Vitamin D may curb type 2 diabetes risk
November 19, 2007 12:11 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - During a 17-year follow-up of roughly 4,000 men and women, researchers found that individuals with higher blood levels of vitamin D had a 40 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with lower levels of this vitamin.
Immune system can drive cancers into dormant state
November 19, 2007 08:32 AM - Washington University School of Medicine
A multinational team of researchers has shown for the first time that the immune system can stop the growth of a cancerous tumor without actually killing it.
Scientists have been working for years to use the immune system to eradicate cancers, a technique known as immunotherapy. The new findings prove an alternate to this approach exists: When the cancer can't be killed with immune attacks, it may be possible to find ways to use the immune system to contain it. The results also may help explain why some tumors seem to suddenly stop growing and go into a lasting period of dormancy.
Medical School study links lack of sleep to weight gain for new moms
November 19, 2007 08:31 AM - Edelman Public Relations
First study ever finds moms who sleep only 5 hours have tripled risk of excessive weight at 1 year after baby's birth
Health coverage shrinks as costs up again: study
November 19, 2007 12:25 AM - Reuters
Costs rose by 6.1 percent, about the same pace as last year but lower than the double-digit rates of prior years.
U.S. seizes discontinued eyelash product
November 16, 2007 11:48 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. marshals on Friday seized 12,682 applicator tubes of a discontinued cosmetic called Age Intervention Eyelash, which the Food and Drug Administration said could harm some users' vision.
Healing touch therapy thrives despite skeptics
November 16, 2007 04:26 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's not traditional medicine but patients love it: an unconventional therapy called the healing touch that is gaining acceptance in some U.S. hospitals.
Virulent form of cold virus worries experts
November 16, 2007 08:42 AM - Will Dunham -Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new and virulent strain of adenovirus, which frequently causes the common cold, killed 10 people in parts of the United States earlier this year and put dozens into hospitals, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.
A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report detailed cases of people ill in May of 2006 and from March to June of 2007 with a strain of the virus called adenovirus 14 in New York, Oregon, Washington state and Texas.
Study warns on safety of Sanofi's Acomplia
November 16, 2007 08:28 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Twelve polluting enterprises have had crucial bank loans recalled, suspended or rejected as China's new "green-credit policy" kicks into action, Friday's China Youth Daily said.
Decades of heavy industrialization have made water from some of China's lakes and rivers so polluted it is no longer usable, with untreated waste from factories and other enterprises pumped directly into water sources.
Map to better health care: centralize, organize
November 15, 2007 10:47 AM - Maggie Fox -Reuters
Experts laid out a health care road map for U.S. presidential candidates on Thursday, recommending more organized care, with an emphasis on overall health as opposed to expensive interventions.
They said it will be essential to ensure that everyone in the United States has health insurance and said the most pragmatic way to achieve this would be a combination of federal, state, employer and private coverage.
OPEC Must Tackle Climate Change: U.N. Official
November 15, 2007 09:20 AM - Reuters
RIYADH (Reuters) - OPEC oil exporters must take climate change seriously at a summit meeting this week, ahead of a key meeting to tackle global warming in Bali next month. a leading U.N. climate change official said on Thursday.
"I encourage OPEC to contribute to climate change abatement and to play an important role in history to drive forward sound solutions to a global problem," Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, told an OPEC forum in the Saudi capital.