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UK Watchdog Urges Caution On Child Medicines PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2009

Britain's healthcare watchdog this weekend urged parents not to give many over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children on the grounds that the risks outweigh the benefits.

The government's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there was no "robust evidence" that many popular products worked, while side effects included sleeping difficulties, allergic reactions and even hallucinations.

FDA OKs Medtronic brain device for OCD PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2009

US health officials have approved Medtronic Inc's implantable deep brain stimulator to help treat patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Reclaim DBS Therapy device's new use was cleared on Thursday under the US Food and Drug Administration's humanitarian device exemption policy. The treatment is already used for Parkinson's disease, tremors and dystonia, a movement disorder, the company said.

Hormone may predict postpartum depression: US study PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

CHICAGO, Feb 03 ( - Spiking and sinking levels of a hormone that prepares a pregnant woman for the strain of childbirth may hold the key to why some women suffer postpartum depression, researchers said on Monday.

In a study of 100 women, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found 12 out of 16 women who had postpartum depression also had high levels of a hormone circulating in the placenta midway through pregnancy.

Study shows how sleep apnea may cause stroke PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2009

WASHINGTON, Jan 7 ( - A dangerous type of snoring known as sleep apnea can cause stroke by decreasing blood flow, raising blood pressure and harming the brain's ability to modulate these changes, researchers reported on Tuesday.

The study may help explain why people with sleep apnea are more likely to have strokes and to die in their sleep, the team led by Vahid Mohsenin of Yale University in Connecticut said.

Researchers link C-section babies to asthma risk PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 December 2008

LONDON, Dec 2 ( - Babies born by Caesarean section are more likely to develop asthma than children delivered naturally, Swiss researchers said on Tuesday.

There has been conflicting evidence on the link between asthma and C-sections but the researchers said the number of children involved in their study and a long monitoring period strengthened their results.

Children of centenarians live longer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2008

NEW YORK, Nov 23,( Health) - People who make it to the age of 100 may indeed have some "good genes" that they pass on their children, according to a new study.

The study, of more than 600 older US adults, found that the children of centenarians tended to live longer and were substantially less likely to develop diabetes or suffer a heart attack or stroke over four years.

China milk victims may have doubled PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 October 2008

REUTERS, BEIJING- The toll of Chinese children ill from toxic milk formula may have nearly doubled since the Health Ministry's last public count, local media reports show, but an official said on Wednesday the number of new cases was falling.

Beijing is struggling with fallout from adulteration of milk with the industrial chemical melamine.
Adviser asks to avoid Cadbury PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 October 2008

Desk Report

The health adviser on Thursday recommended avoiding Cadbury's products in Bangladesh, following a recall of the company's China-made chocolate over the recent melamine scare.

"Authorities have asked BSTI to check whether Cadbury chocolates contain melamine or not. Until the test results are available, the chocolate of that brand had better not be consumed," AMM Shawkat Ali told by telephone.
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