Health

What's killing America? U.S. ranks 28th in life expectancy (lower than Chile and Greece) while it pays the MOST for health care

A new survey on health care is revealing that you may not be getting what you pay for if you check into a U.S. hospital.

UCLA-Developed Mouthwash A ‘Smart Bomb’ Against Cavities?

A mouthwash concocted by a UCLA microbiologist may render cavities and tooth decay a thing of the past.


Too little exercise, too much TV tied to depression

Older women who got more exercise and less television time were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression, according to a U.S. study of thousands of women -- with physical activity having the biggest impact.

Antidepressant use skyrockets in US

The rate of antidepressant use among Americans of all ages increased nearly 400 percent over the last two decades, and 11 percent of Americans aged 12 and older now take antidepressant drugs, according to a federal government report released Wedne...


'Mind-Blowing' Sex Can Wipe Memory Clean

Stephanie Pappas Live Science 12.10.2011
'Mind-Blowing' Sex Can Wipe Memory Clean

A 54-year-old woman showed up in the emergency room at Georgetown University Hospital with her husband, unable to remember the past 24 hours. Her newer memories were hazy, too. One thing she did recall: Her amnesia had started right after having s...

France to impose fat tax on sugary drinks such as Coca-Cola and Fanta

France is to impose a 'fat tax' on sugary soft drinks in a bid to combat soaring child obesity.


Regular aspirin users at higher risk of sight problems, research suggests

Researchers who tested more than 4,000 elderly people across Europe found that those who took the drug every day were twice as likely to be diagnosed with late stage age related macular degeneration as those who did not.

'New' Virus Catches CDC's Eye

Maggie Fox National Journal 30.09.2011
'New' Virus Catches CDC's Eye

It’s not a new virus, but doctors need to keep an eye out for one that’s not usually on the radar screen, federal health officials said on Thursday. It’s called human enterovirus 68, or HEV68, and it can cause an unusually severe type of cold that...


Vaccine could reduce HIV to 'minor infection'

Stephen Adams Telegraph 29.09.2011
Vaccine could reduce HIV to 'minor infection'

HIV could be reduced to a "minor chronic infection" akin to herpes, scientists developing a new vaccine have claimed.

More youngsters having unsafe sex: global study

Young people across the globe are having more unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception options, a multinational survey revealed on Monday.


Scientists find way to "disarm" AIDS virus

Kate Kelland Reuters 20.09.2011
Scientists find way to "disarm" AIDS virus

Scientists have found a way to prevent HIV from damaging the immune system and say their discovery may offer a new approach to developing a vaccine against AIDS.

Genes linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Broad sweeps of the human genome have exposed genetic mutations that boost the risk of the devastating yet baffling diseases of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to two studies published Sunday.


World's biggest sperm bank, Cryos, tells redheads: We don't want your semen

The world's largest sperm bank is telling redheads to keep their semen. Demand for ginger-haired donors is so low that Cryos International says they needn't bother donating.

Dangerous TB spreading at alarming rate in Europe-WHO

Multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) are spreading at an alarming rate in Europe and will kill thousands unless health authorities halt the pandemic, the World Health Organisation(WHO) said on Wednesday.


Nearly 40 percent of Europeans suffer mental illness

Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 percent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study.

One Sperm Donor, 150 Offspring

JACQUELINE MROZ The New York Times 06.09.2011
One Sperm Donor, 150 Offspring

Cynthia Daily and her partner used a sperm donor to conceive a baby seven years ago, and they hoped that one day their son would get to know some of his half siblings — an extended family of sorts for modern times. So Ms. Daily searched a Web-base...


New pill to 'stop strokes'

Jo Willey Express 05.09.2011
New pill to 'stop strokes'

A PILL costing less than £3 a day is being hailed as the biggest breakthrough in stroke prevention in 50 years.

US FDA Panel Calls for Silicone Breast Implant Registry

Emily P. Walker Medpage Today 03.09.2011
US FDA Panel Calls for Silicone Breast Implant Registry

A federal advisory panel has recommended the creation of a nationwide database to follow women who have had silicone-gel breast implants for at least a decade after they had the surgery.


2 children sickened by novel swine flu strain

MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP 03.09.2011
2 children sickened by novel swine flu strain

A new strain of swine flu has shown up in two children in Pennsylvania and Indiana who had direct or indirect contact with pigs. The virus includes a gene from the 2009 pandemic strain that might let it spread more easily than pig viruses normally...

Study Points to WTC Cancer Link

DEVLIN BARRETT and NIKKI WALLER The Wall Street Journal 02.09.2011
Study Points to WTC Cancer Link

Firefighters who worked at Ground Zero are 19% more likely to have cancer than their colleagues who did not work at the site, according to newly published research that could pave the way for government payments to those suffering from some types ...



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