Health News Headlines - Yahoo News
Get the latest health news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking health news, including analysis and opinion on
top health stories.
Healthy eating sparks M&A on blurring frontier between food and drugs
21 Apr 2015 at 4:01am
By Ben Hirschler and Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - A boom in "nutraceuticals" - food and drinks with potential health benefits - is paving the way for a rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018. "It's only a matter of time before the fight spills over into corporate takeover wars," consultancy KPMG predicted in a report released on Tuesday. Bankers said moving into nutraceuticals was an obvious move for both food and pharma companies given the blurring line between their sectors. "The space is ripe for M&A and I think you are going to see more," added Jeremy Johnson, managing director of North Carolina-based Bourne, which advises on deals.
Prognosis unclear for daughter of late singer Whitney Houston: lawyer
21 Apr 2015 at 3:46am
(Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston who was hospitalized in January after being found unresponsive in her bathtub, is expected to live a long life but her prognosis remains unclear, an attorney for her father said. The attorney was clarifying remarks by Brown's father, singer Bobby Brown, made at a weekend concert, that his 22-year-old daughter was now awake. She's watching me," Brown told concert-goers at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas, according to a video posted on the website TMZ. In a statement issued on Monday, attorney Christopher Brown said: "Doctors have indicated that she will have a long life.
Indian minister says 2,000 girls 'killed' every day
21 Apr 2015 at 3:45am
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two thousand girls are "killed" every day due to a preference for sons in India with most aborted or murdered just after birth, the country's minister for women and child development said. Despite laws that ban parents having tests to determine the gender of unborn children, sex selective abortions remain a common practice in parts of India, and have resulted in a decline in the number of girls compared to boys. Some are born and have pillows on their faces choking them," Maneka Gandhi told NDTV news channel late on Monday. India's 2011 census showed that while the overall female-to-male ratio has improved marginally since the last census a decade ago, fewer girls were born than boys and the number of girls younger than six plummeted for the fifth straight decade.
Belgium, Netherlands plan joint purchase of rare disease drugs
21 Apr 2015 at 3:43am
Belgium and the Netherlands will jointly negotiate the purchase of remedies for rare diseases with pharmaceutical groups, the Belgian health ministry said on Tuesday. The joint negotiations will focus on diseases which affect fewer than five in 100,000 people, so-called orphan diseases, for which treatments are often very expensive due to the limited market. "Today, each country negotiates separately with pharmaceutical companies. Together, we represent more patients which allows us to bargain a lower price," Belgian health minister Maggie De Block, a general practitioner herself, said in a statement.
Israel's BrainStorm says stem cell drug benefits ALS patients
21 Apr 2015 at 3:31am
Israel's BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics said a mid-stage clinical trial of its adult stem cell treatment showed a "statistically significant" effect in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). According to the ALS Association, 5,600 people in the United States are diagnosed each year with the neurodegenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which has severely disabled British physicist Stephen Hawking.
Signs of hope for 'dual-status' kids
21 Apr 2015 at 2:00am
Synchronizing welfare, delinquency systems shows promise
How To Make Pill-Taking Less Yucky For Kids
21 Apr 2015 at 1:42am
Many sick kids can't or won't swallow pills ? and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says.
Task force: Mammograms in 40s a choice, but don't skip at 50
21 Apr 2015 at 12:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 ? and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, beginning it that early should be a personal choice, a government task force said Monday.
Texas ice cream maker recalls all products over Listeria
20 Apr 2015 at 10:46pm
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries announced on Monday a voluntary recall of all its ice cream and frozen treat products from store shelves due to continuing problems with the Listeria bacteria. The move is the most recent in a string of recall announcements by the 108-year-old company, based in Brenham, after health officials said last month three people made ill by Listeria between January 2014 and January 2015 had died in a Kansas hospital where Blue Bell frozen treats were served. Monday's decision came after the bacteria was detected in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream samples that were tested last month. "We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers," Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse said.
Quest Diagnostics, French agency seek to expand breast cancer gene database
20 Apr 2015 at 9:15pm
Quest Diagnostics Inc, the world's largest provider of diagnostic testing services, is working with France's national health agency to build an expanded database for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to better determine patient hereditary risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Other medical testing companies and public laboratories can participate in the project, called BRCA Share, for which Quest will charge an annual fee in return for access to the curated database, Madison, New Jersey-based Quest said on Tuesday. Laboratory Corporation of America, Quest's biggest U.S. competitor in medical diagnostics testing, has also agreed to participate. Genetic information gathered from DNA testing is not always shared by diagnostics laboratories, which can make it difficult for those with smaller databases to analyze gene mutations.
First infant MRI study finds babies feel pain 'like adults'
20 Apr 2015 at 9:04pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The brains of babies "light up" in a similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, suggesting they feel pain much like adults do, researchers said on Tuesday. In the first of its kind study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists from Britain's Oxford University found that 18 of the 20 brain regions active in adults experiencing pain were also active in babies. Brain scans of the sleeping infants while they were subjected to mild pokes on the bottom of their feet with a special rod -- creating a sensation "like being poked with a pencil" -- also showed their brains had the same response to a slighter "poke" as adults did to a stimulus four times as strong, suggesting babies have a much lower pain threshold. "Obviously babies can't tell us about their experience of pain and it is difficult to infer pain from visual observations," said Rebeccah Slater, a doctor at Oxford's pediatrics department who led the study.
Mind training as effective as anti-depressants
20 Apr 2015 at 7:05pm
A form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said. Dubbed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long-term use of anti-depressants, which can have unpleasant side effects like insomnia, constipation and sexual problems, said a study in The Lancet medical journal. In a two-year trial with 424 depression sufferers in England, researchers found that MBCT users faced a "similar" risk of relapse to those on anti-depressants. The method was not more effective than drugs, as many had hoped, but the findings nevertheless suggested "a new choice for the millions of people with recurrent depression on repeat prescriptions," said study leader Willem Kuyken, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford.
Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborns
20 Apr 2015 at 5:16pm
A Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman, 40, confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police. The six infants' remains were found in April 2014 wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags inside boxes in the garage in Pleasant Grove, about 40 miles north of Provo. The case of serial infanticide came to light when Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, later confirmed by DNA tests to have fathered all of the victims, stumbled on one of the tiny bodies while cleaning out the garage and notified authorities.
Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry
20 Apr 2015 at 4:50pm
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The Agriculture Department said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds.
Lawmakers seek FDA review of ingredients used in cosmetics
20 Apr 2015 at 4:19pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Monday that would require the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate and report on some of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as shampoo and skin cream.