Pandemic Risk Spurs Flu Vaccine Planning
The World Health Organization has called an unprecedented
meeting of flu vaccine makers and nations to accelerate plans for dealing
with the growing flu threat.
Court Won't Hear Appeal in Fen-Phen Case
The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a drug
maker seeking to limit evidence fen-phen users can present in
Health Care Squeeze
businesses, faced with rising insurance premiums, struggle to cover
Parents Sued Over Immunizations
District parents and guardians who failed to prove their
children had been properly immunized this year got more than a summons to
the principal's office: They were ordered to appear in
EPA Study Decried
Environmental Protection Agency proposal to study children's exposure to
pesticides has sparked a flurry of internal agency protests over whether
the survey will harm vulnerable infants and toddlers.
Flu Shots Diverted
government has diverted 300,000 doses of flu vaccine originally intended
for federal employees and the military to high-risk civilian
Doctors Who Sleep More Err Less
Young doctors make far fewer mistakes when their working
hours are restricted to let them get enough sleep, according to the first
study to directly examine the issue.
Data Find a Taller, Fatter America Since 1960
Americans have gotten a little taller but a lot heavier in
the past 40 years, federal researchers reported Tuesday.
Umbilical Cord Blood May Help Predict Allergies, Scientists
Blood from a baby's umbilical cord could
help doctors predict which children will suffer from allergies and asthma
later in their lives, British and American scientists said on
Red Wine Slows Lung Cancer, Study Shows
Drinking red wine could protect against lung cancer, but
white wine may increase the risk, Spanish scientists said on
Many Federal Agencies Offer Workers Flu Shot
Thousands of federal workers will be able to get free flu
shots next week if they fall into a high-risk category, the Health and
Human Services Department said Tuesday.
Stomach Acid May Keep Pneumonia at Bay
Popular heartburn and ulcer drugs can make people more
susceptible to pneumonia because they reduce germ-killing stomach acid,
Dutch researchers say.
For Good Bones, More Than Calcium
A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General underscores why
it's important not to skimp on dairy products or seafood when trying to
whittle your waistline. It turns out that Americans, most of whom eat too
much, often don't get enough calcium, vitamin D or activity to keep their
Medicare's a Solution, Not The Problem
When Ann Satterthwaite goes to a birthday party for a
friend who's turning 65, she makes up a red-white-and-blue card and holds
a ceremony to welcome the new member into the country's greatest health
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States Are Battling Against Wal-Mart Over Health
Wal-Mart is under attack for what critics
see as a miserly approach to employee health care.
Doctors Use Nanotechnology to Improve Health
Nanotechnology's bag of tricks for
inventing new molecules and manipulating those available naturally could
be dazzling in its potential to improve health care.
In American Health Care, Drug Shortages Are
Some economists say a shortage of
certain drugs in the United States stems from a central feature of the
nation's public health system: no one is in charge.
Is Kaiser the Future of American Health Care?
Many experts and politicians believe Kaiser, an H.M.O., is
doing some of the things needed to improve health care.
Embryos to be screened for cancer
Scientists are granted permission to screen test tube
embryos for an inherited form of bowel cancer.
Natural protein can starve cancer
A protein present in normal body tissue could hold the key
to preventing tumour growth, researchers say.
'Stethoscope' hears kidney stones
Scientists develop a "smart stethoscope" that can hear when
a kidney stone has been successfully shattered.
Asbestos claims 'could hit £20bn'
UK claims for asbestos-related diseases could hit £20bn -
but only half of the cost will be covered by insurance, a study
Complex cause for brittle bones
A mix of bad genes and poor nutrition may be responsible
for cases of brittle bone disease, research suggests
Row over nursing shortage
there may be a nursing shortage after a report pointed to rising numbers
leaving for the US are denied by the government.
Bowel cancer trials 'offer hope'
A breakthrough in treatment could cure as many as 40% of
patients with bowel cancer, say experts.
S Africans 'as fat as Americans'
Obesity levels in South Africa are on a par with the US,
say doctors discussing the global epidemic.
Cosmetic surgery warning
guidelines are warning people of the dangers of not choosing their plastic
surgeons carefully enough.
Prozac use 'risky for children'
Using the anti-depressant Prozac at an early age may lead
to emotional problems later in life, US scientists say.
Vaccine against cervical cancer
A vaccine that may prevent cervical cancer could be
available within three years, UK experts believe.
Molecule offers Alzheimer's hope
Scientists say they have engineered a molecule which could
lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease.
Iraq death toll 'soared post-war'
Poor planning and coalition air strikes have led to more
than 100,000 extra civilian deaths in Iraq, scientists
Mexico rats survive cat onslaught
Health officials in the Mexican state of Chihuahua fail to
deal with a rat plague by sending in hundreds of cats.
Hungary ban on poison paprika
The Hungarian government bans the sale of paprika after a
poisonous substance is found in the stocks of three
Asthma risk 'fixed before birth'
The chances of a child developing asthma or other allergies
may largely be fixed by birth, research suggests.
Abortion row fears over eye cure
The restoration of a blind woman's sight using foetal
tissues is likely to spark ethical debate, say
Cancer: The facts
Heart disease and stroke
A guide to pregnancy
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WHO Sets Flu Vaccine Summit Meeting
World Health Organization Sets Flu Vaccine Summit Meeting
to Deal With Pandemic Threat
Girl With Rare Disease Doesn't Know Pain
Five-Year-Old Girl With Rare Genetic Disorder Is Unable to
Feel Pain, Literally
FDA: Olive Oil May Boost Heart Health
Monounsaturated Fat in Olive Oil Might Reduce Chances of
Heart Disease, FDA Says
Poland Attracts Plastic Surgery 'Tourism'
Germans, Other West Europeans Head to Poland for Bargains
in Plastic Surgery and Dental Work
North Carolina Investigating E.coli Cases
North Carolina Health Officials Investigating at Least
Seven Cases of E.coli Infection
Couple to Build Clinic on Mexico Highway
Couple Plans to Build Emergency Clinic on Remote Mexican
Highway to Help Accident Victims
School Nurses Lead on Children's Health
School Nurses Do More Than Tend to Scrapes and Are at the
Front Line of Children's Health Issues
Ohio Clinic Plans Human Face Transplant
Ohio Clinic Says It's the First Institution to Receive
Review Board OK of Human Face Transplant
Diarrheal Disease Vaccine Shows Promise
New Vaccine Shows Promise Against Rotavirus, Diarrheal
Infection That Kills Millions of Children
Vegan CEO Offers Meat-Free Cafeteria
Vegan CEO in Virginia Hoping to Improve Employees' Health
by Offering Free Meatless Cafeteria
The Problems of Paralysis: It's Not Just About the
Focusing on New Targets in Lung Cancer
Sizing Up Thyroid Cancer
Do the Legwork: Is Your Pain Caused by Arthritis or Artery
Iron Works: A Cause of Restless Leg Syndrome
Eye for an Eye: How to Counteract Cataracts
Booting Up: Don't Forgo Foot Care During Winter
Alternatives for Allergies and Asthma: Proceed with
Vioxx Alternatives: Should You Go With Your Heart or Your