China takes U.S. to task on currency, food safety
December 12, 2007 06:53 AM - By Glenn Somerville and Eadie Chen, Reuters

XIANGHE, China (Reuters) - An assertive China fended off U.S. pressure over currency policy and food safety on Wednesday and told Washington to put its own house in order rather than blame Beijing for its economic problems.

H5N1 bird flu found at fifth site in Poland
December 12, 2007 01:33 AM - Reuters

A stork and two buzzards, which died from the virus, were being kept at a wild bird rehabilitation centre near the town of Orneta, northeastern Poland, regional government veterinarian Ludwik Bartoszewicz was quoted as saying on the TVN24 Web site.

Mediterranean diet lengthens Americans' lives
December 11, 2007 09:22 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating the Mediterranean way could help you live longer, according to the first study to look at how the dietary pattern relates to mortality in a U.S. population.

Men whose diets were closest to the Mediterranean ideal were 21 percent less likely to die over five years than men whose diets were least Mediterranean-like. Similar results were seen in women.

Bird flu case suspected at S.Korea poultry farm
December 11, 2007 07:40 AM - Reuters

There was no information on which strain of bird flu, at the farm in Paju, around 24.85 miles north of Seoul, had been identified. Results of further testing should be known in about two weeks, a local official told Yonhap news agency.

Antibacterial Chemical disrupts hormone activities
December 10, 2007 05:13 PM - University of California, Davis, Newswire

Davis, California -  A new UC Davis study shows that a common antibacterial chemical added to bath soaps can alter hormonal activity in rats and in human cells in the laboratory -- and does so by a previously unreported mechanism.

The findings come as an increasing number of studies -- of both lab animals and humans -- are revealing that some synthetic chemicals in household products can cause health problems by interfering with normal hormone action. Called endocrine disruptors, or endocrine disrupting substances (EDS), such chemicals have been linked in animal studies to a variety of problems, including cancer, reproductive failure and developmental anomalies.

High blood pressure tied to dementia: researchers
December 10, 2007 04:14 PM - By Will Dunham, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elderly people with high blood pressure may be more likely to develop thinking and learning problems that can lead to dementia, researchers said on Monday.

Hypertension was linked to one of two types of mild cognitive impairment, a condition that can foreshadow the development of dementia, but not the type strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to the study published in the journal Archives of Neurology.

Teen dating violence leads to risky health behavior
December 10, 2007 01:55 PM - By Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teens who have suffered violence at the hands of an intimate partner are more likely to display a number of risky health behaviors, from disordered eating to suicidal thoughts, research shows.

Stimulants for ADHD may cause mild heart symptoms
December 10, 2007 01:16 PM - Reuters

ADHD drugs, like Adderall and Ritalin, are known to raise blood pressure and heart rate.

Umbilical cord blood can help metabolic disorders
December 10, 2007 01:09 PM - Reuters

Usually, bone marrow transplants are the only option for such infants, who can die from organ failure and early death. Bone marrow transplants can be difficult to get and donors are rare.

Need your sleep? Stay out of hospitals
December 10, 2007 12:26 PM - Reuters

But if nurses and technicians would simply adjust their schedules and avoid constantly waking patients through the night, patients may do better, the team at the University of Texas Southwestern found.

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