Health

Climate change poses dangerous health risks
December 13, 2007 06:38 AM - Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Millions more people will be at risk from illnesses such as malaria and diarrhea in a warming world beset by heatwaves and water shortages, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Climate experts say rising temperatures and heatwaves will increase the number of heat-related deaths, while higher ozone levels from pollution will mean more people suffering from cardio-respiratory disease.

Stem-cell patch may fix damaged hearts
December 12, 2007 07:21 PM - By Ben Hirschler, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have made two significant advances in developing a stem-cell patch to repair the damage caused to the heart after an attack.

Vitamin A supplements may improve infant survival
December 12, 2007 06:28 PM - C. Vidyashankar, MD, Reuters

CHANNAI, India (Reuters Health) - In a study conducted in India, vitamin A supplements given in the early newborn period reduced the risk of infant deaths from diarrhea, fever and respiratory infections, but did not reduce the occurrence of these problems.

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.

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