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WHO says single yellow fever shot is enough
17 May 2013 at 2:10am
GENEVA (AP) ? The World Health Organization says a yellow fever booster vaccination given 10 years after the initial shot isn't necessary.
Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy
16 May 2013 at 1:16am
CHICAGO (AP) ? As the guitarist strums and softly sings a lullaby in Spanish, tiny Augustin Morales stops squirming in his hospital crib and closes his eyes.
Correction: New Virus story
16 May 2013 at 12:05pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? In a story May 15 about a new SARS-like virus spreading from patients to health care workers in Saudi Arabia, The Associated Press reported erroneously the location of the 20 deaths attributed to the virus. There have been no deaths reported in France and Qatar, only in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Germany and Britain.
Childhood ADHD tied to obesity decades later
19 May 2013 at 9:21pm
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Boys who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in elementary school are more likely to grow up to be obese adults than those who don't have the condition, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed two groups of 41-year-old men and found those with a history of ADHD were 19 pounds heavier than their non-ADHD counterparts, on average. The findings are consistent with past studies that looked only at children or only at adults and linked ADHD to extra pounds, researchers said. ...
Newer whooping cough vaccine not as protective
19 May 2013 at 9:19pm
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A newer version of the whooping cough vaccine doesn't protect kids as well as the original, which was phased out in the 1990s because of safety concerns, according to a new study. During a 2010-2011 outbreak of whooping cough in California, researchers found that youth who had been vaccinated with the newer, so called acellular vaccine were six times more likely to catch whooping cough than those who had received a series of the older whole-cell vaccine. "This is an ongoing saga," said Dr. H. ...
Consumer group flags high SPF ratings on sunscreen
19 May 2013 at 8:45pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Sunbathers headed to the beach this summer will find new sunscreen labels on store shelves that are designed to make the products more effective and easier to use. But despite those long-awaited changes, many sunscreens continue to carry SPF ratings that some experts consider misleading and potentially dangerous, according to a consumer watchdog group.
Indonesia's nationwide healthcare plan stumbles at first hurdle
19 May 2013 at 2:13pm
By Randy Fabi and Nilufar Rizki JAKARTA (Reuters) - When a sick Indonesian baby died after 10 hospitals in Jakarta turned her family away in February, critics blamed a pilot health insurance scheme that had overwhelmed the city's public hospitals. The program, introduced in November, gave health insurance to around 5 million people in Jakarta categorized as poor. Long queues quickly formed at already stretched hospital emergency rooms as many patients, some who were not even ill, sought to take advantage of being covered for the first time. ...
Fate of LA pot shops left to voters
19 May 2013 at 1:19pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Los Angeles politicians have struggled for more than five years to regulate medical marijuana, trying to balance the needs of the sick against neighborhood concerns that pot shops attract crime.
Chimps in Uganda: Resilience
19 May 2013 at 12:46pm
Chimps in Uganda: Resilience
What do we eat? New food map will tell us
19 May 2013 at 11:26am
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) ? Do your kids love chocolate milk? It may have more calories on average than you thought.
Greying China taps rural elderly to care for those even older
19 May 2013 at 10:08am
By Li Hui and Maxim Duncan QIANTUN, China (Reuters) - Two years short of 70, Zhang Guosheng spends his days caring for an 81-year-old fellow villager - washing his clothes, bringing meals to his bed, and keeping him company - a routine he'll keep up until he himself needs the type of care he is now giving. "Living here is better than staying at home alone. We help each other and have a common language," said the spritely Zhang, an enthusiastic dancer. "We are very happy here. ...
Dear American Consumers: Please don t start eating healthfully. Sincerely, th...
19 May 2013 at 8:51am
Dear American Consumers: Please don t start eating healthfully. Sincerely, the Food Industry
Saudi Arabia has another case of new coronavirus: WHO
18 May 2013 at 2:42pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has reported another case of infection in a concentrated outbreak of a new strain of a virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and spread into Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. In a disease outbreak update issued from its Geneva headquarters, the WHO said the latest patient is an 81-year-old woman with multiple medical conditions. She became ill on April 28 and is in a critical but stable condition. ...
Lundbeck says drug shows improvement in depression symptoms
18 May 2013 at 11:05am
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish pharmaceutical group Lundbeck and Japanese partner Takeda said on Saturday that data from clinical phase III studies with the antidepressant vortioxetine had shown significant improvement in patients' symptoms. Lundbeck said in a statement that the trial showed safety levels consistent with previously completed studies at lower doses. Lundbeck and Takeda submitted vortioxetine, also known as Brintellix, for regulatory approval in the United States and Europe at the end of last year. ...
Men Struggle With Wives' Breast Cancer
18 May 2013 at 8:59am
Men struggle with their wives' breast cancer, but don't always speak up.