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Experts Say Develop Eggs Using Stem Cells From Mice PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Researchers in China say they have managed to generate new eggs using stem cells from the ovaries of young and adult female mice, taking a step toward addressing problems of female infertility.

It is presently accepted in scientific circles that the production of eggs, known as oocytes, stops before birth for most species of mammals, including humans.

Food Poisoning Killing Thousands A Year In US PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Some 5,000 Americans die of food poisoning each year, while 325,000 require hospitalisation, a government study has found.

The Boston Globe, quoting data released by the Center for Disease Control, reported Friday that things are not improving, there has been no reduction in food-borne illnesses in the past three years, and that salmonella infections may in fact be rising.

"Brown Fat" May Help Adults Lose Weight PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 April 2009

A sparse form of fat that helps keep newborns warm is more common in adults than previously thought and that discovery that could lead to a new way to lose weight, researchers said on Wednesday.

Once activated by cold temperatures, so-called brown fat burns calories faster than regular fat. It is normally so dormant in adults that there has been debate over how much adults have or whether they have it at all.

Bill Clinton To Attend AIDS Charity Gala In Cannes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 April 2009

Former US President Bill Clinton will address the annual amfAR charity gala that raises money for AIDS research during the Cannes film festival on France's southern coast.

The event on May 21, to be hosted by actress Sharon Stone and movie producer Harvey Weinstein, will include the traditional auction where celebrities offer unusual rewards for anyone willing to pay up.

Profit Drives Drug Misuse In Asia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 April 2009

Ria Pane took her 7-year-old daughter Kezia to a doctor in Jakarta to check on her fever and sore throat, and was prescribed seven drugs, including antibiotics and medicine to prevent febrile seizures.

Experts say it was another classic, but only too common, case of over-medication, or prescribing drugs patients do not need. Here, the antibiotic was unnecessary, as was the drug to prevent febrile seizures as the child had no history of such attacks, said several pharmacists and doctors who were asked by Reuters.

Robot Scientists Can Think For Themselves PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 April 2009

By Ben Hirschler

Watch out scientists -- you may be replaced by a robot.

Two teams of researchers said on Thursday they had created machines that could reason, formulate theories and discover scientific knowledge on their own, marking a major advance in the field of artificial intelligence.

China's Autism Parents Walk Lonely Road For Help PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 April 2009

When Li Mingqiu was two, his parents noticed that he had lost the ability to speak, didn't respond to his name, and was fixated by television commercials.

Even though the hospital gave him a clean bill of health, his mother was convinced there was something wrong. After exhaustive research on the Internet, she came up with the answer: autism.

Super Bowl Loss May Cause Fans More Than Heartache PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2009

Passionate football fans take heed: watching your team lose in the Super Bowl could be hazardous to your health.

Researchers have found that overall and circulatory death rates in Los Angeles rose significantly after a crushing defeat for the Rams in the 1980 Super Bowl. Four years later, deaths declined after the city's other team -- the Raiders -- triumphed in the US football championship game.

Medical Journal Says Pope Distorting Condom Facts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 March 2009

A prestigious medical journal on Friday accused Pope Benedict of distorting scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine by saying that condoms increase the spread of AIDS.

The Lancet in an editorial called on the Pope to retract the comments made last week, saying anything less would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates fighting to contain the disease.

US Judge Orders FDA To Give Pill To Young Girls PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

American girls, as young as 17, can now buy birth control pill without a doctor's prescription from drug stores, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

The ruling comes just a week after the government reported a sudden rise in teen pregnancy across the US, although it was not clear whether the judgment was influenced by the report.

Malaria Map Shows Where To Target The Disease PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Eliminating malaria in many parts of the world where risk of the disease is high may be less difficult than previously thought, international researchers said on Tuesday.

Using data collected from nearly 8,000 local surveys of infection rates, the team built a global map pinpointing areas where malaria remains the biggest threat.

Study Finds 10 Genes That Raise Sudden Death Risk PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Researchers have found nine new gene variations that can make a person vulnerable to sudden cardiac death and confirmed the role of another, international researchers said on Sunday.

"Almost half were surprising new genes that no one would have guessed as being involved in cardiac biology," said Dan Arking of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, whose team was one of many working on the study in the journal Nature Genetics.

Simple Techniques Slash Hospital Infections: Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2009

Jasper Palmer didn't think he was doing anything special when he balled up his paper hospital gown and stuffed it into one of his gloves. He just knew it was tidy and would stop the gown from spreading germs.

But the technique is one of the simple innovations that has reduced rates of infection with so-called superbugs at his and other hospitals by 26 percent to 62 percent, infection control experts told a meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in San Diego on Saturday.

Walkers Should Aim For 100 Steps Per Minute PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

People who walk for exercise should aim for a pace of 100 steps per minute to ensure their workout is intense enough, according to researchers.

Many people who want to keep fit use a pedometer to keep track of how many steps they take. However, the device gives no information on how intensely they're exercising -- that is, whether their heart rate is being raised enough to improve physical fitness.

US Program Aims To Help Babies Beat Obesity Odds PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

The 5-foot-8 (1.7-meter) 23-year-old recently lost more than 50 pounds (23 kg) and looks healthy. But 15 weeks into her third pregnancy, she was gaining the weight back -- too fast.

"I found out I was pregnant in December. I didn't go to the doctor until mid-January and I had already gained 15 pounds (7 kg)," said Nieves. Having struggled with excess weight in her last pregnancy, she decided to take action.

Diarrhoeal Patients 3 Times Higher This Time PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 March 2009

ICDDR,B Hospital in the capital is grappling with an influx of diarrhoea patients three times the number it had this time last year on a lack of clean drinking water supply, a researcher of the international organisation says.

Dr Shahadat Hossen told Thursday they opened two additional wards to cope with the pressure.

"This time last year 200-250 patients would get admitted to the hospital every day. Now, the number is over 700."

Blood, Ultrasound Tests Catch Ovarian Cancer: Study PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2009

Blood tests and ultrasound scans can catch deadly ovarian cancer at the most early and treatable stages, British doctors reported on Tuesday, saying it may finally be possible to screen women for the disease.

Their study of 200,000 women who used both tests together caught 90 percent of ovarian cancer cases, while using ultrasound alone each year caught 75 percent.

School Fitness Programs Do Not Go Far Enough: Experts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Fitness programs in schools help to get children moving, but experts say more is needed to curb rising obesity rates.

Instead of low intensity aerobic exercise, which dominates most school programs, Frederick Hahn, the author of the new book "Strong Kids, Healthy Kids," believes the emphasis should be on strength training and eating the right foods.

"All kids need to let off steam," he told Reuters. "But almost all the so-called fitness programs for kids are wrong-headed."

It's never too late to start exercise PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2009

People who put off regular exercise until they hit the age of 50 can still benefit from physical activity but it appears to take 10 years for the effects to kick in, Swedish researchers said Friday.

A study of 2,205 Swedish men followed for more than 20 years from the age of 50 showed that exercise made no difference in premature death rates for at least a decade for those who waited until later in life to start physical activity.

Heartbreaker: A Bad Marriage Raises Cardiac Risk PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2009

Women in strained marriages are more likely than other wives to have high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease, US researchers said on Thursday.

Researchers at the University of Utah studied more than 300 middle-aged and older couples who had been married more than 20 years. Each couple answered questionnaires about their relationship and mental state and took lab tests.

Obama's Health Budget Raises Hopes, Worries PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2009

Many Americans are crossing their fingers that President Barack Obama's ambitious $634 billion plan to reform the US healthcare system -- funded by a mix of tax increases and Medicare spending cuts -- will succeed, but they are worried, too.

"I think it's a major first step. Other than when Hillary Clinton tried and failed, I haven't seen any other politician take the initiative to seriously get healthcare under control," said George Oparanozic, a 46-year-old history teacher at a community college, while grading papers a coffee shop in Oak Park, Illinois.

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