Health

Science's 2007 Breakthrough of the Year: Human Genetic Variation
December 31, 2007 11:57 AM - Evelyn Brown - www.aaas.org

In 2007, researchers were dazzled by the degree to which genomes differ from one human to another and began to understand the role of these variations in disease and personal traits. Science recognized "Human Genetic Variation" as the 2007 Breakthrough of the Year, and detailed nine other of the year's most significant scientific accomplishments in its 21 December issue.

Cholesterol finetunes hearing
December 31, 2007 10:51 AM - Baylor College

HOUSTON -- (December 14, 2007) -- Levels of cholesterol in the membranes of hair cells in the inner ear can affect your hearing, said a consortium of researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and Purdue University in a report in today's print edition of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. William Brownell, professor of otolaryngology at BCM and his colleagues, said that the amount of cholesterol in the outer hair cell membrane found in the inner ear can affect hearing.

Smokers butt out in Germany and France
December 31, 2007 09:15 AM - Reuters

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - For years, anyone needing a nicotine fix in a German pub or French cafe didn't even have to light up -- the air was already so full of smoke that they only had to open their mouth and inhale. But that all changes on Tuesday when strict new bans take effect in two of Western Europe's final bastions for smokers, Germany and France. There was long and fierce resistance to the prohibitions on tobacco that other countries imposed.

Healthy Monday: Resolutions, A Week At A Time
December 29, 2007 03:32 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK - Sobering fact: 63-percent of all New Years resolutions fail after two months. In an effort to dramatically improve upon the high number of failed New Year's resolutions, the Healthy Monday initiative, an organization that dedicates Monday as a day to increasing health awareness and action, suggests a unique New Year's idea to all Americans.

Risk of HIV, West Nile Virus, E Coli May be Reduced Through New Blood Screens
December 29, 2007 03:14 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

CHICAGO - The blood transfusion community should consider pathogen inactivation methods as an alternative way to assure the safety and availability of the nation's blood supply, a pathologist wrote in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP).

Marital Status Doesn't Affect Lung Cancer Survival
December 29, 2007 02:46 PM - Mayo Clinic

DURHAM, N.C. - Contrary to previous studies, married patients with lung cancer do not have longer survival, according to analysis of an extensive Mayo Clinic database in the December issue of "The Oncologist." However, the results suggest some other potentially important differences among patient subgroups -- including the possibility that married patients receive a more aggressive approach to lung cancer treatment, write Dr. Aminah Jatoi and colleagues.

Top health issues of 2008
December 29, 2007 11:37 AM - Terri Coles -Reuters

If 2007 was the year of the toy recall and mental gymnastics over what we eat, then what will 2008 hold? Raw milk, melting fat, the end of cheap food... the crystal ball is still a little cloudy but here are some of the stories to watch.

Under the Canopy Launches Luxury Collection
December 28, 2007 08:00 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Under the Canopy, the premier organic lifestyle brand, founded in 1996, launches Canopy, a luxury organic home fashion collection. The debut range includes duvets, shams, decorative pillows, blankets, sheeting and towels all in 100% organic cotton. All dyes are low-impact and eco-friendly.

Studies show yoga has multiple benefits
December 28, 2007 04:44 PM - C. Vidyashankar, MD, Reuters

CHANNAI, India (Reuters Health) - Yoga induces a feeling of well-being in healthy people, and can reverse the clinical and biochemical changes associated with metabolic syndrome, according to results of studies from Sweden and India. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity and high blood sugar.

Prenatal X-rays don't raise kids' brain tumor risk
December 28, 2007 03:43 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overall, children born to women who received an X-ray while pregnant are not more likely than other children to develop a brain tumor, Swedish researchers report based on a study they conducted. However, the study hints that abdominal X-rays during pregnancy may raise the risk of a specific type of brain tumor called primitive neuroectodermal tumors.

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