Health

China market may be breeding ground for deadly viruses
December 9, 2007 07:16 PM - Reuters

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Scorpions scamper in bowls, water snakes coil in tanks and cats whine in cramped cages, waiting to be slaughtered, skinned and served for dinner.

UNICEF cites child health progress, work remains
December 9, 2007 07:02 PM - By Will Dunham, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Progress in expanding breast-feeding and fighting measles and malaria has improved the health of children worldwide, but many in developing nations still don't have enough to eat, UNICEF said on Sunday.

Sex "switch" points way to smarter pest control
December 9, 2007 01:30 PM - By Ben Hirschler, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Turning off a sex "switch" triggered when female insects mate may be a smart and green way of controlling pests in future.

Don't shake hands, Museveni tells Ebola-hit Uganda
December 8, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters

"Ebola spreads through contact. For the time being, people should resort to jambo (waving)," Museveni was quoted in the state-owned newspaper New Vision as saying. "If I don't shake your hand, it doesn't mean I don't like you."

U.S. pork workers develop mysterous neorological condition
December 7, 2007 09:08 PM - By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eleven workers who removed brains from slaughtered pigs at a plant in Minnesota have come down with a mysterious neurological condition, company and U.S. health officials said on Friday.

Canada reactor shutdown hitting medical tests
December 7, 2007 05:25 PM - Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - The shutdown of a Canadian reactor that produces key radioisotopes for nuclear medicine, is already beginning to have an impact on hospital services, the head of a Canadian medical association said on Friday.

"In my own hospital, yesterday, I was unable to do tests looking for blood clots in the lung because the isotope was not available," Christopher O'Brien, president of the Ontario Association of Nuclear Medicine said.

Studies show how fruits and veggies reduce cancer
December 7, 2007 03:10 PM - Reuters

Other studies show that dark-colored berries can reduce the risk of cancer too -- adding more evidence to a growing body of research that shows fruits and vegetables, especially richly colored varieties, can reduce the risk of cancer.

Senators ask Bush for greater food safety funding
December 7, 2007 08:30 AM - Reuters

"Additional funding for (the Food and Drug Administration) is an important step toward improving our ability to protect human health and welfare," 23 senators from both parties wrote in the letter, also directed to budget director Jim Nussle.

Benin finds two bird flu outbreaks, suspects H5N1
December 7, 2007 07:08 AM - By Samuel Elijah, Reuters

COTONOU (Reuters) - Benin has discovered two outbreaks of bird flu among poultry which it believes to be the deadly H5N1 strain, the first such cases in the West African country, a senior health official said on Friday.

Tanker Leaks Oil Off S.Korea Coast
December 7, 2007 05:45 AM - Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - A large oil tanker gushed thousands of tons of oil into the sea near one of South Korea's most scenic coastlines after being hit by a barge, South Korea's maritime ministry said on Friday.

The Hong Kong-registered Hebei Spirit was struck while at anchor off Daesan port in the Taean region on the country's west coast and the ministry said it had already leaked some 10,800 metric tons of crude oil.

"A barge ship being towed ... collided with the oil tanker at anchor, breaching the cargo section and leaking crude oil," ministry official Lee Jang-hoon told reporters.

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