Health

Japan distributes iodine to evacuation centres-IAEA

Japan has provided 230,000 units of stable iodine to evacuation centres as a precautioary measure in the country's nuclear emergency, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday.

CLAIM: 2.4% of people in world may be bipolar

Bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that strikes early and can cause lifelong disability, is chronically undertreated in many low-income countries, government researchers reported on Monday.


Lung cancer: 'Artificial airway' transplant is world first

French doctors said on Thursday they were delighted at a medical first in which a 78-year-old man was given a section of artificial airway to save a lung afflicted by bronchial cancer.

Air travelers may have been exposed to measles

Public health officials are warning travelers and workers present at four U.S. airports on two recent days that they may have been exposed to measles from a traveler arriving from London.


Cell Phones Increase Brain Activity, Stir Cancer Fears

Fears concerning the possible dangers of prolonged cell phone use won't go away, despite numerous studies showing no conclusive link between cell phones and brain tumors or cancer.

Minnesota set to ban smoking ANYWHERE on county grounds (even inside cars in the parking lot)

The most populous county in Minnesota is planning to prohibit smoking on any county property, even if smokers are in their own cars.


Trying brain pacemakers to zap psychiatric disease

LAURAN NEERGAARD Yahoo! News 21.02.2011
Trying brain pacemakers to zap psychiatric disease

Call them brain pacemakers, tiny implants that hold promise for fighting tough psychiatric diseases — if scientists can figure out just where in all that gray matter to put them.

San Francisco May Ban Infant Circumcision

MATT BAUME NBC Bay Area 21.02.2011
San Francisco May Ban Infant Circumcision

Self-described "civil rights advocates" say that a ballot proposition to ban circumcision is on track for gathering signatures, meaning that San Franciscans may vote on the measure this November.


Labor of Love: Woman Carries Her Daughter's Baby

A mother's love takes many forms. For Kristine Casey, 61, it meant giving the gift of motherhood to her infertile daughter by carrying and giving birth to her own grandson. With the help of hormone supplementation, Casey, who had gone through meno...

100 People Sickened After Attending Party At Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health after 100 people reported becoming sick after attending a fundraiser and party there earlier this month.


Helping hand: Charles Kingsland told our reporter he would prepare our statement - but would have to deny any knowledge. There is no suggestion the babies in this picture were subject to sex selection

A leading NHS fertility doctor is making money by sending couples abroad to choose the sex of their unborn baby – a procedure that is illegal in Britain.

Hong Kong official warns of more flu outbreaks in schools

More flu outbreaks were expected in schools over the coming weeks, due to the cold snap and Hong Kong being in its peak influenza season, an official with the Hong Kong government warned on Sunday.


Man dies in hospital parking lot — waiting for ambulance

An injured man who had just crashed his car in a hospital parking lot was forced to wait for an ambulance because of hospital procedure, Portland police said.

Teenage girl collapses and dies after first kiss

A teenager girl collapsed and died from sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) minutes after she was kissed for the first time, an inquest has heard.


California Researchers Raise Concerns About ‘Thirdhand Smoke’

You’ve heard of the damaging health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. But what happens when the smoke settles? According to scientists, smoke literally sticks around for a while, as something they are calling “thirdhand smoke.”

Diet Soda: Fewer Calories, Greater Stroke Risk?

KATIE MOISSE ABC News 09.02.2011
Diet Soda: Fewer Calories, Greater Stroke Risk?

New research that links diet soda consumption with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke has doctors urging caution about the controversial and preliminary results.


Pharmacy Mistakenly Gives Pregnant Woman Abortion Pill

She is six weeks pregnant and when she went to the pharmacy to pick up an antibiotic her doctor had prescribed, the pharmacist gave her an abortion drug by mistake.

Junk food diet linked to lower IQ - study

Toddlers who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind.


Man Survives Soccer Ball-Sized Tumor

CBS Sacramento 07.02.2011
Man Survives Soccer Ball-Sized Tumor

When Josh Abken told his doctor he was having persistent back pain about a year ago, the doctor took an x-ray. The Chico-area school vice principal said he was stunned to learn what was growing inside him.

Flu breakthrough promises a vaccine to kill all strains

Scientists at Oxford University have successfully tested a universal flu vaccine that could work against all known strains of the illness, taking a significant step in the fight against a disease that affects billions of people each year.



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