Health

Early Trial: Breast Cancer Vaccine Appears Safe
August 17, 2007 07:02 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters

In early trials, a vaccine designed to treat breast cancer appeared to be safe in women with advanced disease and showed signs of actually slowing down tumors, U.S. researchers reported on Friday.

New Study: Whole Grains Lower Blood Pressure Risk
August 17, 2007 03:16 PM - Reuters

Women who get plenty of whole grains in their diet may lower their risk of developing high blood pressure, a large study suggests.

FDA Warns Codeine Use By Nursing Mothers Dangerous To Baby
August 17, 2007 01:23 PM - Reuters

Breast-feeding mothers who take codeine and break down the drug very quickly may put their infants at higher risk of a morphine overdose, U.S. health officials warned on Friday. Codeine, an ingredient in many prescription pain relievers and over-the-counter cough syrups, breaks down into morphine in the body. The Food and Drug Administration said morphine overdoses in infants are very rare but serious.

PFOS and PFOA Exposure Associated with Lower Birth Weight and Size
August 17, 2007 12:09 PM - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

PFOS and PFOA are polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs)—ubiquitous man-made chemicals used in a variety of consumer products, including as a protective coating on food-contact packaging, textiles and carpets and in the manufacturing of insecticides and other industrial products.

Kenyan malaria success strengthens call for free insecticide-treated nets for all
August 17, 2007 11:55 AM - Wellcome Trust

Experts have today called for international agencies to provide insecticide-treated bed nets for all children in Africa as the most equitable way of tackling malaria. Their call is supported by new research co-funded by the Wellcome Trust showing how successful a scheme run by the Kenyan government has been at distributing the nets.

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Used To Combat Cancerous Cells
August 16, 2007 04:44 PM - By Jonathan Grover

Flesh-eating bacteria, than can only live inside the oxygen-free environment of tumor cells could be used in conjunctive with traditional chemotherapy to combat tumor cells, which are immune to normal drugs. Flesh-eating bacteria, than can only live inside the oxygen-free environment of tumor cells could be used in conjunctive with traditional chemotherapy to combat tumor cells, which are immune to normal drugs.

Australia Discovers Ocean Current "Missing Link"
August 16, 2007 04:03 PM - By Michael Byrnes, Reuters

Australian scientists have identified the missing deep ocean pathway — or ”˜supergyre’ — linking the three Southern Hemisphere ocean basins. The new research will help them explain more accurately how the ocean governs global climate.

Panel Urges US Govt Control Over Tobacco Products, Add Tax
August 16, 2007 02:46 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

A new report from the President's Cancer Panel reinforces the urgent need for Congress to pass legislation giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco.

U.S. Army Suicides Hit Highest Rate Since Gulf War
August 16, 2007 02:12 PM - By Kristin Roberts, Reuters

The number of suicides in the U.S. Army rose last year to the highest level since the Gulf War, with almost a third in war zones, according to data released by the military on Thursday. The Army reported 99 confirmed suicides in 2006, up from 87 in 2005. The Army also listed two additional deaths last year as suspected suicides that have not yet been confirmed by the military's medical examiner.

Experts Confirm Antidepressant Effects Of Omega-3's
August 16, 2007 01:51 PM - Reuters

The results of a major review of published research that examined the relationship between depression and level of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet suggest that omega-3 fatty acids have antidepressant effects. However, the researchers point out that the quality of the studies means it's still too soon to say definitively that omega-3s can treat depression or bipolar disorder.

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