Health

Canada warns not to buy 'fresh' semen online

Canada's health agency on Tuesday warned would-be parents not to purchase "fresh" semen online, saying it may be tainted with infectious diseases.

Fueling the Brain With a Milkshake

LAURA JOHANNES The Wall Street Journal 31.08.2011
Fueling the Brain With a Milkshake

A vanilla milkshake for Alzheimer's patients provides energy to the brain, says the company that sells it. A company-funded clinical trial found short-term positive effects in cognition and memory, but scientists say so far there is insufficient e...


U.N. agency warns of possible bird flu resurgence

Catherine Hornby Yahoo! News 30.08.2011
U.N. agency warns of possible bird flu resurgence

The United Nations warned of a possible major resurgence of bird flu and said a mutant strain of the H5N1 virus was spreading in Asia and elsewhere.

City To Issue $1,000 Fines To Anyone Harboring Mosquitoes

The city of Warren is cracking down on those who harbor mosquitoes after the suspected death this week of a Macomb County man from the West Nile Virus.


U.S. Scrambling to Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine

GARDINER HARRIS The New York Times 22.08.2011
U.S. Scrambling to Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine

Federal officials and lawmakers, along with the drug industry and doctors’ groups, are rushing to find remedies for critical shortages of drugs to treat a number of life-threatening illnesses, including bacterial infection and several forms of can...

3 die of rare brain infection in US from amoeba in water

Two children and a young man have died this summer from a brain-eating amoeba that lives in water, health officials say.


Study: An hour of TV can shorten your life by 22 minutes

Watching an hour of TV after the age of 25 can shorten the viewer's life by just under 22 minutes, according to researchers in Australia.

Liver cancer linked to male sex hormones: HK study

Hong Kong researchers have found that men are more likely to develop liver cancer due to a type of gene which is linked to male sex hormones.


Birth defects linked to coal smoke, pesticides: China study

Pregnant women who are exposed to coal smoke and pesticides are up to four times more likely to have babies with serious birth defects than women not exposed to these chemicals, a Chinese study has found.

Legionnaires' Outbreak at Vegas Hotel

Letters are going out to 18,000 people who stayed at Aria at CityCenter last month, warning them about possible exposure to a bacteria called legionella, which can lead to Legionnaires' disease.


Radiation-Tainted Beef Hits Market in Japan

PHRED DVORAK The Wall Street Journal 14.07.2011
Radiation-Tainted Beef Hits Market in Japan

Japan grappled with a fresh radiation scare Tuesday, as authorities found that beef contaminated with radioactive cesium had been shipped to shops and restaurants throughout the country.

Scientists find first superbug strain of gonorrhea

Scientists have found a "superbug" strain of gonorrhea in Japan that is resistant to all recommended antibiotics and say it could transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat.


HKU announces breakthrough in liver cancer research

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has identified tumor-producing cells capable of maintaining resistance to chemotherapy and resulting in recurrences of liver cancer.

Nearsightedness linked to serious eye disease

People who are nearsighted may be nearly twice as likely to also develop glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, according to a study.


Osteoporosis drug may be key to beating flu bug

Guo Jiaxue China Daily 30.06.2011
Osteoporosis drug may be key to beating flu bug

University of Hong Kong (HKU) researchers have discovered a new flu treatment that may resolve the growing problem of influenza viruses becoming resistant to medications.

Meditation can cut heart attacks by as much as half

Richard Alleyne Telegraph 28.06.2011
Meditation can cut heart attacks by as much as half

Transcendental meditation, the relaxation technique made famous by the Beatles, can cut heart attack and stroke death rates by up to 50%, new research has found.


OH LOVELY: Residents Near Fukushima Are Pissing Radioactive Urine

The radioactive crisis near Fukushima isn't getting any better. This has been something we discussed in the last few weeks, but now there are some new disturbing details.

Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Anna Yukhananov Reuters 23.06.2011
Women can't keep breast implants for life: FDA

Women who get silicone breast implants are likely to need additional surgery within 10 years to address complications such as rupturing of the device, U.S. health regulators said on Wednesday.


Dishwashers harbour 'killer bugs'

Harry Wallop Telegraph 22.06.2011
Dishwashers harbour 'killer bugs'

For many householders, it is most sparkling area of the kitchen. But the inside of people's dishwashers could be harbouring potentially lethal bugs, according to scientists.

Hong Kong warning over deadly new scarlet fever strain

Hong Kong scientists are warning of a deadly new strain of scarlet fever that has killed two children and infected dozens more in a widespread outbreak across the city.



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