Penn research shows transcranial magnetic stimulation effective in treating major depression
November 26, 2007 11:40 AM - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

PHILADELPHIA – Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and other study sites have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) – a non-invasive technique that excites neurons in the brain via magnetic pulses passed through the scalp – is a safe and effective, non-drug treatment with minimal side effects for patients with major depression who have tried other treatment options without benefit.





GE says CT scan has clearer images, cuts radiation
November 26, 2007 03:10 AM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new high-definition CT scanner from GE Healthcare is producing clearer images of the body's internal organs, bones and soft tissue while reducing potentially cancer-causing radiation exposure compared with older machines, the company said on Monday.

GE Healthcare, a $17 billion unit of General Electric Co, said its new high-definition CT scanner is under U.S. regulatory review and it hopes to launch the product sometime in 2008.

GE Healthcare is showcasing the new technology at the annual meeting of Radiological Society of North America here this week.


Indonesia says no to bird flu virus sharing
November 26, 2007 01:37 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will not share bird flu virus samples unless there is a guarantee developing nations will have control over their use and have access to cheap vaccines, a health ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.

Indonesia, the nation worst hit by bird flu with 91 human deaths, has held back its virus samples since August and wants guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that poor countries get access to affordable vaccines derived from their samples.

China unhappy with EU's product safety call
November 26, 2007 12:35 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - The top EU trade official told China on Monday its reputation was at risk after a series of product safety scandals and that it must do more to tackle the problem.

South Korea reports new low pathogenic bird flu case
November 23, 2007 09:35 PM - Reuters

The ministry plans to cull 13,000 fowl, including 3,800 ducks infected by the virus, in a bid to prevent the spread of the strain of bird flu.

WHO fails to reach deal on sharing bird flu virus
November 23, 2007 03:36 PM - Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Health officials have failed to reach agreement on a new system to ensure developing countries benefit more from sharing bird flu virus samples used to develop vaccines, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

FDA staff urge psych warnings for two flu drugs
November 23, 2007 03:14 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffers are recommending new warnings about psychiatric events observed in some patients taking Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Relenza, according to documents released on Friday.

WHO fails to reach deal on sharing bird flu virus
November 23, 2007 01:16 PM - Reuters

"Nobody can fault you for not trying...It is so close yet so far away," WHO director-general Margaret Chan told the final session of a four-day meeting.

Fiber, whole grains may cut pancreatic cancer risk
November 23, 2007 12:09 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating more whole grain and fiber-rich food may lower the risk of pancreatic cancer by about 40 percent, study findings suggest.

Unnecessary appendectomy risky in pregnant women
November 23, 2007 08:21 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Unnecessary surgery to remove a normal appendix during pregnancy increases the risk that mom-to-be will lose her baby or that she will deliver early, research indicates.

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