Friday, 30 November 2012

Clinton releases road map for AIDS-free generation

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she speaks during a ceremony in recognition of World AIDS Day, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the State Department in Washington, where she released The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, (PEPFAR) Blueprint' for Creating an AIDS- Free Generation. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) In an ambitious road map for slashing the global spread of AIDS, the Obama administration says treating people sooner and more rapid expansion of other proven tools could help even the hardest-hit countries begin turning the tide of the epidemic over the next three to five years.




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Kenya village pairs AIDS orphans with grandparents

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, a young schoolboy makes handstands during break in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV, with the bookend generations taking care of one another, in Kenya. Saturday, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day, and UNAIDS says that as of 2011 an estimated 23.5 million people living with HIV resided in sub-Saharan Africa, representing 69 percent of the global HIV burden, with eastern and southern Africa the hardest-hit regions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) There are no middle-aged people in Nyumbani. They all died years ago, before this village of hope in Kenya began. Only the young and old live here.




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Drugmaker Ranbaxy halts generic Lipitor production

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. has halted production of generic cholesterol drug Lipitor while it investigates how tiny glass particles got into dozens of batches of the drug that were recalled in November. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

HPV tied to throat cancers: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A sexually transmitted infection usually thought of in connection to cervical cancer is also tied to a five times greater risk of cancer of the vocal chords or voice box, a new report suggests. Combining the results of 55 studies from the past two decades, Chinese researchers found 28 percent of people with laryngeal cancers had cancerous tissue that tested positive for human papillomavirus (HPV). But that rate varied widely by study, from no throat cancer patients with HPV to 79 percent with the infection. ... via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

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HPV tied to throat cancers: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A sexually transmitted infection usually thought of in connection to cervical cancer is also tied to a five times greater risk of cancer of the vocal chords or voice box, a new report suggests.

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'Ad Hoc' Stenting Controversial (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- "Ad hoc" percutaneous coronary intervention should be performed only as part of a comprehensive program that includes several steps, according to a consensus statement from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Men can Easily Have Their Way With Women With Just a Smile

A scientific study seems to study the effect of a smile from men on the opposite sex, and the results show that women do go weak in the knees, get more relenting and submissive while interacting with men. A study which observed interactions with male friends and work colleagues, found that women appeared more accommodating when men smiled at them. Perhaps, it was the warmth radiating from the smile which made women feels absolutely coy. Body language experts ...

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Axe-wielding Man Attacks Female Physician in Her Clinic

Kang Hongqian, a 40-year-old Chief Doctor with the department of acupuncture at the hospital in North China's Tianjin Municipality, was attacked by a man wielding an axe, who hacked her to death around 1:30 pm in her clinic. The Hospital is affiliated with the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Police said that the attacker is a middle aged person whose identity is not confirmed yet. The police caught him when he jumped out of the building to ...

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Health officials: Athens has spiraling HIV crisis

Athens is seeing an alarming increase in new HIV infections, particularly among intravenous drug users, health officials warned Friday, as Greece struggles through a protracted financial crisis in which funding for health care and drug treatment programs has been slashed. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

Pharmacy Group to Address Compounding Disaster

LAS VEGAS (MedPage Today) -- Interest is expected to be high at next week's meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where a late-breaking session will address the ongoing meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated products from a compounding pharmacy. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Report Finds U.S. Birth Rate Has Dropped to Lowest Level Since 1920

The U.S. birth rate fell to its lowest levels ever last year, according to a preliminary report released by the Pew Research Center on Thursday. Researchers said that the U.S.'s birth rate in 2011, which was estimated at 63.2 births per 1,000 women, "is the lowest since at least 1920, the earliest year for which there are reliable numbers." via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

Couple's Friends Raise Thousands for Life-Saving Surgery

In the past year, Drew Lewis has proposed to his now-wife, celebrated his wedding day and received a life-changing diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer. He’s also realized the power of social media, the power of friends lending a helping hand and, in this holiday... via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

New Jersey bridge collapse derails freight train, causes chemical leak

(Reuters) - A rail bridge collapsed on Friday over a creek in southern New Jersey, causing a Conrail freight train to derail and spill hazardous chemicals into the water, authorities said. Five tanks of the freight train, which was carrying vinyl chloride, fell into the Mantua Creek, which feeds into the Delaware River near Philadelphia, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable industrial chemical, was spilling from the tanks, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Cindy Oldham. ... via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

Your Diet and Your Health

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HIV Treatment Reduces Risk of Malaria Recurrence in Children

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Even Women Who Exercise Sit Too Much

Study finds that people sit more hours a day than they sleep, raising the risk of chronic health conditions


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Kidney Disease More Severe in Blacks Than Others

Screening would help improve their care, researchers say


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U.S. Diets Not Up to U.S. Standards

In a broad comparison of U.S. dietary standards and real Americans' eating habits, researchers found that people fall short of nutritional recommendations overall, but some groups are worse than others.

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Drug, Alcohol Abuse Tied to Early-Life Strokes

Younger adults who suffered a stroke were often smokers or had abused drugs or alcohol, in a new study from Ohio and Kentucky.

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Study Finds Herbalists at Higher Urinary Cancer Risk

A small new study from Taiwan links a widely banned substance traditionally used in Chinese medicine to an elevated risk for kidney and bladder cancers among professional herbalists.

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Violence in a Soldier's Past May Up PTSD Risk

Study found those abused as kids, attacked by spouses were more likely to develop the condition


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New HIV Infections Highest Among Urban Gay, Bisexual Men

Prevention efforts vital in high-risk areas, researchers say

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Why Aging Eyes Struggle to Discern Fine Print

How you read changes as you grow older, study says


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Hot Flashes May Return After Ending Antidepressant

For about a third of women taking antidepressants to treat menopause symptoms, hot flashes and night sweats will return after discontinuing the drug, according to a new study.

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Climbers with Altitude Sickness Show Signs of Brain Bleeds Years Later

Mountaineers who've had the illness should gradually prepare for rising elevations, researchers say


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Despite More 'Healthy' Options, Little Change in Fast-Food Calorie Counts

Watch out for side orders, salad dressings, sauces and desserts, study says


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Nerve Stimulation May Restore Hand Function After Spinal Injury

But success was temporary in small, early study


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Boys with Undescended Testicles at Higher Risk for Testicular Cancer

If testes don't descend, these males may need to be monitored for later malignancy

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Brain Scans Show Differences in Adults with Autism

Two new studies hint that immune system may play some role in condition


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Teen Behavior Problems, Not Depression, Tied to Lower Grades

Study also linked delinquency, substance use to lesser education degrees


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Health Tip: If Dementia Causes Sleep Problems

Establish consistent sleep and wake times

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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Hot Water Burns

Test the water first

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Even Women Who Exercise Sit Too Much

Study finds that people sit more hours a day than they sleep, raising the risk of chronic health conditions


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Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe for Tots

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More Specialty Care Tied to Less Stroke Death (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) -- Stroke deaths are lower in parts of the U.S. that have a higher density of neurologists and neurosurgeons, researchers found. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Paediatric Legislation: Challenges And Impact On Drug Development, 20-21 March 2013, London

EU regulations on paediatric drug development are becoming more and more complicated and pharmaceutical companies have to prepare more robust and detailed paediatric investigation plans to ensure the success of their clinical trials. Are you equipped to deal with this? SMi's 7th annual conference on Paediatric Clinical Trials will discuss new EMA policies and guidelines on paediatric investigation plans as well as focus on clinical trial design and how the industry can overcome practical issues... via Health News from Medical News Today Read More Here..

Health officials warn of spiraling HIV in Athens

Health officials warn that the Greek capital is seeing an alarming increase in new HIV infections, particularly among intravenous drug users, as the country struggles through a protracted financial crisis in which funding has been slashed for health care and drug treatment programs. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

Myopia - 2012 Lancet review

From the Lancet:



Myopia (nearsightedness) has emerged as a major health issue in east Asia, because of:



- increasingly high prevalence in the past few decades. It now affacts 80-90% in school-leavers.

- sight-threatening pathologies associated with high myopia, which now affect 10-20% of those completing secondary schooling in east Asia.



Similar, but less marked, changes are occurring in other parts of the world.



The higher prevalence of myopia in east Asian cities seems to be associated with increasing educational pressures, combined with life-style changes, which have reduced the time children spend outside.



There are no reported major genes for school myopia, although there are several genes associated with high myopia. Any genetic contribution to ethnic differences may be small.



There are some optical and pharmacological interventions that seem promising for preventing the development of myopia or slowing its progression, but the evidence is still preliminary.



References:



Myopia. Prof Ian G Morgan PhD a b , Prof Kyoko Ohno-Matsui MD c, Prof Seang-Mei Saw PhD. The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9827, Pages 1739 - 1748, 5 May 2012.

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Photos: 'Dwarf': Woman's Extreme Surgeries to Grow Taller

Tiffanie DiDonato endured painful and controversial limb lengthening surgeries. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

How Sleepless Nights Affect Your Body

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More than 100 graves robbed in Benin for voodoo rituals

COTONOU (Reuters) - Tomb raiders have dug up more than 100 graves at a cemetery in Benin since Saturday for what authorities suspect is a black-market trade in human organs and skulls for voodoo ritual fetishes. The incident is the most serious case of grave-robbing in the West African state, the world capital of voodoo where most of the country's 9 million residents practice a benign form of the official religion. ... via Health News Headlines - Yahoo! News Read More Here..

Sisters Donate Kidney, Liver To Save Brother

In an attempt to save their 12-year-old brother, two sisters from Sudan donated their liver and kidney which was transplanted successfully at a hospital in New Delhi. Mukhtar Ahmed Ali Gadkarim was suffering from kidney failure due to a rare disorder known as primary hyperoxaluria. While one of the sisters gave him a kidney, the other gave a part of the liver. The boy, who was admitted in the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals Nov 6, was operated upon after ...

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