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H1N1 Flu Spreads To Taiwan, Kuwait, Iceland: WHO PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The World Health Organization said on Monday the H1N1 flu strain has spread to Taiwan, Kuwait, Iceland, Switzerland and Honduras, but with still few deaths outside of Mexico.

In its latest tally, which tends to lag national reports but is considered more secure, the United Nations agency said its labs have confirmed 12,515 infections with the newly-discovered strain that has killed 91 people.

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WHO Chief Warns H1N1 Swine Flu Likely To Worsen PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 May 2009

The world must be ready for H1N1 swine flu to become more severe and kill more people, World Health Organization chief Dr. Margaret Chan said on Friday.

A genetic analysis of the new virus showed it must have been circulating undetected for some time, in pigs or perhaps in other animals.

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H1N1 Flu Deaths And Cases Edge Higher: WHO PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 May 2009

The number of confirmed cases of the new Influenza A (H1N1) flu has risen to 10,243 and the death toll has edged up to 80, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Most of the new cases are in the United States, which has seen 5,469 outbreaks of the virus so far, the WHO said as it focuses on the H1N1 virus that has brought the world to the brink of a pandemic.

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Women Who Smoke More Prone To Lung Damage: Study PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Women may be especially susceptible to the toxic effects of cigarette smoking, US researchers said on Monday. They said women who smoke develop lung damage earlier in life than men, and it takes less cigarette exposure to cause damage in women compared with men.

"Overall our analysis indicated that women may be more vulnerable to the effects of smoking," said Dr. Inga-Cecilie Soerheim of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the University of Bergen in Norway.

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Fewer Than A Third In US Would Get Swine Flu Jab PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 May 2009

Fewer than a third of U.S. adults would get a shot especially made to protect against the new H1N1 swine flu virus, according to a poll released on Thursday.

Most are simply not that worried about the new flu, which has spread around the globe, killed more than 60 people and brought the world to the brink of a pandemic, the poll of 1,442 adults found.

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Health Authorities Ready To Limit Flu Drug Use PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 May 2009

The two drugs used to treat influenza should be used carefully and only when needed for the chronically ill, pregnant women and other vulnerable patients, global health officials said on Tuesday.

The new H1N1 swine flu appears to be a little more contagious and a little more severe than seasonal influenza but only patients who need them the most should get the drugs, in part to keep the drugs working well in case the swine flu becomes more dangerous, said Dr. Nikki Shindo of the World Health Organization.

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Constant Sun -- Too Much Of A Good Thing? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 May 2009

Too much sunlight in places like Greenland where long summer days often cause insomnia appears more likely to drive a person to suicide, Swedish researchers said Friday.

Despite a belief that suicides tend to rise in late autumn and early winter months because of darkness, the new findings suggest that places where constant sunlight in summer seasons is a fact of life may be just as dangerous.

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Flu Kills Canadian, First Cases In Japan, Australia PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 May 2009

The new H1N1 flu killed its first patient in Canada, making it the third country after Mexico and the United States to report a death from the virus that has made more than 3,400 people in 28 countries ill.

The chief medical officer in the Canadian province of Alberta said on Friday that the woman in her 30s who died on April 28 had not travelled to Mexico, the epicentre of the swine flu outbreak, which suggests a more sustained spread of the infection.

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Coffee In Pregnancy May Up Cleft Lip Risk Slightly PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 May 2009

A new study has linked coffee consumption in early pregnancy to a slightly increased risk of having a baby with cleft lip -- but the findings shouldn't be cause for alarm, according to one of the scientists who did the research.

"Clefts are a very rare outcome," Dr. Allen J. Wilcox told Reuters Health. "Even if it were true, it would contribute a very small risk to an individual woman. But in fact we don't really know that it's true."

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WHO Uncertain About Declaring Flu Pandemic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 May 2009

The World Health Organization is keeping a close eye on the spread of the H1N1 virus outside North America as it tries to decide whether to declare a pandemic, a top official said on Monday.

Keiji Fukuda, WHO acting assistant director-general, said most of the people infected in Europe and Asia to date had been to Mexico, the outbreak epicenter, and had not caught the virus from the community-at-large.

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Mexico Flu Cases Easing But Pandemic Still Likely PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 May 2009

Mexico's flu outbreak appeared to be easing with a fall in serious cases, the government said, but world health officials warned the unpredictable virus could still become a pandemic.

"Each day there are fewer serious cases and the mortality has been decreasing," Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told a news conference in Mexico City, where millions were heeding government advice to stay at home.

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Mexico Seeks Better Picture Of Flu Outbreak PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 May 2009

Mexican officials voiced hope on Friday they were getting a handle on an outbreak of a new flu strain as doctors sought to understand how dangerous it is, how far it might spread and where it came from.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Mexico's epidemic of the new H1N1 swine flu virus may not be as severe as it looked at first, with many mild cases that were not immediately noticed.

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US Confirmed Swine Flu Total Rises To 91: CDC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2009

US health officials confirmed a total of 91 human cases of H1N1 swine flu across the country on Tuesday.

"We're reporting 91 confirmed cases in the United States," Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news briefing.

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WHO Warns Of Flu Pandemic As Mexico City Frets PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2009

A new flu strain that has killed up to 68 people in Mexico could become a pandemic, the World Health Organization warned on Saturday, as the nation's crowded capital hunkered down in fear of the disease.

Hospitals tested patients with flu symptoms for the never-before-seen virus, which has also infected eight people in the United States.

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US Recession Linked To More Abortions, Vasectomies PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 April 2009

The pregnancy was unexpected, and for one 32-year-old single mother in Syracuse, New York, the ailing economy became a factor in her decision to have an abortion.

"More so now that we are in a recession ... I felt I had to go through with the procedure because I cannot afford another child," said the woman, a registered nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was worried about job security.

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Maternal Height Linked To Child Deaths In India PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2009

A study done in India has found that children born to short women were 70 percent more likely to die before age 5 than those born to taller women, researchers reported on Tuesday.

A look at 50,000 young children found that those whose mothers were shorter than 57 inches were 70 percent more likely to have died by age 5 than those whose mothers were at least 63 inches tall.

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Enforcing Tobacco Laws Cuts Kids' Smoking PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2009

Enforcement of laws banning tobacco sales to minors has curbed U.S. teenagers' smoking rates, a new study finds.

Between 1997 and 2003, merchants' increasing compliance with tobacco- sales laws led to a 21 percent reduction in the number of 10th-graders who were daily smokers, researchers report in the online journal BMC Public Health.

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5.5 Million Americans Paralyzed, Study Finds PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Nearly 2 percent of the U.S. population, more than 5.5 million people, have some kind of paralysis, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

The largest group, 29 percent, were paralyzed or partly paralyzed by stroke, according to the survey by Anthony Cahill of the University of New Mexico and colleagues.

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Horse Stem-Cell Technique To Be Tested In People PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 April 2009

A stem-cell repair technique that has already been used to fix hundreds of injured race horses is to be tested for the first time in people with damaged Achilles tendons.

Privately owned British biotech firm MedCell Bioscience Ltd said on Wednesday it would start clinical tests within 12 months and planned to run a larger confirmatory study at several European hospitals in 2011.

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Scientists Uncover Genetic Risks For Stroke PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2009

Scientists have found important genetic differences that significantly raise the risk of stroke, and they are found in millions of people.

The study is the first to identify common genetic variants influencing stroke risk in the United States and may lead to better treatments, they reported on Wednesday.

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Cut Out Soda To Fight Childhood Obesity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2009

Replacing sugar-laden drinks with water has a dramatic impact on the amount of calories kids consume and may help in the fight against childhood obesity, researchers report.

"The key observation is that when kids substitute sugar-sweetened beverages with water, there is a significant decline in total energy intake without any compensatory increase in the consumption of other beverages or food," Dr. Y. Claire Wang from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in New York, told Reuters Health.

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