Health

More young diabetics being hospitalized
December 27, 2007 01:34 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There has been a significant increase in the number of young adults hospitalized with diabetes-related conditions in the United States over the last decade or so, according to a new study. "Studies indicate that the burden of diabetes, type 1 and type 2, is substantial and rising among U.S. children," Dr. Joyce Lee, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues write in the medical journal Diabetes Care. "We wished to evaluate national trends in hospitalizations associated with diabetes for children and young adults." The researchers found a 38 percent increase from 1993 to 2004 in the number of hospital stays for people between the ages of 0 and 29 years with a diabetes diagnosis. The trend seemed to be age-dependent. There were significant increases in annual hospitalization rates among patients aged 20 to 29 years, but not among younger subjects.

Two Egyptians test positive for bird flu
December 27, 2007 01:32 PM - Aziz El-Kaissouni, Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Two Egyptians have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, a day after an Egyptian woman died of the disease, Egypt's health ministry said on Thursday. "There are two cases today, one in Damietta and one in Menoufia... Today lab results confirmed that they are infected with bird flu," Amr Kandeel, head of communicable disease control at the health ministry, told Reuters. The two new cases, both of whom are currently receiving treatment in hospital, bring the total number of human bird flu cases in Egypt to 41, Kandeel added.

Wild Chimps Skip Menopause
December 27, 2007 01:15 PM - Steve Bradt, Harvard University Newswire

Boston - A pioneering study of wild chimpanzees has found that these close human relatives do not routinely experience menopause, rebutting previous studies of captive individuals which had postulated that female chimpanzees reach reproductive senescence at 35 to 40 years of age.

Over 120 feared dead in Indonesia floods
December 27, 2007 06:44 AM - Reuters

MOGOL, Indonesia (Reuters) - Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain have left more than 120 people dead or missing on Indonesia's Java island, as rescuers struggled on Thursday to pull out bodies buried under thick mud. Officials said thousands of people have been left homeless after their houses were submerged by floods or buried by landslides in villages near the Bengawan Solo river, which lies about 500 km from the capital, Jakarta.

Magnitude 6.5 quake hits off Alaska's Aleutians: USGS
December 26, 2007 06:35 PM - Reuters

The quake, only 20.5 miles deep, struck at 2204 GMT 31 miles southeast of Nikolski, on Umnak island.

Bayer recalls Contour test strips for diabetes
December 26, 2007 04:38 PM - Reuters

The test strips are used by diabetic patients to monitor their daily blood sugar levels.

Diabetes-related kidney disease deadly: study
December 26, 2007 03:36 PM - Reuters

"End stage renal disease remains a dreadful complication in patients with type 1 diabetes, and great effort to prevent kidney disease in these young patients is needed," write researchers in the medical journal Diabetes Care.

Experts update "food pyramid" for older adults
December 26, 2007 01:54 PM - Reuters

Published in the January issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults stresses that older people should be careful to get enough fiber, calcium and vitamins D and B-12. It also emphasizes the importance of regular exercise and adequate fluid intake.

Neuroticism hard on the heart: study
December 26, 2007 01:53 PM - Reuters

Neuroticism -- a proclivity toward worry and emotional ups and downs -- is related to anxiety and depression, which could help explain the relationship with heart trouble, note Beverly A. Shipley of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and colleagues in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

Secondhand smoke may raise child allergy risk
December 26, 2007 01:52 PM - Reuters

Experts have known that exposure to secondhand smoke either renatally or early in life can raise a child's risk of developing asthma symptoms. But the evidence regarding allergies in general has been mixed.

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