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January 27, 2009

Blowfish poison scare returns to Japan (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 10:59
AFP - Seven Japanese have fallen ill with one in a critical condition after eating the testes of blowfish, police said Tuesday, renewing public fears over the dangerous delicacy.

January 26, 2009

Calif. octuplets become longest-living set in US (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 21:29
AP - The octuplets born to a Southern California woman last week are now the longest-surviving bunch in U.S. history.

Octuplets stun doctors at California hospital (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 21:09
Reuters - A California woman shocked doctors by giving birth on Monday to octuplets, believed to be only the second set of eight babies born in the United States.

Surrounded by friends? It's all in your genes (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 20:50
Reuters - Are you a social butterfly, or do you prefer being at the edge of a group of friends? Either way, your genes and evolution may play a major role, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

No indication Canada bird flu outbreak has spread (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:55
Reuters - There is no indication an outbreak of bird flu in Canada has spread beyond the turkey farm near Vancouver where the disease was discovered last week but testing continues, officials said on Monday.

New "test tube" technique offers pregnancy hopes (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:48
Reuters - A British team has for the first time successfully used a new "test tube" fertilization technique that better predicts which of a woman's eggs will most likely result in pregnancy, a top fertility expert said on Monday.

FDA seeks more data on blood thinner Plavix (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:47
Reuters - Health regulators are reviewing the effectiveness in some patients of the widely used blood thinner Plavix, made by Sanofi-Aventis SA and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Health info technology saves lives, costs: study (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:42
Reuters - Hospitals in Texas that used computers to keep track of patient records and manage care had lower rates of deaths, complications and costs, U.S. researchers said on Monday, offering a strong argument for hospitals to go "paperless."

Infant suffocation rates quadruple, study finds (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:39
Reuters - Rates of sudden infant death from suffocation or strangulation have quadrupled in the past 20 years in the United States, most apparently from parents sleeping with their babies, government researchers reported on Monday.

Aerobic, resistance best exercises for elderly (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 18:31
Reuters - Older, obese adults who do a combination of aerobic and resistance exercises have less insulin resistance -- a warning sign of type 2 diabetes -- and are better able to do simple tasks, researchers said on Monday.

Gates Foundation to spend 3.8 bln dlrs in 2009: Gates (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 17:32
AFP - Retired Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Monday went public with his love for philanthropy and a call for the world's wealthy to ramp-up giving in these tough economic times.

Researchers discover compound that frees excess cholesterol (AFP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 16:10
AFP - US researchers have identified in mice a compound that frees excessive cholesterol accumulated inside cells, according to a study published Monday.

TB, substance abuse closely linked in U.S.: CDC (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 15:33
Reuters - About a fifth of people with tuberculosis in the United States report abusing drugs or alcohol, and the figure is even higher when only U.S.-born patients are included, government researchers said on Monday.

How to help when smoking, alcohol complicate PTSD (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 12:42
AP - Reaching for a cigarette to cope with a flashback is all too common among sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder. The nicotine hit may feel good but scientists say its brain action probably makes their PTSD worse in the long run.

Food safety system needs modernization: Vilsack (Reuters)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:30
Reuters - The United States needs to first modernize its food safety system before it decides whether to reorganize agencies that inspect and regulate food, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday.

FDA reviews benefits of Plavix in certain patients (AP)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:29
AP - Federal health officials are investigating whether the blood thinner Plavix — the world's second-best-selling drug and used by millions to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke — may be less effective in some patients.

Health Tip: Sit Properly at the Computer (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:02
HealthDay - (HealthDay News) -- Stretching your neck and working your wrists at a computer for hours at a time can strain much of the body.

Health Tip: Problems With a Picky Eater? (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:02
HealthDay - (HealthDay News) -- If your child is a picky eater and refuses to eat or try new foods, the University of Maryland Medical Center offers these suggestions: Set an example by eating various healthy foods yourself. Fix foods that are attractive. Decorate your child's plate with bright, colorful foods with different consistencies. If your child isn't hungry, don't force the issue. When children are hungry enough, they will eat. Stay away from sugary treats. Instead, offer fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Make healthy eating a tradition. ...

Why Cancer in One Breast May Affect the Other (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:02
HealthDay - MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have found a way to better calculate the risk a woman with cancer in one breast has of developing tumors in the other breast.

Recess Makes for Better Students (HealthDay)

Source: Yahoo! Health @ 11:02
HealthDay - MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- As a pediatric resident in a hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Romina M. Barros sat in on a regular first-grade class at a local elementary school. Classes started at 8:30 in the morning, lasting till noon, with one 10-minute break during which children were not allowed to talk or move from their chairs.


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