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Health Headlines - January 12

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:25pm
Take Care with Mobile Phones, Health Report Says

No hard evidence exists to show mobile phones damage health but users -- especially children -- should take care, UK scientists said in a survey Tuesday.

High Red Meat Consumption Linked to Colon Cancer

Long-term high consumption of red and processed meat may increase the risk of cancer in the colon and rectum, a new study shows.

New Jersey Plans $380 Mln for Stem Cell Research

New Jersey, home to scores of top drug companies, plans to spend $380 million on stem cell research to stay in the forefront of the politically sensitive field, its acting governor said on Tuesday.

Canada Finds New Mad Cow Case

Canada said on Tuesday it had found its second case of mad cow disease in 10 days, raising new questions as to whether Washington would scrap plans to soon end a crippling ban on imports of live Canadian cattle.

Drug Firms Offer Saving Card for Uninsured

Top pharmaceutical companies launched a new prescription drug savings card on Tuesday in an attempt to help reduce costs for the roughly 45 million Americans without health insurance.

Drug Stents Outperform Angioplasty in German Trial

Johnson & Johnson's drug-coated stent slightly outperformed Boston Scientific's version in reopening arteries that had been clogged by lesions following the earlier insertion of bare-metal stents, a study said on Tuesday.

Pain Affects How Well People with Diabetes Cope

People with diabetes often suffer from chronic and sometimes severe pain, and this can create difficulties for them in the management of their condition and with self-care activities, researchers have found.

Canadian Promotes Cartoon Condoms Against AIDS

Using humor to promote safe sex, a Canadian television producer on Tuesday launched 20 short videos of animated condoms in 41 languages to help fight HIV/AIDS around the world.

Returning U.S. Troops Need Malaria Checks

The discovery of a high incidence of malaria among U.S. soldiers returning from Afghanistan prompted a call on Tuesday for doctors to check repatriated military personnel for the disease.

Hong Kong to Test Dead Heron for H5N1 Bird Flu Virus

A heron found dead near Hong Kong's border with mainland China was carrying a bird flu virus, but further tests are needed to determine if it is the strain that has killed people, health officials said on Wednesday.

Korean Study Suggests Diabetes-Cancer Link

A study of more than 1 million South Koreans suggests diabetes can raise the risk of developing and dying from several types of cancer, including digestive-tract tumors.

Steps to Prevent Medical Errors Urged

Hospitals should use computers to order drugs for patients, work harder at coordinating treatment and educate patients to help care for themselves, physicians groups said Tuesday in an effort to reduce medical errors.

FluMist Maker Expects to Sell 2M Doses

MedImmune Inc. said Tuesday it expects to sell up to 2 million doses of its nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist this flu season, a significant improvement over last year but short of the 3 million doses it made in response to a feared vaccine shortage.

Health Care Costs Concern Americans Most

Most Americans see health care and insurance costs as a more pressing problem than malpractice lawsuits, a survey says, although the Bush administration often cites litigation as a reason for high medical bills.

Pregnant Women Urged to Manage Asthma

Physicians should pay close attention to managing asthma in pregnant patients, according to guidelines being released by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program.

Nebraska Steps Up Kids' Obesity Fight

With an increasing number of Nebraska children overweight or at risk of becoming so, a state lawmaker wants to take aim at junk food sold in schools.

Health Tip: Get Enough Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that's important to every cell of your body, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

Do Pharmacy Errors Spike at Start of the Month?

Statistics suggest Americans are more likely to die at the start of each month than any other time, and now researchers think they've found one possible culprit: mistakes in prescription drug use.

Dealing With Vision Loss

A program that educates people with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) about the disease and provides them with the skills to live with vision loss leads to lasting improvements in mood and function.

Vitamin C Doesn't Boost Your Workout

Vitamin C doesn't pump up your exercise performance, says a University of Colorado study.

Possible Marker for Osteoarthritis Found

Scientists have identified a possible biomarker to predict osteoarthritis (OA), says a study in the January issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

Curtailing Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Radiation

Using a combination of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to target treatment can help prevent erectile dysfunction in prostate cancer patients after they receive radiation therapy.

Fruits, Vegetables Don't Protect Against Breast Cancer

A survey of a quarter of a million European women found that eating fruits and vegetables did not protect against breast cancer.

Skull plastic helps surgeons to rebuild deformed faces

A British-Russian team of surgeons and scientists say they are testing a remarkable new polymer implant which is helping them to rebuild the lives of children born with terrible facial deformities.

Vietnamese woman dies from suspected bird flu

An 18-year-old woman has died of suspected bird flu, which if confirmed would be the country's fourth fatality from the disease in the past fortnight.

Putin waters down Russia's beer ban

Russian President Vladimir Putin vetoed a bill banning the public consumption of beer, insisting that it be amended, a move welcomed by brewers hoping the law will be watered down.

Maggots to be used for treating leg ulcers in British trial

British researchers will use maggots to treat people suffering from leg ulcers, in a new test of a treatment that was used before antibiotics were introduced about 80 years ago, health officials said.

Experts worried by dawn of all-night drinking in boozy Britain

Eleven months before it comes into force, a law allowing Britain's pubs and bars to sell alcohol 24 hours a day might be raising a cheer among drinkers, but police and medical experts are worried.

Teenage girls in Sweden more likely to suffer poor mental health than boys

A quarter of 16-year-old girls in Sweden suffer from psychosomatic illnesses, more than three times the number of boys, the National Board of Health said and called for nationwide evaluations of children's mental health.
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