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2007 Archives sorted by month:

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December 31, 2007

Pup proves good medicine
"Earlier this year, 7-year-old Drew Burks had to watch from the window as neighborhood children played in his back yard." Deseret Morning News

Art aids healing process
"In a place where doctors are delivering some of the world's most advanced medicine, art plays an important role in the healing process. " The Washington Post

Personal diet guide sought
"Better diets for fighting diabetes, obesity and heart disease may soon be only a finger-prick away. By analyzing the unique metabolic changes in an individual's body, researchers hope to develop more personalized dietary guidelines for improving health." American Chemical Society

December 30, 2007

Schools set P.E. goals
"Gone are the days of rows of high school students in matching uniforms doing jumping jacks, sit-ups, and deep knee bends." The Morning Sentinel

Kids health law signed
"President Bush signed legislation on Saturday that extends a popular children's health insurance program after having twice beaten back attempts to expand it." The Washington Post

Contaminated milk fears grow
"As more consumers question where and how their food is produced, news that two people died after drinking contaminated milk from a picturesque local farm has sparked a new round of food-related fears." The Boston Herald

December 29, 2007

Pesticides up asthma risk
"A U.S. study suggests that farm women who have contact with some commonly known pesticides have a greater risk than others of allergic asthma." UPI

Yoga has many benefits
"Yoga can induce a feeling of well-being in healthy people, and can reverse the clinical and biochemical changes associated with metabolic syndrome, according to results of studies from Sweden and India." Reuters

Poor diet hurts obese more
"Eating a high-fat, high-carb fast food meal produces damaging cellular changes that are greater and longer-lasting in obese people than in normal-weight people, a new study shows." Reuters

December 28, 2007

Young diabetics hospitalized
"There has been a significant increase in the number of young adults hospitalized with diabetes-related conditions in the United States over the last decade or so, according to a new study." Reuters

Tainted beef missing
"U.S. regulators have issued a public health alert for about 14,800 pounds of missing ground beef products that may be contaminated with the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday." Reuters

Similar genes help diagnosis
"With technology that can now scan each of an individual's 46 chromosomes for minute aberrations, doctors are providing thousands of children lumped together as 'autistic' or 'developmentally delayed' with distinct genetic diagnoses." The New York Times

December 27, 2007

Practical steps help skin
"Still, many skin experts recommend practical steps to maintain skin as it ages and to mitigate external factors like sun exposure and chronic stress that could accelerate changes." The New York Times

Smoke ups allergy risk in kids
"Young children who were exposed to cigarette smoke as babies may be more likely to suffer certain allergies, a new study suggests." Reuters

Food pyramid gets update
"A nearly decade-old food guide pyramid for older adults has gotten a makeover to make it more user-friendly and to emphasize the special dietary needs of people older than 70." Reuters

December 26, 2007

GM food debate heats up
"A proposal that Europe's top environment official made last month, to ban the planting of a genetically modified corn strain, sets up a bitter war within the European Union, where politicians have done their best to dance around the issue." The New York Times

Early Alzheimer's ID sought
"For a perfectly healthy woman, Dianne Kerley has had quite a number of medical tests in recent years: M.R.I. and PET scans of her brain, two spinal taps and hours of memory and thinking tests." The New York Times

Dehydration risk explained
"Older people are at a higher risk of getting dehydrated because their brains underestimate how much they need to drink." Ivanhoe Newswire

December 25, 2007

Time off may up illness
"It may be the same thing that seems to set you back when you finally head for a weekend of winter sports or jet off for a week on the beach: You're off work." The Washington Post

How the mind thinks revealed
"A study published last week in Nature provides the first step toward an answer, as well as a showcase for some of the most advanced methods available to study the brain." The New York Times

Tea may not lower cancer risk
"Tea drinking, in general, does not appear to decrease the risk for ovarian cancer, according to combined data from nine studies." Reuters

December 24, 2007

Fight travel stress with yoga
"Emme, an instructor and co-owner of Universal Spirit yoga in Naperville, says in-flight exercises are key stress busters." Daily Herald

Heart disease pathway found
"University of Michigan scientists have helped characterize a previously unknown link in the chain of biochemical reactions implicated in some forms of heart disease." University of Michigan

Cancer result, insurance linked
"A new report from the American Cancer Society finds substantial evidence that lack of adequate health insurance coverage is associated with less access to care and poorer outcomes for cancer patients. " American Cancer Society

December 23, 2007

Hospital bar codes up safety
"Technology that helps retailers is increasingly being used by hospitals to improve patient safety." Deseret Morning News

Less sun ups lung cancer risk
"Lack of sunlight may increase the risk of lung cancer, suggests a study of rates of the disease in over 100 countries. The cancer kills over a million people yearly around the globe." British Medical Journal

Be smart with holiday lights
"Fires during the holiday season each year claim the lives of more than 400 people, injure 1,650 more, and cause more than $990 million in damage within the United States." Rowan University

December 22, 2007

Salmonella prompts big recall
"The Agriculture Department said fresh ground beef products contaminated with multi-drug resistant Salmonella may have been ground and later sold at Safeway Inc stores in five states." Reuters

Item chemicals cause concern
"Holiday shoppers this season may still worry if the toys they buy contain lead after more than 10 million children's products were recalled this year for that reason." The New York Times

Bone forming protein found
"Osteocrin is a small protein produced by the body's bone-forming cells, or osteoblasts."
McGill University

December 21, 2007

Tantrums may be red flags
"Children who have long, frequent or aggressive temper tantrums may be at risk of depression or disruptive disorders, U.S. researchers said on Thursday." Reuters

Walking may prevent dementia
"Walking may be just as good for your mind as it is for your body." Neurology

Orphan, IQ link found
"Psychologists have long believed that growing up in an institution like an orphanage stunts children's mental development but have never had direct evidence to back it up." The New York Times

December 20, 2007

Tooth care goes high tech
"All you have to do is go tooth by tooth, bristles to the gumline, for at least two minutes, according to the American Dental Association." The New York Times

Calorie counts reconsidered
"Exercise physiologists say there is little in the world of exercise as wildly exaggerated as people's estimates of the number of calories they burn." The New York Times

Food safety targets met early
"China's four-month food safety campaign managed to hit its targets early, with officials seizing thousands of tainted products and putting many unregulated shops and eateries out of business, a state newspaper said on Thursday." Reuters

December 19, 2007

Milk allergy may persist
"Cow's milk allergy persists longer than previously reported, and the majority of children may retain the sensitivity into school age, study findings suggest." Reuters

'Clone-free' food label in works
"Responding to consumer queasiness about eating meat and drinking milk from cloned animals, and frustrated by continued delays in the government approval process, the nation's two largest cloning companies will today roll out a voluntary program aimed at helping shoppers avoid food from clones." The Washington Post

Money worries trump health
"After a year of record mortgage foreclosures and slumping home prices, Americans are more determined to shape up their flabby finances in 2008 than their bodies, according to a study released by Countrywide Bank on Tuesday." Reuters

December 18, 2007

Heart disease deaths fall
"Death rates from heart disease and stroke are falling in the United States but heart and artery disease remains the leading cause of death, the American Heart Association said on Monday. " Reuters

Seasonal blues can be serious
"In a few days, the winter solstice will plunge us into the longest and darkest night of the year. Is it any surprise that we humans respond with a holiday season of relentless cheer and partying?" The New York Times

Massage eases surgery pain
"A 20-minute evening back massage may help relieve pain and reduce anxiety following major surgery when given in addition to pain medications, according to a new report." JAMA

December 17, 2007

7.6 million cancer deaths expected
"About 7.6 million people will die this year worldwide from various types of cancer, with lung cancer -- heavily driven by smoking -- killing 975,000 men and 376,000 women, the American Cancer Society said on Monday. " Reuters

Rising temps impact health
"Depending on where you are, this is going to be a hotter, wetter, drier, windier, calmer, dirtier, buggier or hungrier century than mankind has seen in a while. In some places, it may be deadlier, too." The Washington Post

Treat baby colds without drugs
"But with drug companies voluntarily pulling infant cold medicines from the shelves, what can you do? Plenty, and plenty that may be more effective and safer, too, doctors say." Associated Press

December 16, 2007

Sustainable food examined
"The word 'sustainability' has gotten such a workout lately that the whole concept is in danger of floating away on a sea of inoffensiveness. " The New York Times

Santa gets health makeover
"In keeping with the anti-smoking times, the man from the North Pole put down his pipe a long time ago. Now, defying his rotund image, Santa is trying to lose weight." Associated Press

Risky drug may get OK
"The Food and Drug Administration approves the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa to treat adults with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder." The St Petersburg Times

December 15, 2007

Drug free therapies help tics
"At a time when doctors reach for drugs as a first line of treatment for psychological disorders ranging from attention hyperactivity/deficit disorder (ADHD) to bipolar disorder, a review of the reported research indicates that behavioral programs and procedures can effectively reduce the symptoms of tic disorders." Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

Veggie washing examined
"Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently examined the safety and quality of 'wash techniques' used in the production of packaged produce." American Society for Horticultural Science

Restaurants pile on calories
"Temples of fine dining are known for using heart-stopping amounts of butter, not too mention artery-clogging delicacies like foie gras and chocolate truffles." The Wall Street Journal

December 14, 2007

Less chemo often best
"A grueling and controversial breast cancer treatment that was popular in the late 1980s and the 1990s does not extend the lives of patients in advanced stages of the disease." The Houston Chronicle

Anti-fat shot clinics close
"A national chain of cosmetic medical clinics that popularized antifat injections denounced by medical groups shut its doors last week in the wake of dozens of complaints from consumers asking for their money back." The New York Times

December 13, 2007

Spin guru launches new craze
"From the sound of things, this is a question that gymgoers may ask of themselves and others who try the latest invention from Johnny Goldberg, widely known as Johnny G, the creator of Spinning." The New York Times

TV ups BP in obese kids
"Obese children who watch a lot of television are more likely to have high blood pressure than heavy children who don't spend as much time in front of the tube, the results of a new study shows." Reuters

Face acupuncture gains favor
"Early adopters like Ms. Becker first spread word of the virtues of a so-called acupuncture face-lift." The New York Times

December 12, 2007

Obesity hurts fertility
"Obesity decreases the chances that a woman will get pregnant, and the more obese she is, the worse her prospects of conception, Dutch researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

Teen drug use drops
"Illicit drug use by teenagers continued to decline gradually this year, but the use of prescription painkillers remained popular among young people, according to a federally financed study released Tuesday at the White House." The New York Times

Caesarian birth ups lung risk
"Babies delivered by non-emergency caesarean are up to four times more likely to have breathing problems than those delivered vaginally, Danish researchers said on Wednesday." Reuters

December 11, 2007

Med diet ups life span
"Eating the Mediterranean way could help you live longer, according to the first study to look at how the dietary pattern relates to mortality in a US population." Reuters

Meat ups lung cancer risk
"People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday." Reuters

Simple play best for kids
"Fancy playground equipment is fine for improving coordination and sharpening minds, but if you really want preschoolers to play hard, give them a ball, jump-rope or hula hoop." USA Today

December 10, 2007

Youth take up health cause
"One measure of the troubled state of U.S. health care is the hordes of idealistic young people lining up to fix it." Reuters

Mom's diet has lasting impact
"In a Freudian twist, a growing number of researchers now contend that if Junior eventually battles middle-age spread, hypertension, and diabetes, Mom's diet during pregnancy will bear some of the blame." US News and World Report

Nicotine shot shows promise
"A vaccine aimed at helping people quit smoking by blunting the effects of nicotine doubled the number who could kick the habit but overall success remained small." Reuters

December 9, 2007

Weight gain ups cancer risk
"A U.S. study finds that women who gain weight after being diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely to die." UPI

Green tea fights cancer
"A team of scientists have shown that green tea has antitumor effect in breast cancer cells." USU

State mulls flu shot mandate
"If it is approved, New Jersey would become the first state in the country to impose that mandate." The New York Times

December 8, 2007

School junk food ban rejected
"The State School Board's proposal to ban candy and pop in school vending machines had its final fizzle Friday before falling completely flat." Deseret Morning News

How veggies fight cancer
"Just three servings a month of raw broccoli or cabbage can reduce the risk of bladder cancer by as much as 40 percent, researchers reported this week." Reuters

US pushes for food safety
"High-level talks in China next week will focus on down-to-earth issues such as food and product safety." Reuters

December 7, 2007

Child cancer deaths drop
"The cancer death rate for children in the United States has declined sharply -- down 20 percent from 1990 to 2004 -- thanks to better treatment of leukemia and other cancers, health officials said on Thursday." Reuters

Food aid gets health upgrade
"A popular program that provides food assistance to low-income women and their children received its first overhaul in more than 30 years Thursday with the addition of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to the list of grocery items covered by the U.S. government." Reuters

Post storm mental woes linger
"At least 46,600 children along the Gulf Coast are still struggling with mental health problems and other serious aftereffects of 2005 hurricanes." The New York Times

December 6, 2007

Heavy kids face adult risks
"Being overweight as a child significantly increases the risk for heart disease in adulthood, according to a new study which provides the most powerful evidence yet that the obesity epidemic is giving rise to a generation prone to serious health problems later in life." The Washington Post

Mind tricks aid performance
"Using mental tricks, or dissociating, can get you to the finish line faster." The New York Times

Childhood obesity rise likely
"The number of obese children will grow dramatically in the coming years and so will their death rates from heart disease, according to a pair of studies from the United States and Denmark published on Wednesday." The Washington Post

December 5, 2007

Sinus drugs questioned
"Common drug treatments for sinus infections -- antibiotics and steroid nasal sprays -- seem to be little better than doing nothing at all, British researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

Fit is best for long life
"When it comes to living longer, fitness may trump fatness, U.S. researchers say." Reuters

Toy safety data released
"Parents worried about toy safety after a record year of recalls can now look through a list of more than 1,200 items that a coalition of public interest groups has tested for lead and other harmful chemicals, though toy industry officials say the list may cause unnecessary alarm." The Washington Post

December 4, 2007

Bigger babies are happier
"Plump babies may really be happier babies, Canadian and British researchers reported on Monday in a study that found people who had a low birth weight were more likely to have depression and anxiety later in life." Reuters

Honey helps nighttime cough
" A spoonful of honey can quiet children's nighttime cough and help them -- and their parents -- sleep better, a new study shows." Reuters

Perfectionism, mind ills linked
"The findings not only confirm that such purists are often at risk for mental distress as Freud, Alfred Adler and countless exasperated parents have long predicted but also suggest that perfectionism is a valuable lens through which to understand a variety of seemingly unrelated mental difficulties, from depression to compulsive behavior to addiction." The New York Times

December 3, 2007

Exercise high in a pill sought
"The natural 'high' produced by exercise could one day be available in a pill that targets a gene in our brains." BBC

School junk food ban likely
"GlaxoSmithKline Plc's diabetes drug Avandia stimulates the action of a cell that drives the normal bodily process of reabsorbing bone, making bones more apt to break, researchers said on Sunday." The New York Times

Food allergies strike young
"Allergies to peanuts and other foods are showing up in children at younger ages for reasons that are not clear, researchers said on Monday, and some urged parents to postpone exposing susceptible children to peanuts." Reuters

December 2, 2007

Sleep lack ups diabetes risk
"However, there is growing evidence that another aspect of our modern lifestyle, short sleep duration, is also contributing toward the 'diabetes epidemic,' according to a new study." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

School junk food ban likely
"Federal lawmakers are considering the broadest effort ever to limit what children eat: a national ban on selling candy, sugary soda and salty, fatty food in school snack bars, vending machines and cafeteria lines." The New York Times

Anorexia changes brain
"Even after more than a year of maintaining a normalized body weight, young women who recovered from anorexia nervosa show vastly different patterns of brain activity compared to similar women without the eating disorder." University of Pittsburgh

December 1, 2007

Many gene tests a waste
"Genetic tests to assess disease risk are proliferating but many are a waste of money and tell people little more than they would know from studying family history, medical experts said on Friday." Reuters

Yoga blend proves popular
"Maybe you haven't heard of Budokon, a fusion of yoga, martial arts and meditation that has made its way into fitness classes in Charlotte and across the country." Reuters

Shift work, cancer linked
"Shift workers and firefighters have a higher risk of cancer than the general population and such work should be classified as probably or possibly carcinogenic, the International Agency for Research on Cancer said on Friday." Reuters

November 30, 2007

Salt regulation considered
"A consumer group prodded the Food and Drug Administration yesterday to regulate salt as a food additive, arguing that excessive salt consumption by Americans may be responsible for more than 100,000 deaths a year." The Washington Post

CT scans up cancer risk
"They save lives and speed diagnosis but the 62 million CT scans done in the United States each year may soon be responsible for 2 per cent of all cancers, two researchers said on Wednesday." Reuters

Tainted pet food kills 200
"U.S. health officials received thousands of complaints earlier this year about pets killed by contaminated pet food, but veterinarians said on Thursday they had been able to confirm just 224 deaths." Reuters

November 29, 2007

Obesity levels plateau
"Obesity rates in American women have leveled off and stayed steady since 1999, a long enough time for researchers to say the plateau appears to be real." The New York Times

More kids hit the gym
"Searching for a timeout of her own, Kelly Mateo, a stay-at-home mother, thought she?d try leaving her son in her health club's baby-sitting room while she went to yoga class. " The New York Times

Asthma drug warning issued
"U.S. regulatory advisers recommended strengthening safety warnings on GlaxoSmithKline Plc's asthma drug Serevent amid new reports of deaths in children taking the drug." Reuters

November 28, 2007

Clean hands beat drugs
"Physical barriers, such as regular handwashing and wearing masks, gloves and gowns, may be more effective than drugs to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as influenza and SARS, a study has found." Reuters

Bone risks underestimated
"Bone-weakening osteoporosis may be to blame for more fractures than previously thought, researchers reported on Tuesday." Reuters

Lentils make snack debut
"Garbanzos, lentils, and dry peas and beans can now make crunchy, great-tasting snacks that are also good for you." US Department of Agriculture

November 27, 2007

FDA worries follow drug scare
"A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official called for higher safety standards in approving diabetes drugs in the aftermath of fears about links between a top diabetes drug and heart attack risk." Reuters

MRI shows passive smoke risk
"One third of people who breath in high levels of secondhand smoke have damage to their lungs similar to that seen in smokers, doctors reported on Monday." Reuters

Nanotech health worry persists
"Today few psychologists believe that dreams talk to us in codes of any kind, and the action in dream research is empirical rather than broadly theoretical." The Washington Post

November 26, 2007

E.coli prompts major recall
"A company voluntarily recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products after two people were sickened, possibly by E. coli bacteria, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture said Saturday." The New York Times

Hospitals adopt 'whole' healing
"A hospital is there for the whole child, the whole family, the whole community." The Washington Post

Nanotech health worry persists
"The unknown human health and environmental impacts of nanotechnology are a bigger worry for scientists than for the public." Rush University Medical Center

November 25, 2007

Bill targets school lunches
"When Ann Cooper took over the lunch program for the Berkeley, Calif., schools, she found children eating chicken nuggets and Tater Tots." The Baltimore Sun

Safe pain pills in works
"Two University of Adelaide pharmacologists working with one the world's leading neuroscientists have helped pave the way for the development of new pain-killing drugs that are not addictive." University of Adelaide

Pollution ups to heart risk
"Ozone may prove the key to the link between high temperature and the increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke, suggests new research." British Medical Journal

November 24, 2007

Flu drug warnings issued
"Food and Drug Administration experts are recommending new label warnings about possible dangerous psychiatric side effects of influenza drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, according to FDA documents." The Washington Post

Obesity may block cancer test
"Doctors must take body weight into account when reading test results for prostate cancer as obesity may distort the findings, a US study argues." BBC

Texting may be addictive
"Tamyra Pierce recently completed a study that found texting and other cyber-communications such as, a social-networking site can be addictive for teens and college students." Fresno Bee

November 23, 2007

Questions surround kid meds
"A decade after the government began trying to ensure that prescription drugs used to treat children work and are safe, doctors still have scant information to guide them when they administer many medications to kids." The Washington Post

Right brain work aids memory
"Doing the right kind of brain exercise can enhance memory and other cognitive functions in older adults." Gerontological Society of America

Vein clots threaten heart
"A blood clot in a person's vein nearly doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke within a year, a Danish study showed on Friday, providing strong evidence the three conditions are linked." Reuters

November 22, 2007

Keep with program to keep fit
"It shows, exercise physiologists say, that training is exquisitely specific: you can acquire and maintain cardiovascular fitness with many activities, but if you want to keep your ability to row, or run, or swim, you have to do that exact activity." The New York Times

Exercise on rise in US
"More Americans are getting up off the sofa and exercising, but a lot more progress is needed to persuade millions of slackers to start sweating a bit, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday." Reuters

Phantom pain cure found
"Viewing the reflected image of an intact limb in a mirror can fool the mind into thinking that a lost leg or foot still exists, dramatically relieving the phenomenon of phantom limb pain, researchers reported on Wednesday." Reuters

November 21, 2007

Pedometers aid weight loss
"People who use a pedometer to measure how far they walk lose more weight, exercise more and have lower blood pressure than those who do not, researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

Groups warn of toy dangers
"Despite a record number of toy recalls and promises of more-aggressive testing by toymakers and retailers, toys with high levels of lead and dangerous small magnets are still for sale in stores, two public interest groups said yesterday." The Washington Post

Exercise reduces blood clots
"According to a new study regular participation in sports reduces the risk of developing blood clots by 39 percent in women and 22 percent in men." Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis

November 20, 2007

Stand-up for better health
"Most people spend the majority of their day sitting with idle muscles." University of Missouri-Columbia

Smoking, hair loss linked
"While Asian men generally have less trouble than Caucasians with the most common form of hereditary male baldness, smoking cigarettes may erase that edge, researchers say." Reuters

Heart disease drop halts
"After decades of decline, deaths due to heart disease appear to have leveled off among young men and may be trending upward in young women, according to research released Monday." Reuters

November 19, 2007

Heath costs up, care down
"The cost of providing health care for workers rose again in 2007 to nearly $8,000 annually per employee, prompting more businesses to drop the benefit, according to an annual business survey released on Monday." Reuters

Immune system halts cancer
"A multinational team of researchers has shown for the first time that the immune system can stop the growth of a cancerous tumor without actually killing it." Washington University School of Medicine

Post-feast slumber explained
"That might be the bottom line for why you'll slip into a short coma after your Thanksgiving feast this year, scientists say." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

November 18, 2007

Cold medicine sales slide
"Sales of over-the-counter cold remedies for children have fallen sharply since a federal panel concluded they should not be used for children younger than 6 because of a dearth of evidence that they work and concerns they can be dangerous." The Washington Post

Drug studies favor funders
"Previous work has shown that, when a drug study was funded by the company that made that drug, the results might be biased in favor of that drug because the methods or analyses were manipulated." British Medical Journal

Mine pollution hurts neighbors
"Environmentalists are accusing two northern Nevada gold mines, including one owned by Utah's Kennecott Mining Co., of underreporting mercury emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency." The New York Times

November 17, 2007

Plastic surgery always risky
"While cosmetic surgery to get a cuter nose, flatter tummy or bigger breasts may seem like no big deal to some people, patients face medical risks as they do in any surgical procedure, experts in the field said." Reuters

Birth risks up for obese moms
"Obese women are at increased risk of having their infant die soon after birth." Reuters

Beware mail-in DNA services
"The revolution in human genomics, still barely understood in the doctor's office, is about to hit the street, at least for those able to pay $1,000 for a glance at their entire genome." The New York Times

November 16, 2007

Hardy cold virus worries docs
"A new and virulent strain of adenovirus, which frequently causes the common cold, killed 10 people in parts of the United States earlier this year and put dozens into hospitals, U.S. health officials said on Thursday." Reuters

Diet drugs questioned
"Three diet drugs recommended for long-term use result in minimal weight loss and carry some serious side effects, a review of research found. But experts say the drugs may still be worth it for some people." Associated Press

Needle-free insulin likely
"Pfizer, the world's biggest drug company, flopped miserably with a seemingly can't-miss idea. But Alfred E. Mann is so certain he can succeed that he is betting nearly $1 billion of his own money on the effort." The New York Times

November 15, 2007

Magnolia bark sweetens breath
"Adding a pinch of magnolia bark to mints or gum can eliminate bad breath by killing most odor-causing germs, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday." Reuters

S air scores low
"China, South Africa and India host the world's five dirtiest utility companies in terms of global warming pollution, according to the first-ever worldwide database of power plants' carbon dioxide emissions, while a single Southern Co. plant in Juliette, Ga., emits more annually than Brazil's entire power sector." The Washington Post

Sensitivity may be food allergy
"Children with skin allergies may be allergic to oat proteins commonly found in skin products, study findings suggest." Reuters

November 14, 2007

Carbon monoxide in meat defended
"Two of the biggest U.S. meat processors on Tuesday defended a packaging technique designed to keep meat looking fresh at grocery stores even as U.S. lawmakers criticized it as unsafe and misleading." Reuters

Exercise aids fibromyalgia
"Women who suffer from a painful condition called fibromyalgia might be able to ease their symptoms by simply getting up and getting moving." Archives of Internal Medicine

Childhood diseases hit low
"Death rates for 13 diseases that can be prevented by childhood vaccinations are at all-time lows in the United States, according to a study released yesterday." The New York Times

November 13, 2007

Workers pay for bad habits
"Employers frustrated with mounting health-care costs for their workers have tried dangling a carrot to discourage bad habits such as smoking as well as behaviors that can lead to obesity, uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure." The Washington Post

Beta carotene boosts memory
"Beta carotene taken as a dietary supplement for many years may protect against declines in memory, thinking and learning skills that often precede Alzheimer's disease, researchers say." Reuters

Bratty kids shape-up
"Educators and psychologists have long feared that children entering school with behavior problems were doomed to fall behind in the upper grades. But two new studies suggest that those fears are exaggerated." The New York Times

November 12, 2007

Energy drinks give bad boost
"Energy drinks are supposed to give people a boost. But it may not be the kind of boost most people want." American Heart Association

Soap is best staph defense
"It comes down to good old-fashioned soap and water. Protecting against the 'superbug' may be just that simple." Associated Press

Don't ignore little strokes
"Mini-strokes lead to a major stroke within a week in one out of 20 people and should be treated as a medical emergency, British doctors said on Sunday." Reuters

November 11, 2007

Pay to lose may work
"After three months, people with no incentives lost about two pounds. The $7 group lost about three pounds. The $14 group: five pounds." The Washington Post

Healthy bodies improve smarts
"Here's another reason to hit the gym: staying active is good for the brain. Exercise improves the flow of blood throughout your body, including to the brain, which helps it operate better." The Washington Post

Emotion ups diet failures
"Emotional eaters -- people who eat when they are lonely or blue -- tend to lose the least amount of weight and have the hardest time keeping it off, U.S. researchers said on Thursday." Reuters

November 10, 2007

Mom-to-be care urged
"About half of pregnancies are not planned, but it is in the preconception and earliest days of pregnancy that most birth defects can be impacted." Deseret Morning News

Groups push for lead safety
"When a California public-interest group decided that regulators in Washington were ignoring hazardous lead in children's lunchboxes, it pursued the case on its own and forced several manufacturers to get the lead out of their products." The Washington Post

Drug makers agree to deal
"Merck & Co has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle most of the claims that its painkiller Vioxx caused heart attacks and strokes in thousands of users, the drug maker said on Friday." Reuters

November 9, 2007

Exercise aids failing hearts
"Just 30 minutes a day on an exercise bike can help people with heart failure regain some of their lost strength." American Heart Association

Pregnancy anxiety common
"It is not uncommon for expectant mothers to feel anxious and depressed, new research shows, and these feelings can have serious consequences for mom and baby." Reuters

Declining quit rate stalls
"The decades-long decline in smoking by Americans has stalled for three years, the first time smoking rates have leveled off for that long since the federal government began collecting statistics more than 40 years ago." The Washington Post

November 8, 2007

Extra weight carries risk
"Being overweight may not kill you, but it could lead to obesity, U.S. health experts cautioned in response to research suggesting that being a bit heavy does not raise the risk of death." Reuters

Docs split on pregnant athletes
"Dr. Shangold says she tells women to limit their exercise time to 30 minutes a session, which she said was arbitrary advice." The New York Times

Diesel exhaust hurts heart
"Diesel fuel may be more economical for our pocketbooks, but it could be exacting a high price from our hearts." American Heart Association

November 7, 2007

High-fat hurts body clock
"Our body's 24-hour internal clock, or circadian clock, regulates the time we go to sleep, wake up and become hungry as well as the daily rhythms of many metabolic functions." Northwestern University

Death causes, weight linked
"About two years ago, a group of federal researchers reported that overweight people have a lower death rate than people who are normal weight, underweight or obese. Now, investigating further, they found out which diseases are more likely to lead to death in each weight group." The New York Times

Energy drinks pose heart risk
"People with high blood pressure or heart disease should avoid energy drinks such as Red Bull as they could make their conditions worse, scientists have warned." The Telegraph

November 6, 2007

More go low salt
"Life has gotten pretty salty in recent decades. And no, that doesn't just describe the growing number of R-rated movies, raunchy song lyrics and wild Hollywood celebrities." The New York Times

Sleepless kids risk obesity
"Here's another reason to get the children to bed early: More sleep may lower their risk of becoming obese." Associated Press

November 5, 2007

E.coli meat recall expands
"At least 6,000 pounds of ground beef supplied to stores in the Washington area are included in a nationwide recall of beef possibly contaminated with E. coli bacteria, store officials said yesterday." The Washington Post

Smoke fight hits home
"The Shockleys are part of a growing movement to restrict smoking in apartments and condominiums that is having some success." The New York Times

Stress, skin problems linked
"New research from the University of California, San Francisco finds a link in mice between psychological stress and increased risk of skin infections." The Journal of Clinical Investigation

November 4, 2007

Diet may prevent infertility
"Women who followed a combination of five or more lifestyle factors, including changing specific aspects of their diets, experienced more than 80 percent less relative risk of infertility due to ovulatory disorders compared to women who engaged in none of the factors." Harvard School of Public Health

E.coli fears prompt recall
"Cargill said yesterday that it is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the second time in less than a month it has recalled beef." The Washington Post

One-third want new health plan
"The study, published recently in the journal Health Affairs, finds that U.S. adults also have the highest out-of-pocket costs and greatest problems paying medical bills." Commonwealth Fund

November 3, 2007

Marathon mom defends record
"Paula Radcliffe, the British distance runner who holds the world record in the women's marathon, ran throughout her pregnancy last year. " The New York Times

Emotional IQ predicts drug use
"According to the research, students who had started smoking either tobacco or cannabis at a younger age and who regularly smoked these substances obtained lower scores in questions related to emotional regulation." Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

High fat diet hurts liver
"A high fat diet may kill regulatory T cells in the liver, allowing steatosis (simple fatty liver) to develop into steatohepatitis (fatty liver with inflammation)." Associated Press

November 2, 2007

Sleep that extra hour, docs say
"While there may be many tempting ways to spend that extra hour on November 4th, experts agree the best way to fall back is into bed." Ivanhoe Newswire

More youngsters drink, drive
"Warnings that alcohol and driving don't mix are generally targeted at adults or high school students, but a new University of Georgia study finds that some middle schoolers in rural areas are drinking and driving as well." University of Georgia

E.coli fears prompt big recall
"General Mills on Thursday recalled almost five million frozen pizzas sold under the Totino's and Jeno's label because of possible E. coli contamination." Associated Press

November 1, 2007

Body fat, cancer linked
"Body fat and obesity are far more closely linked to cancer than is generally realized, a landmark study has found." The Independent

FDA inspection found lacking
"Although the volume of prescription drugs and drug ingredients coming into the country from foreign manufacturers in developing nations such as India and China has exploded in recent years, the Food and Drug Administration's budget for foreign inspections has not kept pace and will be lower in 2008 than it was in 2002, according to congressional investigators." The Washington Post

More hope for obese kids
"Obese children who lose weight through diet and exercise may become stronger and more agile in the process, a study shows." Reuters

October 31, 2007

Keep candy in sight to eat less
"In a study being presented this Saturday at the American Heart Association conference in Orlando shows that people ate almost half as many mini-size Halloween candies when they kept the wrappers in plain sight." Cornell Univerisity Food & Brand Lab

Orange foods are protective
"In fact, all orange fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that play a part in fighting off disease." The State

Longevity claim gets boost
"Aubrey de Grey may be wrong but, evidence suggests, he's not nuts. This is a no small assertion. De Grey argues that some people alive today will live in a robust and youthful fashion for 1,000 years." The Washington Post

October 30, 2007

TV bumps up BP
"Watching too much television may not only help make children fat, it may also raise their blood pressure, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

Drug free buzz builds bone
"Clinton T. Rubin knows full well that his recent results are surprising that no one has been more taken aback than he. And he cautions that it is far too soon to leap to conclusions about humans." The New York Times

Sprouts may shield against UV
"Broccoli as protection against sun exposure? Possibly. And you may not even have to eat it to gain the benefit." The New York Times

October 29, 2007

Walking prevents bone loss
"Exercise may reduce, and even reverse, bone loss caused by hormone and radiation therapies used in the treatment of localized prostate cancer, thereby decreasing the potential risk of bone fractures and improving quality of life for these men, according to a new study." American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

More seek sun despite risks
"It's autumn in Hong Kong but the island's beaches are still crowded with sun worshippers desperate to catch the last rays of sunshine before winter." Reuters

Autism screening urged
"The country's leading pediatricians group is making its strongest push yet to have all children screened for autism twice by age 2, warning of symptoms such as babies who don't babble at 9 months and 1-year-olds who don't point to toys." The Washington Post

October 28, 2007

Staph scare examined
"Two weeks ago, the government released a startling new estimate that nearly 19,000 people in the United States had died in a single year after being infected with the virulent superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA." The New York Times

Tennis is risky for spines
"Tennis requires more frequent, repetitive and rapid rotation from the lumbar spine than other sports." The New York Times

Curbing stress helps alcoholics
"A researcher at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) is initiating a study of 'mindfulness-based stress reduction,' a technique often used in behavioral medicine for stress reduction but not before as an adjunct in the treatment of alcohol use disorders." University at Buffalo

October 27, 2007

Safety recall halted
"In June, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an unusual warning about a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle designed for children, calling it 'defective and dangerous.'" The New York Times

Don't 'play through' pain
"Athletes are lauded for playing through injuries, but the short-term gain may lead to long-term pain." Deseret Morning News

E.coli source tracked
"A defunct Canadian meatpacker is 'a likely source' of beef that caused an outbreak of food-borne illnesses in the United States and Canada, the U.S. meat safety agency said on Friday." Reuters

October 26, 2007

Stress management is a skill
"One-third of Americans in this survey describe themselves as extremely stressed."
The New York Times

Employers help smokers quit
"Corporate America has made big strides toward the smoke-free workplace. Its next goal: the smoke-free worker." The New York Times

Remedy questioned for years
"For years, Joshua Sharfstein shuddered whenever he walked down a drugstore aisle lined with cough and cold products for babies and toddlers." The Washington Post

October 25, 2007

Slow, steady wins race
"He led for most of the race, but just 5 miles before the end of the 26.2-mile course, he ran out of energy. Runner after runner passed him. He finished 12th." The New York Times

Tea may lower cholesterol
"A University of Illinois study shows that an antioxidant enzyme that helps reduce cholesterol is induced by the herbal tea -- mate tea." UPI

NY calorie rule returns
"The Bloomberg administration, in its continuing fight against obesity, reintroduced a measure yesterday to force chain restaurants to display calorie information on their menus or menu boards, after a federal judge struck down a similar measure last month." The New York Times

October 24, 2007

Sleep impacts emotional health
"Too little sleep can have a significant effect on your emotions, and now, new research gives evidence to prove it." Current Biology

Lead test worries abound
"Parents afraid of lead lurking on the surface of every Dora, Elmo or Curious George now have something else to worry about: whether their lead-testing kits work." The Washington Post

Hypnosis helps quitters
"Hypnotherapy may be a better way to stomp out cigarettes than other smoking cessation methods, according to new research." American College of Chest Physicians

October 23, 2007

Broccoli extract fights cancer
"New research suggests that broccoli, the vegetable that the former president famously demonized as inedible, can prevent the damage from ultraviolet light that often leads to skin cancer. And as Bush would surely appreciate, he would not even have to eat it." The Washington Post

Sleep improves memory health
"In a study published in May, researchers at Harvard and McGill Universities reported that participants who slept after playing this game scored significantly higher on a retest than those who did not sleep." The New York Times

Age does not impact sleep
"As every sleep researcher knows, the surest way to hear complaints about sleep is to ask the elderly." The New York Times

October 22, 2007

Biotech foods raise concerns
"Biotech companies are working on the next wave of genetically engineered foods, but not without challenges." The Los Angeles Times

Hospital health graded
"Patients in top-rated hospitals average a 71 percent lower risk of dying than those in the lowest-rated hospitals across 18 different diagnoses and procedures, according to the annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, issued last week by HealthGrades." Deseret Morning News

Fake sugar battle heats up
"The battle among sugar substitutes just got a little more bitter." Gannett News Service

October 21, 2007

Some cancers on rise
"There was good news about cancer last week, a report that death rates in the United States have begun falling by 2.1 percent a year, nearly twice the rate of previous declines." The New York Times

Home grown herbs heal too
"As an herbal medicine practitioner, Accem Scott knew the healing powers of ginseng, black cohosh, bloodroot and other native herbs long before moving to the mountains, where they grow in the wild." The Citizen-Times

Public questions health plans
"With polls showing health care as a top concern of voters, presidential candidates are scrambling to come up with plans to improve care, hold down costs and cover the uninsured. For consumers, that's a challenge and opportunity." The Wall Street Journal

October 20, 2007

Schools improve nutrition
"Spurred by the growing crisis in child obesity, the nation's schools have made 'considerable improvements' in nutrition, fitness and health over the last six years, according to a new government survey that found that more schools require physical education and fewer sell French fries." The New York Times

Project to debunk BMI myths
"Body mass index, a measurement of weight relative to height, is often used to classify people as normal weight, overweight or obese, but it has several limitations when used as a personal health indicator." Reuters

Staph worries spread
"The antibiotic-resistant germ that has infected several area teachers and some students is not just a concern for schools." The Washington Post

October 19, 2007

Kids cold drug ban urged
"Citing deaths, hallucinations, seizures and heart-rhythm disturbances, doctors called Thursday on a joint U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel to forbid the use of over-the-counter medications for children under age 6." The St. Petersburg Times

Project to debunk BMI myths
"Body mass index, a measurement of weight relative to height, is often used to classify people as normal weight, overweight or obese, but it has several limitations when used as a personal health indicator." Reuters

Keeping cool explained
"A mechanism in the brain may explain why some people keep their cool and others crumble under stress, U.S. researchers said on Thursday." Reuters

October 18, 2007

Acupuncture cuts surgery pain
"Using acupuncture before and during surgery significantly reduces the level of pain and the amount of potent painkillers needed by patients after the surgery is over." Duke University Medical Center

Men must watch bones too
"According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis affects more than 2 million men in the United States and nearly 12 million more have osteopenia clinically significant low bone density that is less severe than osteoporosis." University of Missouri-Columbia

Vaccination avoidance on rise
"She is among a small but growing number of parents around the country who are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children when the real reason may be skepticism of the shots or concern they can cause other illnesses." Associated Press

October 17, 2007

Cutting calories works best
"Old-fashioned calorie-cutting and exercise really can keep the kilos off, according to a review of dozens of clinical trials." Reuters

Obesity, reward gene linked
"Some people might overeat and become obese because a piece of their genetic makeup is askew." USA Today

Stress watch launched
"Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, led by Pitt Psychology Professor Thomas Kamarck, are studying the effectiveness of a wrist-mounted instrument for measuring psychosocial stress exposure during the course of daily life." Carnegie Mellon University

October 16, 2007

Vitamin D may ease pain
"Patients who did not have enough vitamin D also needed higher doses of morphine for a longer period of time." American Society of Anesthesiologists

Healthy families eat together
"Television viewing has long been linked with poor eating habits. So when University of Minnesota researchers embarked on a study of family meals, they fully expected that having the TV on at dinner would take a toll on children's diets." The New York Times

Most sleep less than they think
"Self-reports of total sleep times, both habitually and on the morning after a sleep test, tend to be higher than objectively measured sleep times, according to a study published in the October 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine." Associated Press

October 15, 2007

Cutting fat cuts cancer risk
"If there weren't already enough reasons to eat healthy, there may one more for women to add to their list." Journal of the National Cancer Institute

US cancer rates drop
" Good news on the cancer front: Death rates are dropping faster than ever, thanks to new progress against colorectal cancer." Associated Press

Diet push bad tactic for kids
"For parents concerned about their overweight teens, new research suggests the best tactic might be to just relax and cook a healthy Sunday dinner." Associated Press

October 14, 2007

Kids health vote nears
"Single parent Donna Johnson, an office manager for a private school near Baltimore, lives on $42,000 a year and counts herself lucky that she doesn't have to work two jobs to afford health insurance for her children." The Washington Post

Workplace depression studied
"People who tend to the elderly, care for children and serve food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers." The Washington Post

Home remedies best for babies
"When it comes to baby's sniffles, sneezes and coughs, local pediatricians say parents are better off without the cold medicines recently yanked off store shelves." Daily Record

October 13, 2007

Lead, lipstick warning issued
"American-made lipstick contains 'surprisingly high levels of lead,' according to new product test results released Friday by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics." The Star Tribune

Family therapy proves effective
"Family therapy may be more effective than simply increasing the dosage of an antidepressant drug when a patient with severe depression suffers a relapse during long-term treatment, new research suggests." Reuters

Spray cleaner, asthma linked
"European researchers say using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week increases the risk of asthma in adults." UPI

October 12, 2007

Baby cold medicine recalled
"Drugstores began clearing their shelves of over-the-counter cough and cold medicine designed for infants yesterday after leading manufacturers announced they were withdrawing the products amid rising concerns about the safety of the popular remedies." The Washington Post

Obesity ups throat cancer risk
"Obese people are six times as likely to develop gullet (oesophageal) cancer as people of 'healthy' weight, shows research published ahead of print in the journal Gut." British Medical Journal

Produce safety still lacking
"A year after the contaminated spinach -- also packaged under the Dole label -- killed at least three Americans and sickened hundreds of others, manufacturers, regulators and lawmakers in the United States are still arguing about how to ensure leafy greens are grown and handled safely." The Washington Post

October 11, 2007

Weight impacts headaches
"Migraine sufferers might have a new reason to drop some pounds. Research shows overweight and obese people are more likely to suffer from these devastating headaches and are also more likely to complain of at least some level of disability due to the condition." Archives of Internal Medicine

Energy drink safety questioned
"That was just one of the horror stories about the innocent-looking drinks in decorative cans at grocery and convenience stores along the Wasatch Front and elsewhere. " Associated Press

Mobiles, phantom tingle linked
"If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your cell phone, those vibrations you're feeling in the car, in your pajamas, in the shower, may be coming from your headbone." Associated Press

October 10, 2007

Job stress ups heart risk
"Persons who reported chronic job strain after a first heart attack (myocardial infarction) had about twice the risk of experiencing another coronary heart disease event such as heart attack or unstable angina than those without chronic job strain, according to a study in the October 10 issue of JAMA." JAMA and Archives Journals

Kids need weight support too
"Kids need support too, and now, new research suggests they can get it through standard programs aimed at helping them maintain a healthy weight." Journal of the American Medical Association

Short meditation boosts focus
"Recent studies have suggested that months to years of intensive meditation can improve attention and lower stress. " Reuters

October 9, 2007

Keep the peace to keep health
" Marital strife and other bad personal relationships can raise your risk for heart disease, researchers reported Monday." Associated Press

TV can't teach tots
"The titles lure aspirational parents eager to do what's best for their infants: Baby Einstein, Baby Galileo, Baby Shakespeare and even Brainy Baby with its original motto, 'a little genius in the making.'" The Washington Post

Diet, fitness best for diabetes
"The idea of controlling diabetes through diet and exercise has gained importance following renewed warnings about heart risk from some diabetes drugs and with the release of a University of Chicago study showing many diabetics believe treatment is as burdensome as complications of their disease" The Chicago Tribune

September 14, 2007

Mom, kid weight linked
" A fat mother hastens a child's path to obesity, finds a study published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood." BMJ Specialty Journals

Gas hike helps fitness
"Just as rising gasoline prices are forcing many Americans to tighten their financial belts, new research suggests higher fuel costs may come with a related silver lining trimmer waistlines." Washington University in St Louis

Loneliness hurts health
"People are more likely to get sick and die young if they're lonely, and researchers said yesterday that they may have found out why -- their immune systems are haywire." The Washington Post

September 13, 2007

Spend energy to up health
"According to a new series of papers in a leading medical journal, however, the two have a lot more in common than most people would realize." The Lancet

'Fruity veggies' fight asthma
"Want to help your kids avoid asthma and allergies? Then feed them more fish and 'fruity vegetables' like tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, and zucchini." Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Child mortality drops
"The number of deaths worldwide among children under 5 dropped to a record low of 9.7 million in 2006, reflecting progress in areas such as malaria prevention, childhood immunizations and breastfeeding rates, global health officials said yesterday." The Washington Post

September 12, 2007

Boomers stay younger longer
"When the first Marine Corps Marathon took place, in 1976, the oldest runner to finish the 26.2-mile race was 58 years old. On the race's 30th anniversary last year, the oldest finisher was 82 -- one individual's testament to how Americans are aging differently than they used to." The Washington Post

Calorie post rule in flux
"A federal judge struck down a city health regulation yesterday that would have required more than 2,000 restaurants around New York including chain restaurants like McDonald's to post the calorie content of their dishes on their menus." The New York Times

Low education, cancer linked
"People with at least some education beyond high school have a lower cancer death risk than those with less education, according to a U.S. study published on Tuesday" Reuters

September 11, 2007

Vitamin D boosts longevity
"Adding a vitamin D supplement to your daily diet may not be a bad idea." Archives of Internal Medicine

More kids have high BP
"The rate of health-threatening high blood pressure has started rising among American children for the first time in decades, researchers reported yesterday, confirming a trend long feared by experts worried about the consequences of the obesity epidemic." The Washington Post

Walking to school pushed
"Forty years ago, half of all students walked or bicycled to school. Today, fewer than 15 percent travel on their own steam." The New York Times

September 10, 2007

Binge drinkers pay later
"Kids who drink to excess when they are teenagers are likely to pay for the experience for a very long time." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Vitamin D helps pregnancy
"Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition for pregnant women, often forcing women to deliver prematurely to protect her health and the baby's." Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Gene, diet link found
"Could people one day evolve to eat rich food while still remaining perfectly slim and svelte?" The New York Times

September 9, 2007

Service pushes eating local
" At a time when the global economy appears to have trumped local goods, it can be easier to find a specialty food from a foreign land than a tasty vegetable from a farm nearby." The Standard-Times

Doc offers nail bite cure
"Studies show around 45 percent of adolescents nibble their nails. That drops to about 20 percent as young adults learn to cope with their anxieties or become too embarrassed by their self-inflicted deformity." The Washington Post

September 8, 2007

Antioxidant in food is best
" When it comes to boosting antioxidant intake, recent research indicates there's little benefit from taking diet supplements." Mayo Clinic

Drink doubles cancer risk
" Postmenopausal women consuming two or more alcoholic beverages a day may double their risk of endometrial cancer." University of Southern California

Doc offers nail bite cure
"Studies show around 45 percent of adolescents nibble their nails. That drops to about 20 percent as young adults learn to cope with their anxieties or become too embarrassed by their self-inflicted deformity." The Washington Post

September 7, 2007

Simple saline best for injury
"The type of fluid that goes into the IV bag can mean the difference between life and death for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries." The New England Journal of Medicine

Additives key up kids
"Sugar isn't the only thing that will get your kids bouncing off the walls." The Lancet

Beware microwave popcorn
"Four of the the biggest U.S. microwave popcorn makers are working to remove a flavoring chemical from their products linked to a lung ailment in popcorn plant workers." Associated Press

September 6, 2007

Smokers up dementia risk
"People who smoke are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or dementia than nonsmokers or those who smoked in the past, according to a study published in the September 4, 2007, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology." American Academy of Neurology

Suicide, meds link reexamined
"Warnings from federal regulators four years ago that antidepressants were increasing the risk of suicidal behavior among young people led to a precipitous drop in the use of the drugs." The Washington Post

Improving mood helps heart
"Patients with depression appear to have an impaired ability to recover their heart rate variability following acute coronary syndromes such as heart attack, a factor that could increase their risk of coronary death." JAMA

September 5, 2007

Break ups can up sickness
"'Breaking Up is Hard to Do' is advice from a popular 1970s song, but older women going through a relationship breakup may have health problems to go along with their broken hearts, a University of Alabama researcher has found." University of Alabama

Gene, weight link found
"One single gene may be to blame for the body's tendency to pile on fat. From fruit flies to humans, most creatures have a gene that researchers now believe may act as a sensor that tells the body whether or not to accumulate fat." Newswire

Bedside manner matters
"Physicians who score poorly on patient-physician communication skills exams are far more likely to generate patient complaints to regulatory authorities, says a new study led by McGill University's Robyn Tamblyn." McGill University

September 4, 2007

Obese kids may lack iron
"Overweight U.S. children run an alarmingly high risk of iron deficiency, a condition which can lead to learning and behavior problems, researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

TV, ADD link found
"Watching television more than two hours a day early in life can lead to attention problems later in adolescence, according to a study released on Tuesday." Reuters

Smoke, nursing are bad mix
"Babies whose mothers smoke cigarettes before breast feeding sleep less and not as well, according to a study published on Tuesday." Reuters

September 3, 2007

Native medicine gains favor
"As the campfire burns slowly, a group of Aborigines build a 'place of healing' in a remote outback camp where they will treat the ill using traditional bush medicines." Reuters

Work sets sleep habits
"Work time is the single most important lifestyle factor that impacts on sleep - the more hours you work the less sleep you get - research suggests." The News

Secondhand smoke hurts pets
"It has been in the news for years about how secondhand smoke is a health threat to nonsmokers. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that secondhand smoke is attributed with killing thousands of adult nonsmokers annually." Oklahoma State University

September 2, 2007

Aluminum linked to cancer
"A new study has identified a regionally-specific distribution of aluminum in breast tissue which may have implications for the cause of breast cancer." Keele University

Sleep labs gain favor
"An independent study estimates that about 70 million Americans grapple with disorders that make it difficult to get a good night's sleep. The problem is likely to get worse." The Arizona Republic

Centenarians on the rise
"The 100-and-over segment is the fastest-growing age group, set to double within 10 years and top 1 million by 2050 - a stunning figure from a historical perspective." Sarasota Herald-Tribune

September 1, 2007

Dieting teens likely to smoke
"Teenage girls who are dieting are almost twice as likely to start smoking regularly as girls who are not dieting, according to a new study of nearly 8,000 adolescents. " Center for the Advancement of Health

Fest takes on celeb smokers
"The Toronto International Film Festival is hoping visiting stars will butt out this year as it attempts to crack down on smoking for the upcoming Sept. 6-15 edition." The Hollywood Reporter

Pet obesity on the rise
"Researchers say about a quarter of all household pets are overweight and that the animal epidemic follows the obesity increase found in humans nationwide." The Dallas Morning News

August 31, 2007

Passive smokers risk COPD
"Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a preventable illness mostly caused by cigarettes, is wrongly perceived as a smokers' ailment, masking the public health threat and limiting treatment, scientists said. " Bloomberg

Cradling reveals baby mood
"Which side of the body new moms cradle their babies to could be a clue to their state of mind. " Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Stress hits preschoolers too
"It wouldn't surprise anyone to know young kids starting school for the first time have some jitters the night before the big day. But months before?" Economic and Social Research Council

August 30, 2007

Loans sought for health care
"Zero-interest financing, a familiar sales incentive at car dealerships and furniture stores, has found its way to another big-ticket consumer market: doctors and dentists offices. " The New York Times

Smoking causes gene change
"Smoking tobacco is no longer considered sexy, but it may prove a permanent turn on for some genes. " BioMed Central

Mold, depression link found
"A groundbreaking public health study has found a connection between damp, moldy homes and depression." Brown University

August 29, 2007

Age contrast aids fertility
"It may be that when adults talk to babies, they use a language that is universally understood." The New York Times

Edible film to up safety
"In a handful of food science labs around the country, people who talk about food in terms of microbes and polymers have been turning the natural pathogen fighters found in everyday food into edible films and powders." The New York Times

Food is safe, China says
"The sun shines on an empty Iraqi street. A Blackhawk helicopter circles overhead. The aromas of spices from a market fill the air." Reuters

August 28, 2007

Baby talk is universal
"It may be that when adults talk to babies, they use a language that is universally understood. " The New York Times

Obesity up nationwide
"Loosen the belt buckle another notch, America: Obesity rates continued their climb in 31 states last year. No state showed a decline." Associated Press

Drug-free trauma aid found
"The sun shines on an empty Iraqi street. A Blackhawk helicopter circles overhead. The aromas of spices from a market fill the air." The New York Times

August 27, 2007

Folate answers found
"Not so, it turns out, for Johns Hopkins researchers who have stumbled on the identity of an enzyme that had been a mystery for more than 30 years. " Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Disease spread on the rise
"New infectious diseases are emerging at an 'unprecedented rate,' and far greater human mobility." The New York Times

Obesity ups apnea risk
"Obesity raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems, and also increases the likelihood of developing obstructive sleep apnea." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

August 26, 2007

Hormones get second look
" The reported failure of vitamin E to prevent heart attacks may be due to underdosing." The Daily News

Candidate warns of fat crisis
"Republican presidential candidate and self-described 'recovering foodaholic' Mike Huckabee told Southern governors Saturday that an obesity epidemic could cause serious problems for the American economy, and even for national security." The St Petersburg Times

Go meat free, say docs
"A recent report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine urges people not to eat meat, but to instead adopt a vegetarian lifestyle, which will lead to fewer health problems." Cumberland Times-News

August 25, 2007

More vitamin E helps heart
"The reported failure of vitamin E to prevent heart attacks may be due to underdosing." Vanderbilt University Medical Center

FDA cracks down on OJ labels
"So was the Florida Department of Citrus, which decided to crack down on what it viewed as deceptive labeling practices." The St Petersburg Times

Man slims down to adopt
"A man who weighed 558 pounds when a Missouri judge prevented him from adopting a child he and his wife had taken into their home underwent gastric bypass surgery Friday in a bid to win the child back." Associated Press

August 24, 2007

New sunscreen labels planned
"The Food and Drug Administration proposed sweeping new rules for sunscreens yesterday to give consumers more detailed information about the level of protection they provide against sun damage." The New York Times

Calcium boost saves bones
"Calcium supplementation alone, or in combination with vitamin D supplementation, reduces the risk of fractures in people aged over 50 by 12%." The Lancet

Vitamin D could save thousands
"Vitamin D has been touted with cancer-fighting qualities, but a new study puts an actual number on the claim." Newswire

August 23, 2007

Drug stores fill doctor gap
"The concept has been called urgent care 'lite': Patients who are tired of waiting days to see a doctor for bronchitis, pinkeye or a sprained ankle can instead walk into a nearby drugstore and, at lower cost, with brief waits, see a doctor or a nurse and then fill a prescription on the spot." The New York Times

Noise pollution proves deadly
"High levels of noise from traffic or neighbors could be the death of you." The Herald

More kids have high BP
"U.S. researchers say high blood pressure in children appears to be escaping the notice of many pediatricians." UPI

August 22, 2007

Plastics safety unclear
"The hot topic of conversation among the mothers at Melissa Bazarian's play group in Arlington this weekend wasn't baby strollers, diapers or first words but baby bottles: clear or cloudy?" The Washington Post

Drug-free ADHD method works
" Non-medicinal interventions are highly effective in preventing the behavioral and academic problems associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). " Science Daily

Pectin fights cancer
"A new University of Georgia study finds that pectin, a type of fiber found in fruits and vegetables and used in making jams and other foods, kills prostate cancer cells." University of Georgia

August 21, 2007

Dark veggies fight cancer
"The stuff that makes fruits and vegetables so colorful may also help protect against colon cancer." Ohio State University

Virus linked to obesity
"In the buffet of reasons for why Americans are getting fatter, researchers are piling more evidence on the plate for one still-controversial cause: a virus." Associated Press

Fat location ups diabetes risk
"Upper trunk fat—deposits of fat on the chest and back—is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, a condition that is a precursor of type 2 diabetes." University of California, San Francisco

August 20, 2007

More to diabetes, weight story
"That went along with a 74 percent increase in obesity, the agency noted, 'reflecting the strong correlation between obesity and the development of diabetes.'" The New York Times

Omega-3s help save sight
"Children who are born prematurely risk becoming blind, since their eyes do not develop as they should, but a supplement of the fatty acid omega-3 can save these children's sight. " Science Daily

Even a little exercise helps
"Even low levels of weekly exercise drive down blood pressure and boost overall fitness." Science Daily

August 19, 2007

Exercise keeps mind healthy
"Scientists have suspected for decades that exercise, particularly regular aerobic exercise, can affect the brain." The New York Times

More kids get sleep help
"People tend to think of sleep problems as adult problems, connected to trouble with weight, diet, stress or depression. But more and more children are having trouble sleeping and more often than not, a new study finds, treatment comes in the form of a pill." The Los Angeles Times

Vitamins alone won't save heart
"Vitamins C and E and beta carotene, either individually or in combination, do not appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events or death among women at high risk for heart disease." JAMA

August 18, 2007

Codeine warning issued
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned that nursing infants may be at increased risk of morphine overdose if their mothers are taking codeine and are ultra-rapid metabolizers of codeine." U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Donut maker goes healthy
"DunkinBrands Inc. has formed an advisory board of nutrition and health experts to help improve its products nutritional values and keep it up to date on health issues." The Boston Herald

Stress ups degenerative illness
"Chronic stress can aggravate neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory diseases, U.S. researchers said." UPI

August 17, 2007

Many schools prove 'drug-infested'
"Millions of U.S. teens attend 'drug-infested schools' where students routinely see drugs used, sold or kept on schools grounds." Reuters

Ginko standards issued
"The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a suite of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for ginkgo biloba" National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sad isn't always 'depression'
"Too many people are being diagnosed with depression when all they are is unhappy, a leading psychiatrist says." BBC

August 16, 2007

Ad control urged for health
"A new presidential report on cancer takes on not only tobacco companies but the food industry while calling on the federal government to 'cease being a purveyor of unhealthy foods' and switch to policies that encourage Americans to eat vegetables and exercise." Reuters

Omega-3s fight depression
"The results of a major review of published research that examined the relationship between depression and level of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet suggest that omega-3 fatty acids have antidepressant effects." Reuters

City air, heart risk linked
"Researchers in Taiwan have demonstrated for the first time that urban air pollution simultaneously affects key indicators of cardiovascular risk in young adults: inflammation, oxidative stress, coagulation and autonomic dysfunction." The Patriot News

August 15, 2007

Recall exposes lead danger
"Lead exposure in Americans has fallen since the 1970s to all-time low levels, experts said on Tuesday, even as big recalls of imported toys made with lead paint have put a renewed focus on lead poisoning in children." Reuters

State to study trans fat
"A task force including state agencies, legislators and health and business advocates will study the health effects of trans fat, the department said yesterday." The Patriot News

August 14, 2007

Web giants get into health
"So too in business, where the two leading candidates for Web supremacy, Google and Microsoft, are working up their plans to improve the nation's health care." The New York Times

Old makeup harbors bacteria
"Dermatologists say your old makeup may be causing you blemishes or even worse?it could lead to a dangerous infection." Baylor Health

Groups seek graceful aging
"Along with more than 100 communities nationwide a dozen of them planned here in Washington and its suburbs their group is part of a movement to make neighborhoods comfortable places to grow old, both for elderly men and women in need of help and for baby boomers anticipating the future." The New York Times

August 13, 2007

US average heights fall
"Pundits often opine that America's stature is declining on the global stage. It turns out that Americans -- literally -- are not standing as tall, compared with the rest of the world, as they used to." The Washington Post

Firms cut pay for unhealthy staff
"Companies seeking to cut rising health care costs are starting to dock the pay of overweight and unhealthy workers." The Washington Times

Race plays into diagnosis
"Black babies, according to the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have higher death rates than white babies." The Washington Post

August 12, 2007

Green tea helps detox
"Concentrated chemicals derived from green tea dramatically boosted production of a group of key detoxification enzymes in people with low levels." American Association for Cancer Research

Obese kids miss more school
"Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University find that overweight children are at greater risk of school truancy than their normal-weight peers." University of Pennsylvania

Good snacking vital for kids
"Weight-conscious adults may be leery of snacking, but for active children a nibble here and a treat there can be vital parts of an overall healthy diet as long as the snacks themselves are healthy "Associated Press

August 11, 2007

Game aims to exercise smile
"Nintendo DS players in Japan can now exercise their facial muscles to have nicer smiles and livelier expressions." The Arizona Republic

Slow food gains ground
"Slow Food - started 21 years ago by irate chefs after McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Italy - has grown into an international movement urging people to find time for meals made from scratch. "The Arizona Republic

August 10, 2007

Bones may be diabetes key
"Bones may play a more active role than previously thought in regulating the body's chemistry, scientists say." BBC

Not all probiotics are equal
"Not all commercially available probiotic preparations are effective in children with acute diarrhea, a study by researchers in Italy found." UPI

August 9, 2007

Diet foods up weight in kids
"A Canadian study has found that diet foods and drinks meant to help children control their weight may actually turn then into obese adults." Medical news Today

How temptation works revealed
"Many of us experience a tinge of guilt as we delight in feelings of pleasure from our favorite indulgences, like splurging on an expensive handbag or having another drink." University of Chicago Press Journals

Seafood safety questioned
"The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it is checking whether shipments of Chinese seafood on an agency watch list were properly cleared for public consumption without being tested for banned drugs or chemicals." Forbes

August 8, 2007

Raw milk gains favor
"No matter why they drink it, the demand for it is booming." The New York Times

Bottled water isn't better
"Today, Americans aren't just drinking bottled water, we're practically soggy with it." The Virginian-Pilot

Similar body types attract
"Overweight couples pass on obesity genes, say scientists. " Reuters

August 7, 2007

Ads trick kids taste buds
"Anything made by McDonald's tastes better, preschoolers said in a study that demonstrates how advertising can trick the taste buds of young children." Associated Press

Honey remedy returns
"For biochemist Peter Molan, honey's ancient healing power isn't just a matter of faith." The Washington Post

Obesity, linked to birth defects
"Women who are obese before pregnancy face a higher risk of having babies with a variety of birth defects than women with a healthy weight, a new study suggests." The Seattle Times

August 6, 2007

Kids need more sleep
"A study finds that lots of kids suffer from sleep deprivation. And many are being treated with medication instead of through behavioral methods." The Los Angeles Times

Heavy kids risk hearts early
"Overweight children with high cholesterol, blood pressure and sugar levels are much more likely than children with normal readings to have heart disease or strokes by their 30s and 40s, a study suggests today." USA Today

Pharmaceutical ads get savvy
"Savvy marketing whets our appetite for prescription pharmaceuticals. Consumers, doctors, researchers -- no one is immune" The Los Angeles Times

August 5, 2007

Athletes get mental coaches
"The idea that mental coaching can help the youngest athletes has pervaded the upper reaches of the country's zealous youth sports culture. " The New York Times

Health can be contagious
"Now, scientists believe that social networks not only can spread diseases, like the common cold, but also may influence many types of behavior." The New York Times

August 4, 2007

Food-safety system questioned
"Customers dining on surf and turf at a local restaurant may find themselves feasting on steak and a handful of breaded shrimp that took wildly disparate paths through a disjointed American food-safety system." The Washington Post

Anger ups heart risk
" Men who are hostile and prone to frequent intense feelings of anger and depression could be harming their immune systems and putting themselves at risk for coronary heart disease as well as related disorders like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study finds." Center For The Advancement Of Health

Sun helps beat breast cancer
"Women who stay out of the sun are increasing their risk of developing breast cancer, a new study suggests." The Times

August 3, 2007

Shops ignore trans fat ban
"Conceived for teenagers, Overtime Fitness has a rock-climbing tower, a lounge area with a flat-screen television and a study room with Internet access." The New York Times

Lead prompts major toy recall
"All were part of a worldwide safety recall of 83 types of Fisher-Price toys deemed potentially hazardous because of lead-tainted paint. In all, nearly 1 million toys were recalled in the US." Business Week

Moms too quick to bottle feed
"Nearly three-quarters of new mothers in the United States are breast-feeding their babies, but they are quitting too soon and resorting to infant formula too often, federal health officials said Thursday." Associated Press

August 2, 2007

Gym caters to teens
"Conceived for teenagers, Overtime Fitness has a rock-climbing tower, a lounge area with a flat-screen television and a study room with Internet access." The New York Times

Unhealthy lifestyle gets pricey
"For employees at Clarian Health, feeling the burn of trying to lose weight will take on new meaning." Business Week

Tobacco regulation gets OK
"A Senate committee approved legislation that would allow federal regulation of cigarettes for the first time." The New York Times

August 1, 2007

Menus to list nutrition info
"Menus in Montgomery County's chain restaurants would have to list nutritional information such as calories, sodium and fat content under a proposal submitted yesterday to the County Council." The Washington Post

Fight on for natural athletes
"Is it inevitable that there soon will be two kinds of leagues in baseball, basketball or football -- the Naturals and the Enhanced?" The Washington Post

Lawsuits put remedy on trial
"Consumers across the country have alleged in more than 400 lawsuits filed in courts and complaints logged with federal regulators that Zicam nasal gel, meant to relieve cold symptoms, has destroyed or diminished their sense of smell or taste." USA Today

July 31, 2007

Nicotine addicts youths faster
"A young cigarette smoker can begin to feel powerful desires for nicotine within two days of first inhaling, a new study has found, and about half of children who become addicted report symptoms of dependence by the time they are smoking only seven cigarettes a month." The New York Times

Heart disease deaths decline
"From 1980 through 2000, the age-adjusted death rate for coronary heart disease fell to 266.8 deaths per 100,000 men from 542.9 deaths, and to 134.4 deaths per 100,000 women from 263.3." The New York Times

Home remedies repel pests
"Some people say banana peels do the trick. Others swear by butter, nail polish or a hair dryer turned on high and aimed at the invasion site." The Washington Post

July 30, 2007

Major MS advance made
"Medical researchers have made a significant advance in understanding multiple sclerosis, a common neurological disease that causes symptoms ranging from muscle weakness to paralysis." The New York Times

Family habits keep kids fit
" Life for the Washington family has changed. Instead of fast food for dinner, they have grilled chicken and vegetables. Sugary drinks have been replaced with diet soda. Frisbee games in their yard have encroached on television time." Associated Press

Solid food fills best
"Glasses of juice may go down easier and quicker than bowls of fruit, but if you drink them, beware. Your body is less likely to register the calories they contain, and you may end up overindulging." The Los Angeles Times

July 29, 2007

Uneven care hurts patients
"The first doctor gave her six months to live. The second and third said chemotherapy would buy more time, but surgery would not. A fourth offered to operate." The New York Times

Clinical ecology gets respect
"Though a controversial new branch of medicine called clinical ecology (or environmental medicine) has sprung up to help treat people who are hypersensitive to chemicals." The Chicago Tribune

Men know less about cancer
"The risk of dying from cancer in the United States is on the rise - right? Well, yes, say almost 68 percent of Americans. But, no, say cancer experts and their data." The Register-Mail

July 28, 2007

Proof thin for fat quick fix
"It's being touted by some as the newest way to lose inches without diet, exercise or surgery. Instead, patients receive injections of a cocktail of FDA-approved solutions that dissolve fat from the body's most notorious trouble spots: love handles, saddlebags, bra bulges and the jelly belly." WFLA

Running worth the risk
"Runners live longer because they take everything else into consideration. It's a lifestyle change." The Fayetteville Observer

Tomato soup aids fertility
"They have discovered that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red coloring, can turn sperm into super-sperm." The Telegraph

July 27, 2007

Pot ups psychosis risk
"People who smoke marijuana daily or weekly double their risk of developing a psychotic illness over their lifetime." The Los Angeles Times

Popular drug hurts heart
"Two drugs commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes double the risk of heart failure, a study of data on more than 78,000 patients suggests." BBC

Sumo tries to lose big
"'I was sick and tired of being sick and tired,' the 42-year-old said. 'I want to just get back to my life.'" The Washington Post

July 26, 2007

Obesity spreads socially
"Obesity appears to spread from one person to another like a virus or a fad, researchers reported yesterday in a first-of-its-kind study that helps explain -- and could help fight -- one of the nation's biggest public health problems." The Washington Post

Peanut allergy cure found
"Science may soon come to the rescue of the fast growing number of people who suffer from dangerous peanut allergies." CP

Pollution ups heart risk
"Diesel fumes appear to combine with artery-clogging fats to raise the risk of heart disease, research suggests." BBC

July 25, 2007

Rights enters food debate
"The first farm animal Gene Baur ever snatched from a stockyard was a lamb he named Hilda." The New York Times

Home gardens take root
"Dedicated vegetable gardeners are ripping out their front lawns and planting dinner." The Associated Press

Contestants race to lose
"Stacey Barich changed her mind about having surgery to lose weight when her mother contracted a serious infection after a hospital stay. That is when she knew she had to find another way." The Associated Press

July 24, 2007

Cholesterol, cancer link found
"People who significantly cut their cholesterol levels with statins may raise the risk of cancer, a study says." BBC

Echinacea proves cold helper
"Echinacea helps banish colds. Echinacea has no effect on colds. The verdict seems to shift with each new scientific study of the herbal remedy." The New York Times

Botulism scare closes plant
"Castleberry's Food Company is the latest in a series of companies, this year, to recall food products due to contamination. " The Associated Press

July 23, 2007

Eating disorders strike growing number of middle-aged women
"Kelli Smith was nervous as she walked into the Philadelphia treatment center, seeking help at last for her anorexia. Looking around at the other patients, she was struck by how young they seemed." The Associated Press

Food companies limit ads to kids
" Eleven of the nation's biggest food and drink companies will adopt new rules to limit advertising to children under the age of 12, a move that restricts ads for products such as McDonald's Happy Meals and the use of popular cartoon characters." The Associated Press

Schools skirt fitness mandate
"Florida got loads of national attention this summer for its decision to force elementary schoolers onto the playground for more physical activity." The St. Petersburg Times

July 22, 2007

Food watchdogs overwhelmed
"Each year, customs officials say, agents are able to inspect only about 2 percent of every kind of item that comes into the port." The Palm Beach Post

Supersize' makes a come back
"It wasn't too long ago that the only thing McDonald's seemed good at was making people fat." The New York Times

Trans fat free movement grows
"The heavy hitters in fast foods are also boarding the trans-fat-free bandwagon." TC Palm

July 21, 2007

New diet promotes eating local
" It is just one challenge the city resident has faced since July 1, when she embarked on the 100-mile diet, an effort to eat nothing but products grown or raised within a 100-mile radius of her Brantford home. " The Expositor

Seattle bans trans fat
"Chain restaurants in Seattle and most of its suburbs soon will not be able to use artificial trans fats and will have to provide nutritional information for menu items." The Associated Press

No soda is good soda
"Drinking one or more soft drink daily puts you at 30 percent or more higher risk of developing new-onset obesity." McCook Daily Gazette

July 20, 2007

Short breaks enhance workout
" A new study has found that people who take a short break in the middle of their exercise regime tend to burn more fat than those who exercise non-stop." AHN

More schools go healthy
"As the federal government prepares to raise standards for food served in schools, vendors such as Smith are rolling out healthier versions of lunchroom favorites." The Associated Press

Athletes see surgery as cure-all
"If reconstructive elbow surgery were performed on his healthy throwing arm, might he gain some speed on his fastball?" The New York Times

July 19, 2007

Kids turn to personal trainers
"Brace yourselves, parents. Besides shuttling the kids to cello lessons, algebra tutoring, soccer matches and basketball practice, there's one more activity emerging to give prepubescent go-getters a leg up these days: sports performance training." The New York Times

Panel to up food import safety
"President Bush created a Cabinet-level panel Wednesday to improve the safety of imported food and other products, responding to concerns raised after tainted toothpaste and pet food reached the United States from China." The Los Angeles Times

Organics go mainstream
"The organic movement has earned high marks for its environmental accomplishments, but when it comes to socioeconomic issues, the high-minded ethos falls flat." UTNE Reader

July 18, 2007

Low GI diet ups weight loss
"Obese people desperate to lose their excess flab could speed up their weight loss by switching to a low glycaemic index (GI) diet, new research shows." AAP

Nintendo targets fitness market
"Nintendo has introduced an add-on to its popular Wii video game system designed to bring physical fitness to couch-potato gamers." Cox News Service

Yoga may help fertility
"More than 6 million couples in the US are affected by infertility. A growing body of evidence suggests that controllable factors may be the reason many can't conceive." WSYR

July 17, 2007

Weight training help heart
"While conventional wisdom once held that people with heart disease shouldn't pump iron, a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association says some resistance training can be good for them." The Wall Street Journal

Hotels turn to lighter options
"High-mileage business traveler Warren Kurtzman says he's 'almost always limited to a salad' when he wants a healthy meal at a hotel." USA Today

More ways to guard skin
"Constant worrying about the sun and its power to burn, wrinkle and mottle the skin or worse, cause cancer comes with the summer territory." The Los Angeles Times

July 16, 2007

Smoke ban nears vote
"A statewide indoor smoking ban that would prevent people from lighting up in most public places, including casinos, restaurants and bars, could be voted on by the state House as early as today." The Patriot News

Stigma hurts obese kids
"Overweight children are stigmatized by their peers as early as age 3 and even face bias from their parents and teachers, giving them a quality of life comparable to people with cancer, a new analysis concludes." Associated Press

Negative talks adds to pain
"Girls who dish to their friends about their problems may actually be increasing their misery by doing so." ABC News

July 15, 2007

Rich and poor eat poorly
"Poorer households that live on a diet of high fat and sugary fast food have been frequently blamed for dragging down the nation's health record." The Telegraph

Lost sleep can't be made up
"Humans are unable to catch up on sleep if it happens night after night." The Sunday Herald-Sun

Stress goes on trial
"A landmark court case is set to define how much stress workers can be expected to put up with on the job." The Sunday Star Times

July 14, 2007

Nutrition analysis biz booms
"The business of counting calories is starting to add up." Associated Press

State considers smoke ban
"The state House, considering a statewide smoking ban Friday for the second time in eight days, defeated a key amendment that would have inserted additional exceptions into a Senate-passed bill." Associated Press

Exercise key to heart recovery
"Thanks to research over the last decade, and particularly in the last year, that advice has shown to be greatly contradicted - physical activity is now considered a primary therapy." The Australian

July 13, 2007

'Info stress' impacts health
"Data Smog. Information pollution. Info stress. Call it what you will. but email is undoubtedly the big contributor." The Age

Eat veggies for healthy lungs
"Now there is another good reason to urge your teenagers to eat up their fruit, vegetables and oily fish" The Times

Smoke bans head outside
"Summer fun is going smokeless as outdoor smoking bans sweep the nation." USA Today

July 12, 2007

Ban on young models proposed
"Models under 16 should be banned from the catwalks and tougher measures introduced to protect their older teenage peers from eating disorders, an independent inquiry has concluded." The Independent

'Fat tax' may save lives
"A 'fat tax' on unhealthy foods could prevent more than 3,000 deaths from heart attack and stroke every year in the UK, experts have said." The Guardian

Kids shun fruit for junk
"Athletes who take ice baths to prevent muscle soreness after exercise could be doing more harm than good, researchers said yesterday." The Guardian

July 11, 2007

Cloned meat likely by 2010
"Humans will be eating meat produced from cloned animals within three years, scientists predicted yesterday." The Telegraph

Court hears 'light' smokes case
"U.S. appeals court judges considered on Tuesday whether a $200 billion lawsuit against big tobacco companies by smokers of 'light' cigarettes should be allowed to go ahead as a class action." Reuters

Ice baths may harm muscles
"Athletes who take ice baths to prevent muscle soreness after exercise could be doing more harm than good, researchers said yesterday." The Telegraph

July 10, 2007

Western diet ups cancer risk
"Post-menopausal Chinese women who eat a Western-style diet heavy in meat and sweets face a higher risk of breast cancer than their counterparts who stick to a typical Chinese diet loaded with vegetables and soy, a study says." Reuters

Asthma can be aided naturally
"Many asthma sufferers would like to reduce their dependence on their inhalers." The Guardian

Organic veggies are better
"Organic fruit and vegetables really are better for your health. It's a fact." Western Mail

July 9, 2007

Parents hope pedal powered TV will help get kids into shape
"Once upon a time parents would take their children to the park when they wanted to ride their bike." The Daily Mail

Autism spike ups vaccine fear
"A leading expert on eating disorders has warned parents to act quickly if they suspect their children are having problems with food and get them professional help." The Telegraph

Study links mental illness with prenatal exposure to smoke
"Pregnant women exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely than their unexposed counterparts to have children with psychological problems." Reuters

July 8, 2007

Cell phone radiation fears grow
"Two-thirds of Britons believe radiation from mobile phones and their masts has affected their health, a startling official survey shows." The Independent

Parents urged to act fast on eating disorder suspicions
"A leading expert on eating disorders has warned parents to act quickly if they suspect their children are having problems with food and get them professional help." The Independent

Autism spike worries officials
"A study, as yet unpublished, shows that as many as one in 58 children may have some form of the condition." The Guardian

July 7, 2007

Burger King to go trans-fat free
"Burger King said two trans-fat-free oil blends passed tests. If adequate supply becomes available, the U.S. rollout of the oils could be completed sooner than 2008." Associated Press

Congress wants tobacco tax dollars to help keep kids healthy
"The United States' 45 million smokers will probably help pay for the spending increase that Democrats want for children's health insurance." The Independent

BMI may be a poor measure
"Life insurance companies are using a flawed measure of assessing body fatness as the basis for charging many customers higher premiums, Massey health researchers say." Science Alert

July 6, 2007

One in four fashion models may suffer from an eating disorder
"The fashion industry's obsession with size zero could be driving an even bigger increase in eating disorders among models than previously thought, with four out of ten said to be suffering, according to a new study." The Independent

Child obesity study extended
"A government task force examining the effect the media might have on childhood obesity delayed the release of its report on Thursday." Reuters

Meditators are more alert
"People who meditate show signs they are surprisingly alert, the first study of its kind has found." ABC

July 5, 2007

Herb poses fertility risk
"Infertile women who supplement their fertility treatment with alternative medicines may be harming their chances of becoming pregnant, according to controversial research by psychologists. " The Guardian

Pre-packed sandwiches found to have as much salt as fries
"Pre-packed sandwiches may contain as much salt as several bags of crisps, a study carried out for the BBC suggests." BBC

Thousands of young diabetics skip shots to lose weight
"Thousands of young diabetics are risking their lives by skipping insulin injections in order to lose weight, a leading charity has warned." The Scotsman

July 4, 2007

NYC fast food chains reject calorie count requirement
"New Yorkers may have tasted the difference as new rules took effect barring transfers, but they couldn't always see the effect of a requirement that restaurants list calorie counts on menus." Associated Press

Mauritania seeks to overturn plump body ideal
" At the Olympic Sports Stadium here, a collection of dun-colored buildings rising mirage-like from the vast Sahara, about a dozen women clad in tennis shoes and sandals circled the grandstands one evening in late June, puffing with each step." The New York Times

Eye examine provides insight into heart attack, stroke risk
"Childrens eye tests may be able to show how likely they are to have a heart attack or stroke in later life, scientists have said." The Daily Telegraph

July 3, 2007

Stress proves fattening
"New research published in an international journal has revealed that chronic stress triggers the body's fat cells to grow and multiply." AAP

Smoking may kill 1 billion
"One billion people will die of tobacco-related diseases this century unless governments in rich and poor countries alike get serious about preventing smoking, top World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Monday." Reuters

Club goers risk hearing loss
"Nine out of 10 young people show signs of hearing damage after a night spent listening to loud music at a club or pub, according to a survey." Reuters

July 2, 2007

Shunning modern foods may prove good move for diabetics
"People with diabetes could improve their condition by forgoing modern foods for a 'Stone-Age' diet, a study suggests." The Independent

NYC trans fat ban begins
"New York has become the first US city to banish trans-fats from its restaurants, but the city is facing an uphill struggle in forcing some eateries to display calorie information on their menus. " The Times

Cat allergy more widespread than previously believed
"Household cats can trigger allergic reactions in more than a quarter of the population, suggesting the pets have a far greater impact on human health than doctors had previously believed, scientists warned yesterday." The Guardian

July 1, 2007

Insomnia hits women harder
"Whether it's due to partners snoring, nagging consciences or the stresses and anxieties of modern life, new research has revealed that women are almost 20 per cent more likely to suffer insomnia than men." The Guardian

English smoke ban begins
"Improvements in people's health will begin to filter through the population almost as soon as England's smoking ban takes effect today. " The Observer

Authorities pump processed foods with vitamins, minerals
"Everyday items like bread, milk, margarine, juice and cereals are increasingly being pumped with added vitamins and minerals." The Sunday Telegraph

June 30, 2007

Disabled doesn't mean unhappy
"Sorrow and pity are natural responses to disability in children - but they are misplaced, researchers say." The Independent

Sun won't fulfill body's vitamin D needs
"In many people, vitamin D levels can remain low despite abundant exposure to sunlight, research shows." Reuters

Less TV is better for kids
"New research based on a groundbreaking study of Australian children has found the more highly educated a parent, the more time a child will spend engaged in activities nourishing their brain." The Australian

June 29, 2007

Canada curbs tobacco ads
"Playing chess, reading newspapers and engaging the brain in other tasks can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in later life, according to a study." Reuters

It's never too late to get healthy
"Even in middle age, adopting a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk for heart disease and premature death within years of changing habits, researchers reported yesterday." Reuters

Obese are twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease
"Britain's obesity explosion could trigger a second even more serious epidemic - of dementia. Experts warned yesterday that our fondness for fast food and resistance to exercise was not only causing waistlines to bulge - it is also damaging our brains." The Independent

June 28, 2007

Active minds resist Alzheimer's
"Playing chess, reading newspapers and engaging the brain in other tasks can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in later life, according to a study." The Guardian

Old-fashioned relaxation method helps asthma sufferers
"An old-fashioned breathing and relaxation technique could help those with asthma, research suggests." Associated Press

Calcium from food is better than pills
"Women trying to keep their bones strong after menopause may be better off eating plenty of calcium-rich food instead of relying on supplements for their intake of the mineral, a new study shows." Reuters

June 27, 2007

NYC prepares for trans fat ban
"No more trans fats with those french fries? No problem." Associated Press

Tibetan refugees to introduce organic farming in India
Tibetan refugees plan to introduce organic farming in India with the help of an Italian NGO." IANS

June 26, 2007

Aspartame, cancer link denied
"A U.S. consumer group called for an urgent Food and Drug Administration review of the safety of aspartame on Monday, but the FDA said there was no immediate need to do so despite a new study showing the sweetener may cause cancer." Reuters

Small plate aids weight loss
"Overweight people with diabetes have as much success dropping pounds using a colorful dinner plate that measures food portions as they do on many weight-loss drugs, Canadian researchers said on Monday." Reuters

Soy proves good for bones
"Supplements containing a soy compound called genistein may help in increasing women's bone mass." Reuters

June 25, 2007

New anti-smoking drive targets parents
"Smoking at home - and especially parents who light up in front of children - will be the target of the next stage of the Government's health drive, the chief medical officer has announced." The Telegraph

Echinacea cuts cold risk by 50 percent
"Echinacea, a medicinal herb that came to prominence thanks to its use by Sioux Indians, can more than halve the risk of catching a cold, a wide-scale study has confirmed." AFP

Video game addiction is not a disease, doctors say
"Doctors have backed away from a controversial proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder akin to alcoholism, saying psychiatrists should study the issue more." Reuters

June 24, 2007

Over exercise harms young athletes
"Children as young as four are being treated in increasing numbers for injuries caused by too much physical exertion." The Independent

Prescription drugs may cause weight gain
"Thousands of people who take prescription medicines for everyday conditions are gaining large amounts of weight as an unexpected side effect, scientists have warned." The Independent

Sports star takes on child obesity
"Any kid who was ever picked on would relish this moment. The really big man asks the boy if anyone harasses him. The obese middle school student points to an older kid who teases him, saying he's fat." The Boston Herald

June 23, 2007

Putting feelings into words reduces intensity "Putting feelings into words makes sadness and anger less intense, US brain researchers say in a finding that explains why talking to a therapist - or even a sympathetic bartender - often makes people feel better." Reuters

FDA approves rules for vitamins, supplements
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new government standards for the manufacture of vitamins and dietary supplements." UPI

June 22, 2007

Sun-free kids risk rickets
"Protecting babies against skin cancer by keeping them out of the sun is putting them at risk of the crippling bone disease rickets, doctors have warned." The Telegraph

Fitness predicts heart disease "Cardiovascular fitness may predict the odds of a future heart attack in men and women with no apparent signs of heart disease, a large study suggests." Reuters

Artificial sweeteners should carry warning labels, expert says
"Chewing gum, soft drinks, and other products containing an artificial sweetener linked to health problems should be clearly labeled with warnings." The New Zealand Herald

June 21, 2007

Drug from the sea offers cancer hope
"A drug made from the sea squirt may help those with a form of cancer." BBC

Petting zoo visitors risk health
"Zoo visitors are risking infections by not paying heed to hygiene after touching animals." BBC

Many pre-teen athletes admit to doping
"Just over 1% of 11-year-olds admit to using drugs to boost their athletic performance." Reuters

June 20, 2007

Ad campaign banned for poor health message
"Fifty years after Britons were implored to 'Go to work on an egg,' an advertising watchdog has banned a revival of the campaign, saying that it breaches health guidelines." The Times

Avoiding 'energy dense' foods aids weight loss
"Foods that fill you up without packing a ton of calories can help in the battle of the bulge, results of a new study suggest." Reuters

June 19, 2007

Body fat percentage is key for anorexic recovery
"Achieving a normal percentage of body fat seems to provides a good chance of recovering from anorexia nervosa in the long-term." Reuters

Blackcurrant proves 'superfruit'
"The humble blackcurrant is the ultimate 'superfruit' which can help fight cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's, new findings show." The Telegraph

June 18, 2007

Rosehips helps arthritis
"Rosehips may provide an effective alternative treatment for sufferers of crippling rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests." The Scotsman

Candy maker downsizes to curb obesity
"Mars UK tried to curry favor with health chiefs by halting production of its super-size chocolate bars to help to tackle obesity." The Times

Drinking trend may lead to liver disease epidemic
"Britain will be gripped by a liver disease epidemic within 15 years because of the prevalence of binge drinking, medical experts have warned." The Telegraph

June 17, 2007

Pureed food is not natural, experts say
"Feeding babies on pureed food is unnatural and unnecessary, according to one of Unicef's leading child care experts, who says they should be fed exclusively with breast milk and formula milk for the first six months, then weaned immediately on to solids." The Guardian

Governments block obese couples from adopting
"Overweight couples desperate to adopt are being told they are too fat to make good parents." The Sunday Mail

Weight Watchers food contains unhealthful fat
"A popular range of Weight Watchers desserts is made with harmful hydrogenated fat, which is known to put consumers at risk of heart disease." The Sunday Telegraph

June 16, 2007

Kellogg's to halt junk food marketing to kids
"The breakfast cereal giant Kellogg's will no longer advertise its most unhealthy products to young children as part of a worldwide shift in its marketing strategy, but some parents and health groups say the shift is cosmetic." The Sydney Morning Herald

Children need sunglasses, opticians say
"Children as young as three-years-old should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes, according to opticians." The Telegraph

June 15, 2007

Treat obesity as child neglect, doctors say
"Obesity has played a part in at least 20 child-protection cases across Britain in the past year, a study has found." The Times

Warning issued over excess salt, fat in ready-to-eat meals
"Some ready meals are 'crammed' with salt and fat, a consumer group said yesterday." The Telegraph

Excessive drinking linked to half premature of deaths in Russia
"Excessive drinking causes nearly half of all deaths among Russian men of working age, researchers have found. But it is not just vodka doing the damage." The Independent

June 14, 2007

Hay fever may lower test scores
"Children who suffer from hay fever are twice as likely to drop a grade between their mock and final exams compared with youngsters without the condition, a study revealed yesterday." The Scotsman

Obesity paradox hurts heart
"Among men with symptoms of heart disease, those who are obese tend to live longer than their normal-weight counterparts, a new study suggests." Reuters

Top donut chains make find fans in Asia
"Some of the world's top donut chains are rolling into Asian nations as the region embraces the Western fast-food fad." Reuters

June 13, 2007

Stress, Alzheimer's link found
"People who are often stressed or depressed are far more likely to develop memory problems than those with sunnier dispositions, according to researchers in the United States." Reuters

Health care varies widely across the US
"Hawaii, the first U.S. state to mandate that employers provide health insurance for workers, scored best among its peers in providing safe and affordable medical care, a report released on Wednesday found." Reuters

Antidepressants linked to bone loss
"Older women who take certain antidepressants are at increased risk of fracturing a bone, but it's not clear whether the association is due to the drugs, depression itself, or some other factor." Reuters

June 12, 2007

Antibiotics may up asthma risk in kids
"Children who got antibiotics as babies had a higher risk of developing asthma by age 7, Canadian researchers said on Monday." Reuters

First impressions important for doctors
"Doctors should know that when meeting a new patient for the first time there is no second chance to make a good first impression, researchers said on Monday." Reuters

June 11, 2007

Ditching sugar may be key to young skin, dermatologist says
"He believes that by simply reducing your sugar intake, you can turn back the clock by ten years and improve the texture, tone and radiance of your skin." The Daily Mail

Americans flock to Europe for obesity pill
"Sanofi-Aventis SA's weight-loss pill Acomplia isn't yet approved in the U.S. after months of delay and questions about its safety. Some Americans aren't waiting." Bloomberg

June 10, 2007

Doctors urge putting young obese children into care
"Doctors are calling for the parents of obese children under the age of 12 to be targeted under child protection laws and for their offspring to be taken into care." The Independent

Alzheimer's cases may quadruple
"More than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050." Associated Press

Weight at middle age key to diabetes risk
"People carrying excess weight who aim to ward off diabetes should try to lose the pounds before they reach middle age, Australian researchers suggest." Reuters

June 9, 2007

Eating fruit and walking cuts breast cancer risk in half
"Women with breast cancer can halve their risk of dying from the disease if they eat fruit and take up walking, research released yesterday has shown." The Independent

Worry causes brain drain
"Psychologists have long known that stereotypes about intelligence can be self-fulfilling, leading women, minorities and even non-Asian maths students to perform poorly if expected of them." The Chicago Tribute

High-impact sports ups bone density
"The high-impact tumbling of gymnastics may boost young girls' muscle mass and bone density, a small study claims." Reuters

June 8, 2007

More older women becoming moms
"Women over 40 are flocking to fertility clinics in a final attempt to start a family before their biological clock stops ticking, latest figures show." The Independent

Vitamin D lowers cancer risk
"Building hope for one pill to prevent many cancers, vitamin D cut the risk of several types of cancer by 60 percent overall for older women in the most rigorous study yet." Associated Press

Agency may ban whole milk ads from kids TV shows
"Confusion over new rules means adverts for whole-fat milk might not appear during children's TV shows." The Guardian

June 7, 2007

Avocado toxin may help fight cancer
"A toxin found in avocados could improve the disease-killing effects of the major breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, scientists believe." AAP

Indoor swimming pools may put infants' lungs at risk
"Infant swimming lessons in an indoor pool may have the unintended effect of raising some children's risk of asthma later on, new research suggests." Reuters

Scientists find gene roots of seven common diseases
"Scientists have made a major leap in unravelling the genetic causes of seven common diseases, including diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure, by completing the largest analysis of the human genome." The Guardian

June 6, 2007

Molecule responsible for weight, fidgetiness discovered
"Scientists working in the United States and Germany say they have found a molecule which could be responsible for how fidgety or fat people are." ABC

Scientists find proof tea of tea, weight loss link
"Chinese scientists have proved it - tea can help make you thin." Reuters

Doctors call for higher taxes to deter drinking
"The government yesterday launched a strategy to tackle more than 7 million 'hazardous and harmful' drinkers in the UK, but was immediately criticized for soft-pedaling by postponing action to deal with cut-price alcohol promotions." The Guardian

June 5, 2007

Anti-smoking aid industry booms
"From patches and pills to courses of hypnotherapy, increasing numbers of smokers have been shopping in hope of a nicotine-free future in the run-up to the smoking ban." The Independent

Pesticide use in homes ups cancer risk
"People who spray houseplants with pesticide sprays may be at a greater risk of developing brain tumors, scientists claim today." The Guardian

Diet plan promises green weight loss
"A soon-to-be-published weight-loss book helps dieters reduce not just their intake of calories but the negative impact of their food consumption choices on the environment." The Daily Telegraph

June 4, 2007

No cancer help from shark fin, study shows
"Shark fin soup might taste good. But it won't do much for cancer." The New York Times

Overweight single moms more likely to have overweight kids
"A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows a mother's weight and marital status have more influence on childhood obesity than her parenting style." AAP

June 3, 2007

Affection is good for heart
"Affectionate physical contact is better for a woman's health than whispering sweet nothings in her ear, according to new research. Men, on the other hand, are healthier when their partner says nice things to them." The Independent

Viewers eat more when watching good TV
"People eat more when they are glued to the television, and the more entertaining the program, the more they eat, according to research presented in Toronto." Reuters

Flaxseed, ginseng may help fight cancer
"US research into alternative medicines suggests flaxseed slows the growth of prostate tumors and ginseng helps relieve the fatigue of cancer patients." Reuters

June 2, 2007

Cancer tied to 9/11 dust
"The head of the largest program tracking the health of World Trade center site workers says several have developed rare blood cell cancers, raising fears cancer will become a 'third wave' of illnesses among those exposed to toxic dust after September 11, 2001." Associated Press

Smoking ups depression risk
"Persistent smokers appear to be at increased risk for becoming depressed compared to never smokers, results of a long-term study of Finnish twins suggest. On the other hand, this association was not seen in individuals who stopped smoking many years ago." Reuters

June 1, 2007

Folic acid cuts stroke risk
"Taking folic acid supplements reduces the risk of stroke by 18%, according to a large study published in today's Lancet." The Guardian

Drinking ups heart risk in women
"A new American study provides yet more evidence that when it comes to alcohol and health, moderation is key" Reuters

Sick workers need to stay home, experts say
"Virologist says staying home better for productivity 94 per cent of employees work with a cold. Home hygiene responsible for most colds." The Herald Sun

May 31, 2007

Carbo-loading hurts heart
"Carbohydrate-rich diets are associated with slightly higher blood pressure than diets rich in mono-unsaturated fats, findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show." Reuters

Mom's stress can hurt baby
"Stress experienced by a woman during pregnancy may affect her unborn baby as early as 17 weeks after conception, with potentially harmful effects on brain and development, according to new research. The study is the first to show that unborn babies are exposed to their mother's stress hormones at such an early stage in pregnancy." The Guardian

Heavy babies risk obesity
"Babies who are born heavy and grow fast have a 150 per cent chance of being overweight or obese by the time they are 7 years old, a survey of more than 8000 children in Hong Kong has shown." Reuters

May 30, 2007

Switched on kids skimp on sleep
"Children are losing up to half an hour's sleep a night because of technology such as mobile phones, electronic games and television, according to a study that shows the less sleep they get, the less effective they are in the classroom." The Age

Pesticides linked to Parkinson's
"Exposure to pesticides and head trauma may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease, experts have said." The Press Association

China paying heavy price for second-hand smoke
"About 540 million Chinese are suffering the effects of passive smoking and over 100,000 of them die annually from diseases caused by passive smoking, according to the Ministry of Health." Xinhua

May 29, 2007

Calcium, vitamin D cuts breast cancer risk
"Younger women can cut their risk of breast cancer by more than a third by eating extra calcium and vitamin D, researchers claim." The Daily Mail

Obesity bad for bone health
"New research does not support the general belief that obesity increases bone mass and is therefore good for bone health." Reuters

Drinking apple juice daily may prevent asthma
"Drinking apple juice could halve the risk of developing asthma." The Evening Standard

May 28, 2007

Coca-cola to make another healthy buy
"Coca-Cola is rumored to have made a fresh approach to the owners of Scotland's Highland Spring mineral water." The Times

Cows that give skimmed milk naturally discovered
"Scientists in New Zealand have found cows that can produce skimmed milk naturally. If researchers can locate the genes behind it, the discovery could revolutionize the dairy industry." The Guardian

May 27, 2007

Frito-Lay labels to carry heart warning
"Vegetable oils, salad dressings, crackers and other oil-containing foods made by PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay unit will now carry claims that products with unsaturated fat can curb the risk of heart disease, US regulators said on Friday. " Reuters

Soda may cause cell damage
"A new health scare erupted over soft drinks last night amid evidence they may cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA." The Independent

Some vegetables can protect against bladder cancer
"Substances found in cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, may help protect people from bladder cancer, a new study shows." Reuters

May 26, 2007

Laughing can keep the weight off
"It won't replace a trip to the gym or a brisk walk, but a bout of hearty laughter is a proven fat burner. " The Australian

Binge drinking linked to poor choices
"Young adults who binge-drink frequently are more likely to show disadvantageous decision-making patterns than their peers who don't drink as heavily, a study shows." Reuters

May 25, 2007

Hyperactive kids linked to smoking moms
"Children whose mothers smoked during their pregnancy are up to nine times more likely to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, scientists say. " The Guardian

'Lite' foods may not be low fat
"They claim to be 'lite' and easy on the hips, but many popular low-fat yoghurts have more kilojoules than their full-fat counterparts, a study has shown." AAP

Doctors to study patients virtually
"Canadian scientists have created the world's first virtual computer model of a human body, translating a litany of complex medical and genomic data into 4D images to test drugs and surgeons' skills." AFP

May 24, 2007

Location influences weight
"Where you live may influence what you weigh, a new study has found. " AAP

Weight training reverses aging
"Gym training can rejuvenate the muscles of older people in a way that appears to reverse ageing, a study has shown." The Press Association

Toothpaste from China comes under scrutiny
"U.S. health officials are beginning to check all shipments of toothpaste coming from China, following reports of tainted products in other countries, a government spokesman said on Wednesday." Reuters

May 23, 2007

Group renews effort to ban government funded homeopathy
"A group of senior doctors and scientists has stepped up its campaign to stop homeopathic treatment being funded on the NHS. " The Independent

Obesity worsens asthma symptoms
"A new study finds that obese people are significantly more likely to have persistent or severe persistent asthma than their thinner counterparts." Science Daily

Period stopping pill approved
"Health officials say a birth-control pill that may eliminate a woman's monthly menstrual period has won US approval." Reuters

May 22, 2007

Fashion industry is told to grow up
"The chairwoman of an independent inquiry into the fashion industry's relationship with size-zero models warned yesterday that it was time for the industry to grow up." The Independent

Top diabetes drug linked to heart attacks
"The world's top-selling oral diabetes drug increases the risk of a heart attack by almost half, according to new research." The Independent

May 21, 2007

Vegetarians win victory with candy maker
"Chocolate maker Mars yesterday bowed to increasing pressure from vegetarians by abandoning plans to use animal products in its chocolates." The Scotsman

Obesity rise may be 'cancer time-bomb'
"Rising obesity levels mean a cancer 'time-bomb' is ticking, a health expert said on Monday." Reuters

Daily apple may prevent asthma, allergies
"A diet including apples and fish during pregnancy could help women protect their children from allergies and asthma, experts said yesterday." The Scotsman

May 20, 2007

High fat diet advocate challenged
"A visiting American food author who promotes eating butter, lard and raw milk and calls low-fat diets 'dangerous' has been slammed by Australian dietitians who say her advice flies in the face of contemporary health guidelines." The Sydney Morning Herald

Baby monitors pose radiation risk
"Baby monitors, bought by parents to keep their children safe, may instead be harming them, some scientists fear." The Independent

Robotic medical assistants in development
"Nurses, those caring people who have pulled many a patient back from the brink with their expertise, brow-wiping and tender words, are likely to be replaced soon by yards of wiring, transistors, hydraulics, a motherboard and light-emitting diodes." The Independent

May 19, 2007

Excess vitamin pills linked to cancer
"Men who pop too many vitamins may be raising their risk of the deadliest form of prostate cancer, especially men with a family history of the disease, researchers say." Reuters

Study takes new look at Alzheimer's, diet link
"A study is being launched to investigate possible links between diet and Alzheimer's disease." BBC

May 18, 2007

Applebee's quits trans fats
"Restaurant-chain operator Applebee's International Inc. said Thursday that it is no longer using trans fat frying oil at its more than 1,800 domestic restaurants." USA Today

Experts urge consumers to be smart about 'functional foods'
"Researchers warn today that the medicinal effect of the foods, also known as nutraceuticals, could rebound to produce unexpected side effects." The Independent

Yoga can relieve migraines
"A combination of yoga, breathing exercises and relaxation may help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines, a new study suggests." The New Zealand Herald

May 17, 2007

Cancer linked to chromium in drinking water
"A type of chromium highlighted in the film 'Erin Brockovich' causes cancer in lab animals when they drink it in water, and it could be harmful to people." Reuters

Group sues Burger King over trans fat
"A U.S. health-advocacy group sued Burger King Wednesday, alleging it has knowingly increased customers` risk of heart disease with its use of trans fats." UPI

Scientists 'wake-up' genes
"There is new hope for the follicly challenged. Scientists have found a way to regenerate hair follicles which may lead to a cure for baldness - and a bonanza for its inventors." The Independent

May 16, 2007

Cancer survival rates have doubled in 30 years
"Cancer survival rates have doubled over the last 30 years, according to figures published yesterday which show that a cancer patient now has an average 46.2% chance of living for 10 years after diagnosis." The Guardian

Boiling broccoli ruins health benefit
"Boiling broccoli ruins its cancer-fighting properties, researchers said yesterday." The Telegraph

May 15, 2007

Web-based exercise programs keep users fit
" People who spend their days in front of a computer may want to check out some fitness-related Web sites, according to a study published Monday." Reuters

Fiber, magnesium drops diabetes risk
"High levels of cereal fiber and magnesium are associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus." Reuters

'Treadmill desks' to keep office workers active
"As solutions to the obesity crisis go, one idea dreamed up by two US scientists could transform our notion of the office. Instead of walking to work, the pair have designed a desk that enables the overweight to walk at work." The Independent

May 14, 2007

'Ecotherapy' can ease depression
"Country walks can help reduce depression and raise self-esteem according to research published today, leading to calls for 'ecotherapy' to become a recognized treatment for people with mental health problems." The Independent

Good sleep reduces mistakes
"American researchers, using brain scans of volunteers playing a computer card game, have discovered that the sleep-deprived show increased signs of rash risk-taking." The Independent

May 13, 2007

Apples prove best superfood
"Experts say people would do as well to eat an orange or an apple as expensive foods that may be dense in 'micronutrients' - tiny amounts of essential vitamins and minerals, for instance - but which add little to well-being." The Guardian

Cell phone health risk inquiry launched
"Ministers are to investigate arrangements for erecting mobile phone masts in the light of growing fears that they may cause cancer and other diseases because of 'electronic smog'." The Independent

Do-it-yourself kit offered for schizophrenia
"Scientists are developing a revolutionary test to identify people at risk of cannabis-induced schizophrenia." The Independent

May 12, 2007

Group told to halt dairy weight loss claims
"U.S. dairy producers will have to stop pitching the idea that drinking more milk spurs weight loss, the Federal Trade Commission told a physician's advocacy group in a letter made public." Reuters

Authors accused of making overweight kids bully targets
"Children's books are 'demonizing' overweight pupils by portraying fat characters as spoilt, greedy and mean, according to an academic." The Telegraph

Flour, folic acid plan gets OK
"The addition of the vitamin to all flour would be the first mandatory fortification of a food since the second world war." The Guardian

May 11, 2007

School healthy eating programs keep kids stay fit
"The kids voted for their favorite vegetables, school cafeteria staff more accustomed to warming up frozen dishes learned how to slice fresh fruit and restaurants changed their menus." Reuters

Doctors who kept girl small broke the law
"Doctors who kept a severely disabled six-year-old girl artificially small by removing her uterus, appendix and breasts to 'improve her quality of life' broke the law." The Times

May 10, 2007

Food labeling gets rethink
"Australia's health ministers are considering a front-of-pack food labelling system to help people choose healthy products." ABC

Study finds no link between 100 percent fruit juice and obesity
"Contrary to popular belief, drinking pure 100 per cent fruit juice does not make young children overweight or at risk for becoming overweight." Reuters

May 9, 2007

More women opt to give birth alone
"Freebirthing involves giving birth alone, without a midwife and often even a partner or friend in attendance." The Guardian

May 8, 2007

Fathers influence kids weight more, study shows
"Fat children are more likely to have their father to blame for their weight problem than their mother, a new study shows." AAP

Drink maker apologizes for vitamin C error
"The maker of blackcurrant drink Ribena has launched an advertising campaign apologizing for misleading customers over the product's Vitamin C content." AAP

May 7, 2007

Diabetes numbers soar beyond predictions
"The prevalence of obesity-linked type 2 diabetes has rocketed ahead of official predictions, leading to a massive increase in the expected future costs of treating the disease, a new study says" The New Zealand Herald

Changing teen habits may be key to obesity fight
"A landmark obesity study has confirmed that 13 per cent of young Australians are extremely overweight, and most have piled on their extra kilos since childhood." The Australian

May 6, 2007

Britain to install 'Happiness tsar'
"Radical plans to set up free 'therapy for all' centers across the country could fail without proper funding, the Government's 'happiness tsar' has warned." The Independent

Millions suffer from junk food caused malnutrition
"Alarming levels of malnutrition have been recorded in Britain, The Independent on Sunday has learned, prompting further medical concern at the effects of the nation's addiction to salty, fatty, junk food." The Independent

New web tool to help with breakfast choices
"Cereal crimes are being uncovered by a new website designed to show parents what is healthy for kids' breakfasts." The New Zealand Herald

May 5, 2007

Alcohol causes brain shrink
"A study has found that, over time, drinking alcohol -- whether moderately or heavily -- is associated with decreased brain volume." The Australian

Binge-drinking culture is 'ticking time-bomb,' say experts
"Australia's binge-drinking culture is a time bomb that threatens to overload the public health system within decades, experts have warned." The Sydney Morning Herald

May 4, 2007

BBQ, smoked meats linked to breast cancer
"Postmenopausal women who like barbecued and smoked meat would be wise to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables too, a new study suggests." Reuters

May 3, 2007

Magnet treatment may help insomniacs
"Scientists may have discovered a way of triggering deep sleep in people suffering from chronic insomnia." The Independent

Warming homes lowers medical bills
"Improving heating options in homes dramatically improves the health of asthmatics, according to the findings of an Otago University study." The New Zealand Herald

Genetic basis found for caloric restriction, life extension effect
"Scientists have identified a gene which helps to explain how drastically reducing food intake can extend lifespan. " The Guardian

May 2, 2007

New Zealand launches Ritalin investigation
"The NSW Government will launch a statewide investigation into attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) amid warnings doctors were creating a 'Ritalin generation.'" AAP

Soup aids weight loss
"Eating soup with a meal could be the answer to the obesity crisis, according to scientists in the US." The Independent

May 1, 2007

Green tea helps arthritis
"A new study from the University of Michigan Health System suggests that a compound in green tea may provide therapeutic benefits to people with rheumatoid arthritis." The Hindu

Tooth decay on the rise in US
"Sugary foods and drinks and non-fluoridated bottled water may be helping to rot the teeth of more young US children, reversing four decades of progress against tooth decay, US health officials said on Monday." Reuters

April 30, 2007

Scientists develop 'exercise pill'
"American scientists have discovered an 'exercise pill' that switches on a gene that tells cells to burn fat. " The Independent

Migraine may cause brain damage
"People with migraines also may be suffering from some brain damage as brain cells swell and become starved of oxygen -- a finding that may help explain why migraine sufferers have a higher risk of stroke, researchers reported today." Reuters

April 29, 2007

Mental illness, cannabis use link found
"New evidence showing how cannabis disrupts brain function will be presented at an international conference in London this week." The Independent

Birds, bees suffer from 'electro-smog'
"First it was bees. Now it is birds and other insects, say reports describing how they are being thrown off-course by 'electrosmog.' " The Independent

Most heart attack victims fail to seek help, study shows
"Thousands of Australians who choose not to call an ambulance when they suffer a heart attack literally risk dying of embarrassment, the Heart Foundation said today." AAP

April 28, 2007

Diabetes drug may hurt heart
"Taking prescription drugs to prevent type-2 diabetes could increase the risk of cardiovascular failure." The Australian

Power-line building ban urged to reduce cancer
"Banning the building of new homes and schools within 60 meters of power lines is the 'best available option' for reducing deaths from childhood leukemia." The Guardian

Baha'i introduce plan to fight youth alcohol, drug use
"As consumerism, drugs, sex and alcohol sweep over today's youth, the Baha'i community is trying to stem the tide." The New Zealand Herald

April 27, 2007

Drug not justified when lifestyle change works, say experts
"A drug initially hailed by doctors as giving new hope to people who are at risk of diabetes should not be prescribed to them after all." The Independent

Defining fast food proves difficult for law makers
"Ask almost anyone to define a fast-food restaurant and they'll likely come up with an answer in far less time than it takes to devour a Big Mac." The Washington Post

Asthma linked to behavior problems in kids
"Children with asthma may be at increased risk of behavioral, emotional and developmental problems, particularly if the asthma is severe, the results of a new study suggest." Reuters

April 26, 2007

Migraine, heart attack link found
"Men who suffer migraine headaches have a higher risk of heart attacks, according to a study." Reuters

Experts urge junk food banned from US schools
"Sugary drinks, fatty chips and cakes should be banned from US schools in the face of rising childhood obesity fueled by these 'junk foods,' an expert panel said." Reuters

Website lets users track illness online
"The user-generated website Who is Sickis allowing Australians to track the spread of minor illnesses such as colds and stomach bugs on a local map." The Herald Sun

April 25, 2007

Fast food mornings make for stressful days
"Eating fast food in the morning leaves you more susceptible to stress during the day, a study has found." The Courier Mail

Warning issued as sunbed use soars
"Cancer specialists are alarmed at the increasing use of solariums to get a tan despite the threat of skin cancer." The New Zealand Herald

BBQ meats contain toxin risk
"A class of toxic chemicals released by grilling, broiling and frying meat may increase the risk of life-threatening diseases, according to a new study quoted by media reports Wednesday." Xinhua

April 24, 2007

Alcohol more harmful to women's brains
"The brain-damaging effects of alcohol strike women more quickly than men, a new study says." ABC

TV hurts toddlers, expert says
"Allowing children under three to watch television can impair their linguistic and social development and puts them at risk of health problems, a psychologist told MPs yesterday." The Guardian

Dog owners are more fit, study shows
"A new study shows dog owners are seven times more likely to achieve the recommended level of exercise a week than non-dog owners." ABC

April 23, 2007

Cancer victims confront phone companies
"The cause of all this illness in Coleshill is unclear. But many in the town in central Britain believe much of it can be attributed to a mobile phone mast." The Australian

Study reveals healthiest ways to cope with traffic
"Now English research has revealed that there are nine different methods of dealing with the grind of the daily commute." The New Zealand Herald

April 22, 2007

Agency to investigate wi-fi impact on health
"Britain's top health protection watchdog is pressing for a formal investigation into the hazards of using wireless communication networks in schools amid mounting concern that they may be damaging children's health." The Independent

New smoke ban targets teens
"Radical plans to clamp down on the way cigarettes are sold are being considered by the government in an effort to tackle historically high levels of smoking among teenagers." The Guardian

Plan trains youth to combat depression in peers
"Plans are in action to train youth to provide support to their friends who may be depressed" ABC

April 21, 2007

Healthy bodies make healthy minds, study shows
"A regular run through the park may improve not only heart health but also mental health, a study suggests." The New Zealand Herald

Groups lobby Hollywood to quit smoke habit
"Cigarette smoke may have been banished from public spaces across most of America but not, it seems, from cinemas, at least when it comes to the actors on the screen." The Independent

April 20, 2007

Australia considers fast food ad ban
"The Australian Medical Association (AMA) says new research proves the Federal Government should ban junk food advertisements aimed at children." ABC

Less salt boosts heart health
"Cutting back on salt, a practice known to prevent hypertension, may also stop heart attacks and strokes, a study in the British Medical Journal found." Bloomberg

Drought, soaring veggie prices may fuel obesity
"Australians' health could be put at risk unless the government keeps fruit and vegetable prices in check amid rising drought pressures, Labor's health spokeswoman says." AAP

April 19, 2007

Objects, services expand for growing waistlines
"Patients are at risk of malnutrition as there are not enough nurses to ensure they are properly fed, a poll says." The Guardian

Hormone therapy linked to cancer
"It was once described as the last frontier in the emancipation of women, a pill that would alleviate the transition through menopause and allow those who took it to glide into a middle age of contentment." The Independent

April 18, 2007

A little sun may keep away colds, flu
"Twenty minutes' lying in the sun could provide your best chance of avoiding colds and flu, according to new research which demonstrates that vitamin D, not vitamin C, provides the most efficient protection against cold viruses." The New Zealand Herald

'Well-being' breaks gain popularity
"From yoga retreats in Thailand to seaweed wraps in Torquay, Britons are alleviating the stress of the 21st century by going on 'well-being' holidays to bolster body and mind." The Independent

April 17, 2007

Popular computer game system leaves kids aching
"The Wii is a must-have for the gamer generation, but instead of burning calories and making them fit, it may be giving them aching backs, sore shoulders." Times Online

Major air pollution drop after Irish smoke ban
"Ireland's smoking ban has resulted in an 83 percent drop in air pollution in pubs, improving bar workers' health, according to a study published on Monday." The Independent

Child obesity linked to ear infections
"Childhood obesity may be associated with a condition known as otitis media with effusion, which consists of fluid build-up in the middle ear space without symptoms of acute ear infection." JAMA

April 16, 2007

Drinking fluids aids weight loss, study shows
"People who want to lose weight successfully should drink at least two liters of fluids a day." Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Broccoli, soy anti-cancer mechanism discovered
"Eating foods like broccoli and soy has been linked to lower cancer rates, and California researchers say that they may have found the biological mechanism behind the protective effect." The Australian

UK may up drinking age to protect youth
"Young people should be banned from drinking until they reach 21 or be forced to carry a card that records their alcohol intake, a think tank columnist claims yesterday." The Independent

April 15, 2007

Blood pressure may be all in the mind
"The cause of high blood pressure may lie within the brain, rather than with problems relating to the heart, kidneys or blood vessel." BBC

'Friends' for new moms disappearing
"The Victorian invention of 'mothers' friends', advisers who have helped generations of parents to cope with newborn babies, is in danger of disappearing." The Guardian

Teen anorexics gain new rights
"Teenage anorexics will win greater rights to refuse treatment for their eating disorders under controversial new mental health laws to be debated by MPs this week." The Guardian

April 14, 2007

Reality show challenges obese kids to lose
"A British reality television program to be filmed in Australia this winter will force fat children to hunt for food with Aborigines." The Australian

Yoga proves breast cancer aid
"Women with breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast may benefit from participating in a tailored yoga program that includes gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, new research suggests." Reuters

Right-handers more prone to eating disorders
"People who are strongly right-handed might be more vulnerable to distorted body image and eating disorders than those who are more adept at using both hands, a new study suggests." Reuters

April 13, 2007

Eating apples when pregnant protects baby from asthma, study shows
"A new study suggests that women who eat apples while pregnant may protect their child from developing asthma and related symptoms." The New Zealand Herald

Scientists find obesity, gene link
"Scientists have discovered the clearest link thus far between genes and obesity in a study that opens the door to explaining why some people seem destined to put on weight while others remain slim." The Independent

Australian schools to introduce obesity tests
"The proposed tests would check the weight, height, fitness and body mass index of year 5 students across the country." The Herald Sun

April 12, 2007

Exercise improves mental health too
" A study released in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests regular vigorous exercise may improve not only heart health but also mental health, according to media reports Thursday." Xinhua

TV-free dinners are healthiest
"The benefits of sitting down to a family dinner are lost if the television is on during the meal, according to a new survey of more than 1300 low-income families with children." The Daily Telegraph

Herbal cure works for tract infections
"Forskolin, a herbal product found in health food stores, may help reduce bothersome urinary tract infections, US doctors have found." Reuters

April 11, 2007

Most dieters regain weight
"Diets are not a good way to lose weight in the long term, according to researchers." The Guardian

Number of bigger Americans grows
"Researchers yesterday reported finding the proportion of the severely obese was 50 per cent higher in 2005 than in 2000." The Daily Telegraph

Gym pay plan impacts use
"A University of Wollongong researcher has found the method chosen for paying gym fees can have a big impact on how often a person chooses to exercise." ABC

April 10, 2007

School uniforms get super-sized
"Britain's largest specialist schoolwear retailer has expanded its range of outsized uniforms for sale 'off the peg' in response to growing demand from parents who are struggling to find clothes to fit their overweight children." The Guardian

Obesity battle takes to the skies
"But when you finally get on board, you find yourself next to someone so big, so oversized, that he not only completely fills his own space but spills into yours as well." The New Zealand Herald

Mental stress plays havoc on heart
"Scientists have found that a part of the brain responsible for higher functions such as learning and memory can also destabilize the heart during times of stress." The Guardian

April 9, 2007

Plan counters obesity with play
"Girls at primary school should be made to wear trousers and trainers and football should be banned from sections of the playground to encourage girls to stay active for longer and help tackle obesity, according to a new study." The Guardian

Discovery points to drug-free bipolar treatment
"Traditional drug regimes for people with bipolar disorder could be increasingly replaced with therapies to treat the 'triggers' of manic episodes, scientists say." The Guardian

New test may replace BMI
"The days of painstakingly calculating your Body Mass Index to find out the shape you are in could soon be over." The Evening Standard

April 8, 2007

Homeopathic hospital faces funding crisis
"Britain's leading homeopathic hospital, supported by the Queen and the Prince of Wales, is facing crisis because the medical establishment is turning against the remedies used by tens of thousands of people every year." The Guardian

Record number of Australian smokers quit
"The New South Wales Government is claiming a win with a large drop in the number of smokers in the state." ABC

Fat hormone ups colon cancer risk
"A chemical produced by fat cells makes colon cancers grow faster, a US study has suggested." BBC

April 7, 2007

Hunger fears accompany climate report
"UN climate experts issued their starkest warning yet about the impact of global warming, ranging from hunger in Africa to a fast thaw in the Himalayas, in a report overnight aimed at increasing pressure on governments to act." Reuters

April 6, 2007

Only one in seven Americans eats right, exercises
"Only one in seven Americans exercises enough and eats enough fruits and vegetables, and men are worse than women, federal health officials said on Thursday." Reuters

People best at spotting cancers, study shows
"Computer-aided mammography finds breast cancers no better than the human-read kind, and it prompts more unnecessary biopsies, said a study on Thursday." AFP

Nutrition labelers deny being pressured
"A Sydney newspaper is reporting the food regulator has backed down from plans to mandate certain information on labels after pressure from junk food companies." ABC

April 5, 2007

Mediterranean diet may prevent asthma
"Eating a Mediterranean diet could help protect children from respiratory allergies and asthma, a study suggests." BBC

Stricter veggie safety standards on the horizon
"A new horticulture safety standard will be put in place after more than 250 reported cases of food poisoning from fresh fruit and vegetables in the last year." ABC

April 4, 2007

Red meats ups breast cancer risk
"Eating even small amounts of red meat can greatly increase a woman's risk of breast cancer, according to a study published today." AAP

Bad kids make unhealthy adults, study shows
"Unchecked antisocial behaviour in childhood leads to poor health in later life, new findings from an internationally-acclaimed long-term New Zealand study show." The New Zealand Herald

UK moms get home birth choice
"By the end of 2009, every pregnant woman in England will be guaranteed the full range of choices about how and where to give birth, Patricia Hewitt, the health secretary, promised." The Guardian

April 3, 2007

Sunbed popularity soars despite cancer risk
"The Aussie obsession with tanned, sun-kissed skin has fueled a threefold explosion in sunbed clinics in the past decade, alarming skin cancer experts." AAP

Everyday pollution may be more dangerous than radiation
"Everyday hazards such as inhaling polluted city air or other people's cigarette smoke are potentially worse for your health than being exposed to the radioactive fallout of an atomic bomb, according to new research." The Australian

Scientists make universal blood breakthrough
"A life-saving method of converting blood from one group to another has been pioneered by scientists." The Times

April 2, 2007

A little dirt is healthy, study shows
"Forget the spring-cleaning. A study has found evidence that bacteria common in soil and dirt can improve people's spirits." The Australian

Obese patients take toll on nurses backs
"A rise in the number of obese patients on wards could be causing thousands of NHS nurses to seek treatment for back pain, according to experts." The Independent

Australian native health a 'scandal,' report shows
"A new report has found Australia lags badly behind other wealthy nations in addressing the health and wellbeing of its Aboriginal population." ABC

April 1, 2007

Inequality linked to infant mortality rise
"Britain has the second highest child death rate among the 24 richest countries in the world, with infants in the UK twice as likely to die before the age of five as children in Sweden, a study has shown." The Independent

Go easy on Easter fare, health experts warn
"Sticky fingers and chocolate smeared faces will be everywhere this Easter weekend, but health experts are warning people to take it easy." The New Zealand Herald

March 31, 2007

UK to approve first over-the-counter diet pill
"The battle of the bulge is about to get a drug-fueled boost. The first over-the-counter diet pill has been licensed in the US and is expected to be approved for use in the UK next year." The Independent

Trans fats triples heart disease risk for women
"A study published this week supports efforts to rid the United States' diet of trans fats. Women with the highest levels of trans fat in their blood have triple the risk of heart disease of those with the lowest levels.." The New Zealand Herald

GlaxoSmithKline fined for drink vitamin claims
"The makers of Ribena have told UK customers the problems with the product in Australia and New Zealand came from leaving the bottles and cartons on shop shelves too long - a claim rubbished by food scientists." The New Zealand Herald

March 30, 2007

Versace heiress battles anorexia
"The news has long been splashing about on the web, but now it is official: Allegra Versace, the 20-year-old daughter of Donatella and heiress of half the Versace empire, has anorexia." The New Zealand Herald

Schools scale back sausage, pie tradition
"The tradition of the humble school pie will become increasingly rare if schools adhere to the Ministry of Health's latest guidelines on food." The New Zealand Herald

March 29, 2007

Drug-free asthma treatment shows promise
"Scientists have developed the first non-drug therapy for asthma in the biggest advance in treatment of the condition for a decade." The Independent

Alcohol blamed for more than one fourth of youth deaths in developed world
"Alcohol is responsible for more than a quarter of all deaths among young people in the developed world, and Australia's statistics are among the worst, a new report shows." AAP

Green tea proves effective tool in HIV fight
"'It is not a cure, and nor is it a safe way to avoid infection, however, we suggest that it should be used in combination with conventional medicines to improve quality of life for those infected.'" BBC

March 28, 2007

Low sperm count linked to mother's diet
"Women who eat a lot of beef while pregnant give birth to sons who grow up to have low sperm counts, new research suggests." Reuters

Overweight youth more prone to asthma in later years
"New research suggests women who were overweight as young children are more likely to develop asthma as an adult." ABC

March 27, 2007

Today's teens less healthy than parents
"Today's adolescents are the first generation to have grown up less healthy than their parents, doctors said yesterday." The Independent

Toddlers learn by listening
"Even at the tender age of 18 months they are able to observe adults and use the emotional reactions they see to shape their own behavior, according to a new study." The New Zealand Herald

March 26, 2007

Thousands treated for asthma in error, study shows
"Thousands of people are being treated for asthma when another condition may be the cause of their illness, according to new research." The New Zealand Herald

Australia calls for independent tests for GM food
"The Western Australian Minister for Food, Kim Chance, says genetically modified (GM) foods need to be independently tested before they are approved for consumption in Australia. " ABC News

March 25, 2007

Equal rights may not mean equal health care, study shows
"Researchers in Sweden, arguably one of the most egalitarian countries in the world, have found that equality could be associated with poorer health for both men and women." The Independent

Over-65 survey finds one in four unfit
"A nationwide survey of people aged 65 or over has found that although more than half described their health as 'good' or 'very good', more than a quarter were overweight and an even greater number were unfit." The Guardian

Older moms blamed for rise in low weight babies
"Professional women who have children later in life are blamed for the rise in low birthweight babies at risk of developing health problems, according to a new report. " The Guardian

March 24, 2007

Council takes on 'too skinny' model question
"After months of critical media coverage and the so-called size zero debate, the British Fashion Council took its first big step yesterday into examining the problem of eating disorders in the fashion world." The Guardian

High fat, high sugar cancer link established
"Eating food high in fat and sugar significantly increases a woman's risk of developing a range of cancers." The Australian

Alternative medicine wins big research grant
"In November the National Health and Medical Research Council, the federal government's peak funding body for medical research, allotted $5 million to investigate the use and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicines." The Australian

March 23, 2007

Alcohol, tobacco are most harmful drugs, report shows
"Alcohol and tobacco are more harmful than many illegal drugs including the hallucinogen LSD and the dance drug ecstasy, according to a new scale for assessing the dangers posed by recreational substances." The Independent

Exercise helps fight nicotine cravings
"Just 5 to 10 minutes of exercise can significantly cut cravings for cigarettes among people trying to kick the habit, UK researchers report." Reuters

March 22, 2007

Complementary medical degrees fall under scrutiny
"UK universities are teaching 'gobbledygook' following the explosion in science degrees in complementary medicine, a leading expert says." BBC

Women smokers face double cancer risk
"Women smokers are twice as likely to die from lung cancer than men who are addicted to cigarettes, landmark Australian research shows." The Australian

March 21, 2007

High-fat diet, breast cancer link found
"A major study appears to provide hard evidence that eating a high-fat diet increases a postmenopausal woman's risk of breast cancer." BBC

Smoking impacts skin across body
"Smoking causes damage to skin right across the body, a study has suggested." BBC

March 20, 2007

New Zealand town rejects fluoridated water
"Another town's rejection of fluoridated water has not deterred the Ministry of Health from seeking blanket coverage throughout New Zealand" The New Zealand Herald

15 minutes of football reduces obesity risk
"Kicking a football around for just 15 minutes a day can halve a child's risk of becoming obese, a study has found." The Independent

Couch potatoes prove costly
"Britain's couch potato tendency is costing the NHS £1bn a year as diseases linked to physical inactivity rise, according to research published today. " The Guardian

March 19, 2007

Asthma risk doubles for kids in cars with smokers
"Children exposed to cigarette smoke in cars are more than twice as likely as other kids to develop asthma" The Australian

Salt consumption down, but still too high
"Salt consumption in Britain has dropped but is still on average 50 per cent higher than the recommended amount, new research claims. Tests on 1,287 adults showed their average salt intake was 9g per day compared to 9.5g when tests were done in 2001." The Independent

Too many scans put patients at risk
"Patients' lives could be being put at risk because one in 10 scan results are not reported to doctors, a report by the healthcare watchdog warns today. " The Guardian

March 18, 2007

Number of men undergoing weight surgery up 300 percent
"Middle-class men desperate to be slim are fuelling a near three-fold increase in liposuction operations, new figures show. " The Independent

Reliance on prepared meals puts some at salt risk
"Food watchdogs are to target young men who consume more than four times the recommended level of salt, as they step up their campaign to encourage Britons to eat healthily." The Independent

New labels will warn to avoid drink when pregnant
"Women will be told not to drink while pregnant or even when trying for a baby in controversial government guidelines which will mean warning labels being put on bottles of wine, spirits and beer." The Guardian

March 17, 2007

Scientists close in on solving addiction
"If it works as billed, it could, at last, be a cure for the epidemic of drug addiction - cocaine addiction has tripled in the last 10 years and heroin has quadrupled in the last 15 - which is spreading with alarming speed throughout the developed world. " The Independent

Keep nanotech out of personal products, Greens say
"The New South Wales Greens say the use of nanomaterials in some sunscreens and shampoos could become the asbestos problem of the 21st century." ABC

March 16, 2007

Orange juice proves cancer fighter
"Vitamin C has often been a homespun remedy for all manner of ills - but groundbreaking New Zealand research shows it could even help beat cancer by making treatments such as chemotherapy more effective." The New Zealand Herald

Lack of sleep clouds judgement
"Sleep deprivation may lead not only to bleary-eyed mornings but clouded moral judgment as well, a study suggests." The New Zealand Herald

Type 1 diabetes numbers soar
"The number of young children with early-onset diabetes has soared dramatically in the past 20 years, according to figures released by researchers today" The Guardian

March 15, 2007

Parents blind to kids obesity
"Many parents with obese children do not realize they are overweight, government advisors have claimed." BBC

Grape juice packs more anti-oxidant punch
"Scientists have carried out the first scientific analysis of fruit juices to measure their anti-oxidant activity—the anti-aging compounds that protect against heart disease and other chronic conditions." The New Zealand Herald

March 14, 2007

Australia bans smoking in cars with kids
"Smoking in cars while children are present is set to be banned in South Australia by May" ABC News

Kids ask moms to give up habit
"Almost half of children whose mothers smoke have asked them to quit, a survey has found." BBC

Stress kills brain cells, study shows
"A single episode of severe stress can be enough to kill off new nerve cells in the brain, research suggests." BBC

March 13, 2007

Tanning may be addictive
" Like alcohol, cigarettes and drugs, getting the perfect tan can be addictive, according to new research." The New Zealand Herald

Soft drinks linked to diabetes
" A review of published studies shows a clear and consistent relationship between drinking sugary (non-diet) soft drinks and poor nutrition, increased risk for obesity -- and increased risk for diabetes." The New Zealand Herald

Doctors urge second look at ADHD diagnoses
"The US study, headed by eminent health economics and public policy expert Richard Scheffler, found the use of drugs to treat ADHD had more than tripled worldwide since 1993." AAP

March 12, 2007

Australia asks fast food to regulate trans fat
"Fast food companies will be asked by the Federal Government at an industry forum in Sydney today to voluntarily reduce trans fats use." AAP

Unrefined cocoa may fight disease
"But scientists are close to claiming just that. A compound in unrefined cocoa has health benefits that may rival those of penicillin and anaesthesia, they say." The Independent

Scientist make mood shift hormone find
"Teenage mood swings are known to be down to hormones, but scientists claim they have identified the specific one that makes adolescents so volatile." BBC

March 11, 2007

Latest weapon in fight infection fight: light
"UK scientists have identified a way of using light to rapidly detect the presence of bacteria." BBC

Office workers risk deep-vein thrombosis
" A New Zealand study has found that office workers are more at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) than passengers on long-haul flights." AAP

Majority may be obese in 25 years
"A majority of Britons will be obese within 25 years because so many people are leading such unhealthy lives, warns a new report commissioned by the government. It concludes that record numbers of people will die from diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and cancers." The Guardian

March 10, 2007

TV encourages teen drinking
"Teenagers may be encouraged to drink more because television soap operas are 'awash with alcohol', according to a survey published in The Food Magazine." BBC

Some kid medicines contain dangerous additives
"Medicines for babies and young children frequently contain additives banned from foods and drinks aimed at under-threes, research shows." BBC

Vitamins may prevent infant cancers
"Women have been advised to take multivitamin supplements during pregnancy, after a new study found those who do so slash the risk that their babies will develop any of the three main types of cancer affecting young children." The Australian

March 9, 2007

Plan takes on antisocial youth
"The scourge of antisocial behaviour among young people could be reversed by teaching their parents how to raise their offspring, researchers claim." The Independent

Scent helps memory, even during sleep
" German researchers found they could use odors to re-activate new memories in the brains of people while they slept -- and the volunteers remembered better later." The New Zealand Herald

Subliminal messages do leave a mark
"Subliminal messages do leave a mark on the brain, say scientists. Using brain scanners, they found we often record images we are not even aware of having seen." The Guardian

March 8, 2007

Climate change impacts kids health
"Children in rural Australia will face health problems as climate change starts to bite, and the impact on adults will go much further than the depression that is already affecting some drought-hit farming communities." The Australian

More than half US women don't get enough sleep
"More than half of American women say they get a good night's sleep only a few days a week or less, media reported on Thursday." Xinhua

March 7, 2007

Obesity impacts fertility
"Obese couples have a more difficult time conceiving a baby than couples of normal weight, according to a study published, identifying another consequence of putting on too much weight." Reuters

Users prefer human touch from health websites
"People searching online for health advice often reject sites giving high quality information in favor of those with a human touch, a study suggests." BBC

Class impacts breast cancer survival rate
"Women from deprived backgrounds are treated differently and have a lower breast cancer survival rate than more affluent women, a study suggests." BBC

March 6, 2007

Baby weight linked to depression
"A US study appears to back previous research suggesting underweight babies are at a greater risk of depression." BBC

Stores toy with hiding full-fat food
"Full-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt will be tucked away on the lower shelves of supermarkets in a proposed trial to change food consumption patterns and curb skyrocketing obesity rates." The New Zealand Herald

Long work hours linked to family breakdown
"Australia is the only high-income country in the world that combines very long average working hours with large amounts of work at unsocial times - weeknights and weekends - and high levels of casual employment." AAP

March 5, 2007

Obesity implicated in early puberty
"Girls who are obese at the age of four are significantly more likely to hit puberty before their 10th birthday, according to research which predicts that puberty will come earlier in the UK as the child obesity crisis worsens." The Guardian

High stress harms kids brains
"High levels of stress may physically scar a child's brain, a study suggests." BBC

Folic acid linked to higher incidence of twins
"Fortifying bread with folic acid to avoid birth defects could increase the number of twins born to New Zealand and Australian women, child health experts have warned." The New Zealand Herald

March 4, 2007

Damp homes up asthma risk
"Damp and mould-infested houses could be the cause of permanent asthma in children, say researchers." BBC

Midwife shortage puts women at risk
"The lives and health of thousands of women on maternity wards are being put at risk every year, with many suffering permanent physical and mental scars." The Independent

Toddlers now being treated for obesity
"Children as young as three are being treated for obesity, experts have revealed." The Guardian

March 3, 2007

Whole grains prove best for heart
"To some it is like chewing soggy cardboard. To others it is the only way to start the day. Now researchers have come to the defence of lovers of muesli, Weetabix, Shredded Wheat and similar breakfast cereals with a study showing they really are better for the heart." The Independent

Brushing teeth helps keep heart healthy
"Brushing your teeth properly can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, scientists have discovered." The Guardian

March 2, 2007

Diabetes rates soar in UK
"The burden of diabetes is growing much faster than health planners anticipated because of the epidemic in obesity in Western countries, scientists say today." The Telegraph

Brain chemistry may be key to addiction cure
"Some people are predisposed to drug addiction because of the way their brains operate, say researchers who studied rats dependent on cocaine. " The Guardian

Insurers reward healthy body weight
"Amid a growing obesity epidemic in the United States, an insurance company has started giving customers another reason to slim down by being one of the first in the nation to offer discounts to customers who keep a low body-mass index." Associated Press

March 1, 2007

Researchers call for calm following alarmist vitamin report
"Alarmist reports that some popular vitamin supplements may increase the risk of death should be taken with a dose of common sense." The Australian

Warning issued over online fake drugs
"Fake prescription medicines are swamping developing nations with sometimes deadly consequences, a report by the UN drugs watchdog has said." BBC

Diet drug use soars
"Soaring use of appetite-suppressing drugs could have a serious impact on users' health and even kill them, the United Nations' drug-control agency warns today." The Independent

February 28, 2007

Obese boy can stay with family, court says
"A morbidly obese boy was allowed to stay with his family yesterday, after a three-hour child protection conference repeatedly warned his mother about the diet she had allowed him to follow." The Guardian

Low-fat dairy may harm fertility
"A diet rich on low-fat dairy food may make it harder for some women to conceive, according to a study involving thousands of US women." BBC

February 27, 2007

Obesity drives up caesarian numbers
"The most popular age to have a baby has passed 30 for the first time. Increasing numbers of women are putting off having a family until they have established relationships and settled careers, figures show." The Telegraph

Early humans likely lactose intolerant
"A drink of milk was off the menu for Europeans until only a few thousand years ago, say researchers from London." BBC

Night owl, early bird sleep patterns differ beyond the clock
"Night owls don't just lounge in bed every weekday, they also 'catch up' with an extra hour or two at the weekend if they can." The New Zealand Herald

February 26, 2007

Obese boy may be removed from family
"An eight-year-old boy who weighs 196 lbs may be taken into care because of fears for his health."
The Guardian

Lung cancer breath test may be introduced
"A simple breath test can sometimes detect lung cancer even in the early stages of the disease, proving in principle that the idea may work, United States researchers reported today." Reuters

Teen boys more likely to ignore drink risks
"Teenage boys ignore the risks of binge drinking despite knowing they are three times more likely to kill themselves than girls who drink." The Australian

February 25, 2007

Quake simulator proves effective post-traumatic stress remedy
"Earthquake simulators can greatly reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms in people who have survived the real thing, according to a study." BBC

'Honeydew' honey higher in antioxidants, study shows
"Darker colored 'honeydew' from bees who collect the sugary secretions that insects leave on plants has higher levels of disease-fighting antioxidants than honey made from nectar, says a study in Madrid." AP

Dementia on the rise in Britain
"Calls for a plan to tackle the soaring cost of care as shock report predicts a million more sufferers." The Guardian

Doctors want ban on alcohol ads
"A complete ban on alcohol advertising and sports sponsorship is necessary to curb Britain's growing drink problems, the Royal College of Physicians said yesterday in response to fresh evidence of 'a rising tide' of alcohol-related deaths." The Guardian

February 24, 2007

Alternative remedy found as good as prescription
"An over-the-counter alternative remedy available through chemists and health shops is just as effective at reducing high blood pressure as potent prescription drugs, without causing their unwanted side-effects such as heart and kidney problems, Australian research suggests." The Australian

Burn-outs more prone to type 2 diabetes
"People who suffer from job burn-out may be more likely to developing type 2 diabetes, research suggests." BBC

Doctors want ban on alcohol ads
"A complete ban on alcohol advertising and sports sponsorship is necessary to curb Britain's growing drink problems, the Royal College of Physicians said yesterday in response to fresh evidence of 'a rising tide' of alcohol-related deaths." The Guardian

February 23, 2007

TV watching kids eat more, study shows
"Watching television disrupts children's normal response to food - they will eat more while they're sitting in front of the tube, whether or not they're really hungry." Reuters

Drinking deaths on the rise
"Drink-related deaths among 15 to 34-year-olds have increased by almost 60% since 1991. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which published the figures yesterday, said 198 men and 89 women in this age group died from alcohol poisoning or cirrhosis of the liver in 2004." The Independent

Suit filed in tainted peanut butter death
"A family filed a negligence and wrongful-death lawsuit against ConAgra Foods Inc., claiming a relative died from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter." The Guardian

February 22, 2007

Warming world takes toll on kids health
"Global warming will take a toll on children's health, according to a new report showing hospital admissions for fever soar as days get hotter." AAP

Underweight women face pregnancy risks later in life
"Women who were underweight when they were born are at greater risk of severe pre-eclampsia in pregnancy, a Swedish study involving 6,000 women suggests." BBC

Smokers have a harder time with coping with stress, study shows
"Among people who experience a major disaster, smokers are more likely to develop mental health disturbances than those who don't smoke, according to a study." Reuters

February 21, 2007

Cup of spearmint tea a day may keep unwanted hair away
"Drinking two cups of spearmint tea daily might help treat women with a condition that causes them to grow excess hair on their face, breasts and stomach, Turkish researchers report." Live Science

Smoking changes brain 'like heroin,' study shows
"Smoking causes long-lasting changes in the brain similar to changes seen in animals when they are given cocaine, heroin and other addictive drugs" Reuters

Genes linked to anorexia
"A researcher at a US clinic says a decade-long study into anorexia nervosa is beginning to reveal that those who suffer from the disease might have a genetic predisposition towards it." The Australian

February 20, 2007

Media portrayal of women harms young girls
"The media's portrayal of young women as sex objects harms girls' mental and physical health, US experts warn." BBC

Young people preoccupied with appearance, study shows
"Some 51% of young women would have surgery to improve their looks and a third of those who are a size 12 think they are overweight, a survey suggests." BBC

World's most premature baby heads home
"The world's most premature living baby, born at 21 weeks and six days, is headed home after spending four months in a neonatal intensive care unit, Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami announced today." AFP

February 19, 2007

EU may ban tea tree oil
"Tea tree oil, the increasingly popular remedy for everything from spots to insect bites and vapor rubs, is under threat of being banned by the European Union. The EU has said that even small amounts of the undiluted oil could be unsafe and unstable after clinical trials found users risked rashes and allergies." The Guardian

Obesity tied to breathing trouble
"Morbidly obese men tend to have more breathing difficulties than morbidly obese women, partly because they have much larger waistlines, a new study suggests." Reuters

Scientists announce autism breakthrough
"Scientists have found new autism genes by scanning the largest collection of families with multiple cases of autism ever assembled." BBC

February 18, 2007

Infants make memories but soon forget
"Adults thinking back rarely remember anything before pre-school, but infants really are forming memories. They simply forget." Associated Press

February 17, 2007

Hearts may be able to repair themselves, study shows
"Millions of people suffering from heart disease have been given new hope by research which shows that damaged organs may be capable of healing themselves." The Independent

Cancer, GM potato link found
"Campaigners against genetically modified crops in Britain are calling for trials of GM potatoes to be halted this spring after releasing more evidence of links to cancers in laboratory rats." The Independent

February 16, 2007

Anorexia suspected as sisters, both models, die months apart
"Two sisters, both models, have died of apparent heart attacks within months of each other a family tragedy that came as the fashion world debates how to protect the health of painfully thin models." Associated Press

Watercress proves effective cancer fighter
"It contains more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges and more calcium than milk. Watercress may be better known as a decorative garnish, but a study published yesterday said the salad leaf could significantly cut the risk of cancer." The Guardian

Brain may be able to heal itself, study shows
"New Zealand scientists have discovered a cell pathway through which the adult brain may repair itself, opening a new line of research into future treatments for crippling diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and stroke." The New Zealand Herald

February 14, 2007

US, UK rank last in UNICEF child well-being study
"The UK has been accused of failing its children, as it comes bottom of a league table for child well-being across 21 industrializedcountries." BBC

Fossil fuel pollution impact could prove health 'scandal'
"A visiting Australian expert yesterday labeled the health fallout from fossil fuels the next asbestos scandal and said the Government's biofuel announcement was an 'absolute pittance.'" The New Zealand Herald

February 13, 2007

Afternoon naps help heart
"People who take short naps during the day reduce their risk of dying of cardiovascular problems by at least a third, according to a recent study which adds weight to evidence that good sleep is crucial for longevity." The Guardian

One third of Australian youths binge drink
"A third of Australians aged 18 to 24 are classified as binge drinkers, with nearly one in four drinking to the point of passing out on at least five occasions." The Australian

February 12, 2007

Madrid bars five 'too-thin' models from catwalk
"Five models were declared too thin for the catwalk at this week's international designer show in Madrid, a doctor in charge of vetting them said on Sunday." The New Zealand Herald

Modeling hampers mental health , study shows
"Modeling is a lonely profession which strips those who enter it of their autonomy and leaves them waging a 'war against their bodies,' research has revealed." The Independent

February 11, 2007

Skipping sleep hard on brain cells, study shows
"Missing out on sleep may cause the brain to stop producing new cells, a study has suggested." BBC

Video games may sharpen eye for detail
"Playing video games that involve high levels of visual action on a daily basis can help improve the ability to see fine detail, a study has found." The New Zealand Herald

February 9, 2007

Fat fighting pacemaker shows promise
"A pacemaker-like device, which blocks hunger nerves, has been successfully trialed at Adelaide's Flinders Medical center, with stunning results." The Daily Telegraph

February 8, 2007

Parents fear school lunch scrutiny
"Parents believe they are judged by what their children take to school for lunch and say scrutiny from teachers and other parents adds to their woes." The New Zealand Herald

Cats, 'sleep pods' among odd stress busters in new study
"Sniffing a colleague's armpit, booking nap time in a 'sleep pod' and sneaking out to rub a cat's tummy at lunchtime have emerged as the latest stress-busters for workaholics." The Guardian

February 7, 2007

Alzheimer's linked to common anesthetic
"A commonly used anesthetic could cause changes in the brain linked to Alzheimer's, a US study suggests." BBC

Rising cancer rates to burden health care system
"Rising rates of cancer diagnosis will put an increasing strain on health care systems across Europe, experts warn." BBC

February 6, 2007

Drink's calorie-burning claims investigated
"Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Monday said his office was investigating claims by Coca-Cola and Nestle that their new drink can burn calories, saying it may amount to 'voodoo'" Associated Press

Picture warnings most effective for cigarette packs
"Pictorial health warnings on cigarette packets are more likely to encourage smokers to quit, a study says." BBC

Loneliness, Alzheimer's link found
"People who are lonely are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a large US study has suggested." BBC

February 5, 2007

Kids with eating disorders feel they have no support, survey shows
"Youth with eating disorders say there is no-one they can turn to about their problem." BBC

Vitamins aid divers
"Vitamin doses can reduce ill-effects of scuba diving on divers' circulation, a study suggests." BBC

February 4, 2007

More time behind the wheel ups skin cancer risk
"Drivers who spend a lot of time behind the wheel increase their risk of skin cancer." BBC

Latest weapon in obesity fight: skipping
"Schoolchildren are being taught how to skip in the latest attempt to tackle obesity." The Independent

Market slammed for stocking size-zero clothes
"A health expert yesterday condemned Britain's second-biggest supermarket chain, Asda, after the company announced it is to stock size-zero clothes." The Independent

February 3, 2007

More muscle won't cancel poor diet
"The findings suggest that dieting and exercising are equally effective at aiding weight loss, contrary to many of the popular tenets of the multi-billion dollar diet and fitness industry." The Australian

Lifestyle blamed for one third of cancers in Australia
"Tomorrow is World Cancer Day, a time to contemplate a disease that will be diagnosed in almost one in three Australians by their 75th birthday" The Australian

Terrorism-related stress not hindered by distance, involvement
"Terrorist attacks have widespread effects on people's mental health even when they are not directly involved or are far away at the time, experts say." BBC

February 2, 2007

Urban noise proves health hazard
"Newcastle upon Tyne is the noisiest urban area in the country, with sufficiently high decibel levels to cause severe hearing and health problems, a report found." The Independent

Sleep bingeing linked to sleeping pill
"A WARNING has been issued after a woman taking powerful drugs to beat insomnia gained 23kg in seven months as a result of midnight feasts while sleepwalking." The Australian

Common oils may influence hormones in adolescent boys
"Boys have been warned against using oils or hair gels that contain lavender or tea tree oil after three reported cases of them growing breasts." The Times

February 1, 2007

French smoke ban goes into effect today "From Thursday, the plumes of smoke that once wreathed the great thoughts of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, as they puffed away at the café Les Deux Magots on the Left Bank, have been banished by the chill winds of change." BBC

Oils may influence hormones in adolescent boys
"Air pollution may be causing far more deaths from heart attacks than has been recognized - at least in women." The Independent

Grape juice protects heart like red wine
"Grape juice seems to have the same protective effect against heart disease as red wine, French scientists said today." The New Zealand Herald

January 31, 2007

Smoke ban considered for all of EU
"The European Union on Tuesday launched a debate that could lead to a EU-wide ban on smoking in public places, following similar bans already imposed by a few European countries." Associated Press

Some born with salt preference
"Some people with a penchant for salty snacks may have been born with it, a new study suggests." The New Zealand Herald

January 30, 2007

Sunbeds triple cancer risk
"Sunbed users face nearly triple the risk of skin cancer compared with a decade ago as a result of higher-powered equipment, medical experts will warn today." The Guardian

Scientists recreate metabolism in lab
"US researchers say they have created a 'virtual' model of all the biochemical reactions that occur in human cells." BBC

French smoke ban starts this week
"A French ban on smoking in public will start coming into force on Friday, covering workplaces, schools and hospitals." The New Zealand Herald

January 29, 2007

More turning to liposuction
"The desire of every fat person to release the thin one inside them is fuelling a boom in cosmetic surgery." The Independent

Shoppers urged to boycott processed foods
"Foods containing unnecessary and unhealthy amounts of salt are named and shamed today as Britain's shoppers are urged to boycott potentially dangerous processed foods." The Guardian

Brain area responsible for urge to smoke found
"That's the conclusion of a study of stroke survivors whose brain damage let them quit smoking seemingly effortlessly." The Washington Post

January 28, 2007

Women urged to reject 'cult of zero'
"Tessa Jowell is to join forces with leaders in the fashion world to wage war on the 'tyranny of thinness', which she says is harming millions of young women." The Independent

Straight teeth does not up happiness
"Having braces to correct crooked teeth as a child does not improve mental well-being or quality of life in adulthood" BBC

Scientists discover immune system controls
"Scientists say they have learnt how the body controls the machinery it uses to fight infections and foreign invaders." BBC

January 27, 2007

Binge-eating disorder misunderstood
"She might be the overweight mother who began dieting after her children were born. Or the professional woman in her 40s who has been yo-yo dieting since her teens and has gone on endless weight-loss programs." The New Zealand Herald

Mother's stress impacts developing baby
"Researchers have linked stress experienced by pregnant women to higher incidences of mental and behavioral problems in their children." The Guardian

Campaign aims to fatten up mannequins
"Health experts demanded that high street stores stop using unrealistically thin mannequins in their shop windows to reflect the wide range of body shapes and sizes of Britain's women." The Guardian

January 26, 2007

Living near highway may damage lungs
"Parents who teach their children to take care crossing a road may be neglecting a greater danger by living next to one." The Independent

Cost doesn't prohibit healthy eating, study shows
"A new study has shattered the commonly held idea that healthier foods cost substantially more." The New Zealand Herald

Psychologist issues 'affluenza' warning
"An epidemic of mindless consumerism is sweeping the world with the compulsive pursuit of money and possessions making people richer but sadder." The New Zealand Herald

January 25, 2007

London refuses ultra-thin model ban
"Organizers of London Fashion Week say they will not dictate to international designers about the models they use when they show their winter collections in the UK in two weeks' time." The Guardian

Slow response thwarts bid to slow childhood obesity
"The government has been too slow to react to rising levels of childhood obesity, a report warns." BBC

Some overweight patients gaining to get obesity surgery
"Some obese people are eating more fatty foods to qualify for weight reduction surgery on the NHS, a health charity claimed yesterday." The Guardian

January 24, 2007

Millions of native women prematurely age from malnutrition, poverty
"Millions of Indian women are going through menopause as young as 30 because of chronic malnutrition and poverty." Reuters

Fiber lowers breast cancer risk
"Pre-menopausal women who eat large amounts of fiber could halve their breast cancer risk, a UK study has suggested." BBC

Anti-smoking drug ups quit odds threefold
"An anti-smoking drug launched in Britain last month improves the odds of people quitting threefold, according to a comprehensive survey of trials." The Guardian

January 23, 2007

Anti-depressants linked to fragile bones
"Older adults who take the most popular class of anti-depressant drugs worsen their risk of developing fragile bones, a study said on Monday." Reuters

Alzheimer's patch shows promise
"A skin patch that delivers a vaccine against Alzheimer's disease could be available for high-risk patients within six years, scientists said yesterday." The Guardian

Doctor wants offices designed for more movement
"...desks, cubicles and computer stations should allow people to move while they work, burning calories and potentially alleviating the buildup of stress." The Washington Post

January 22, 2007

Dog owners enjoy better health
"If you are looking for a healthier life, get a dog. Scientists have long believed that the companionship of a pet can be good for you, but new research suggests that dog owners are physically healthier than cat owners." The Independent

Scientists report altruistic brain region find
"Scientists say they have found the part of the brain that predicts whether a person will be selfish or an altruist." BBC

January 21, 2007

Sweet solution for stomach complaint found
"A spoonful of sugar may soon take the place of pills and other medicines, thanks to Leeds scientists." The Guardian

Pasta, milk allergies afflict millions
"Almost half the population is suffering from common complaints such as exhaustion, colds and migraines because of food intolerance, according to a new report." The Independent

London, New York consider ultra-thin model bans
"Britain's fashion industry will this week issue new guidelines on the use of skinny models, reigniting the debate about size zero." The Independent

January 20, 2007

Trans fat harms fertility
"Eating more unhealthy trans fats could make it harder for women to get pregnant, according to new US research." The Independent

Folic acid gives brain boost
"Absent-mindedness in the over-50s is significantly improved when people take folic acid supplements..." The Guardian

Models blames families for anorexia
"Supermodel Gisele Bundchen says weak families are to blame for anorexia - not the fashion industry that has been widely criticized for promoting waifish silhouettes." The New Zealand Herald

January 19, 2007

Folic acid gives brain boost
"Absent-mindedness in the over-50s is significantly improved when people take folic acid supplements..." The Guardian

Sanitation voted top medical breakthrough "Sanitation is the greatest medical milestone of the last century and a half, according to a poll carried out by the British Medical Journal." The Guardian

January 18, 2007

Therapy helps job seekers
"Workers who keep their jobs following cuts are almost as likely to need treatment for stress as colleagues made redundant, say researchers." BBC

Educated women more likely to binge drink
"Educated women are far more likely to binge-drink in their 20s than those with few qualifications, a study shows." BBC

Women warned to watch handbag weight
"With big handbags becoming a key fashion accessory for working women, health experts are warning they can also become a key health concern." The New Zealand Herald

January 17, 2007

Broccoli, tomato combo proves major cancer fighter
"Eating tomatoes and broccoli in the same meal could help men fight prostate cancer." The Australian

Group seeks to prevent more 'Ashley X' cases
"A British disability charity is trying to ensure that an 'Ashley X case' could not happen to a child in the UK." BBC

January 16, 2007

Hormone therapy will not extend life
"There is no proof that growth hormone therapy makes people live longer, say US scientists." BBC

Age won't keep Everest's Hillary from Antarctic quest
"Mt. Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary is set to return to Antarctica this week, nearly half a century after he led the first expedition to drive to the South Pole." AFP

Abuse linked to poor health in later life
"Children who suffer abuse have an increased risk of physical ill health in adulthood, some results suggest." BBC

January 15, 2007

GM eggs enter cancer fight
"The UK's leading cancer charity yesterday welcomed work by British scientists who created a breed of genetically modified hens that can produce cancer-fighting medicines in their eggs." The Guardian

Low cholesterol, Parkinson's link investigated
"Scientists are to investigate why people with low cholesterol levels appear to be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, following concerns that statins - given to control cholesterol - could cause an increase in the numbers of people with the illness." The Guardian

Anti-obesity gum unveiled
"Scientists investigating a hunger-regulating hormone that can cut the amount people eat by up to a quarter have won a £2.2m award to produce a chewing gum to combat obesity." The Independent

January 14, 2007

Cancer and soy may be bad mix, council warns
"Cancer patients are being urged to avoid soy food products due to fears they can cause tumors to grow faster." AAP

British face gambling crisis
"Britain is heading towards a gambling epidemic, leading doctors will warn this week, with women and teenagers at greatest risk of addiction." The Independent

Pair fined for obese pup
"The RSPCA has been criticized for successfully prosecuting two British brothers who allowed their pet labrador to become fat." The Age

January 13, 2007

Lung cancer vaccine trial launched
"A large-scale trial to test a vaccine against the most prevalent form of lung cancer has been launched." BBC

Age no factor in diet effectiveness
"It's never too late for obese adults to improve their heart risks through diet and exercise, the results of a new small study suggests." BBC

January 12, 2007

Britain says no to hybrid embryos
"British scientists were yesterday denied permission to create controversial human-animal hybrid embryos until doubts over the ethics and scientific value of the research are addressed." BBC

More faith-based care sought
"Muslims are about twice as likely to report poor health and disability than the general population, says Edinburgh University's Professor Aziz Sheikh." BBC

Hospital refuses obese patients
"Alarming new evidence has emerged that the WA health system is struggling under the State's obesity crisis, with a major hospital planning to refuse to operate on some fat patients because of the risk of complications." The West Australian

January 11, 2007

More rely on family for care of elderly, disabled
"Disabled and elderly people are increasingly relying on their friends and family to look after them, as fewer people are able to qualify for social care, a report has warned." The Independent

Oregon earns poor marks in curbing tobacco use
"For the fifth year in a row, Oregon received a failing grade in tobacco prevention funding, according to the annual American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control report issued Tuesday." The Portland Business Journal

Cancer more fatal in obese
"Excess weight may not raise a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, but it may make him more likely to die of the disease." The Australian

Insulin pill offers hope to diabetics
"An insulin pill made from a chemical found in shrimp shells is being developed by Taiwanese scientists." BBC

January 9, 2007

Drink makers sweeten health results of studies
"Does milk lower blood pressure? Does juice prevent heart disease? Beverage studies were four to eight times more likely to reach sweet conclusions about health effects when industry was footing the bill, a new report contends." The Globe and Mail

Adding milk destroys tea health benefit
"Tea drinkers enjoy some protection against heart disease. But the benefits are completely wiped out if, like most of the British population, they add milk, researchers reveal today." The Guardian

Girls most vulnerable to obesity in pre-teens years
"Doctors say the time between the ages of nine and 12 seems to be a 'particularly vulnerable period' for girls." Xinhua

January 8, 2007

Researchers urge ban on soda sales to kids
"Governments have been urged to consider banning the sale of caffeinated soft drinks to children following new Australian research showing caffeine only increases addictiveness." AAP

Kids take health advice than parents
"Children know more about good exercise and eating habits than their parents, sparking calls for grown-ups to lift their game on obesity." The Australian

Many parents seek 'Ashley treatment' for their disabled kids
"Doctors in Seattle who treated the severely disabled girl Ashley with surgery and hormones to keep her at the size of a six-year-old child have received requests from parents of other disabled children to repeat the treatment." BBC

January 7, 2007

Someone alive today will reach age 150, say experts
"The first person to live to 150 may already have been born, according to some scientists. Worldwide, life expectancy has more than doubled over the past 200 years and recent research suggests it has yet to reach a peak." The Independent

Study links bulimia to hormone disorder
"Bulimia may be caused by hormones, according to new research, which suggests that up to a third of women suffering from the condition could be treated with the contraceptive pill." The Independent

Concerns raised over adult ADHD treatment
"ADHD is well-known in childhood, but estimates suggest up to 65% of sufferers are affected years later." BBC

January 6, 2007

Low carb may be too low in folate
"A disturbing drop in the blood folate levels in young American women, which could lead to increased birth defects, may be a result of the growing popularity of low-carb diets." The Australian

Diet pill for dogs approved
"US health officials have approved the first prescription weight-loss drug aimed at treating Americans' increasingly plump pooches..." Reuters

Dubai launches '10,000 walking steps plan to fight fat
"Dubai Police are launching a '10,000 walking steps' program with a view to fighting obesity and raising awareness on the importance of walking for one's health." Khaleej Times

January 5, 2007

'Hybrid' human embryo research banned
"Plans to create 'hybrid' human embryos using the unfertilized eggs of cows or rabbits are to be rejected by Britain's embryology watchdog because of widespread opposition expressed by the public." The Australian

Brain drives hunger response
"A series of events in the human brain apparently stimulate hunger during periods of fasting..." UPI

Wet-nursing gains popularity
"It may be taboo, but some British women still quietly breastfeed other people's babies - and in Hollywood and China, wet-nursing is actually becoming fashionable" The Guardian

January 4, 2007

Parents may be starting bad habits early
"Parents who allow their children small amounts of alcohol in an attempt to instill safe drinking habits may be setting them on the path to becoming binge drinkers." The Australian

Parents defend decision to keep girl a child
"Ashley won't know this, as she is brain-damaged and has the awareness of a baby, but she has become the subject of a passionate argument in disability circles and beyond." The Guardian

January 3, 2007

Starbucks drops trans fat
"Pastries and other foods sold at half of Starbucks Corp's US outlets will be free of artery-clogging trans fats starting this week, a spokesman for the coffee shop chain has said." Reuters

Many believe getting cancer up to 'fate'
"More women than men thought destiny would determine their chances - and smokers were 50% more likely than non-smokers to believe in it." BBC

Safety of bottled water questioned
"Possible problems associated with shop-bought water include excess sodium, the leaching of toxins and benzene contamination, according to a report published yesterday by the sustainable food and farming group Sustain." The Independent

January 2, 2007

Counseling may prevent homesickness
"Homesickness should not be an automatic experience for children staying in unfamiliar surroundings, say psychologists." BBC

Scientists practice 'ethical pharmaceuticals,' aid poor countries
"'If it works in India, it will eventually come back to the NHS,' said Professor Shaunak. 'What we started doing is creating this model of what we call ethical pharmaceuticals.'" Reuters

January 1, 2007

UK ups tobacco age to curb smoking
"The government is to raise the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco in England and Wales from 16 to 18 years from October." BBC

Trans fat tops 2006 diet news
"Order from a menu of vegetables, fish, wine and chocolate, but hold the trans fats and sugary sodas. That might best sum up the diet headlines of 2006." Associated Press

67-year-old becomes world's oldest mom
"A 67-year-old Spanish woman became the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth to twins, a Barcelona hospital said." Reuters

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