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Vitamin A supplements may improve infant survival
December 12, 2007 06:28 PM - C. Vidyashankar, MD, Reuters

CHANNAI, India (Reuters Health) - In a study conducted in India, vitamin A supplements given in the early newborn period reduced the risk of infant deaths from diarrhea, fever and respiratory infections, but did not reduce the occurrence of these problems.

Canada halts use of mumps vaccine, launches probe
December 12, 2007 06:18 PM - Carla Tonelli, Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada suspended use of three batches of a mumps vaccine on Wednesday after five people fell ill in the midst of a vaccination campaign in the western province of Alberta.

First face transplant worth the fuss, patient says
December 12, 2007 05:08 PM - Gene Emery, Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - It took 18 months for her smile to come back completely, but doctors say the French woman who received the world's first partial face transplant is doing well and is very satisfied with the results.

Chemicals used as fire retardants could be harmful
December 12, 2007 05:02 PM - UC Riverside, Newswire

Riverside, California - Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals used as fire retardants, can be found in numerous items in the home, such as the television, computer, toaster and the sofa. Now, as reported in a news story days ago, they are being found in alarming concentrations, in human blood and breast milk – a potentially major concern for human health.

Cholesterol drugs may raise brain hemorrhage risk
December 12, 2007 04:33 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of cholesterol-lowering "statin" drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin), may raise the risk of brain hemorrhage in patients who have experienced a recent stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA), new research suggests. Still, this risk may be outweighed by the ability of these agents to lower the overall risk of a second stroke and other serious events, such as heart attack.

TV can raise blood pressure in obese children
December 12, 2007 04:33 PM - By Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese children who watch a lot of television are more likely to have high blood pressure than heavy children who don't spend as much time in front of the tube, the results of a new study shows.

FDA says Merck recalls 12 lots of kids' vaccines
December 12, 2007 04:32 PM - Reuters

The company recalled 10 lots of its PedvaxHIB vaccine and two lots of its Comvax vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration said in a notice on its Web site. Both vaccines protect against a common cause of pneumonia, meningitis and upper respiratory infections. Comvax also prevents hepatitis

Voters focus on pocketbooks as economy wobbles
December 12, 2007 10:34 AM - Andrea Hopkins, Reuters

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The colorful topics -- whether Oprah or immigration -- steal the media attention on the U.S. campaign trail, but voters never take long to get to their household budget when asked what really matters.

GE's Immelt says banks need acquisitions to boost earnings
December 12, 2007 08:47 AM - Reuters

Immelt made his remarks during an appearance on CNBC, a cable television property owned by the sprawling industrial and financial conglomerate.

Greenspan: subprime "accident waiting to happen"
December 12, 2007 04:00 AM - Reuters

While acknowledging the low U.S. interest rates set under his leadership may have contributed to the bubble in U.S. home prices, Greenspan said he felt the roots of the subprime mortgage crisis actually lie with global economic expansion.

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