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.
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.