Health

Japan women have longest lifespan for 25 years in row

Japanese women had the longest life expectancy in the world for the 25th straight year in 2009, with an average life span of 86.44 years, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported, citing health ministry report Monday.

Hong Kong Scientists Find New Way to Fight Flu Viruses

Pros Laput Voice of America 26.07.2010
Hong Kong Scientists Find New Way to Fight Flu Viruses

Researchers in Hong Kong have discovered a new way to stop influenza viruses from replicating. Doctors hope it will keep them one step ahead of mutating viruses that kill thousands every year.


Man falls off surgical table, dies

MARY LYNN SMITH and W ARREN WOLFE The Star Tribune 23.07.2010
Man falls off surgical table, dies

When straps holding a 300-pound, 61-year-old St. Paul man to a surgical table failed, he hit his head on the floor and later died.

Ouch! Dead jellyfish stings 150 on New Hampshire beach

L. Finch The Boston Globe 22.07.2010
Ouch! Dead jellyfish stings 150 on New Hampshire beach

One dead jellyfish wreaked havoc on a New Hampshire beach this afternoon, stinging close to 150 people, most of them children, and sending five to the hospital, fire officials said.


Los Angeles sperm bank organizes donors by celebrity look-a-likes

JOHN ADAMS and COLLEEN WILLIAMS NBC Los Angeles 20.07.2010
Los Angeles sperm bank organizes donors by celebrity look-a-likes

Choosing a sperm donor can be overwhelming for many couples and even more challenging to those who are trying to go it alone. There is a ton of information one has to sift through: donor's blood type, favorite color and even high school G.P.A. How...

Scientists say vaginal gel cuts HIV-infections by half

A vaginal gel has significantly cut the rate of women contracting HIV from infected partners in an experiment in South Africa, researchers said.


AIDS conference chief lashes out at world leaders

The head of an international AIDS conference says world leaders lack the political will to ensure that everyone infected with the disease gets treatment.

Asia failing to care for the dying: study

Asian countries are failing to provide adequate care for the dying despite rising standards of living across the region, according to a study released Wednesday.


Chinese shampoo maker Bawang denies cancer-causing report

Chinese herbal shampoo maker Bawang International said Wednesday that a report by a HK-based magazine claimed two of Bawang's products contain a cancer- causing substance was "inaccurate and unfounded allegations against certain Bawang products".

Tiny, toxic mushrooms kill hundreds in China

TINI TRAN Yahoo! News 14.07.2010
Tiny, toxic mushrooms kill hundreds in China

Every summer during the height of the rainy season, villagers of all ages in a corner of southwestern China would suddenly die of cardiac arrest.


Flesh-eating disease kills Hong Kong man

A 74-year-old man has died in Hong Kong from a flesh-eating disease, a media report said Tuesday.

Scientists develop 'fake' genetically-engineered blood for use on the battlefield

American scientists have developed 'artificial' blood that could soon be used to treat wounded soldiers in battle.


Full face transplant, with tear ducts, a world first

French doctors have carried out a successful full-face transplant -- eyelids, tear ducts and all -- on a 35-year-old man, the hospital where the operation took place confirmed on Thursday.

Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs

Frederik Joelving Reuters 09.07.2010
Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs

Even if you're past your prime and have a hard time getting an erection, you might still need to worry about unprotected sex, according to U.S. doctors.


San Francisco considers banning sale of pets except fish

Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer San Francisco Chronicle 09.07.2010
San Francisco considers banning sale of pets except fish

Sell a guinea pig, go to jail. That's the law under consideration by San Francisco's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare. If the commission approves the ordinance at its meeting tonight, San Francisco could soon have what is believed to be th...

Advance in Quest for HIV Vaccine: Antibody can destroy 91% of HIV strains

HIV research is undergoing a renaissance that could lead to new ways to develop vaccines against the AIDS virus and other viral diseases.


FDA Approves First Implantable Miniature Telescope to Improve Sight of AMD patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it has approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) to improve vision in some patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Discovery paves way for blood test to predict Alzheimer's disease

A simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's disease up to 10 years before symptoms appear could be developed after researchers found high levels of a protein can be an early sign of the condition.


Hong Kong study promises new swine flu treatment

Hong Kong researchers have discovered a new way to treat patients suffering from swine flu, a report said Thursday, after the deadly virus killed more than 18,000 people worldwide in the past year.

Clinic implants woman with someone else's embryos by mistake

A woman who sought help from a prominent Connecticut fertility center last year received embryos, but they belonged to another woman with the same last name.



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