that makes crucial radioisotopes for cancer tests be restarted immediately.

U.S. says homegrown attack poses biggest risk
December 12, 2007 12:09 PM - Reuters

Chertoff, who said over the summer that he had a "gut feeling" that the country faced a heightened risk of attack, said that assessment still stands.

Kenya to compensate locals for planting shrub
December 12, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters

Baringo District residents had argued during a one-year legal battle that Prosopis Juliflora, known locally as Mathenge weed, had spread rapidly and that its thorns caused the paralysis of limbs in humans and livestock.

IBM’s Green Drive Reaches South Africa
December 12, 2007 08:45 AM - , Triple Pundit

According to the base case reference scenario built into the US Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2006, worldwide electricity demand is expected to grow at a healthy average 2% per annum pace between 2000 and 2030—increasing from 400 to more than 700 quadrillion BTUs per year. The majority of increasing demand will be in industrializing countries where more than 80% of the world’s population will live by 2030.

China takes U.S. to task on currency, food safety
December 12, 2007 06:53 AM - By Glenn Somerville and Eadie Chen, Reuters

XIANGHE, China (Reuters) - An assertive China fended off U.S. pressure over currency policy and food safety on Wednesday and told Washington to put its own house in order rather than blame Beijing for its economic problems.

H5N1 bird flu found at fifth site in Poland
December 12, 2007 01:33 AM - Reuters

A stork and two buzzards, which died from the virus, were being kept at a wild bird rehabilitation centre near the town of Orneta, northeastern Poland, regional government veterinarian Ludwik Bartoszewicz was quoted as saying on the TVN24 Web site.

Mediterranean diet lengthens Americans' lives
December 11, 2007 09:22 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating the Mediterranean way could help you live longer, according to the first study to look at how the dietary pattern relates to mortality in a U.S. population.

Men whose diets were closest to the Mediterranean ideal were 21 percent less likely to die over five years than men whose diets were least Mediterranean-like. Similar results were seen in women.

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