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Health Headlines - March 10

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:25pm
Early Warning System Seen for Deadly Leg Clots

An early warning system can help doctors prevent many cases of deep-vein thrombosis, the so-called "economy-class syndrome" that causes potentially fatal blood clots, researchers said on Wednesday.

Health Care Disparities Kill 80,000 Blacks

More than 80,000 black Americans die every year because of continuing disparities in health care, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher said on Wednesday.

Study: Plavix Saves Lives After Big Heart Attacks

Patients whose clot-clogged arteries were treated with standard drugs, including aspirin, following serious heart attacks were more likely to maintain opened arteries and live longer if they also took the anti-clotting drug Plavix, researchers said.

Powerful Pain Medicine a Growing U.S. Crime Problem

Powerful painkillers like OxyContin, widely known as "hillbilly heroin," have emerged as a major crime problem in the United States, with many dealers and abusers obtaining them over the Internet.

Malaria Estimated at 515 Million Cases Worldwide

More than half a billion people, nearly double previous estimates, were affected by the deadliest form of malaria in 2002, scientists said Wednesday.

TV, Computers a 'Full-Time' Activity for U.S. Youth

Using computers, watching television and listening to music are nearly a full-time activity for most U.S. children, with the average 8- to 18-year-old taking in 6 1/2 hours a day, a report published on Wednesday said.

Calif. Panel Holds First Hearing on Stem Cell Work

California lawmakers got their first opportunity at an oversight hearing on Wednesday to examine the state's new $3 billion publicly financed stem cell research program.

High and Low Blood Pressure Bad for Brain Function

New research indicates that high and abnormally low blood pressures can have a detrimental effect on one's thinking ability or cognitive function.

Racial Disparity Seen in Care of Depressed Seniors

About one in five elderly Medicaid recipients diagnosed with depression get neither psychotherapy nor a prescription for antidepressants, a new study shows. African-Americans are disproportionately affected.

Sperm Protein Needed for Fertilization Is Found

Japanese scientists said on Wednesday they have discovered a protein on sperm that is essential to fertilize eggs.

Kodak Develops Faster, Safer X-Ray Film

Eastman Kodak Co. is rolling out a higher-speed X-ray film that can halve a patient's exposure to radiation without blurring image quality.

Study: Newborn Euthanasia Often Unreported

Euthanizing terminally ill newborns, while still very rare, is more common in the Netherlands than was believed when the startling practice was reported a few months ago — and experts say it also occurs, quietly, in other countries.

Food Poisoning Kills 27 Filipino Kids

Wailing parents carried the bodies of their children from hospitals after a snack of cassava — a root that's poisonous if not prepared correctly — bought from an outside vendor killed 27 and sickened 100 others Wednesday at an elementary school.

Report: Poor Health Care Hurting Blacks

Middle-age black men are dying at nearly twice the rate of white men of a similar age, reflecting lower incomes and poorer access to health care, a study says. But mortality among black infants is dropping.

McDonald's Unveils Healthy Living Campaign

Shifting the spotlight from french fries to fruit, McDonald's Corp. launched a new worldwide initiative Tuesday promoting healthy living — the latest effort by the world's largest restaurant chain to combat criticism of its food and business.

W.Va. Lawmakers Deem Gatorade Healthy

A House committee redefined a "healthy beverage" to include such sugary sports drinks as Gatorade on Wednesday before advancing Gov. Joe Manchin's "Healthy Starts" legislation.

Okla. Cracks Down on Junk Food in Schools

A bill to prohibit junk food sales in elementary schools and restrict them in higher grades passed the Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday after it was amended to delay the ban until 2007.

Study: Many Kids Get Immunized Too Late

While overall U.S. immunization rates are high, many toddlers get their recommended shots several months or more late — delays that have probably contributed to some illnesses and deaths, a government study suggests.

Inner-City Asthma Risk Varies by Location

Experts have long known that inner-city children are at especially high risk for exposure to asthma triggers such as dust mites, cockroaches and mold.

Cholesterol Linked to Premature Aging Disorder

WEDNESDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- Changes in cholesterol may speed heart disease in children affected by the premature aging disease progeria, researchers report.

Childhood Asthma Can Flare Up in Young Adults

Young adults whose asthma has been in remission since childhood have about a 33 percent chance of relapse during their 20s, a new Canadian study finds.

Witnessing Violence Can Harm Child's Body, Mind

Children who witness violence in their community or at home face increased risks of both emotional problems and physical illness, researchers report.

Diabetics At Higher Liver Cancer Risk

People with diabetes face triple the risk of liver cancer compared to non-diabetics, according to a large U.S. study.

Bird flu casts shadow over Vietnamese province

Vietnam's northern province of Thai Binh has become the frontline in the country's war against deadly bird flu, but with fresh cases day after day authorities are baffled as to how the virus is spreading.

Cell transplant offers hope of breakthrough for diabetes patients

British doctors announced they had cured a 61-year-old man who had suffered from the most extreme form of diabetes for over 30 years by injecting pancreatic cells into his liver.

UN has underestimated malaria cases by half, say international team

At least half a billion cases of malaria occur each year, 50 percent more than is estimated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the disease is far more serious in Southeast Asia than previously thought.

Scientists unscramble sperm-egg fusion in fertility breakthrough

Japanese researchers say they have identified a vital protein which enables a sperm to fuse with an egg, a discovery that could one day lead to new treatment for infertile men as well as new forms of contraception.

Bulgaria bans pork imports from Romania due to swine vesicular disease

Bulgaria banned pork imports from neighbouring Romania in order to prevent the spread of a contagious pig disease in the country, the Bulgarian agriculture ministry revealed.

Agent Orange lawsuit wins hearts of Vietnamese people

A child with distorted face, a legless woman walking on her hands, two babies fused together in a single body: heartrending pictures of alleged Agent Orange victims have hit Vietnamese newspapers in recent weeks.

Britain declares war on poor diet, lack of exercise

The British government declared war on poor eating and lack of exercise when it announced a plan to promote healthier living, especially among children in the country.

Italy to pay out over smoking-related cancer death

A court ordered the Italian government to pay 200,000 euros (266,000 dollars) in damages to the family of a cancer victim who sued the state because it held the cigarette monopoly.
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