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Health Headlines - April 23

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:25pm
Sponge Contraceptive Returning to Market

A contraceptive sponge for women is returning to the U.S. market for the first time in a decade, the manufacturer said on Friday.

The over-the-counter Today Sponge will start reappearing on store shelves this summer, maker Allendale Pharmaceuticals said. The company won the needed government clearance of its production facilities, Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Susan Cruzan confirmed.

Colgate Total in Spotlight Amid Triclosan Concerns

New research indicating that products containing bacteria-fighting triclosan could expose consumers to a probable human carcinogen is bringing attention to Colgate-Palmolive Co., as its Colgate Total toothpaste contains triclosan.

Meds for Breathing Problems Can Raise Heart Risks

Of the various drugs that are used to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma, oral steroids and theophylline that are most likely to cause an irregular heart rhythm, Spanish and US researchers report.

Sleepless Elderly Prone to Falls

Elderly nursing home residents with insomnia have an increased risk of falling, researchers report.

80-Year-Olds Do Well with Heart Artery Bypass

Many people in their 80s benefit as much as younger patients from surgery to bypass blocked coronary arteries, according to New York-based researchers.

Pain Course Helps Cancer Patients and Partners

Involving both patients with end-stage cancer and their caregivers in a pain control program has benefits for both, results of a pilot study suggest.

Provigil Doesn't Help MS Fatigue But Aspirin Might

Provigil, a drug used to treat the sudden-sleep disorder narcolepsy, does not affect fatigue experienced by people with multiple sclerosis (MS), results of a trial suggest.

Experts Downplay OTC Painkiller Risks

New research on Norwegian smokers presented at a major U.S. cancer conference this week found that long-term use of certain over-the-counter painkillers raises risks for heart attack and stroke.

Genes May Point to Aggressive Breast Cancers

Researchers say they're working on a promising gene-based method of identifying whether breast cancer has spread beyond the breast.

Wanted: Organ Donors

A little more than 50 years ago, doctors at a Boston hospital performed the first successful human organ transplant, transferring a donor kidney to a dying man from his identical twin.

Gene Variant Yields Clues to Brain Cancer

A specific genetic trait appears to double the survival rate of patients with the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma multiforme, researchers report.

Drunk Driving Accidents On the Rise Again

The decline in drinking-related auto accidents that began in the early 1990s may be over: A new survey suggests Americans are hitting the bottle more often now before they hit the road.

Cameras at Intersections Can Reduce Accidents

Red-light traffic cameras may reduce crash-related injuries at busy intersections by as much as 30 percent, according to a review of international studies.

Food Fact:

To get the most from garlic, you may have to rough it up a little.

Fitness Tip of the day:
Lift weights, lose weight.

Marilyn Monroe knew it, and you should, too: For good health and a great shape, dumbbells are a girl's best friend.

FAQ of the day:
How can I get heart-healthy omega-3s without fish?

First, make sure you include plant sources of omega-3s every day. It's also important to limit the amount of highly polyunsaturated oils in your diet, because they compete with omega-3s. Olive oil is a safe choice. Plant-based sources of omega-3s such as English walnuts, soy foods, flax seeds and leafy green vegetables.
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