Health

Nintendo rolls out Wii fitness game product
February 20, 2008 11:33 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Games maker Nintendo Co Ltd on Wednesday said it will launch a new physical fitness game product called Wii Fit for U.S. shipping in May. The Wii Fit, which will debut on May 19, will come with a weight-and-motion sensing device called the Wii Balance Board, the company said in a statement.

Whole grains may curb belly fat, inflammation
February 20, 2008 11:29 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cutting calories helps people lose weight, but doing so by filling up on whole grains may be particularly heart-healthy, new research suggests. In a study of obese adults at risk of heart disease, researchers found that those who trimmed calories and increased their whole-grain intake shed more belly fat and lowered their blood levels of C- reactive protein or CRP.

Indonesia president urges fair bird flu virus sharing
February 20, 2008 04:41 AM - Reuters

Indonesia, the nation worst hit by bird flu with 105 human deaths, has held back its virus samples since last August and wants guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that poor countries get access to affordable vaccines derived from their samples.

Climate change threatens human rights of millions: U.N.
February 19, 2008 11:39 AM - Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Climate change threatens the human rights of millions of people who are at risk of losing access to housing, food and clean water unless governments intervene early to counter its effects, experts said on Tuesday. At a conference on climate change and migration, United Nations officials said rising sea levels and intense storms, droughts and floods could force scores of people from their homes and off their lands -- some permanently.

Dead poultry raises bird flu alarm in Vietnam
February 19, 2008 05:52 AM - Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) - Dead poultry have been found in rivers and streams in northern Vietnam, a sign of a possible new bird flu outbreak during a prolonged cold spell, officials said on Tuesday. The Agriculture Ministry said in a report that callers to an animal health department hotline reported large numbers of dead birds in five provinces, but was not specific.

Indonesian boy dies of bird flu
February 18, 2008 04:37 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 3-year-old Indonesian boy from South Jakarta has died from bird flu, taking the country's death toll from the virus to 105, a health ministry official said on Monday. Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control at the ministry, said the boy died on Friday and two tests had confirmed he contracted the H5N1 virus.

Indonesian teenager dies of bird flu
February 16, 2008 06:28 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Indonesian boy from Central Java has died from bird flu, taking the country's death toll from the virus to 104, the health ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said on its Web site the boy had fallen sick on February 3 with fever symptoms and respiratory problems after five chickens belonging to him and a neighbor died.

22,000 died amid delayed Bayer drug recall: doctor
February 14, 2008 09:28 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lives of 22,000 patients could have been saved if U.S. regulators had been quicker to remove a Bayer AG drug used to stem bleeding during open heart surgery, according to a medical researcher interviewed by CBS Television's 60 Minutes program. The drug Trasylol was withdrawn in November at the request of the FDA after an observational study linked the medicine to kidney failure requiring dialysis and increased death of those patients.

EU wants partial ban of toxic paint removers
February 14, 2008 08:01 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The sale and use of paint removers containing dichloromethane, a chemical with toxic vapor, would be restricted under a proposal made by European Union regulators on Thursday. Some experts have expressed concern that a number of accidents and deaths in the EU in recent years were linked to use of the substance, the European Commission said.

Pepper may help disfiguring skin condition: study
February 14, 2008 07:17 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Black pepper could lead to better treatments for a disfiguring skin condition that affects about 1 percent of the world's population, British researchers said on Thursday. A team at King's College London showed in a study of mice that piperine -- the compound that gives black pepper its spicy, pungent flavor -- and its synthetic derivatives helped stimulate pigmentation in the skin of people with vitiligo.

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