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Exclusive: Americans overpaying hugely for cancer drugs - academic
LONDON | By Ben Hirschler
Americans are paying way over the odds for some modern cancer drugs,
with pharmaceutical companies charging up to 600 times what the
medicines cost to make, according to an independent academic study.

The United States also pays more than double the price charged in
Europe for these drugs - so-called tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs),
a potent class of cancer pills with fewer side effects than

    The analysis by pharmacologist Andrew Hill of Britain's University
    of Liverpool, who will present his findings at the Sept. 25-29
    European Cancer Congress in Vienna, is likely to fuel a growing
    storm over U.S. drug costs.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's declared aim
    to lower the cost of prescription drugs by ending what her
    campaign describes as "excessive profiteering" triggered a
    sell-off in drug stocks this week.

    Hill told Reuters he had shared his work on the cost of producing
    TKIs with the World Health Organization (WHO), which is keen to
    add such treatments to its list of medicines deemed essential for
    a basic healthcare system. WHO officials have used the findings in
    determining that the drugs can be made at low cost, he said.

The first such TKI was added to the WHO's latest draft Essential
Medicines List earlier this year.

Several widely-used TKIs are expected to become available as generics
within the next five years, as patents expire. Hill calculated that
large-scale production could achieve treatment prices in the range of
$159 to $4,022 per person a year, against current U.S. prices of
around $75,000 to over $100,000.

"It shows there is a lot of scope for prices to come down," he
said. "There has to be some middle ground between the prices that
companies are charging, which may not even be cost-effective by the
standards set by some healthcare authorities, and the actual
production cost."


Drug companies argue that they need to make decent profits to pay for
the billions of dollars needed for drug research. Many companies also
have extensive low-cost or even free access schemes for patients who
cannot afford their medicines.

But the high prices charged for modern drugs is generating increasing
push-back from healthcare providers, patients and some doctors.

Hill used Indian government data on the cost of pharmaceutical
ingredients and allowed for a 50-percent profit margin - but no money
for investment in research - to work out the costs of producing
certain drugs.

On this basis, he found that Novartis' leukaemia drug Glivec actually
cost $159 for a year's treatment, against the $106,000 charged in the
United States.

Roche's Tarceva for lung cancer cost $236, against a U.S. price of
$79,000, and Novartis' Tykerb cost $4,000 against a price of $74,000.

In all these cases the U.S. cost was far above that charged in certain
western European countries, where Glivec costs approximately
$29,000-35,000, Tarceva $26,000-29,000 and Tykerb around $35,000, Hill

Roche declined to comment. Novartis said it had no immediate response.

The issue is not unique to cancer drugs. Earlier this month, for
example, Amgen launched its new injectable cholesterol drug Repatha in
Europe at around half the U.S. price.

"Why should the U.S. bear this huge burden cost? It is not as if the
GDP of the United States is so much higher than that of European
counties, but they just seem to pay these big premiums," Hill said.

The future pricing of TKIs could also have major implications for
developing countries, Hill believes, since mass production could open
the way to widespread cancer treatment in the same way that cheap
generic drugs helped fight HIV/AIDS
  • Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis at least once in their lives 2015 September 22 at 11:00 AM Washington Post... diagnosis is one of the most difficult and complex tasks in healthcare because it involves patients, clinicians, thousands of lab tests, and more than 10,000 potential diagnoses.
    This critical type of health-care error is far more common than medication mistakes or surgery on the wrong patient or body part. But until now, diagnostic errors have been a relatively understudied and unmeasured area of patient safety. Much of patient safety is focused on errors in hospitals, not mistakes in diagnoses that take place in doctors’ offices, surgical centers and other outpatient facilities.

    The new report by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, outlines a system-wide problem that experts say affects an estimated 12 million adults each year. Remember to ask your clinician these three questions: 1. What could be causing my problem? 2. What else could it be? 3. When will I get my test results and what should I do to follow up?

  • *************Scientists find way to 'turn off cancer' by reverting cancerous cells to benign tissue ******* The Independent Tuesday 25 August 2015
    The research represents "an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer," according to the Mr Anastasiadis, chair of the department of cancer biology at the Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida......enior science information manager Henry Scowcroft said: "This important study solves a long-standing biological mystery, but we mustn't get ahead of ourselves.” Mr Sowcroft added there was a “long way to go” before the findings were conclusive, but said there was still a “significant step forward”.
  • Dance music and drum and bass were often played fairly loudly, with popular tracks sometimes blasted out, which made talking difficult. "operating room music 'a distraction'" was title that linked to this story from Health section but in the article itself the more (and inappropriately) toned-down title is: "Music in the operating room off-putting, study suggests"(August 2015)
    Researchers filmed 20 operations at two UK hospitals to observe. When music was played, operating staff often had to repeat themselves to be heard - when requesting a surgical instrument, for example. The Royal College of Surgeons says there is no evidence of a widespread problem in NHS hospitals. ...In some incidences, nurses visibly struggled to hear the surgeon's instructions. In one operation, the scrub nurse asked the surgeon to turn the music down because she was finding it hard to count up how many swabs had been used.
  • rat LIMB limb regenerated in lab 2015 June
  • A Blood Test can tell every virus you've ever had
    Test detects every known human virus from single drop of blood Washington: Researchers have developed a new test that can detect every known human virus that currently or previously infected a person from a single drop of blood.

    The method, called VirScan, developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers can test for current and past infections with any known human virus, including HIV and hepatitis C. The method, called VirScan, is an efficient alternative to existing diagnostics that test for specific viruses one at a time. With VirScan, scientists can run a single test to determine which viruses have infected an individual, rather than limiting their analysis to particular viruses. The comprehensive analysis can be performed for about USD 25 per blood sample. (2015 June)

  • Prostate cancer gene map points way to targeted drugs"In the past, we used to treat lethal prostate cancer as a single illness but this shows that it is a group of diseases, each driven by their own set of mutations." Prof de Bono said it meant that, using genetic testing, it would be possible to individualise patient care, heralding the arrival of personalised treatment for advanced prostate cancer. 2015 may
  • Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say. ADDS FIVE YEARS TO YOUR LIFE FOR 3 HOURS PER WEEK 2015 MAY (stufy found both "light" and "vigorous" execise "Extended life")
    The trial tracking 68 to 77 year olds found that doing less than an hour a week of light exercise had no impact.

    But overall those putting in the equivalent of six, 30-minute sessions of any intensity, were 40% less likely to have died during the 11-year study

    ...."Our message is that every 10 minutes counts and that making simple, more active changes to your daily routine can set you on a path to improved heart health."

  • Roswell Park intrigued by Cuban vaccine for lung cancer treatment keywords capitalism corporate versus vaccines for cancer APRIL April 2015
  • News Cuba to Export Cancer Vaccine to US, New York Governor Confirms (TeleSUR, April 2015)

  • Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin April 27, 2015 5:23 AM ET
  • First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims THE GUARDIAN, FEB 2015.... keywords longevity and PSEUDO-KEYWORD TO help FIND THIS LATER: cryonics life-extension
  • Teenagers to start school at 10am in Oxford University sleep experiment Thousands of GCSE students will start lessons an hour later to see if it improves their exam results A pilot study at Monkseaton High School in North Tyneside in 2009 found that starting an hour later improved grades in core subjects by 19 per cent. But head teacher Paul Kelley left and the school has since reverted back to 8.50am starts. Under the new project, more than 30,000 pupils will be invited to start school later. It will be part of six new neuroscience experiments taking place in hundreds of schools across the country. (Feb 2015)
  • human bodies unlike other apes: designed for running? (my paraphrase) NYTimes
    So if we’re born to run, why are runners so often injured? A combination of factors is likely to play a role, experts say. Exercise early in life can affect the development of tendons and muscles, but many people don’t start running until adulthood, so their bodies may not be as well developed for distance. Running on only artificial surfaces and in high-tech shoes can change the biomechanics of running, increasing the risks of injury.

    What’s the solution? Slower, easier training over a long period would most likely help; so would brief walk breaks, which mimic the behavior [read, so-called "roving" keyword rove] of the persistence hunter.....THE BOOK ALSO CLAIMS THAT "running on a variety of surfaces and in simpler shoes with less cushioning can restore natural running form."

    Natural History Magazine:
    says running joggles the head more than walking does. Homo therefore has several “antibobblehead” adaptations that other apes and Australopithecus lack. The first is a modification of the semicircular canals, the organs in each inner ear that tell the brain which way is up...An elastic ligament that runs from a ridge at the base of the skull to the base of the neck, damps the bobbing effect. Analogous ridge structures, to which damping ligaments can be attached, occur in dogs and horses, the other long distance runners, but not in Lucy. [AND OTHER COMPARISONS OF HUMANS TO ANIMALS/ANCESTORS AND ESPECIALLY TO CHIMPS ARE MADE] Also liveScience article I did nto read on related matters...
  • Exclusive:n The miracle cure - scientists turn human skin into stem cells Sunday 09 February 2014 (
  • Study: More mercury in environment than scientists thought

    New research from Harvard University indicates that the amount of mercury in the environment is much higher than previously thought. Prior estimates put mercury levels around 720,000 metric tons; the new study suggests it's actually 2 ½ times that number.

    Before we understood mercury was a dangerous neurotoxin, it was used in an array of consumer products, from thermometers to latex paint. Silver mining alone, which peaked in the 1890s, resulted in some 100,000 metric tons of mercury pollution. We are still experiencing the ill effects.

    Once released, mercury endures in the environment. The Harvard study found that nearly 60 percent of the mercury in our soil, air and water dates back hundreds to thousands of years.

    Mercury is most harmful when microbes convert it into a compound called methylmercury. In this form, it can accumulate in the fat of fish. Consuming too much mercury-laden fish can cause neurological and cardiovascular damage.

    Today, most new mercury emissions are from coal-fired power plants and artisanal gold mining. Vinyl chloride, a key ingredient in vinyl and plastics, also uses mercury in its production. The Minamata Convention, created in 2013, requires participating nations to phase out mercury emissions. But targets don't account for mercury's long legacy effects.

  • Vegetative patients show glimmers of consciousness 2014 oct "Some vegetative patients showed little brain activity (left) while others (middle) had very similar brain signatures to healthy adults (right)" -------Scientists have uncovered hidden signatures in the brains of people in vegetative states that suggest they may have a glimmer of consciousness. Doctors normally consider these patients - who have severe brain injuries - to be unaware of the world around them although they appear awake. Researchers hope their work will help identify those who are actually conscious, but unable to communicate....
    Patients typically open their eyes and look around, but cannot react to commands or make any purposeful movements. Some people remain in this state for many years.

    But a handful of recent studies have questioned this diagnosis - suggesting some patients may actually be aware of what is going on around them, but unable to communicate.

    A team of scientists at Cambridge University studied 13 patients in vegetative states, mapping the electrical activity of their nerves using a mesh of electrodes applied to their scalps.

    The electrical patterns and connections they recorded were then compared with healthy volunteers. The study reveals four of the 13 patients had an electrical signature that was very similar to those seen in the volunteers.

    Dr Srivas Chennu, who led the research, said: "This suggests some of the brain networks that support consciousness in healthy adults may be well-preserved in a number of people in persistent vegetative state too."

    In the second stage of their experiment, scientists arranged for these four patients to have their brains scanned using an MRI machine while being asked to imagine playing tennis.

    Previous research shows the area of the brain linked to planning movement lights up when some people in vegetative states performed the task.

    And the Cambridge team found three of their patients had similar results - suggesting they were conscious enough to understand a command and to decide to follow it through

    keywords: coma revive
  • feb 2014: Doing 30 minutes? Double it! ********************For more than a decade we've been told we need to be physically active for 30 minutes a day, but new guidelines suggest we double that.********************
  • There is a disproportionate number of adolescents and young adults (approximately 7 to 16 percent) with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), according to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine (SCSSM). SCSSM defines this syndrome as “a disorder[**is** it?] in which the timing of sleep and the peak period of alertness are delayed several hours relative to societal clock.”

    DSPS is caused by a shift in a person’s circadian rhythm, which leads to feeling tired at later times. Though it is a common sleeping pattern among youth, it is still not understood why this shift happens.

  • [DO NOT CLICK BECAUSE FREEZES BROWSER BEFORE VERY LONG...]The poll found that people averaged 6.9 hours of sleep per night, dropping an average of two hours [MEANING IT USED TO BE 8.9 OR VIRTUALLY 9 HOURS PER NIGHT] since the 1800s.

  • His research found that we didn’t always sleep in one eight hour chunk. We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night. This range was about 12 hours long, and began with a sleep of three to four hours, wakefulness of two to three hours, then sleep again until morning. well 12hrs MINUs "2-3 hours" = 9.5 hours of sleep!
  • above links to this NY times article and to this bbc articleJD Moyer self experiement and he also quotes teh above NY Times article this 2hrs+4sleep+2hrs+4sleep+2hrs where 2hrs="quiet rest" for 14 hour total...but they do not ask whether this is just prehistoric /NaturalForWinterTimes or whether it's also SOMETHING THAT COMES NATURALLY AFTER OEN CATCHES UP WITH SLEEP DEFICIT? a>

  • Schoolchildren Should Drink More Water These three new studies found drinking resulted in a significant improvement in cognitive performance, but not with Coke. And not with Ritalin or some new drug, either. Just plain water..This is one of those groundbreaking findings (like my gargling video) that will likely never see the light of day because there’s no profit motive for promotion. We’re guaranteed to be assailed about all the new drugs and surgical advances because there’s big business behind getting the word out. But who profits from tap water? Or even broccoli for that matter?

  • Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats, and just like us, they like the creamy center best.
    FOUR separate teams of scientists have said they were unable to
    replicate a ******HIGHLY PUBLICIZED****** study that last year touted a cancer
    drug's success against Alzheimer's disease in mice.

  • Women live longer than men partly because their immune systems age more slowly, a study suggests. As the body's defences weaken over time, men's increased susceptibility to disease shortens their lifespans, say Japanese scientists. BBC may 2013
    In both sexes, the number of white blood cells per person declined with age as expected from previous studies. However, closer examination revealed differences between men and women in two key components of the immune system - T-cells, which protect the body from infection, and B-cells, which secrete antibodies. The rate of decline of most T-cell and B-cell lymphocytes was faster in men, while men also showed a more rapid age-related decline in two cytokines.....The researchers believe a person's immunological parameters could provide an indication of their true biological age.


    another researcher responds, "It's likely that the slower ageing in the immune system of women reflects a generally slower rate of intrinsic ageing, rather than that the immune system itself is setting the pace," he told BBC News.

  • Antibiotics could cure 40% of chronic [NOT acute or or sub-acute] back pain patients 13may
  • IS WRITTEN IN CALM ANALYTICAL STYLE............................
  • Walking was shown to just as effectively reduce the heart health risks like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol as running, in a health survey of nearly 50,000 runners and walkers of all ages. The study looked at the energy expended by walking and running over distance and found that runners and walkers who used the same amount of energy had comparable levels of heart health. "Walking and running provide an ideal test of the health benefits of moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running because they involve the same muscle groups and the same activities performed at different intensities..The more the runners ran and the walkers walked, the better off they were in health benefits. If the amount of energy expended was the same between the two groups"
  • A new study indicates that a chemical commonly found in hand soap might be harmful to muscle activity. 13apr n recent years, though, research has shed light on a number of problems with employing triclosan so widely. Studies have shown that the chemical can disrupt the endocrine systems of several different animals, binding to receptor sites in the body, which prevents the thyroid hormone from functioning normally. Additionally, triclosan penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream more easily than previously thought, and has turned up everywhere from aquatic environments to human breast milk in troubling quantities. To this list of concerns, add one more: [PNAC paper] indicates that triclosan impairs muscle function in both animals and humans. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis, found that the chemical hinders human muscle contractions at the cellular level and inhibits normal muscle functioning in both fish and mice.
  • Brazilian Brazilian Waxes Increase Risk Of Viral Infection
    (1)Therefore, a team of researchers set out to determine whether the rise
      in the number of these infections might be associated with the
      increasing popularity of pubic hair removal. OH WAIT SO YOU JUMPED
    ETC (also re "Since Molluscum contagiosum can spread quite easily by
    self infection, for example by scratching, the authors pointed out
    that hair removal may also encourage spread as a result of the
    micro-trauma it causes to the skin." -- one certainly self-scrateches
    shaved face!) and " The scientists explained why pubic hair removal
    may be increasingly popular:" they mean SPECULATED and also they would
    far less often feature "explain why facial hair removed may be so common"

  • Whole Grains May Work As Well As DrugsFG The consumption of three portions of whole grains a day appears as powerful as high blood pressure medications in alleviating hypertension. (keywrods drugs drug alternatives side effects natural nutrition)

  • Published: March. 16, 2013 at 8:20 PM MIAMI, March 16 (UPI) -- Dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation -- linked to heart disease and arthritis -- in the body hen the researchers drew blood samples. The samples showed the levels of C-reactive protein were significantly higher in the subjects who were asked to dwell on the speech, (2013 march)****************************************

  • Popular antibiotic may cause deadly heart problems.....CNN) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients about the use of a popular antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. The drug Azithromycin is commonly sold under the name Zithromax in what's called a Z-Pak. The agency said it can cause abnormal and possibly fatal heart rhythms in some patients.... found an increased risk of death from heart disease in the first five days of using a Z-Pak when compared to other common antibiotics or no antibiotics. The FDA said patients who have low blood levels of potassium or magnesium are at a higher risk. (keywords safety side-effects adverse effects) 13 march
  • (Reuters) - Roughly 2 percent of 8,500 poor heterosexuals living in U.S. cities with high rates of HIV infection tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, and nearly half of those who were infected said they had never been tested before the study, health officials said on Thursday. keywords: class socioeconomic poor poverty ('13 march)
  • Device keeps liver "alive" outside body in medical first A donated human liver has been kept alive, warm and functioning outside a human being on a newly-developed machine and then successfully transplanted into patients in a medical world could be common practice in hospitals across the developed world within a few years, up to doubling the number of livers available for transplant.
  • 13 mar
  • [this season's] Flu Shot Doing Poor Job of Protecting Older People It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the [CDCandPrevention] said..Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year. Despite the findings,the CDC stood by its recommendation that everyone over 6 months get flu shots, the elderly included....Overall, across the age groups studied, the vaccine's effectiveness was found to be a moderate 56 percent, which means those who got a shot have a 56 percent lower chance of winding up at the doctor with the flu....
  • Xiao's group calculated that men taking 1,000 milligrams a day of a calcium supplement had a 20 percent increased risk of dying from heart disease. Men also had a 14 percent increased risk of dying from a stroke, but this was not statistically significant, the researchers said. ...Among women, however, calcium supplements were not linked to an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. And, calcium from diet didn't increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease for either sex, the researchers found........."While further studies are needed, calcium supplements should be used only after careful consideration of whether the potential benefits in terms of bone health outweigh the potential cardiovascular risks," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a spokesman for the American Heart Association and a professor....."Given the extensive use of calcium supplements in the population[often for osteoporosis], it is of great importance to assess the effect of supplemental calcium use beyond bone health," the investigators concluded in the study....(13 feb)
  • The unhealthiest generation? Baby boomers live longer than their parents but face more health woes: study Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are less healthy than their parents by a range of measures including obesity rates, activity levels and likelihood of disability and chronic disease, according to a new report published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. "I'm concerned that (reliance on drugs) has a great deal to do with the problem," he said. "The drugs are supposed to be used in addition to a healthy lifestyle, not instead of it." And, he said, baby boomers are far more sedentary than their forbears. (2013 feb)39% of boomers were obese, compared to 29% of their parents. Boomers were also more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. (keyword obesity stats - their parents had 29? that's higher than I'd thought (despite it being, maybe, easier to be obese when you're older) since that 29 is very close to the entire nation's average..........which I guess is, a little, bit, sign of better health if the current younger-than-boomer next 2 generations, IF I repeat, if they grow up to have as high or higher than that 39% (andmaybe even higher if..) or is that 29% an average for "during the middle of their lives" bout gen-before-boomers ("greatest") or what?..............................
  • Vegetarian diet cuts heart disease risk By Kounteya Sinha, TNN | Feb 1, 2013, 05.45 AM IST (keyword vegan-related)
  • (Reuters) - The state-of-the-art brain scans that allowed doctors to look inside the head of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon show how advances in neuroscience are forcing a rethink of what it means to be in a long-term coma. Neurologists who performed the tests said they hinted that Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006, may have a degree of consciousness and be able to hear sounds or make out pictures.

    "It's encouraging to find these signs because it opens up the possibility of some meaningful communication," said Paul Matthews, a professor of neurology at Imperial College London. Until recently, he said, it had been assumed that many comatose patients diagnosed as being in a "vegetative state" had no meaningful awareness of their surroundings. (keywords s so called brain-dead brain dead coma)2013 January) The science behind such possibilities has made significant advances in recent years, allowing some patients previously thought to be completely unaware to show they are in fact conscious and able - with help - to communicate. The experiments use imagery tasks - such as asking a patient to imagine playing tennis or walking from room to room in their home. The fMRI scanner maps the distinctive activity of the brain when each task is performed. The patient is then asked to equate one of the imagery tasks to the answer "yes" and another to the answer "no", and apply them to simple yes-or-no possibility being explored in some vegetative state patients who show an ability to control brain processes is the use of electroencephalography (EEG) caps, which attach electrodes to the scalp and record electrical brain activity. Research published in 2011 showed that scientists using these devices were able to communicate with people who had been considered to be in a vegetative state for more than a year. Because the caps are mobile, they allow communication to be more frequent, since putting a patient into an fMRI scanner every time doctors want to ask a question is invasive, disruptive and expensive...."If you can put an EEG cap on somebody's head, and the computer is trained to recognize different brain states, that's like having a language,"

  • According to the researchers, a quadruple helix is also present in some cells and is believed to relate to cancer in some ways. According to the researchers, controlling these quadruple helix structures could provide new ways to fight cancer. 13 Jan
  • DIET MORE IMPORTANT THAN EXERCISE REGARDING AVOIDING VOERWEIGHT, STUDY OF HUNTER-GATHERERE TRIBE INDICATES 2012 JULY (BBC) "They found physical activity levels were much higher in the Hadza men and women, but when corrected for size and weight, their metabolic rate was no different to that of Westerners. Dr Herman Pontzer of the department of anthropology at Hunter College, New York, said everyone had assumed that hunter gatherers would burn hundreds more calories a day than adults in the US and Europe"
  • Rare freshwater organism goes through nose, kills South Carolina boy 12 july
  • Gold and tea compound may be more effective at treating prostate cancer than chemotherapy july 2012 ...."Because radioactive gold nanoparticles have a very short half-life (the time it takes for half of the substance to decay) of 2.7 days, the radioactivity from the gold only lasts for three weeks. This meant the researchers were able to treat the tumor much more effectively and with a dose that was thousands of times less than what is given with chemotherapy."
  • 2009 swine flu outbreak was 15 times deadlier: study
  • Untreatable gonorrhoea spreading around world: WHO (Reuters) - Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea have spread to countries across the world, the United Nations health agency said on Wednesday, and millions of patients may run out of treatment options unless doctors catch and treat cases earlier.
  • In China, 1 in 10 TB cases are drug-resistant 2012 june
  • Waist Size, Regardless Of BMI, Linked To Diabetes Risk he authors explained THAT OVERWEIGHT people WITH a large waist, over 102cm (40.2 INCHES) for men and over 88cm (34.6 INCHES) for women, have approximately the same or higher risk of eventually developing diabetes type 2 as obese individuals.
  • Calcium pills pose 'heart risk' 23 May 2012 Last updated at 20:18 ET ..People who take calcium supplements could be increasing their risk of having a heart attack, according to researchers in Germany.the study, published in the journal Heart, said the supplements "should be taken with caution". Experts say promoting a balanced diet including calcium would be a better strategy.

    The researchers at the German Cancer Research Centre, in Heidelberg, followed 23,980 people for more than a decade...people taking calcium supplements WERE 86% MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HAD A HEART ATTACK during the study. [compared to the other group whose rate was 5.3% of the 15k patients having a heart attack)..."n ed more study" say some, yeah yeah...there have been sturies in 2010 and before...meanwhile:

    Ian Reid and Mark Bolland, researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, said: "The evidence is also becoming steadily stronger that it is not safe, nor is it particularly effective. "Therefore, the administration of this micro nutrient should not be encouraged; rather people should be advised to obtain their calcium intake from an appropriately balanced diet.

    A spokeswoman for the UK's Department of Health said it would consider the study carefully once the complete article had been published. "The majority of people do not need to take a calcium supplement," she said. "A healthy balanced diet will provide all the nutrients, including calcium, that they need. Good sources of calcium include milk and dairy foods, fortified dairy food alternatives, e.g. soya drink, and green leafy vegetables."

  • Skin cells transformed into beating heart tissue, fueling heart failure treatment hopesIn what scientists are calling a first, skin cells were taken from heart failure patients and transformed into stem cells, which were then turned into heart muscle cells capable of beating - albeit in a petri dish.
  • Shift work raises risk of diabetes: study '12 april
  • Tuberculosis which appears to be totally resistant to antibiotic treatment has been reported for the first time by Indian doctors.Doctors in Mumbai said 12 patients had a "totally drug resistant" form of the infection, and three have died...TB is one of the world's biggest killers, second only to HIV among infectious diseases. 17 January 2012 Last updated at 06:02 ET
    A rare genetic variant which causes reduced levels of vitamin D
    appears to be directly linked to multiple sclerosis, says an Oxford
    University study.Researchers say this adds weight to suggestions of a
    link between vitamin D deficiency and MS.
    The study is in Annals of Neurology.Multiple sclerosis is an
    inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (the brain and
    spinal cord).
    Nearly half of cancers diagnosed in the UK each year - over 130,000 in
    total - are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking,
    drinking and eating the wrong things, a review reveals.
    MRI scans on 40 athletes training for challenging sporting events like
    triathlons or alpine cycle races showed most had stretched heart muscles.
  • Vaccine developed against Ebola VACCINE IS FOR MICE
  • Over 90% of cases of a common form of food poisoning seen this year were due to people eating undercooked chicken liver pate, often at weddings, infection experts have said. bbc 11dec (The Health Protection Agency (HPA) analysed 18 outbreaks of Campylobacter in 2011 across England.)
  • New way to communicate with brain damaged patients A method of communicating with brain damaged patients who appear to be in a vegetative state has been discovered by scientists in the UK and Belgium. (keywrods: so called coma so called brain dead) 11nov
  • Cancer drug Avastin loses US approval US drug regulators have rescinded approval of a breast cancer drug, saying it is not effective enough to justify the risks of taking it. (11nov)
  • prostate cancer possibly linked to (women's birth control) The Pill (11 nov)

  • The research suggests that UVA rays are more carcinogenic than previously realised.
  • It had been thought that those rays do not damage the deeper layers of the skin as much as they damage the top layers. New research from Kings College London has found that is the case for UVB rays, but not for UVA rays. -- The study has found UVA rays are more carcinogenic than previously realised - a finding scientists say underscores how important it is to limit exposure to the sun and to tanning studios.
    "In sunlight, UVB represents at most 5 or 6 per cent of the UV rays so the vast majority is UVA, whereas with UVB the intensity is very dependent on the height of the sun," Professor Young said. "We advise people to avoid the sun at noon for example. With UVA, there is much less variation with the height of the sun so the strength of UVA is reasonably constant throughout the day and doesn't change so much with season compared to UVB. "So we are exposed to quite a lot of UVA."
  • Men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer can help keep their disease at bay by taking brisk walks, claim researchers
  • Crossing your arms 'relieves hand pain' keywords: alternative diy natural naturopathic holistic (bb 11may)
  • Gogole to find "Alcohol 'more harmful than heroin' says Prof David Nutt" on BBc, 1 November 2010
  • IQ tests measure motivation not just intelligence bbc 11 apr
  • Low levels of sunlight coupled with glandular fever could increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), say researchers 11apr
  • Brain scans may be able to indicate potential Alzheimer's patients years before symptoms appear, according to the results of a small study.
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections have reached unprecedented levels and now outstrip our ability to fight them with existing drugs, European health experts are warning. 11apr, bbc
  • The Northern Territory Government should legislate for the use of non-radioactive smoke alarms, the Public Health Association of Australia says. "In an age where we have lots of exposure to radiation, and this is something that we can't really measure until years down the line and potentially generations down the line, I think there is a real cause for concern with continued exposure to low-level radioactivity." (11mar)
  • A gene defect that can triple the risk of a child developing an allergy to peanuts has been identified, scientists have said. notice: "TRIPLE THE RISK" AND NOT "CAUSE" THE ALLERGY ("He added that as Filaggrin defects were found in only 20% of the peanut allergy cases, there was still a lot of work to be done to understand fully the genetic link to the allergy.") (11mar)
  • A study by the National Institutes of Health in the US suggests that mobile phones could have an effect on the brain. They reported higher sugar use in the brain, a sign of increased activity, after 50 minutes on the phone.
  • Stroke recovery boosted by a course of Prozac BBC: You are missing the story behind the story. Instead of telling us how wonderful the potential is of using Prozac -which has been criticized with strong documentation (e.g. Peter Breggin) in the treatment of depression and more-or how much more wonderful it would be to treat stroke-patients-who-also-are-depressed with prozac for both ("dual benefit?" you enthuse) when staring you in the face if you open your eyes, is the story behind this story: what has been marketted to people for years a as drug for psychiatric issues, not only has serious risks and efficacy questions on that count, but also clearly mess with one's vascular system; you cannot get 'improvement' in a body's system, any system, without making a change in it. What about all the people WITHOUT stroke, who have taken prozac for years, what effects would that have on their system? The story behind the story is a strong note of caution on the jump to use chemicals as 'solutions' to the very real and difficult and often painful and traumatic aspects of modern life. To underscore the point, take this research to an extreme: suppose it is later discovered that prozac or psychiatric medication X can help people with stroke AND those with kidney problems AND those with lung problems AND those with 10 other health issues - putting aside the zealous profit-motivated over-selling of "effectiveness", the translation would mean that this drug marketted for problem A affects the body's systems in areas B, C, D, E, etc...something they'd rather we forget about. The fact that we can only detect (in the short term) "minor" adverse effects is not evidence of the lack of short term, much less, lack of long term adverse effects..there is no magic fairy dust that means you can mess with multiple systems in your body and have, magically, only positive effects in each (or any) such system without adverse effects. You (rightly) include notes of caution with (generally) relatively milder things like herbal medicines, pointing out that any herb strong enough to have a positive effect is strong enough that questions about adverse effects naturally (no pun in intended) do arise and should be looked into. Fluoxetine is far more extreme than sipping herbal tea (again see Breggin's work) so why not apply the same standard here, and in particular, with the story of the 'good news' that is has (wide and only very partially understood at best, much less) affects on other systems of the body which prozac taking patients who are NOT also stroke victims, might not want to have such 'effects' in them? BBC is often good at fleshing out deeper than surface issues in stories; I hope you will do so better in the case of chemical pharmaceuticals in the future. 11jan
    Please do NOT publish my comments (I may reconsider only if a near-full version rather than snippets/excerpts are included, let me know if that is of interest; my primary reason for writing it to have your writers and editors think about it since to a greater extent than most mainstream media BBC has given evidence that is actually listens)
  • What father eats affects his offspring- study The novel mice study, carried out by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Texas at Austin, shows that paternal diet influences lipid metabolising genes of his children. The new findings reported in the December 23rd issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication, highlight the hereditary effects of a process called "epigenetics", which is how our environment and lifestyle can permanently alter our genes as we grow up. 2010 dec24
  • Placebos Plus Positive Thinking May Be Enough It is estimated that currently 50 percent of all doctors in the United States administer placebos, or dummy pills, to their patients without them being aware of it. As questionable this practice may be, to most of us, the placebo effect is synonymous with the power of positive thinking. The action works because it fools the mind into believing it is taking true active medications. However, what if patients knew they were taking a placebo? Would positive thinking be enough? ..Eighty patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were divided into two prescribed groups. The controls received no treatment. The second group received placebo cycles which were openly described as such. Subjects were told to take the pills twice per day. "Not only did we make it absolutely clear that these pills had no active ingredient and were made from inert substances, but we actually had 'placebo' printed on the bottle. We told the patients that they didn't have to even believe in the placebo effect. Just take the pills." [so "would positive thinking be enough?" quetion by journalist doesn't quite apply, if that phrase means 'believe in the placebo effect' but a patient knowing "people who care about my health are at least working with me and care about how my condition does or doesnt' improve" could certainly reduce stress, among other things, and thus help with IBS, in my viewThe authors do make a point that this study was small compared to many investigative studies of this kind, but it does in fact open a dialogue about whether or not placebos are effective even for the fully informed patient. CBSnews reports very simlar article adding, "After three weeks. the placebo group reported adequate symptom relief at double the rate of the group told to do nothing (59 percent vs. 35 percent). And those results are about as good as the leading irritable bowel syndrome drugs on the market." "The conventional wisdom is you need to make a patient think they're taking a drug; you have to use deception and lies," said lead author Ted Kaptchuk ( finally latiem adds:"What seems to be the active ingredient is the warm, personal relationship," said Dr. Howard Brody of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
  • Some doctors in the US and Ireland claim anti-baldness drug Propecia can cause sexual problems like impotence and should have better labelling.(the headline from the "Health" section" which linsk to above article) 10dec
  • Study confirms what a healthy weight really is There had been some suggestion that it may be healthier to be pleasantly plump, but the team at the U.S. National Cancer Institute crushed any such idea with a study of 1.5 million adults published on Wednesday. The healthiest BMI is 22.5 to 24.9, they found -- at the upper end of where the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other groups have said people should be. Obesity and overweight are a growing problem for U.S. policymakers. Two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, with 72 million U.S. adults, or 26.7 percent having a BMI of 30 or more. ('10 dec)
  • Public 'misled' by drug trial claims Doctors and patients are being misled about the effectiveness of some drugs because negative trial results are not published, experts have warned. Writing in the British Medical Journal, they say that pharmaceutical companies should be forced to publish all data, not just positive findings. 2010 sep
  • Colon cancer cases 'may rise 50%',/a> (in UK) - also every inch of waste fat adds 2% risk from slimmest......................(bbc, 10sep)
  • In a six-year study of 860 over-65s, those with the highest levels of cortisol had a five-fold risk of death from cardiovascular disease. No link was found between high cortisol levels and other causes of death. "However, there are other chemicals in our body besides cortisol which play a part when we're stressed out. So although this study helps, there is still a lot left to learn. "It's important we all try and find ways to cope with stress which don't involve unhealthy habits
  • Scientists say they have established one reason why gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease...UK and Irish experts now say bacteria enter the bloodstream via sore gums and deposit a clot-forming protein.
  • Long-term use of bone-strengthening drugs - used to treat fractures - may boost the risk of oesophageal cancer, Oxford University research suggests. 10sep bbc
  • 'Brisk walks' to prevent cancers bbc 10aug31
  • Value of calcium supplements questioned ..."Reid said that people who take the supplements have 10 percent fewer bone fractures but that the dangers far outweigh the benefits." etc
    Calcium Supplements May Increase Heart Risk(NPR blog)
  • major news that humans are capable of making antibodies that neutralize the AIDS virus. But finding antibodies -- even such powerful antibodies as these -- is not the same as finding a vaccine capable of eliciting the antibodies t seems surprising that a person with HIV infection can carry powerful anti-HIV antibodies and not be cured. But other recent studies suggest that as many as one in four people with HIV infection may carry such antibodies. The problem is that the antibodies appear naturally only long after HIV has established a death grip on the body. Because the virus replicates often and mutates quickly, people don't just carry a single strain of HIV -- their blood swarms with a vast number of HIV-- "quasi-species." By the time a person develops-- -- neutralizing antibodies, the virus has had time to-- evolve escape variants. But if a vaccine were able to elicit neutralizing antibodies before a person was exposed to HIV, it's very likely the antibodies would keep the virus from taking root. That's the hope, anyway 10july
  • Cancer link to common heart drugs Analysis of published data from all trials of angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) found one extra case of cancer for every 105 patients treated THAT A FULL 1 PERCENT CHANCE (not 1% increase in yoru chances of getting) CANCER from the Treatment. (10june BBC)
  • A single dose of radiation during surgery is just as effective as a prolonged course of radiotherapy for breast cancer, a study suggests. 10 JUNE
  • Chemical cocktail affects humans and the environment
    In order to map out the current situation, researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the University of London carried out a review of the state of the art of mixture toxicology and ecotoxicology. The study showed that all the relevant research is unambiguous: the combined "cocktail effect" of environmental chemicals is greater and more toxic than the effect of the chemicals individually.
  • Study: Many Sunscreens May Be Accelerating Cancer
  • 1 in 8 Public Pools Unfit for Use: CDC 2010 may!
  • Two key treatments do not halt diabetes in people with early signs of the disease, a large study has found.Researchers said the results showed the only way to ensure future health in people at high risk of diabetes is exercise and a healthy diet. Trials in more than 9,000 people also found no reduction in future heart problems in people prescribed two drug treatments compared with dummy pills. (10mar) keyworks: mainstream medicine drugs non-effectiveness
  • The difference is greatest among the 75- to 85-year-old group: 38.9 percent of men compared with 16.8 percent of women in that age group were sexually active, according to the study. The study also seems to conclude that a happy sex life can help you live longer. At age 30, sexually active life expectancy was 34.7 more years for men and 30.7 more years for women compared with 14.9 to 15.3 more years for men and 10.6 more years for women at age 55 (10mar) and other stories on the same study
  • Hand-held device on trial for migraine sufferers keyword: headaches (10mar)
  • Studies suggest that people who drink wine with an alcohol content of 10% rather than 14% might benefit, says the World Cancer Research Fund Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for WCRF, said: "From a cancer prevention point of view it is best not to drink at all. "But we have to be realistic, and the fact is that many people in the UK [want] a drink.."...Dr Peter Sasieni, a researcher in cancer prevention statistics from Queen Mary's University of London,"Given that alcohol can be bad for you even in fairly low amounts, that would start to suggest that people should take note of the percentage of alcohol in their wine. (keywords wine beer alcohol cancer) 10jan bbc
  • 1 in 8 will get false ositive for (a certain kind of?) prostate cancer10jan bbc
  • He said: "It is still difficult to separate cause and effect from these studies - as longer telomeres may still be a marker of fitness. "Nevertheless--this is further evidence that regular exercise may retard aging." (bbc 10jan)....In the second study, studying twins in the study, the researchers concluded that environmental and lifestyle factors were key, rather than genetics...
  • Scientists have unlocked the entire genetic code of two of the most common cancers - skin and lung - a move they say could revolutionise cancer care. Not only will the cancer maps pave the way for blood tests to spot tumours far earlier, they will also yield new drug targets, says the Wellcome Trust team. (09dec)
  • Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High Average life expectancy in the United States has reached almost 78 years, a record high, federal health officials said Wednesday. FROM BIRTH IN 2007, women can expect to live to 80.4 years on average and men to 75.3 years, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention # At age 65, life expectancy was 18.6 years in 2007, an increase of 6 percent since 2000. 09dec
  • Children with dyslexia find it harder to hear in noisy classrooms than those without the condition, a US study says (09nov BBC)
  • Dementia drug use 'killing many' Needless use of anti-psychotic drugs is widespread in dementia care and contributes to the death of many patients, an official review suggests....[but expert review] said the treatment was unnecessary in nearly 150,000 cases (out of 180,000) and was linked to 1,800 deaths. [keywords: overuse drugs, side effects](09nov bbc)
  • Drug Side Effects Injure Thousands of U.S. Kids Each Year Side effects from medications were responsible for sending more than 500,000 American children to emergency rooms and outpatient clinics each year during the decade that ended in 2005, a new study finds "About 40 percent of hospital or clinic visits by children under age four for adverse drug events involved the use of penicillin or similar ["antimicrobials"] drugs, the study found." (09sept)
  • Vegetative patients 'still learn' keywords:coma, end of life, ........
  • A U.S. study by UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has found that fat from certain foods such ice-cream and burgers heads to the brain. Once there, the fat molecules trigger the brain to send messages to the body's cells, warning them to ignore the appetite-suppressing signals from leptin and insulin, hormones involved in weight regulation -- for up to three days.Our findings suggest that when you eat something high in fat, your brain gets "hit" with the fatty acids, and you become resistant to insulin and leptin. "Since you're not being told by the brain to stop eating, you overeat."
    one particular type of fat -- palmitic acid which is found in beef, butter, cheese and milk --is particularly effective at instigating this mechanism.
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation said the average premium for a company-provided family health insurance plan rose from $5,791 in 1999 to $13,375, a 131 percent jump. Separately, the Business Roundtable, an organization that represents large U.S. corporations, said per-employee costs will jump to $28,530 in 2019 from $10,743 currently if nothing is done....The Kaiser study said the portion of costs born by employees grew from $1,543 on average a decade ago to $3,515 this year. Employer saw their costs shoot up too, from $4,247 in contributions in 1999 to $9,860 in 2009 on average. 09sept keywords: healthcare inflation premium
  • His hygiene advice: While a normal, healthy person need not be concerned, he says those with immune system or lung problems may want to take baths instead of showers...."For healthy people, they don't represent a significant pathogen," he says. "For the immunocompromised, he says, they are more of a concern...""Cleaning the showerhead is a reasonable thing to do."
  • Dangerous staph germs found at West Coast beaches Keyword: MSRA ------------ (09sept) "Researchers discovered a dangerous Staph bacteria in the sand and water at five beaches along the coast of Washington." from here 09sept
  • [American Heart Association] said women should eat no more than 100 calories of added sugar per day, or six teaspoons (25 grams), while most men should keep it to just 150 calories or nine teaspoons (37.5 grams). That's far below the 22 teaspoons (90 grams) or 355 calories of added sugar consumed by the average American each day, according to a 2004 government survey. The guidelines apply to any sugar or sugar syrup added in food processing or at the table as opposed to sugar found naturally in food such as fruit. (09 Aug)
  • Medicare took one year; overhaul to take nearly 10. By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (AP) "....2013: Insurance companies are barred from discriminating against people with health problems. The government opens the health insurance exchange--a new purchasingpool -- to individuals and businesses w/under 10 employees" -- -- (09 aug)2015: govt decides whether to open ins. exchanges to all employers
  • Common spine surgery ineffective in two studies A common spine operation for relieving back pain is no more effective than make-believe surgery, two teams reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. (09aug)
    [keywords:mainstrema medicine limits to effectiveness and reality being contrary to (over)promises it so often makes]
  • Seven out of 10 U.S. children have too-low vitamin D levels, putting them at risk of heart disease, rickets, and weak bones. Nearly one in 10 kids -- 7.6 million American children -- are actually deficient in vitamin D. Low vitamin D is risky, but vitamin D deficiency is a serious health threat in which the body begins to reabsorb calcium from the skeleton.We expected the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency would be high, but the magnitude of the problem nationwide was shocking,"........Just 15 to 20 minutes a day should be enough. And unless they burn easily, don't put sunscreen on them until they've been out in the sun for 10 minutes, so they get the good stuff but not the sun damage."(so one has to sorry about NEEDING to use sunscreen BUT NOT RIGHT AWAY) (09aug)
  • Controversial drug thalidomide does not improve survival for lung cancer patients, UK scientists say. 09jul....The drug, banned after its use 50 years ago for morning sickness led to major birth defects, is being investigated as a cancer treatment. But the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported this is not the case for small cell lung cancers and that it increases the risk of blood clots. (09 jul)
  • Study Shows That Swearing May Help Lessen the Perception of Pain searing taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain. Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists." While the reason for the link between bad words and less pain perception is not known, researchers believe that cursing may fuel a negative emotion such as fear or anger, which prompts a fight or flight response. One of their findings -- that people's heart rates were higher when cursing -- supports this theory. (09 jul)
  • Cutting calories may delay the ageing process and reduce the risk of disease, a long-term study of monkeys suggests INCLUDES REMARKABLE PHOTOS OF TWO MONKEY ABOUT THE SAME AGE.............It involved reducing calorie intake by 30% while maintaining nutrition and appeared to impact upon many forms of age-related disease seen in monkeys, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and brain atrophy. (09 jul)"People would have to weigh up whether they are prepared to compromise their enjoyment of food for the uncertain promise of a longer life,.."

    Earlier this year, German researchers published findings from their study of elderly people which suggested that calorie reduction appeared to improve memory over a period of just three months. and cnn story and NIH's Mark Mattson, PhD's website, see also note.
  • Tests raise life extension hopes (keyword: longevity life-span) When US scientists treated old mice with rapamycin it extended their expected lifespan by [28% to] 38%. The findings [were]published in the journal Nature Researchers at three centres in Texas, Michigan and Maine gave the drug to mice at an age equivalent to 60 in humans.
    "It is especially interesting that the drug was effective even when given to older mice, as it would be much better to treat ageing in older people rather than using drugs long-term through life." However, she added: "In no way should anyone consider using this particular drug to try to extend their own lifespan, as rapamycin suppresses immunity. "While the lab mice were protected from infection, that's simply impossible in the human population. "What the study does is to highlight an important molecular pathway that new, more specific drugs might be designed to work on. [she then says maybe increasing quality is more important than incraesnig quantity of life...I say: when this is one of the only criticism toerh researchers have, it's a good sign..!
  • Lack of sleep raises a woman's risk of heart disease more than it does for a man, research suggests. 09jul
  • US obesity problem 'intensifies' 09july-1st
  • 'No proof' for filling baby teeth Filling rotten baby teeth may be an unnecessary trial for children to endure, experts say. 09 june (keyword: dentistry / dentist)
  • The survival rate of young people with a rare form of bone cancer has not improved in 20 years, say experts. 09 june
  • prostate cancer treatment "suprisingly successful" 09 june
  • "boiled before cut" carrots contained 25% more of the anti-cancer compound falcarinol than those chopped up first. (ok but one can eat a QUANTIT"Y that is 25% more than the average fact far more than just 25% higher..) -- also u naddressed--what if yone consumes the qter the carrots were cooked in? also unaddressed; steaming
  • The seasonal flu vaccine provides virtually no protection against the new H1N1 influenza strain, federal health researchers confirmed on Thrusday Thu May 21, 2009.....An unusually high proportion of those being infected and hospitalized with serious disease are young adults, teenagers and older children. Seasonal flu, in contrast, is usually far more severe in very young children, people over the age of 65 and people with chronic disease. "We think this virus is initially amplifying among teenagers in schools and college students coming back from spring break and mixing," Schuchat said. It may move into other age groups later, she said.
  • "It's most likely that if you're sick with the flu, that you have the H1N1 virus," Scaperotti said. Those people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and compromised immune systems who are suffering from flu-like symptoms should seek medical advice, Scaperotti said. Only those with more serious symptoms, such as shortness of breath, should go to emergency rooms, she said. 09 May
  • Warning over new threat from MRSA A new strain of MRSA seems to be triggering a deadly form of pneumonia in people who catch flu, experts say. It is known as community acquired MRSA, (CA-MRSA) because, unlike most forms of the superbug, it poses a significant risk outside hospitals...death rates following infection may be higher than 50%... They warn the emergence of swine flu could intensify the problem, as CA-MRSA appears to strike people who are already ill with flu. (09may)
  • The two drugs used to treat influenza should be used carefully and only when needed for the chronically ill, pregnant women and other vulnerable patients, global health officials said on Tuesday. The new H1N1 swine flu appears to be a little more contagious and a little more severe than seasonal influenza but only patients who need them the most should get the drugs, in part to keep the drugs working well in case the swine flu becomes more dangerous, said Dr. Nikki Shindo of the World Health Organization. may 12 09
  • Taking vitamins after exercise may undo some of the beneficial effects of the workout, research suggests. Some advocate taking antioxidants like vitamin C and E to help protect the body from harmful chemical by-products it creates in breaking into a sweat. But German scientists now believe these "free radicals" may actually be good for us and even buffer against diabetes, PNAS reports.
  • Likely novovirus outbreak closes Babson 09march
  • And yet, how often is sleep equated with idleness, time wasted, time doing nothing. It is almost as if people resent the need for sleep and fight to do with as little of it as possible. Moreover modern lifestyles make it increasingly hard to sleep enough In the end it all boils down to modern attitudes towards time. There was a time when we gave life its dues. We took time to eat lunch. We took time to sleep. We took time to meditate and think through our actions. We didn't live our lives running and multitasking, constantly battling to find the time to do everything that is expected of us. ..Good sleep has been a casualty of modern lifestyles. It's little wonder that more and more people are suffering from sleep disorders and the poor health associated with it. We Arabs, just like Spaniards and Italians and other Mediterranean countries, used to make the siesta a sacred part of our day. What a shame the habit is being weeded out of our culture.
  • People who slept fewer than six hours a night were more likely to develop a condition that precedes diabetes than those sleeping for longer, they found. (from BBC, 09mar which later adds:""There is some evidence that lack of sleep mucks up our appetite hormones, so you want to eat more, and eat the wrong things-when we are tired we tend to crave sugary foods") [but new research suggests regular siestas after lunch could actually increase the chances of individuals developing Type 2 diabetes...But the researchers admitted that the link could not be put down purely to the siesta and was likely to be connected with the fact that people who nap during the day are more likely to be less physically active in general and have problems sleeping at night.]
  • Unhappy children are more likely to grow up to become adults who are permanently sick or disabled: UK study Some 392 reported they were unable to work because of permanent disability or ill-health - 5.5% of the total questioned. This could have included those retired through illness and those on incapacity benefit. A quarter of those whose teachers had reported them as "often appearing miserable, unhappy, tearful or distressed" were permanently sick or disabled (09mar)
  • Clean living way to beat cancer
  • HRT cancer connection 'confirmed' (hormone replacement therapy) 09feb
  • Doctors working fewer hours - in line with the European Working Time Directive - can have direct benefits for patient safety, research suggests. 09jan
  • Dramatic improvements in U.S. air quality over the last two decades have added 21 weeks to the life of the average American, (note "average" american, so this underscores the importance of living in the least polluted places and continuing to clean up the air)
  • Tamiflu found to be ineffective against 99% of [this year's] flu strains 09 Jan...Scientists and health officials do not know why. Last winter, roughly 11% of common flu strains resisted Tamiflu, the leading antiviral drug. "It's quite shocking [said Dr..] we've never lost an antimicrobial
  • An extract from grape seeds can destroy cancer cells, US research suggests.Within 24 hours, 76% of leukaemia cells exposed to the extract were killed off, while healthy cells were unharmed, Clinical Cancer Research reports Previous research has shown grapeseed extract has an effect on skin, breast, bowel, lung, stomach and prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. ....The researchers found grapeseed extract activates a protein called JNK which helps to regulate apoptosis. When they exposed the leukaemia cells to an agent that inhibits JNK, the grapeseed extract effect was cancelled out. Silencing the gene that makes JNK also blocked the extract's ability to kill cancer cells. (09jan)
  • Climate Change May Boost Contact With Pollutants ozone etc lung irritation... (08dec)
  • He said until now, scientists had little understanding of the details of how HIV is transmitted sexually in women. keywords: mainstream medicine knows massively less than the "advanced, high-tech, modern, amazing" state of knowledge it pretendsd to have: yet another example (08 dec)
  • Catching a cold sore puts you at risk of Alzheimer's disease, mounting evidence suggests. The herpes virus behind cold sores is a major cause of the protein plaques that accumulate in the brains of people with Alzheimer's, scientists have shown. 08dec Professor Itzhaki said: "We suggest that HSV1 enters the brain in the elderly as their immune systems decline and then establishes a dormant infection from which it is repeatedly activated by events such as stress, immunosuppression, and various infections."
  • They found just one skin cancer cell was often enough to generate a whole new tumour. The finding, published in the journal Nature, undermines hopes that only certain types of cancer cell could fuel the spread of the disease. UK experts said more work was needed to pinpoint exactly how cancer cells work. (08 dec)
  • Diets and creams claiming their antioxidant properties could cheat ageing may be worthless, a study says. Using Nematode worms, scientists found even those given enhanced antioxidant powers to deal with tissue damaging "free radicals" did not live longer.
  • Group-taught meditation is as effective as staying on drug treatments for stopping people slipping back into depression, say UK scientists. (keywords: nondrugs non-drugs, alternatives to drugs, effectiveness) 08dec
  • "As a rancher, I want my business protected from the impacts of the oil-and-gas industry," Chris Velasquez, a rancher in Blanco, N.M., said last April before the House Committee on Small Business, which was looking into the effects of oil-and-gas development on hunters, ranchers and others in the West. The 56-year-old rancher said he had to give up the last 22,000 acres of a federal grazing lease where his family had ranched for more than a century because the roads, pipelines, well pads and quarries put in there for drilling had made running cattle uneconomical. Among the problems: In 2001, 20 of his pregnant heifers aborted their calves after drinking contaminated water from a well-disposal pit
  • The first is the so-called "hygiene hypothesis," which holds that people in industrialized countries are living in increasingly sterile environments. As a result, their immune systems don't have to fight as many infections, so those systems can become hyperactive. ..Other reasons include the increased use of antacids among children, which prevents stomach acid from doing its job, and the increased use of multivitamins, which is associated with an increase in allergies, Bahna said. Food allergies aren't the only allergies on the rise, Bahna said. "All the allergies are increasing -- asthma, hay fever, eczema," he said. ..Also, eating more highly allergenic foods such as fish, peanuts, TREE NUTS, milk, eggs and SOY, as well as the increasing rates of childhood obesity, contribute to the rise in allergies, Bahna said. And, eating out hikes the risk for food allergies because you don't have total control over what you're eating. The ingredients in processed foods can also trigger allergic reactions, according to Bahna. ..The most promising approach appears to be immunotherapy, which is something Wood is involved in developing. In this treatment, tolerance is increased by giving patients increasing amounts of an allergen over time.
  • Aspirin should not routinely be used to prevent heart attacks in people with diabetes, Scottish research suggests. The British Medical Journal reported that in 1,300 adults with no symptoms of heart disease the drug, which can cause stomach bleeds, had no benefit. The findings contradict many guidelines which advocate people with diabetes use aspirin to counter the underlying high risk of heart attack and stroke. But there are key high-risk groups who still need the drug, experts said. 08oct
  • Circumcision HIV impact doubted There is no hard evidence that circumcision protects gay men from HIV, research shows. oct 7, 2008
  • Being too close to energy-saving light bulbs could cause skin reddening because of ultraviolet light emissions, health experts have warned. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) cautions against being closer than 30cm (1ft) to some compact fluorescent (cfl) bulbs for long 08oct
  • In mice, a protein connected to inflammatory reactions appeared to be switched on when the animals were given a high fat, high sugar diet. Not only this, but once the protein was switched on, the mice started eating more, suggesting that it was part of a pathway involving the regulation of food intake. [keywords: obesity]....He said: "It's certainly interesting, but if we have some drugs that target this pathway, they may well interfere with some other part of the immune system."
  • Doctors want FDA to halt cold medicines for kids
  • Doctors offer patients scant empathy in study also here and here
  • FDA Criticized Over Plastic Chemical Researchers and environmental groups attacked the FDA for concluding that a widely used plastic ingredient is safe for humans, SAYING THE AGENCY IGNORED CRITICAL STUDIES SHOWING POTENTIAL ILL HEALTH EFFECTS.
  • One of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States -- arthroscopy to treat arthritis in the knee -- is useless, researchers reported yesterday. ..A study involving 178 men and women found that those who underwent the surgery fared no better than those who received medication and physical therapy only. (google also on bbc news for "Arthritis knee op 'does not work' BBC News, UK - Sep 12, 2008 An operation offered to ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis makes no difference, say Canadian doctors. Patients given knee arthroscopy showed no improvemen")
  • Pollution 'hinders heart pacing'
  • Hurt feelings 'worse than pain'
  • Social factors key to ill health INCLUDES VIDEO AN ALSO AN AUDIO AS WELL AS TEXT.
  • Burning incense ups the risk of respiratory tract cancers According to a new study which examined the long term use of incense and cancer risk, a team of researchers from Denmark, Singapore and the U.S. say incense use was associated with a significantly increased risk of upper respiratory tract cancer.
    The authors say this is the first prospective investigation of incense and cancer risk and given the widespread and sometimes involuntary exposure to the smoke of burning incense, the findings carry significant public health implications.

    In many parts of Asia incense burning is an integral part of daily life, but incense is made of plant materials mixed with oils which the researchers say produces a mixture of possible carcinogens, including polyaromatic hydrocarbons, carbonyls and benzene.

  • Could Incense Burned in Church Give You Cancer? (US a "science journalist", it says) August 25, 2008 06:06 PM ET says "Two years ago, a study (subscription required) found that a Catholic church in Germany contained high concentrations of airborne soot particles during and for several hours after services that involved the burning of incense."

  • A new study suggests that cell-phone radiation could be causing sleepless nights. August 25, 2008: 10:51 AM EDT (MONEY.CNN.COM)
  • According to one set of data, the existing "kidney stone belt" comprising southeastern states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee would grow to encompass over half the US population by 2050.
  • Dr Neil Stanley, a sleep expert at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said the findings proved just how important it is to get a good night's sleep.However, a recent poll of 4,000 adults in the UK found only one in five sleep for eight hours a night. (another copy is in www/work/)
  • Vitamin D deficiency linked to death from all causes: study At least 50 percent of older individuals worldwide have insufficient vitamin D in their blood, and the situation is similar for younger people, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine. Possible causes are a decline in outdoor activity, aging and atmospheric pollution -- what kinds of pollution and how does the effect take place? and see also ScienceDaily says: "Although not proved, it seems possible that at least part of this effect may be due to lowering of a risk profile promoting atherosclerosis [narrowing of the arteries] and preventing cardiovascular end points."
  • Environmental groups warn vs PVC shower curtains
  • Lead Exposure puts child at risk of criminal behavior as adults 08 may
  • Pollution danger higher than earlier estimated Based on 60 studies worldwide and advice from a team of experts, including the World Health Organization, the researchers concluded that the new risk factor for fine-particle pollution is 70 percent higher than previously estimated...
  • Woman Wakes After Heart Stopped, Rigor Mortis Set In (keywords: life after coma like state) and woman's recovery a mystery Doctors said a West Virginia woman who had no brain waves for more than 17 minutes is expected to make a full recovery, but they don't know why. Val Thomas, 59, was taken off life support at a Charleston, W.Va., hospital after she suffered two heart attacks, her brain waves stopped and she was found to have no heartbeat or pulse, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, reported Thursday. and Doctors then put Thomas on a machine that would induce hypothermia. They would warm her up again after 24 hours. Thomas' heart stop after doctors warmed her up. She remained on the ventilator while her family discussed organ donation. They told her goodbye and the tubes were removed. Ten minutes later Thomas began breathing and talking.
  • 'Asbestos warning' on nanotubes
  • Pollution 'ups blood clot risk' Breathing in air pollution from traffic fumes can raise the risk of potentially deadly blood clots, a US study says. Exposure to small particulates - tiny chemicals caused by burning fossil fuels - is known to increase the chances of heart disease and stroke. But the Harvard School of Public Health found it also affected development of deep vein thrombosis
  • Type of body fat 'boosts health' 08 May -- (keywords: abdominal, stomach, buttocks, fat, subcutaneous , visceral )
  • Coma but aware (Keywords: medical dishonesty abuse) -- " New hope for 'vegetative' patients
  • Brain damage link to cancer drug 08 apr
  • (cryogenic)(cryonic); reality-today compared with Arthur C Clarke's predictions. (08 apr)
  • Medication 'worsens Alzheimer's' Up to 60% of Alzheimer's patients in nursing homes are given the drugs to control behaviour such as aggression..Anti-psychotic drugs commonly given to Alzheimer's patients often make their condition worse, a UK study suggests. Neuroleptics provided no benefit for patients with mild behavioural problems, but were associated with a marked deterioration in verbal skills. the drugs offered no long-term benefit for most patients with mild symptoms of disturbed behaviour. But just six months of treatment was enough for patients to show a marked deterioration in their verbal fluency. Further preliminary analysis already under way on the data suggests the use of neuroleptics may also increase death rates.Neil Hunt, of the Alzheimer's Society, said previous research had also shown that anti-psychotic drugs raised the risk of stroke and death for people with dementia...The neuroleptics which came under analysis in the study were thioridazine (Melleril), chlorpromazine (Largactil), haloperidol (Serenace), trifluoperazine (Stelazine) and risperidone (Risperdal). (08 apr)
  • Oregon's Healthcare Lottery In what is believed to be the first such move, a US state is running a lottery in which the prize is health insurance
    "It's a symbol of how degraded our system is in this country that we are resorting to a lottery," she tells me. "It's pathetic and repugnant at the same time... [but it's] a necessity because I don't earn thousands each month."

    ...Yet Oregon's Director of Human Services, Dr Bruce Goldberg, hopes national leaders will take note of his state's efforts but not copy them. "I hope what they're working for is not a national lottery..." he says. "I think it's an issue about how to use this as an example of what the problem is.

  • third or I think actually the 4th pancreatic cancer story that I've heard in the last (less than 1 year) A Cambodian-born US journalist whose enslavement and escape from the Khmer Rouge became the subject of the famous film, The Killing Fields, has died.Dith Pran died at a hospital in New Jersey from pancreatic cancer at the age of 65 -- Lotus' partner Geoph Kozeny died of -- pancreatic cancer in the fall of 07...Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch (all over and later a guest on Oprah/Opra) is dying of pancreatic cancer.
  • New Study Raises Questions on Anesthesia Monitoring Systemmagine this: You're lying on the operating table, apparently unconscious. The surgeon is cutting. But you're still awake. Not only that, you're paralyzed by the drugs the anesthesiologist gave you and can't speak out. That horrifying experience happens to between 20,000 and 40,000 Americans every year, leaving many -- not surprisingly -- severely traumatized. Now, a study in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine is raising questions about a monitor used by about 60 percent of U.S. operating rooms in an effort to prevent these frightening cases
  • Under Anesthesia, Yet Aware . Well over 20,000 people a year, by some estimates, experience "anesthesia awareness," in which they awaken during the operation, paralyzed but later able to bear witness to operating room chatter, the clanking of instruments, and the sucking, sawing, or slicing sounds of the surgical team at work. Most of the time (but not always), there is no physical pain and the patient later recalls only fleeting awareness. But sometimes the event leads to post-traumatic stress disorder and lingering terror about hospitals and operations. How disappointing, then, that a study just out in the New England Journal of Medicine finds little value in a technology that might prevent this unhappy complication...
  • Doctors should cut down on antibiotic prescriptions for a common infection because the drugs do not work, researchers say. Around 90% of people with sinusitis in the UK are prescribed antibiotics. But an analysis of nine trials published in The Lancet shows the drugs make no difference even if the patient has been ill for more than seven days. ...It has been thought that this length of illness may indicate a bacterial rather than viral infection which would be susceptible to antibiotics... (08 mar) but over-reaction: "If a patient comes to the GP and says they have had the complaint for seven to 10 days that's not a good enough reason for giving them the antibiotic." He added it would be reasonable for GPs to advise patients to come back if symptoms got worse or went on for another week. that should be qualified with "if they are just low/medium sick..if they are VERY' sick and it's been 10 days, don't just send them home without making sure they hae some support for their condition...!
  • Heart defect ignored for 23 years A young woman who PE teachers dismissed as lazy when she was a child has been found to have the biggest hole in the heart her doctors had ever seen. (08 mar)
  • Pharmaceuticals Found in US Drinking Water (Wash Post:"And although the chemicals pose no immediate health threat in the water, the health effects of drinking these drug compounds over a long period is largely unstudied. Some scientists said there is probably little human health risk; others fear chronic exposure could alter immune responses or interfere with adolescents' developing hormone systems.)
  • Probiotic hope for kidney stones About three in 20 men and one in 20 women in the UK will develop a kidney stone at some point in their lifetime. They are most likely to occur in people aged 20 to 40. O. formigenes breaks down oxalate in the intestinal tract and is present in a large proportion of the normal adult population. They found just 17% of the kidney stones group were colonised with O. formigenes, compared with 38% of healthy group.."The possibility of using the bacterium as a probiotic is currently in the early stages of investigation." (08 mar bbc) He said kidney stones had been linked to dehydration and were more common in countries such as Saudi Arabia where the climate is hot and dry. In instances they may be linked to an unusually high rate of calcium excretion. However, he said in many cases there was no obvious cause for the condition
  • Why flu strikes in cold weather 08 mar -- bbc -- basically cold weather allows virus' protective coating to harden so it can survive when outside the body..but some hot-weather flus suggests that's not the whoel story
  • Anti-depressants' 'little effect' New generation anti-depressants have little clinical benefit for most patients, research suggests (08 feb) The researchers accept many people believe the drugs do work for them, but argue that could be a placebo effect - people feel better simply because they are taking a medication which they think will help them. The researchers found that the drugs did have a positive impact on people with mild depression - but the effect was no bigger than that achieved by giving patients a sugar-coated "dummy" pill. -- what htey SHOULD compare is not to placebo but to a strong good-- -- holistic healing relaxation therapy etc etc program...THAT-- -- comparison would surely make the SSRIs and other-- -- chemicals-int0-body approach look even worse by comparison -HB

    (..Dr Tim Kendall, deputy director of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, has published research concluding that drug companies tend only to publish research which shows their products in a good light...He called for drug companies to be forced to publish all their data.)..... Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 February 2008, 11:36 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Anti-depressants' 'little effect' Woman taking pill (Photo: SPL/file) Anti-depressant prescription rates have soared Study author New generation anti-depressants have little clinical benefit for most patients, research suggests. A University of Hull team concluded the drugs actively help only a small group of the most severely depressed. Marjorie Wallace, head of the mental health charity Sane, said that if these results were confirmed they could be "very disturbing". But the makers of Prozac and Seroxat, two of the commonest anti-depressants, said they disagreed with the findings. A spokesman for GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Seroxat, said the study only looked at a "small subset of the total data available". Reviewed data And Eli Lilly, which makes Prozac, said that "extensive scientific and medical experience has demonstrated it is an effective anti-depressant". There seems little reason to prescribe anti-depressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients Professor Irving Kirsch University of Hull Q&A: Anti-depressant study Popularity of 'happy pills' Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, has announced that 3,600 therapists are to be trained during the next three years in England to increase patient access to talking therapies, which ministers see as a better alternative to drugs. Patients are strongly advised not to stop taking their medication without first consulting a doctor. The researchers accept many people believe the drugs do work for them, but argue that could be a placebo effect - people feel better simply because they are taking a medication which they think will help them. In total, the Hull team, who published their findings in the journal PLoS Medicine, reviewed data on 47 clinical trials. They reviewed published clinical trial data, and unpublished data secured under Freedom of Information legislation. They focused on drugs which work by increasing levels of the mood controlling chemical serotonin in the brain. These included fluoxetine (Prozac) and paroxetine (Seroxat), from the class known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), alongside another similar drug called venlafaxine (Efexor) - all commonly prescribed in the UK. The number of prescriptions for anti-depressants hit a record high of more than 31 million in England in 2006 - even though official guidance stresses they should not be a first line treatment for mild depression. There were 16.2m prescriptions for SSRIs alone. The researchers found that the drugs did have a positive impact on people with mild depression - but the effect was no bigger than that achieved by giving patients a sugar-coated "dummy" pill. People with severe symptoms appeared to gain more clear-cut benefit - but this might be more down to the fact that they were less likely to respond to the placebo pill, rather than to respond positively to the drugs. HAVE YOUR SAY When used correctly and appropriately anti-depressant therapy saves lives Stephen Brown, Birmingham Send us your comments Lead researcher Professor Irving Kirsch said: "The difference in improvement between patients taking placebos and patients taking anti-depressants is not very great. "This means that depressed people can improve without chemical treatments. "Given these results, there seems little reason to prescribe anti-depressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative treatments have failed to provide a benefit." Professor Kirsch said the findings called into question the current system of reporting drug trials. Reviewing guidance Dr Tim Kendall, deputy director of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, has published research concluding that drug companies tend only to publish research which shows their products in a good light. These medicines have been licensed by a number of regulatory authorities around the world, who looking at all the evidence, have determined that they do work bette than placebo Dr Richard Tiner Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry He said the Hull findings undermined confidence in the ability to draw meaningful conclusions about the merit of drugs based on published data alone. He called for drug companies to be forced to publish all their data. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently reviewing its guidance on the use of antidepressants. Marjorie Wallace of Sane commented: "If these results were upheld in further studies, they would be very disturbing. "The newer anti-depressants were the great hope for the future.... These findings could remove what has been seen as a vital choice for thousands in treating what can be a life-threatening condition." Dr Andrew McCulloch, of the Mental Health Foundation, said: "We have become vastly over-reliant on antidepressants when there is a range of alternatives. "Talking therapies, exercise referral and other treatments are effective for depression. .....

  • 'Anger control' key to recover (bbc 08 feb)Such stress-induced delays in healing could increase the susceptibility to infection at the wound site, a process that fuels further decrease in the speed of repair," the team, led by Jean-Philippe Gouin, wrote. They suggested that therapeutic strategies such as relaxation, or even cognitive therapy, could help those at risk make a swifter recovery. "Your body prioritises and sorts one thing out at a time, so if you are stressed - angry in this case - your body works through that before it gets on with the process of healing. "We've yet to see a study that categorically proves having an attentive, calming presence by your bedside actually speeds up your recovery, but the evidence is certainly pointing that way."
    Subject: health news: heart risks from oil pollution
    --text follows this line--
    another reason to avoid cities
    This same class of PAHs is found in emissions from the burning of
    gasoline and other petroleum products; emissions that are ubiquitous
    in urban air.
    "There is now an emerging link between ambient urban air and human
    heart diseases..Our analysis indicates that these airborne
    contaminants are likely to be toxic to the human heart when inhaled
    and should be considered prime suspects in the cardiovascular impacts
    of urban air"
  • Scientists are no further forward in developing a vaccine against HIV after more than 20 years of research, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist has said. (08 feb) ""I believe that HIV has found ways to totally fool the immune system" -- "So we have to do one better than nature."
  • Fit elderly 'can boost longevity' (08 feb)
    No risk factors: (Non-smoker, normal blood pressure, normal
    weight, no diabetes, regular exerciser): 54%
    One risk factor:
    Sedentary lifestyle: 44%
    High blood pressure: 36%
    Obese: 26%
    Smoker: 22%
    Three risk factors (for instance, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and
    diabetes): 14%
    All five risk factors: 4%
    " ODDS OF LIVING TO 90" -- All odds for a 70-year-old man
  • health benefits of sex -- "sexercise" 08 feb
  • Should fluoride be forced upon us? The most recent, major review of the evidence was carried out at the University of York, and published in 2000. They examined 30 studies, of which 12 had not detected a statistically significant differences between cavities in those receiving fluoridated and non-fluoridated, and where there were even examples of an increase in decay. But other studies told a completely different story, and researchers said that on average, adding the chemical to water may lead to an additional 14.6% of children without holes in their teeth. They did however find a increase in fluorosis-or mottled teeth- which can in severe cases have a profound psychological impact on the child concerned. (08 feb)
  • Sedentary life 'speeds up ageing' Stress is also thought to have an impact on telomere length, and the researchers suggest people who exercise regularly may help to reduce their stress levels. Writing in the journal, the researchers said: "Our results show that adults who partake in regular physical activity are biologically younger than sedentary individuals. ...response from one: "Persons who exercise are different from sedentary persons in many ways, and although certain variables were adjusted for in this analysis, many additional factors could be responsible for the biological differences between active and sedentary persons. (08 jan)
  • I had always suspected Jerome had stuck something in his ear when he was little and that was causing the problem.But the doctors and hearing specialists said it was wax and he would probably grow out of it.I am amazed they didn't spot something as obvious as a cotton wool bud." (for 9 YEARS!) (08 jan) (keywords: incompetence incompetent doctors medicine)
  • Happiness is being young or old, but middle age is misery 07 jan
  • Why bird flu has been kept at bay Flu viruses attack by binding sugar chains, called glycans, that line the airways and lungs. The chemical linkages between the sugar molecules in these chains differ between humans and birds. Until now it has been assumed that bird flu viruses would be adapt to humans simply by acquiring mutations that enable them to attach to the human types. But Dr Ram Sasisekharan and colleagues found this step depends on the shape assumed by the flexible sugar chains rather than the type of linkage. Bird flu viruses currently require cone-shaped glycans to infect birds, so the umbrella shape found in humans has protected most of us from avian flu. This suggests that for the H5N1 bird flu virus to become pandemic it must adapt so that it can latch onto the umbrella-shaped glycans of the human upper respiratory tract (08jan)
  • Antidepressants may not work - report ( 08 jan) Patients and doctors alike may have received some fuzzy truth about the effectiveness of antidepressant medication. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, many studies have found that best-selling antidepressants like Wyeth's Effexor and Pfizer's Zoloft may have little or even no effect on patients. Many of those studies, though submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, were left unpublished. Researchers accordingly suggested in this week's New England Journal of Medicine that doctors and patients may not have been able to see the full antidepressant picture. (keywords: psychiatric drugs) google and to see a non-CNNmoney/corproate/business pages perspective
  • Deadly new form of MRSA emerges ...Roger Pebody, of the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "This is not the new HIV. "What we are seeing is the emergence of an infection that can be passed on through close skin to skin contact, including sex. "It is worrying that one in ten of the American cases are resistant to antibiotics, but most cases are treatable." (08 jan)
    The first MRSA strain, resistant to the penicillin substitute
    methicillin, was discovered in 1961
    The USA300 strain was first isolated from a patient in 2001 - it is
    now the dominant form of Staphylococcus infection in the US
    The latest variant of USA300 - FPR3757- is resistant to six major
    kinds of antibiotics
    Even the new variant is treatable with some antibiotics, most
    importantly vancomycin
    However, doctors fear it is close to acquiring resistance to that drug
    as well
  • gene therapy can cause cancer A US study last year published last year looked at the long-term effect of infecting the IL2RG gene into mice: A third of the animals developed a form of cancer, with most doing so when they were about 10 months old. A few years previously a French trial was halted prematurely after four of 11 boys treated were diagnosed with T-Cell leukaemia. Ten of them had been cured of their original condition. Three of those who developed leukaemia went into remission, but one died. It is thought the implanted gene was planted next to, and switched on, an oncogene, which is a gene that causes cancer.
  • The latest study found that a single amino acid in a protein produced by BMAL1 undergoes a modification that triggers the genetic chain of events involved with setting the body's rhythms. The researchers found that if this modification is impaired in any way, the switching mechanism can be thrown off, undermining the whole system. 07 dec
  • Mexico City lawmakers have approved a measure to allow terminally ill patients to refuse treatment. (keywords right to die but not euthenasia) (07 dec)
  • Diesel traffic makes asthma worse the first "real-life" study showed lung function was worse in [asthma] patients who spent two hours on London's Oxford Street compared with nearby Hyde Park. [WHY DOES IT TAKE UNTIL THE YEAR 2007 FOR THE "FIRST" EVER "REAL LIFE" STUDY OF SOMETHING SO BASIC?? -HB] (07 DEC bbC ARTICLE RE NEJM ARTICLE)
  • Inactivity link to mental decline A lack of physical activity leads to depression and dementia,"It's only recently that people have begun to see the link between physical activity and mental health..."It's important for increasing people's self esteem, general mood, coping with stress and even sleeping better. ["EVEN"? WE KNEW ABOUT EXERCISE HELPING SLEEP...-HB] "It's important for increasing people's self esteem, general mood, coping with stress and even sleeping better. (07 dec) Around 30% of boys and almost 40% of girls fail to reach the recommended hour of moderate intensity activity per day.
  • "Our own research has shown that outdoor exercise can decrease feelings of depression and increase self-esteem by inspiring a sense of achievement yet the report says The natural "high" produced by exercise could one day be available in a pill that targets a gene in our brains.
  • burned foods and cancer ( 07 dec
  • 'Supermouse' bred to beat cancer Dr Vivek Rangnekar, who led the research, said that the gene offered a potential way, unlike most other cancer treatments, of destroying cancer cells without harming normal cells. "When a cancer patient goes to the clinic, they undergo chemotherapy or radiation and there are potential side effects associated with these treatments. "We are thinking of this as a holistic approach that not only would get rid of the tumour, but not harm the organism as a whole." (07 nov)
  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (Hifu) non-invasive: studies have shown that it is at least as effective as surgery, without the risks of opening up the patient. It also limits the damage to healthy tissue which occurs in radiotherapy. But by harnessing the energy released by the bubbles that form when tissue is exposed to intense ultrasound waves, the researchers say they can provide faster and better targeted Hifu treatment. So far, the trials have mainly involved terminal patients with isolated tumours in the liver and kidneys - organs which can be most difficult to reach with surgery. (07 nov)First, it is very slow: it takes up to five hours to treat a 10cm tumour, compared with the 45 minutes or so it takes a surgeon to cut the tissue out. Secondly, clinicians are working in the dark: without invasive surgery, the results can only be assessed after the treatment is over. but the enhanced technique, being pioneered by Dr Constantin Coussios from Oxford's Biomedical Ultrasonics and Biotherapy Laboratory (BUBL).. "If we can use cavitation to accelerate the treatment, better localise the treatment - meaning that you will never get pre-focal damage - deliver the treatment at a lower frequency so you can go deeper in the body, and if we can also use these bubbles to monitor the treatment in real time, we have solved all the major limitations of Hifu in one go."He said candidates for the procedure would generally be patients with isolated solid tumours in the kidneys or liver.
  • Cannabis COMPOUND 'halts cancer' "Right now we have a limited range of options in treating aggressive forms of cancer. (07 nov) "Those treatments, such as chemotherapy, can be effective but they can also be extremely toxic and difficult for patients. "This compound offers the hope of a non-toxic therapy that could achieve the same results without any of the painful side effects."
  • nothing short of criminal -- massive work overload, sleep deprivation and concomitant stress for medical workers -- and the obvious dangers for patients that come along with it, both are criminal Chris, meanwhile, has put in a 24-hour day followed by a 12-hour one at the nearby Loyola University Medical Center, where he's learning anesthesiology..It's Wednesday evening and Megan Reis can't remember when she last saw her husband Chris. Small wonder. Since Sunday morning, Meg has worked more than 60 hours [at the hospital, or about 15hrs/day times four days]
  • Simple therapy best for back painaracetamol and keeping active are the best cures for back pain, according to Australian researchers who warn that other treatments do not work. A Lancet study of 240 back pain sufferers found anti-inflammatory drugs and spinal manipulation did not make any difference to recovery time. Yet currently, both treatments are recommended in several guidelines. 07 nov They had already received simple treatment advice from their GP to keep active, avoid bed rest and take paracetamol for the pain. The study found no difference in recovery times after 12 weeks in patients who also received diclofenac or spinal manipulation. Almost all the patients had recovered by the end of the study no matter what treatment they had received. SO THIS STUPID DESIGN IS _ASSUMING_ THAT THE PEOPLE EVEN TOOK PARACETAMOL AND ARE GIVING IT CREDIT..WHO KNOWS? MAYBE SKIPPING PARACETAMOL IS JUST A HARMLESS AS SKIPPING THE OTHER ITEMS BUT THAT POSSIBILITY ASSUMED NOT TO EXIST UNFORTUNATELY..
  • Vitamin D 'may help slow ageing' A vitamin made when sunlight hits the skin could help slow down the ageing of cells and tissues, say researchers. (07 nov)
  • Laser treatment 'could kill HIV' [and MSRA This is quite an interesting technology but it's at a very preliminary stage and any application in humans is a long way off." (07 nov)
  • Patients with chronic lung disease are being denied intensive care treatment because doctors are too pessimistic about their chances, research suggests The study, which took place in 92 intensive care units in the UK, found that 62% of patients who were intubated were alive 180 days later. However, doctors had originally predicted less than half would survive that long. [BUT IS THIS THE THING THAT IS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND YOU'D OTHERWISE WANT TO PULL THE THING OUT OF YOU? AM NOT SURE] (07 nov) In patients with the worst prognosis, the doctor predicted 10% survival at 180 days but in fact 40% of patients lived this long.
  • U.S. healthcare falls short in survey of 7 nations mericans spend double what people in other industrialized countries do on health care, but have more trouble seeing doctors, are the victims of more errors and go without treatment more often, The report said Americans spent $6,697 per capita on healthcare in 2005, or 16 percent of gross domestic product. All the other countries spent less than half of that -- $3,128 in Australia or 9.5 percent of GDP, $3,326 in Canada or 9.8 percent of GDP, down to a low of $2,343 in New -- Zealand or 9 percent of GDP.

    The report, published on the Internet at 17T ,

    s in previous surveys, U.S. adults were most likely to have gone without care because of cost and to have high out-of-pocket costs," the report reads.In the U.S., nearly two of five (37 percent) of all adults and 42 percent of those with chronic conditions had skipped medications, not seen a doctor when sick, or foregone recommended care in the past year because of costs -- rates well above all other countries," it adds.

    [keywords health care corporate systems for national health plans singlepayer single-payer] 07 nov
  • People in the UK face longer waits for non-emergency surgery and struggle to see GPs out-of-hours compared to other western countries, a survey suggests. But they are least likely to have problems with medical bills and insurance The UK also has the worst record for waiting times with 15% (1 in 7) having to wait for more than six months for ELECTIVE treatment. Canada was the next worse on 14% and the Netherlands the best with 2%. However, UK patients were the least likely to have problems paying medical bills. Just 1% said they had had difficulties, compared to 19% in the US and 8% in both Australia and New Zealand. [keywords health care corporate systems for national health plans singlepayer single-payer] 07 nov
  • 'Hidden' Brain Abnormalities Common... Dutch researchers used magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to take a peek at the brains of 2,000 healthy individuals with an average age of 63. What they found was that as many as 7 percent of the subjects had signs of stroke. Nearly 2 percent had a benign brain tumor, and nearly another 2 percent had a brain aneurysm. .."I firmly believe that when brain tumors finally become symptomatic, many are incurable," said Kelly, who has operated on 7,000 brain tumors, many of which were the deadliest type: glioblastoma is particularly important to detect such tumors early. "It is easier and safer to deal with a small low-grade tumor than a big one that has evolved into a malignant and incurable lesion,"...Other neurologists and neurosurgeons say they are concerned that this information may be dangerous, as it could lead to unnecessary high-risk treatments or instill undue fear..."The 'healthy' study population in this study may [actually] underestimate the true number of these conditions,"..."This study is a wake-up call to employ lifestyle changes," Kelly said...(07 oct)
  • nurses will be able to decide whether to carry out resuscitation 07 oct
  • Obesity 'epidemic' turns global Between half and two-thirds of men and women in 63 countries across five continents -- not including the US-- were overweight or obese in 2006. (keyword: obesity) 07 oct
  • 'Sleepless grumps' seen in brain Brain scans can show how the brain gets "tired and over-emotional" when someone is deprived of sleep. [KEYWORDS: anger fury when groggy and sleep deprived] "The researchers found that the parts of the brain linked to emotional reactions - the amygdala - showed bigger reactions (over 60% more) to the cards compared with a normally-rested volunteer." (07 oct)
  • DARK chocolate linked to relief-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrom a third middle-step factor: "Also high polyphenols appear to improve levels of serotonin in the brain, which has been linked with chronic fatigue syndrome and that may be a mechanism." (keywords cfs)
  • Bad sleeping 'doubles heart risk' Researchers say both too much and too little sleep is linked to a doubled risk of fatal cardiovascular disease. (KEYWORDS causality vs correlation error or bias) "However, he said the link between too much sleep and poor health was less clear, although he suggested that staying in bed for prolonged periods could be a sign of depression, or, in some cases, cancer-related fatigue" and yet in next paragraph the same 'researcher' has the gall to say: ""Our findings indicate that consistently sleeping around seven hours per night is optimal for health and a sustained reduction may predispose to ill-health." (07 sep) "
  • There is not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of immunising older people against flu, fresh research in the US has concluded. Researchers from George Washington University, Washington DC, say the benefits in reducing deaths among over 70s have been "greatly exaggerated". The findings echo a controversial 2006 British Medical Journal study. 07 Sep
  • Action urged on cancer 'timebomb' "There is an inverse relationship between increasing age and the likelihood of proper treatment despite evidence that otherwise healthy elderly cancer patients can benefit from treatment to the same degree as their younger counterparts," she will say. "Under-treatment and sub-optimal practices mean that older patients are dying unnecessarily from cancer." She will call for "current ageist" attitudes to cease.
  • A man's testicles might be a source of stem cells to help him fight serious diseases, US scientists have shown. 07 sep
  • End for traditional doctor's coat he new style clothing will have short sleeves under guidance to come into effect at the start of next year. Doctors would also not be allowed to wear long-sleeve shirts, jewellery, or watches as part of the measures. The Department of Health says cuffs are likely to be "very contaminated", and that other forms of protection such as plastic aprons would be introduced. (07 sep)
  • chronice fatigue syndrome (cfs) linked to viruses 07 sep
  • It may be wrong to define death purely in medical terms, an academic argues [but in fact he is arguing against CERTAIN medical terms as we see next] He argues that the current emphasis on brain death has come from a select cabal of doctors, and is at least in part driven by the need to harvest organs for transplant "Brain death is the point at which doctors can switch off machines or begin harvesting organs, but, to relatives, being brain dead is not the same as being a corpse. "Corpses are not warm, they are not pink, they do not move, they are not pregnant - but a person who is brain dead can be all of these things." ....He said the situation was further complicated by the fact that one in 1,000 people who are brain dead survive when life-support machines are switched off..."If it is your daughter lying there, your idea of a remote chance is very different from that of your daughter's doctor. (07 sep)...Medical technology in the 1960s and 1970s was such that if the heart had been allowed to stop beating the chance of retrieving usable organs was slim. He said: "There has never been a really serious national debate about whether this is socially acceptable, or just medical pragmatism."
  • Hospitals' mistreatment amounts to abuse of elderly people -- an example form -- UK (07 aug)
  • Cancer linked to viruses ; from weaked immune, those getting transplant more likely to get canccerUp to 10% of the 3,000 people who undergo a transplant each year are at risk of a cancer called post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD).
  • Gene for left-handedness is found happens to say "No-one understands what causes schizophrenia yet. It is probably a combination of factors, including genetics, problems in childbirth, viral infections, drug use, poverty and urbanisation." as an interesting quote. (07 jul)
  • Scientists have discovered the first gene which appears to increase the odds of being left-handed. In right-handed people the left side of the brain usually controls speech and language, and the right side controls emotions. However, in left-handed people the opposite is often true, and the researchers believe the LRRTM1 gene is responsible for this flip. "I don't think left-handed people should be alarmed. "Undoubtedly there are many, many other factors that contribute to schizophrenia. This may be a tiny little element in the big jigsaw." "No-one really understands what causes schizophrenia yet. "It is probably a combination of factors, including genetics, problems(07 jul)
  • wo drugs commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes double the risk of heart failur The manufacturers' information leaflets say that rosiglitazone and pioglitazone, brand name Actos, should not be used in patients known to have heart failure, but this research indicates that the drugs can provoke the problem even in those without a history of heart disease. 07 jul
  • Diesel pollution 'clogs arteries' 07 jul
  • organic food is better nutritionaly (07 jul)
  • Echinacea (cone flower coneflower) "can prevent a cold" 07 jun (bbc)
  • Harsh soaps blamed for allergies "Despite its popularity over the past 20 years there is very little supporting evidence for the "hygiene hypothesis". "In contrast, there is mounting evidence from both studies of rare genetic conditions and our lab work to support an important role for abnormalities in the outer protective layer of the skin [due to usign too much 'too harsh' soap] in allowing allergic sensitization." (07 jun)
  • Sunscreens may improve, but shade kids 07 JUNE ************READ*************
  • Brain tumour link to pesticides (also parkinsons link, last month, see last paragraph of this main story) 07 jun
  • The personal injury lawyer was initially placed under federal quarantine at an Atlanta hospital - the first such order since 1963. (07 june)
  • Hypnosis 'can ease bowel illness' (IBS)..onventional medicines prescribed for IBS often ease symptoms partially, or not at all...He found that one of the most effective treatments for IBS in research studies were so-called "talking therapies", such as cognitive behavioural therapy.."Specifically, they should be made aware that using a psychological treatment does not mean that the disease is 'all in the mind'.".. ."There's now a lot of evidence that psychological therapies can be effective, but a lot of doctors remain sceptical, and carry on treating with drugs which have side-effects, and which basically don't work." (07 may)
  • France: best medical care in teh world (voted in 2000) vs 17th for UK -- higher budgets, more doctors, faster care 07 may
  • scientists say thick fabrics such as denim and wool offer the best protection against the sun's rays. Traditional thinner summer fabrics such as cotton and linen are much less effective, they say. Writing in a study published online by the Lancet, they say using sunscreen is the least effective option (07 may) wearing clothes which cover the skin - plus hats and staying out of the sun - was the best method of protection ..But, as well as linen and cotton being less effective, light-coloured fabrics and those that are wet also offer low levels of protection...hey advise that when sunscreen is used the most important factor for its effectiveness is the application of a "liberal quantity". But they warn that people tend not to apply sunscreen properly, only putting it on once they have already been exposed to the sun and applying too thin a layer. ..advise staying in the shade when the sun is hottest - between 11am and 3pm - plus covering up with a T-shirt, hat, and sunglasses (07 may)
  • gene link for calorie restricted diets for longevity/longer lifespan 07may
  • A good night's sleep may be as simple as flipping a switch, say scientists. By sending magnetic pulses through the skulls of sleeping volunteers, US researchers were able to stimulate the slow brain waves seen in deep sleep. Such a machine-generated "power nap" could one day be an insomnia treatment, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study suggests. PROCEED WITH CAUTION NEEDLESS TO SAY (07 may) Aspirin may increase stroke risk Older people who take aspirin to reduce their risk of stroke may be doing more harm than good, a UK study suggests. [keywords: mainstream medicine overhype/wrong again]
  • [keyword: nondrug non-drug therapy] Scientists 'reverse' memory loss A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found two methods - brain stimulation and drugs - both worked....Some of the mice were then placed in a more stimulating environment with toys, treadmills and other mice...The playground mice were able to remember the shock test far better than the mice in other cages. They were also better at learning new things.
  • LAPTOPS safety: "Wi-fi laptop fears for children"Computers with wireless internet should not be placed on children's laps, says the head of the government's committee on mobile phone safety research. [laptops (keyword: cellphone / mobil related news)]...The Health Protection Agency has said wi-fi devices are of very low power - much lower than mobile phones."..."However, if you put a laptop straight on your lap and are using wi-fi, you could be around two centimetres from the transmitter, and receiving comparable exposure to that from a mobile phone."
  • Experts clash on powerline safety 07 apr
  • Fewer people die following heart surgery when league tables are published, a study has concluded. Public disclosure of death rates began in 2001, after the report on the deaths of child heart patients in Bristol...every heart unit in England and Wales, except for St Mary's in Paddington, London, provides details on survival rates. St Mary's had made a commitment to join the website in future, she said. And 27 out of 39 units also provided details on success rates for individual surgeons, and this is expected to rise to 29 out of 39 by June, she added. 07 apr
  • HRT linked to ovarian cancer risk A large UK study has found hormone replacement therapy significantly increases the risk of ovarian cancer (07 apr )
  • UK scientists ignored warnings that could have prevented people with haemophilia being given contamined blood has been seen by the BBC. The Newsnight programme has seen documents suggesting experts were aware of the threat at an early stage, but transfusions were not stopped. In the 1970s and 1980s, 4,500 UK haemophilia patients were exposed to lethal viruses in blood products. Two thousand have since died of either Hepatitis C or HIV. Successive governments have resisted attempts to hold a full inquiry. As [keywords: mainstream medicine unsafe safety corruption dishonesty] "Unbeknown to them at the time, much of the plasma used to make Factor 8 came from donors like prison inmates in the US"..."Even when safer heat-treated versions came along, it was left to local physicians to decide whether to use them. Many apparently chose to use up non heat-treated material first. "
  • "These results really surprised and intrigued us. "While we fully expected chocolate- especially dark chocolate - to increase heart rates due to the fact it contains some highly stimulating substances, both the length of this increase together with the powerful effects it had on the mind were something none of us had anticipated." (keywords: drug-effects of chocolate) 07 apr
  • Fish pollutants' link to diabetes. More evidence has emerged suggesting a link between pollutants found in oily fish and type two diabetes. An international team found high levels of persistent organic pesticides (POPs) in the blood correlated to insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. (In 2005 researchers in Sweden found people exposed to high levels of POPs were more at risk of developing type two diabetes.) No causal evidence so far ( it is possible that that having insulin resistance could reduce people's ability to clear POPs from their system) Now 07 apr---
  • How stress can strain the heart The results showed that activity in the 'higher level' regions of the brain, such as the cortex closely reflected the response measured in the heart. The measurements also suggested that a "feedback loop" was established, with these centres reacting to information being fed back from the heart by pumping out more signals to increase activity. Ultimately, this destabilised the heart muscle, raising the possibility of abnormal and potentially dangerous rhythms, which can cause sudden death in vulnerable patients. 07 apr
  • New strains of the flu virus are showing resistance to drugs that experts had hoped would slow the spread of any pandemic, research suggests. Some cases of resistance to Tamiflu in influenza type A cases - which typically strike at the beginning of the flu season - have already been found. But until now little information has surfaced about type B influenza and its reactions. 07 apr
  • Blood groups 'can be converted' (blood types) Scientists have developed a way of converting one blood group into another. The technique potentially enables blood from groups A, B and AB to be converted into group O negative, which can be safely transplanted into any patient.
  • "Exposure to dirt may be a way to lift mood as well as boost the immune system, UK scientists say." and yes mood and immune system are linked.. they say good news is that "serotonin may restore a healthy immune function in people who are depressed and prone to infections" but the bad news is that "it is also possible that serotonin, and serotonin-boosting antidepressants, end up bolstering immunity to the point that they trigger autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself." which is all the more reason to avoid artificial and strong ways but go for natural/soft ways of boosting one's "brain chemicals", immune system, serotonin, etc.. 07 apr
  • Untried cancer drug bought on web DCA, or dichloroacetate, is a small molecule that blocks an enzyme in mitochondria - which generate energy in cells and also control cell suicide....Dr Evangelos Michelakis, of the University of Alberta in Canada, who has been investigating the drug, found the cancer cells turned off the suicide switch. Tests he carried out on rats showed DCA can reignite the switch, and prompt the cells to die. .. 07 mar
  • wrinkles and age progresion pictures too (07 mar)
  • Scientists are developing a dipstick test to help people quickly spot if food is spoiled and could poison them. In under five minutes the dipsticks can check for the presence of chemicals emitted by disease-causing bacteria, a University of South Carolina team said. (keyword: food poisoning, upset stomach) 07 mar
  • Medicines regulators say the antiviral Tamiflu must carry extra warnings for patients following reports of possible side effects, including suicide. 07 mar(Side effects to watch for: Convulsion Depressed level of consciousness Abnormal behaviour Hallucinations Delirium)
  • Fat scan shows up 'true' obesity Scientists say they have developed a 3D scanner that can accurately determine if a person is truly obese. 07 mar
  • Violence while sleeping is not that uncommon" 07 mar story links to this older story.
  • CPR (mouth to mouth) is maybe best Skipped and just CHEST COMPRESSION 07mar
  • lack of sleep affects moral judgments (what does this say about politician's moral judgements? business CEOs'? the overworked 24hr society and the general public's? note 2nd half of article, this applies (agree others) not just when 48 hours straight but in geenral 07 mar
  • (Unpredictable/too much) Stress and memory problems 07 mar
  • back from coma for 3 full days back to living.. 07 mar
  • The use of drugs to treat hyperactivity in children has soared worldwide, say US researchers. Between 1993 and 2003, prescriptions of ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, almost tripled. 07mar
  • ONE EXAMPLE of under-funded, under-staffed UK health system and under-coordinated too it seems (07 mar)
  • Vitamins 'could shorten lifespan' ...However, Dr Ann Walker, of the Health Supplements Information Service, said the findings of the study were "worthless". She said some of the studies which had been examined by the Copenhagen team involved patients who were already seriously ill. ... (07 feb)
  • insulin resistance (see type 2 diabetes) related to it being harder to gain muscle when we age (see also ending, But she added: "The data suggest that the ability to increase AMPK activity is completely abolished and so there is little evidence to suggest that 'working harder' would overcome these deficiencies.(07 feb)
  • Missing out on sleep may cause the brain to stop producing new cells, a study has suggested...Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley, based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said the study's findings could not be directly translated to humans because people did not go without sleep for 72 hours, unless they were in extreme circumstances. But he added: "It is an interesting finding... (keywords include animal rights for doign this to mice for dubious-usefulness ..) 07 feb
  • air pollution linked to heart disease Air pollution increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, a study says...each 10 microgram rise was matched by a 76% rise in the chances of dying from heart disease or stroke. ....For women living within, rather than between, cities, the risk more than doubled, increasing by 128%, with each step up in pollution levels...
  • Stress 'harms brain in the womb' Children whose mothers were stressed out during pregnancy are vulnerable to mental and behavioural problems like ADHD, mounting evidence suggests. 07 jan
  • Vehicle fumes 'stunt lung growth' Children who lived within 500 metres of a major road, such as a motorway, were shown to have lung impairment in tests....Experts already know toxic traffic fumes can trigger lung conditions such as asthma. But the latest work suggests pollution can stop the lung from growing to its full potential 07 jan As background air quality did not alter the picture, children living in the countryside but close to a main road would also be at risk.
  • Scientists who recreated "Spanish flu"...The lungs of infected monkeys were destroyed in just days as their immune systems went into overdrivea key component of the immune system, a gene called RIG-1 appeared to be involved. 07 jan
  • Long-term use of some of the most common drugs prescribed to tackle stomach acid problems may be weakening people's bones. Researchers found a significantly increased risk of hip fracture among UK patients taking 'proton pump inhibitors' for more than a year. (keyword: GERD, reflux) 06 dec ...takign for >1yr ..caused 44% higher hip fracture risk;taking the drugs for even longer seemed to increase the risk yet further.
  • Olive oil 'can cut cancer riskOxidative damage is a process whereby the metabolic balance of a cell is disrupted by exposure to substances that result in the accumulation of free-radicals, which can then damage the cell.
  • Fitness 'cuts colon cancer risk' 06 dec
  • Drug resistant TB 'more severe' 06 dec
  • Chemo drugs 'destroy brain cells' keyword: cancer (06 dec)
  • Rare disease gives clues about pain perception and possible pain relief methods/drugs
  • 40% of the population have "bad" fat around the heart, liver or pancreas, even though many appear thin. They warn it is possible to be slim and yet still be at risk of conditions like diabetes because of "hidden" fat. 06 dec
  • (keyword: coma)Zolpidem is normally used to help insomnia but has been cited in a number of cases where it has caused patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) to wake up. In these cases, an improvement was seen within 20 minutes of taking the drug and wore off after four hours, when the patients were restored to their vegetative state. 06 dec
  • Scientists uncover why some arthritis drugs such as Vioxx can cause heart attacks and strokes.
  • Humans show big DNA differences Scientists have shown that the genetic make-up of humans can vary hugely - far more than was previously thought. (06 nov)
  • Drugs that should not be crushed include the breast cancer drug tamoxifen and morphine. Crushing tamoxifen could result in the person who is breaking up the tablet breathing in medication, which can be particularly dangerous if they are pregnant. Crushing morphine could lead to a fatally fast release of the drug. ALTERNATIVES: "The vast majority of medicines are available in liquid form, patches or using an inhaler."
  • Walnuts 'combat unhealthy fats' 06 oct
  • Cola 'is bad' for women's bones Their study of 2,500 people revealed drinking cola was linked with low bone mineral density in women regardless of their age or calcium intake. Past work suggests that consumption of cola may be detrimental to bone health because it replaces milk in the diet, but in the current study the women who drank higher amounts of cola did not drink less milk than others...."We think that particularly in doses in cola and especially when it's repeated daily, phosphoric acid creates an acidic environment in the blood. Calcium is then taken out of the bones to balance that out. But that view is controversial."......"What's interesting about this study is that most of the women did seem to be getting a good intake of calcium from other food sources, yet their bone density was affected by drinking as little as four cans of colas a week, which isn't much."
  • Experts had thought only immature stem cells, which can become many types of other cell, were capable of doing this. The authors told Nature Genetics it may actually have been mature cells that made Dolly the sheep, not stem cells. A UK expert said the findings overturned the conventional wisdom that the less mature a cell, the more useful it was likely to be for cloning.
  • Low lead levels 'still harmful' The World Health Organization recommends children should not be exposed to blood levels of more than 100 microgram/litre. But US scientists found increased risks at levels up to five times lower. [but researchers] found that the risk of death from all causes, and cardiovascular disease, increased progressively at higher lead levels.ead blood levels as low as 20 micrograms/litre were associated with a raised risk of cardiovascular death. He said the public health implications of the findings were potentially significant, as 38% of US adults were estimated as having blood lead levels higher than 20 micrograms/litre in 1999-2002.
  • Food chemicals "may harm humans" (no kidding!?). The Dutch scientists found low levels of pesticides, flame retardants, non-stick chemicals, artificial musks used to scent products and phthalate chemical compounds used in plastics were present in food. Further research at the London School of Pharmacy suggests low doses can work together to produce a significant combination. Tests on animals and human cells show they might be a factor in various serious medical conditions.
  • If you've got type 2 diabetes, poor sleep may mean worse blood sugar control, a study shows. "Although we can't be certain whether sleep loss makes diabetes worse or the diabetes interferes with sleep, it only makes sense for everyone, but especially patients with diabetes, to give themselves the opportunity to get enough sleep," (06 sep) They note that sleep loss has become increasingly common in modern society "and it cannot be excluded that this behavior has contributed to the current epidemic of type 2 diabetes."
  • trouble sleeping are most often associated with high blood pressure, heart failure, anxiety and depression, according to a national survey of 31,044 adults...Instead of treating [the troubled sleep] itself, a health-care provider might be better off treating one of these comorbidities" "If you have poor health, that is associated with poor sleep. Also, if you have poor sleep, there is an association between that and poor health," Zee said. "What we don't have yet is the research to categorically say that if you improve sleep, you will improve conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, or other medical conditions." (06 sept)
  • ADHD Cases Linked to Lead, Smoke Exposure It's the first study estimating hyperactivity cases caused by toxins. One-third of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder cases are linked to prenatal exposures to cigarette smoke or childhood exposures to lead, researchers reported Monday. The study, headed by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, was the first to estimate the number of ADHD cases attributable to environmental toxins. it takes until 2006 for the FIRST study to try to estimate role of environmental toxins!?
  • Men who work a rotating shift pattern may be at increased risk of prostate cancer, research suggests. Japanese scientists found that staff working rotating shifts were four times as likely to develop the disease as those working day or night shifts. But British experts said the findings were far from conclusive. ..Shift work has also been linked to an increased risk of breast and bowel cancer.The researchers suggest the key may be reduced secretion of the hormone melatonin, which the body uses to induce sleep. Melatonin has also been shown to have anti-cancer effects. Reduced secretion of melatonin has been linked to increased production of sex hormones, which play a role in regulating prostate tissues. But it has never been shown that the actual sleep disturbance itself is responsible for the slight increase in risk observed in these studies. "It might be that people with abnormal sleep patterns are more likely to be doing something else, such as smoking or eating unhealthily, that increases their risk." (06 sep)
  • To carry out the research, Dr Walker used a bike fitted with a computer and an ultrasonic distance sensor to find drivers were twice as likely to get close to the bicycle, at an average of 8.5cm, when he wore a helmet. [To test another theory, Dr Walker donned a long wig to see whether there was any difference in passing distance when drivers thought they were overtaking what appeared to be a female cyclist. While wearing the wig, drivers gave him an average of 14cm more space when passing] 06 sept
  • A patient in a vegetative state can communicate just through using her thoughts, according to research. A UK/Belgium team studied a 23-year-old woman who had suffered a severe brain injury in a road accident, which left her apparently unable to communicate. By scanning her brain, they discovered she could understand spoken commands and even imagine playing tennis. 06 sept...Five months after her accident, which happened in July 2005, the researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) to record the woman's brain activity. We have found a way to show that a patient is aware Dr Adrian Owen, MRC She was diagnosed as being in a vegetative state, which meant even when she was awake, she was unresponsive. ...While her brain was being mapped, the researchers asked her to imagine simple tasks, such as walking around her home and playing tennis. ...We see this as a proof of principle: we have found a way to show that a patient is aware when existing clinical methods have been unable to provide that information."...
  • A "virtually untreatable" form of TB has emerged, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Nobody would [feed] my father" -- another example of the horribly inadequate state of many hospitals
  • Sterilisation 'may not kill CJD' A survey has found that surgical instruments still have the potential to harbour CJD even after sterilisation. Edinburgh University found every instrument they tested was contaminated with enough protein residue to pose a potential infection risk.
  • We have shown for the first time you can create human embryonic stem cells without destroying the embryo and thus without destroying its potential for life." 06 aug
  • HIV 'switches off' immune cellsUS scientists say they have discovered how HIV evades the body's natural defences against viral infections. 06 aug./..."One has to proceed with real caution because if you turn back on an immune regulatory switch that the body has decided to turn off, you could trigger serious immunological problems." HIV disarms the T cells..
  • second hand smoke increases risk of osteoperosis
  • throid radiation treatment is VERY STRONG..sounds dangerous, read the last paragraphs 06 jul
  • 'Near death' has biological basis 06 apr
  • "Until now, medical research has demonstrated a benefit from omega 3 fats in protecting people from heart and circulatory disease," he said. "This systematic review of numerous studies concludes that there is no clear evidence either way. "More research is needed to establish why some studies have shown a slightly increased risk associated with eating very high amounts of oily fish, which is possibly related to mercury levels." 06 mar (BBC)
  • Scientists believe they may have discovered a reason why the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus cannot yet jump easily between humans. Flu viruses which target man tend to attach to cells further up the airway -- maximising their chances of being passed on by coughing or sneezing. Researchers found the bird flu virus attached itself to cells deep down in the human airways.
  • Why hard work makes people happy Researchers from Gothenburg University in Sweden have been studying published data on what makes people happy. They believe working to achieve a goal, rather than attaining it, makes people more satisfied - although they said good relationships were important. 06 jan BBC
  • Antibiotic "stalwarts" like penicillin and amoxicillin do not work in a significant number of cases, US research has suggested. [25%/18%]
  • Subject: Dangerous? STUDY: Food Additive Inhibits Longevity Enzyme... 05 dec
  • Don't ask what this tells us about so many millions of people; ask, what does this tell us about the surrounding society, or about: the culture ("dog eat dog" is only one of scores of apt phrases) in which we live?Some four million people in the UK are unable to urinate in public toilets 05 nov
  • Loud noises 'bad for the heart' Risk appeared to be related to how loud rather than how annoying the noise was, so current noise safety levels may need to be stricter, say the authors. (05 Nov) He plans further work, but said in the meantime the current safety cut- off levels of 85 decibels - equivalent to road construction equipment - are too high. "We should definitely be looking at something lower. The exact value is unclear, but somewhere between 65 and 75 decibels,"
  • evening primrose for treating breast cancer -- now better understood 05 -- -- nov bbc
  • A diet rich in beans, nuts and cereals could be a way to prevent cancer, believe UK researchers. 05 sep
  • An inability to ignore distractions is the main reason why older people have memory problems, research suggests. 05 sep BBC
  • Patients in England will be able to check how well their GP's surgery is performing when new figures are published later.
  • Hugs are good for you? Higher oxytocin, lower blood pressure also, all women in the study benefitte dvia lower cortisol (05 Aug)
  • Blood tests have revealed IBS patients have raised levels of antibodies to foods such as wheat, beef, pork, lamb and soya bean, researchers say. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be linked to allergic reactions to common foods, research suggests 14 July, 2005
  • " Scientists dispel ageing theory" Drinking gallons of orange juice and popping vitamin pills may not make you live longer, say US researchers, contrary to previous m reports. 2005 july


  • Dr Rabinovitch said: "This study is very supportive of the free-radical theory of ageing. 2005 May
  • Sweetener 'linked' to leukaemias (aspartame) bbc 05 july 14
  • A cannabis-like chemical produced naturally in the brain aids pain relief, researchers have found. 05 jun
  • New cancer-causing agent revealed Scientists have pinpointed a new cancer-causing agent - tiny pieces of genetic material called microRNAs.
  • Pylons 'may be a leukaemia risk' 05 june
  • Giving low dose aspirin to older people to prevent heart attacks and strokes is questioned today by researchers who suggest that it could do as much harm as good. 05 may
  • boost to FREE RADICAL THEORY OF AGING agin bbc 05 may
  • Acupuncture 'more than a placebo' (Apr 30 05) In one intervention, patients were touched with blunt needles but were aware that the needle would not pierce the skin and that it did not have any therapeutic value. Another intervention involved treatment with specially developed "trick" needles that give the impression that the skin was being penetrated even though the needles never actually pierced the skin. The needles worked like stage daggers, with the tip disappearing into the body of the needle when pressure is applied. This was designed to make the patients believed that the treatment was real. The third intervention was real acupuncture. When the researchers analysed the patients' PET scan results they found marked differences between the three interventions. and this one Fake acupuncture helps migraines (may 3 05) In a study of more than 300 patients, both genuine and sham acupuncture reduced the intensity of headache compared to no treatment at all. But real acupuncture was no better than needles placed at non-acupuncture points on the body, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports. (article consingly speaks about placebo and "a person's expectations" but that is a third phenomenon; neither of the above (real acu. and 'fake' meaning ' 'needles places in non-a. pts') is 'placebo'!)
  • US doctors are trying to find out why a severely brain-damaged man has suddenly started to speak after nearly 10 years.
  • Chemicals in oral contraceptives and food containers harm the development of baby mice and US experts are concerned about the effects in humans...."We are seeing more prostate cancer, and are also seeing it in younger people. So clearly there could be some environmental factor." But he cautioned: "These findings are not conclusive and people should not be concerned. It's more of a warning light flashing on the dashboard. We need more research." He said pregnant mothers might be advised to avoid these chemicals when possible. 05 may
  • Doctors used to think that it took years for the deadliest skin cancer to develop -- that is, until melanoma started appearing in teenagers and children even younger...Melanoma was until recently almost unheard of in children,..Pediatric melanoma is still uncommon in children, affecting only 7 per million, or about 500, according to 2002 statistics from the National Cancer Institute. But that number has risen from 3 per million in 1982. cnn 05 may
  • Alison Bell's work is one of a growing number of studies that show that animal behaviour can be influenced by environmental chemicals. Inquisitive lambs And it suggests that these effects might be seen at very low concentrations of chemicals - levels which, until now, everyone thought were simply too low to have an effect.
  • "There is a culture of ignorance among employers about the true needs of employees with cancer "
  • BBC's Ivan dies..."Ivan Noble, An Appreciation" posted 05 Feb 1st.
  • (titled "flu crissi 'could be contained'" World health officials seem in little doubt that we stand on the verge of another influenza pandemic. Experts believe it highly likely that a bird flu virus will soon mix with a human or pig virus and pass from human to human. 04 dec
  • repetitive work like TYPING CAN DAMAGE tendons, ligaments and bones 03 nov bbc
  • A study raises the possibility that frequent use of Aspirin, long thought to prevent some kinds of cancer, may actually increase the likelihood of pancreatic tumours, although researchers caution that more study is needed to be sure. boston gobe 03 oct
  • modern live uv - vitamin d - skin cancer: "Modern life increases rickets risk" 03 oct bbc
  • Hypnotherapy may help IBS (irritable bowel syndrom) 03 oct bbc
  • controling body's reaction can help with flu, SARS, etc? 03 oct bbc
  • Mind Games can HELP stroke surivors 03 oct bbc
  • Study says kids in danger even at low levels of lead By Jane Brody You have no doubt heard of similar situations in the past. A substance known to be hazardous above a certain level is deemed safe below that, but years later the so-called safe level is discovered to be not safe at all. 03 Aug The Mercury News 03 Aug "In other words, there is no threshold for lead's effects on the brain, and just small amounts seem to have relatively large effects"
  • Hyperactivity 'just high spirits' BBC 03 Jul (keywords: breggin,adhd)
  • BBC: some peopel really are more sensitive to pain (Jun 03)
  • Abandonement of Patients in for-profit medicine/10 Principles of Patients' Rights Z, April 01
  • improving catheters/reducing "misery"but are catheters REALLY NECESSARY or are there alternatives depending on illness/symptomes? BBC MAy 03
  • smallpox vaccine for all in US? bbc dec 02
  • "signature" for which cancers will spread/metastasize bbc dec 02
  • stress link to chronic fatigue bbc nov 02
  • paedo "from" brain tumor is the science real? (though "lack of control" may be from tumor admittedly)
  • possible mobiel phone link to tumor growth oct 02
  • current safety limits for radiation may be too high and cancer risk BBC OCt 02
  • controversy over spine surgery claim (keyword nerves) BBC Sept 02
  • 30-60% of world has Toxoplosmosis parasite infection?? BBC Aug 02 * * *
  • positive self-perception (and less stress?) --> long life (BBC Aug 02)
  • flouride in gum and in tablets 2B banned in Belgium links to osteop, and nerv sys damage. BBC Aug 02
  • Growing a liver in a lab baby steps forward.. (Apr 02)
  • frequenst errors/missed lung cancer at x-rays (BBC March 02)
  • Euthenasia, and a hunger strike by a dying sports writer (Euthenasia BBC page info)
  • Smallpox (deliberate or not) epidemic risks (BBC Feb 02)
  • Stress control helps diabetics
  • GP shortage to increase Dec 01
  • UK:Consultants' success rates to be published Nov 01
  • MS reversed in lab
  • A day in the life of a GP BBC oct 01 -- what a stressful mess.. and also doctors are feelings burnt out with 1/4 ready to drop in next 5 years (UK).
  • significant advance towards (temporary) 'artifical liver' (Sep 01)
  • Cannabis "drammatically improves" pain relief Sep 01
  • stem cells turned int blood for first time (Sep 01)
  • Immune system blamed for cancer (BBC Aug 01)
  • Sudden death syndrome in adults
  • even Mild exercise for Osteoperosis
  • Gonorrhoea,is building up resistance to drugs (Aug 01)
  • high-tech toilet in 5yrs monitors for health problems
  • some Herbs should be discontinued before Surgery
  • Patients with a type of terminal intestinal cancer could be offered new hope by a pill that rapidly shrinks the tumours. (Jul 01)
  • Cancer "breakthrough", combination treatment; willow bark and radiation
  • Breakthrough method for earlier detection of CJD/prion diseases
  • Alterantive anti-cancer: Methylglyoxal and (separate article): "Hoxley treatment" see also at AlterNet, from Tikkun magazine.
  • measles vaccine virus destroys lymphoma cells."
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  • PCBs in fish-eaters -- effects on ADULTS mental fundation (Jun 01)
  • Alzheimer's vaccine/partial-cure? (June 01) still in development..
  • Does Chemotherapy really help? UK's Cancer Prevention Research Trust says evidence is very lacking.
  • "Most NHS staff are stressed out and overworked. Vacancies have steadily risen because the Tories failed to plan and Labour failed to invest
  • first time a 3rd party wins a tocabbo damages case $170m for insurer
  • UK: dangerous drug level in chicken meat/eggs (June 01)
  • More variety means more overeating, in food (June 01)
  • UK: MD says: What we want to provide is the best care that is clinically required. It should not be whether you can afford it, it should not vary according to postcode, or which political constituency you live in, or whatever is the latest government initiative. "It seems that if you have a disease that is flavour of the month, you will be treated quickly. And next month it is another one. That is not a way to run the health service.
  • UK 2+ year surgery wait a patient's painful story
  • Tomaoes and Apples for lung health (and fresh fruit/veg's generally)(May 01)
  • DANGEROUS addiction to Tranquilizers
  • anti-cancer pill on trial in China (Apr 01)
  • insulin and the aging process and life-span increases (Apr 01)
  • Dragging yourself to the gym once a week, or even vacuuming the house from top to bottom, are not the best ways to improve your fitness, say researchers. Moderate exercise fitted into daily life is much more likely to benefit your overall health, recommends a [study] in Nature
  • ABC (aussie): prickless diabetes monitoring (3/01)
  • Human trials have started into a new vaccine which it is hoped will bring an end to all meningitis deaths. (March 01)
  • Drugs 'may prevent throat cancer, fastest-rising cancer in UK.
  • doctors told to improve their practice getting informed consent; legible handwriting, etc.
  • Superbug genetic trigger identified
  • anti-aging insight gene from yeast works in worm: +50% longevity
  • New homes harbour 'toxic chemicals'
  • aids/hiv vaccine shows promise March 8, '01
  • Fresh pylon link to child cancer (electric lines) it would represent a shift by the NRPB, which last year interpreted the biggest-ever study of childhood cancer and electromagnetic fields as evidence against a link.
  • Gene therapy 'prevents cancer' in mice and "Barrett's oesophagus" (dysph)
  • patients want empathy (and "patient-centered"), not drugs
  • poor men not heeding health messages
  • Hidden danger of sleeping pills BBC, Feb 01
  • more reasons to shun salt
  • stem cells repair stroke damage and stem cell hope for parkinson's
  • "We will probably have to take snoring and sleep [apnea] much more seriously and that does have a resource implication"
  • In 1980, 8% of women and 6% of men in England were obese - by 1998, that had almost trebled to 21% of women and 17% of men.
  • magnets to treat prostate cancer
  • Near-fainting/dizzy/etc when standing up
  • gas cooking (stoves) possible (minor?) threat to lungs
  • MRI innovation to improve resolution
  • Doctors "ditch red wine"
  • Creatine (substance for muscle building) may cause cancer French: "ban it".
  • dangers of CT ("Cat") scans -- radiation levels
  • tablet-form molecule to combat HIV's ability to 'harpoon' a cell
  • leukemia: immune cells are designed which "seek and destroy" cancern cells
  • "vaccine" progress for pancreatic (&other?) cancer
  • HIV 3-in-1 drug given go-ahead in UK
  • another woman dies after long-airline-flightflight
  • Experiments using monkeys suggest that traffic pollution could cause asthma in children, rather than simply trigger attacks. but critics disagree..
  • Surgery UNLIKELY to help with sleep apnea
  • concentrated food pelets-->PCBs in "farm" Salmon
  • vaccien hope for low-grade lymphoma
  • FULL BODY SCAN Interleukin-7 to help T-cells
  • meat 'bad for boen health'
  • Immune Disease breakthrough (lupus et al. 12/24/00)
  • Alzheimer's vaccine brekathrough (12/21/00)
  • flaxseed against br-cancer also health warnings re eating too much flax-seeds
  • cases of gonorrhea resistant to treatment has risen from 0.5% in 1991 to 5% in 1999.
  • Two breakthroughs in leukemia
  • Bone marrow cells could treat the brain
  • Study of more than 3,600 adults over seven years found men in urban areas were 62% more likely to die prematurely than those who lived in suburbs, small towns or rural areas
  • sleeping helps you study
  • Airlines neglect passenger health &HOW TO avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis...
  • 'Bionic' hand success hailed
  • Parents 'not told of drug errors' Laughter 'protects heart' there is no mytery BBC: probably it's stress-reduction!
  • Airline passengers should eat and drink before they get on board
  • Music therapy 'helps dementia [patients]'
  • UK govt free fruit for 6 year olds
  • pesticide link to Parkinsons
  • Spinal paralysis 'breakthrough'
  • 1 in 20 peopel world-wide have diabetes "The number of children with insulin-dependent diabetes is increasing in developed countries throughout the world and the reason for this is unknown.
  • gene therapy to protect trout against virus vaccine containing only the genetic instructions for the antibody.
  • Herpes virus used against brain cancer
  • researchers create two-headed hydrda, first two-headed animal created, Oct '00
  • 'Key di
  • (skin) cancer tackled by wart cream
  • Milburn strikes private sector deal (pol)(
  • Until recently, it was thought impossible to re-grow human tissue..but some breakthroughs have now been made
  • Scientists closer to arthritis 'cure'
  • Hope of Parkinson's 'cure'
  • Ovary transplant IVF 'within two years'
  • lead 'accelerates aging' "this reserach highlights how important it is to get lead out of society as far as possible"
  • Malaria parasite gene breakthrough
  • New vaccine 'may halt Aids'
  • Cow's milk diabetes evidence mounts
  • Blind people 'have faster brains' (but did sighted subject close eyes to avoid distractions?)
  • Londoners are more likely to die from traffic pollution than in a road accident, according to a new report.
  • insurers in the UK are to be allowed to use genetic test results to identify people with hereditary illnesses.
  • Warning over antibiotic useHospitals may be neutralising their last defence against superbugs by routinely using a powerful antibiotic, say researchers.
  • Step forward in stem cell research (10/9/00)
  • Night light linked to cancer and myopia
  • Embryo selected to save older sister
  • Toxic leaks into cabins on airlines BBC, 9/28/00
  • Suicide risk' for doctors and nurses
  • Cancer rise linked to power lines
  • fat is 'clever' and 'an organ'
  • Virtual bottom teaches surgeons
  • Tissue Engineering Sept 6, 00
  • Medicines linked to lung diseases Medicines prescribed to treat a wide variety of conditions, including allergies and cancer (and antiobiotics too), can cause severe damage to the lungs and can even kill
  • Cancer vaccine 'close' tirals by end of 2000; but not commercially avail till >=2007... and Universal cancer vaccine 'possible' but vaccine might attack healthy issues
  • "brain-dead" organ donors DO NEED to get anesthesia (BBC, Aug 19, 00)
  • GPs urged to send patients abroad
  • brain cancer victim sues cell phone company (Aug 00) see also: Referring to the UK Consumer Association's study, published in Which? magazine, the authors said the contradictory findings emphasised the need for further research. The Australian Consumer Association urged users to keep calls on mobile phones as short as possible and to use an ordinary phone set whenever they can. They also recommended that users avoid body contact with the phone or aerial when making or receiving a call.
  • Chronic under-funding behind finding of: ageism in Scottland healthcare.
  • cientists in the US say they have developed an artificial heart valve that grows with the patient. The discovery could mean an end to operations to replace faulty or damaged valves,
  • DNA Vaccines against MS and arthritis (8/2/00)
  • Ambulance bosses in London admit that hundreds of people could be dying every year because of underfunding. A leaked report from the London Ambulance Service suggests that underfunding could be resulting in as many as 500 preventable deaths each year.
  • Schools are being urged to ban pupils from using mobile phones because of possible health risks. (7/27/00)
  • Parasite in rat brains affects behavior parasite is also in human brians, "dormant", and causes madness in terminal AIDS patients when immune system is compromised Diet changes have 'increased cancer risks' because of elimination over last 100 years of plants' infections. Bizarre solution suggested is more genetically modified foods.