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February 4, 2009

Methamphetamine Abuse Costs U.S. $23.4 Billion (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 08:02
HealthDay - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- In 2005, the economic cost of methamphetamine use in the United States was $23.4 billion, according to a RAND Corporation study of the financial impact of addiction, premature death and other issues associated with the drug.

February 3, 2009

Spokeswoman: Cash didn't motivate mom of octuplets (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 17:43
AP - A spokeswoman for the Southern California woman who delivered octuplets says the young mother wasn't motivated by financial gain.

Daschle withdraws as health secretary nominee (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 12:03
AFP - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that former senator Tom Daschle had withdrawn from consideration as health secretary nominee, over a controversy involving past unpaid taxes.

Mouse Study Suggests ADHD Drug Might Be Addictive (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:02
HealthDay - TUESDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Ritalin, a drug commonly used to treat children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), caused changes in the brain cells of mice similar to those seen with cocaine, a new study shows.

Cooing over US octuplets turns to anger (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 02:25
AFP - As the octuplets born to a California woman turned one week old, the coos and praise that surrounded their successful delivery turned into cries of anger from fertility experts and the public.

February 2, 2009

Stimulant drugs cause cocaine-like brain changes (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 16:40
Reuters - A common stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can cause brain changes in mice similar to those seen in cocaine addiction, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Violent Behavior (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 16:02
HealthDay - MONDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Mental illness alone is not a predictor of future violent behavior, but mental illness combined with substance abuse or dependence does increase the risk, according to U.S. researchers who analyzed data collected from nearly 35,000 people.

Mental illness alone not a trigger for violence (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 16:01
Reuters - Severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression does not make a person more violent than anyone else but adding substance abuse does, researchers said on Monday.

Mental illness alone is no trigger for violence (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 15:23
AP - A new large study challenges the idea that mental illness alone is a leading cause of violence. Researchers instead blame a combination of factors, specifically substance abuse and a history of violent acts, that drives up the danger when combined with mental illness in what they call an "intricate link."

January 31, 2009

China blames pollution as birth defects rise: state media (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 22:46
AFP - Every 30 seconds a baby is born with physical defects in China, partly due to the country's deteriorating environment, state media said, citing a senior family planning official.

January 30, 2009

FDA panel recommends ban on the painkiller Darvon (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 17:09
AP - Government medical advisers Friday recommended a ban on Darvon, a prescription medicine that's been used to treat pain for more than 50 years but left a trail of problems such as addiction and suicide.

Zimbabwe cholera cases pass 60,000 mark: WHO (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 04:38
AFP - The number of people infected by Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic has exceeded 60,000, the latest data from the World Health Organisation agency showed on Friday.

WHO refuses to rule out pig-to-human transmission of Ebola virus (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 00:42
AFP - The Philippine government and WHO Friday refused to rule out the possibility that five men may have contracted a non-lethal strain of the Ebola virus from infected pigs.

January 29, 2009

Neck, back pain tough to treat after longer leave (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:02
Reuters - New research from Sweden underscores the importance of treating non-specific neck and back pain before a person is off work for too long.

January 28, 2009

Lab confirmed salmonella for Ga. peanut plant (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 16:57
AP - A lab company president called to testify before Congress in the salmonella outbreak investigation said Thursday that manufacturers "can't retest away a positive result."

Three still critical after eating blowfish testicles (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:01
AFP - Three Japanese diners remained in a critical condition on Wednesday after eating blowfish testicles, a dangerous delicacy prepared by an unlicensed chef, police said.

Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 08:02
HealthDay - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- When used to treat pain, acupuncture offers only limited relief that may not be clinically relevant.

January 27, 2009

Recalls: weight-loss bars, Sure-Pak 12 Meals (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 21:07
AP - The following recalls have been announced:

Substance Abuse Hinders TB Treatment (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 16:02
HealthDay - TUESDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The almost 20 percent of tuberculosis patients in the United States who say they abuse alcohol or illicit drugs are more contagious and difficult to treat than other TB patients, a new study shows.

Blowfish poisoning sends 7 to hospital in Japan (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 14:40
AP - Blowfish testicles prepared by an unauthorized chef sickened seven diners in northern Japan and three remained hospitalized Tuesday after eating the poisonous delicacy.


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