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February 17, 2009

Zimbabwe health system like a country at war: MSF (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 10:31
AFP - Zimbabwe has the public health system of a country at war, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday, warning that the current cholera outbreak was just one symptom of a wider health crisis.

China bans fake doctors from TV ads: state media (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 01:55
AFP - China has banned actors from portraying doctors and patients in TV and radio medical programmes and advertisements, state media reported Tuesday.

February 16, 2009

Not Many U.S. Kids Need Statins (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:03
HealthDay - MONDAY, Feb. 16 (HealthDay News) -- When Dr. Earl S. Ford read that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was recommending that children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-lowering statins, he decided to check on the numbers.

February 15, 2009

UN urges world to tackle mercury health threat (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 09:47
AFP - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Sunday urged environment ministers meeting this week in Nairobi to adopt a strategy to curb the use of the highly toxic metal mercury.

UN urges world to tackle mercury health threat (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 06:23
AFP - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Sunday urged environment ministers meeting this week in Nairobi to adopt a strategy to curb the use of the highly toxic metal mercury.

February 13, 2009

Moms offer sober reality check on multiple births (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 14:09
AP - Nadya Suleman's daunting future of raising octuplets into adulthood may best be understood by the exhausted but proud parents of other multiples and the researchers who study them.

Youth mental illness costs U.S. billions (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 12:19
Reuters - Mental illness, substance abuse and behavioral problems among children and young adults, costs the United States $247 billion a year in treatment and lost productivity alone, an expert panel said on Friday.

February 12, 2009

Dutch reactor reopens to plug shortage of medical material (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 13:30
AFP - Dutch authorities have authorised the reopening of a nuclear reactor that produces a third of the world's medical radioisotopes used for medical tests and treatments for cancer and other diseases.

February 11, 2009

The science of romance: Brains have a love circuit (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 15:27
AP - Like any young woman in love, Bianca Acevedo has exchanged valentine hearts with her fiance. But the New York neuroscientist knows better. The source of love is in the head, not the heart. She's one of the researchers in a relatively new field focused on explaining the biology of romantic love. And the unpoetic explanation is that love mostly can be understood through brain images, hormones and genetics.

February 10, 2009

Surgery makes artificial arms easier to control (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 16:25
Reuters - A new type of surgery may give amputees better control over their artificial arms, allowing them to point a finger, grasp a baseball bat or even give someone a pinch, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

February 9, 2009

Comatose woman dies in Italy's right-to-die drama (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 15:07
AFP - Eluana Englaro, the comatose accident victim at the centre of a right-to-die drama gripping Italy, died Monday as lawmakers debated a bill to force doctors to restore her life support.

Italian at centre of euthanasia furore has died: minister (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 14:05
AFP - Eluana Englaro, the woman at the centre of a right-to-die drama that has gripped Italy, died on Monday, the health minister announced on Italian television.

February 8, 2009

Aussies' sporting image hit by need to supersize toilets, coffins (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 21:06
AFP - Australians may pride themselves on their sporting prowess, but moves to supersize toilets, coffins and ambulances are signs the country is grappling with record levels of obesity.

February 6, 2009

Needed: Blood Donations (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 22:48
HealthDay - FRIDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The holiday season is long gone, and everyone has settled back into regular routines.

Octuplets' mother defends risky choices (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:34
AFP - The single mother-of-six who gave birth to octuplets in California last week defiantly defended her personal choices as risky, but insisted: "it turned out perfectly."

Hospital walkout puts health care in Gabon on hold (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 10:59
AFP - Health care is on hold in Gabon where a strike by hospital workers that began January 12 is intensifying, with even minimal service no long guaranteed.

February 5, 2009

Private Health Care Info Needs Better Safeguards (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 22:48
HealthDay - THURSDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The privacy of Americans' personal health information isn't adequately protected by existing federal government regulation, according to an Institute of Medicine report.

Zinc May Counter Effects of Alcohol in Early Pregnancy (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 22:48
HealthDay - THURSDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Zinc supplements may help mothers-to-be reduce the risk for birth defects linked to alcohol use early in pregnancy, Australian researchers report.

Conjoined twins separated in Paris hospital (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 09:33
AFP - Conjoined eight-month old twin boys joined at the the throat and the stomach were successfully separated Wednesday in Paris, hospital officials said Thursday.

February 4, 2009

Peanut product recalls (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 23:22
AP - The following recalls have been announced:


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