Canada halts use of mumps vaccine, launches probe
December 12, 2007 06:18 PM - Carla Tonelli, Reuters
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada suspended use of three batches of a mumps vaccine on Wednesday after five people fell ill in the midst of a vaccination campaign in the western province of Alberta.
Milk, egg allergies harder to outgrow: study
December 12, 2007 06:10 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Childhood allergies to milk and eggs appear to be harder to outgrow than in the past, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
Bush vetoes children's health bill a second time
December 12, 2007 05:41 PM - Reuters
Pushed by the Democratic-led Congress but also supported by many Republicans, the bill was aimed at providing health insurance to about 10 million children in low- and moderate-income families. Taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products would have been increased to pay for the aid.
Managing manure in California
December 12, 2007 05:32 PM - Alec Rosenberg, UC Merced Newswire
Merced, California - A partnership between agricultural leaders and UC Merced aims to help California farmers maintain the environment and the economy.
California is the nation's leading dairy state, generating $5.2 billion in milk and cream sales a year. While that keeps the state's 1.7 million dairy cows busy making milk, they also produce plenty of manure. The manure is filled with nutrients that farmers can use as fertilizer, but it also can pollute the environment.
First face transplant worth the fuss, patient says
December 12, 2007 05:08 PM - Gene Emery, Reuters
BOSTON (Reuters) - It took 18 months for her smile to come back completely, but doctors say the French woman who received the world's first partial face transplant is doing well and is very satisfied with the results.
Chemicals used as fire retardants could be harmful
December 12, 2007 05:02 PM - UC Riverside, Newswire
Riverside, California - Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals used as fire retardants, can be found in numerous items in the home, such as the television, computer, toaster and the sofa. Now, as reported in a news story days ago, they are being found in alarming concentrations, in human blood and breast milk – a potentially major concern for human health.
Cholesterol drugs may raise brain hemorrhage risk
December 12, 2007 04:33 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of cholesterol-lowering "statin" drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin), may raise the risk of brain hemorrhage in patients who have experienced a recent stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA), new research suggests. Still, this risk may be outweighed by the ability of these agents to lower the overall risk of a second stroke and other serious events, such as heart attack.
TV can raise blood pressure in obese children
December 12, 2007 04:33 PM - By Anne Harding, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese children who watch a lot of television are more likely to have high blood pressure than heavy children who don't spend as much time in front of the tube, the results of a new study shows.
FDA says Merck recalls 12 lots of kids' vaccines
December 12, 2007 04:32 PM - Reuters
The company recalled 10 lots of its PedvaxHIB vaccine and two lots of its Comvax vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration said in a notice on its Web site. Both vaccines protect against a common cause of pneumonia, meningitis and upper respiratory infections. Comvax also prevents hepatitis
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.