Health

01
Dec
Dutch sound alarm about possible risks of e-cigarettes

The Dutch Health Ministry sounded an early warning on Thursday about the possible health risks of electronic cigarettes, announcing plans to clamp down on labeling ahead of European regulations. The move followed an analysis of existing scientific research by the National Institute for Public Health, the leading Dutch government health advisory body. The institute said it was concerned about a lack of evidence on the possible health... [read news]

30
Nov
Tips on how to avoid gaining weight over the holidays

The year-end holidays are upon us, that stretch of starch-fests, sugary treats and swamped gravy boats that begins with the cheery promise of Thanksgiving and ends with the loosened belts and woozy noggins of New Year’s Day. For many of us, Jan. 2 unfolds thusly: A gingerly step upon the bathroom scales, followed by a low moan upon learning that the scales are somehow, somehow, 5-7 pounds off. And not in the desired direction. Holiday... [read news]

25
Nov
Premature baby steroids 'may raise risk of ADHD'

Steroids given to help premature babies develop may also be slightly increasing the risk of mental health disorders, say researchers. The drugs are often given to pregnant mothers at risk of a premature birth to help the baby's lungs prepare for life outside the womb. The study, in the journal PLoS One, showed there was a higher risk of attention disorders at age eight. The charity Bliss said it reinforced the need for regular health... [read news]

24
Nov
Stranded Frenchman deemed too fat to fly ... or go by plane, train or cruise ship

He has been turned down by planes, trains and even a cruise ship in his quest to return home — and his family says it’s because he has been deemed too fat to travel. Now Frenchman Kevin Chenais’ long and fitful journey is coming to an end. A ferry company accepted Chenais on Wednesday for a trip across the English Channel, one of the last obstacles to his homecoming in the French town of Ferney-Voltaire. Chenais, who weighs 500... [read news]

22
Nov
FDA to ban trans fats, ask food industry to begin gradual phase out

Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job. The FDA plans to announce later Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000... [read news]

21
Nov
Condom Contest Produces 812 Ideas for Improvement

The condom of the future might be made of cow tendon or fish skin. It might have “shape memory” to instantly mold to a specific man. Or it might come with pull tabs so a man could slip it on with little fuss. Those ideas are among the winners announced Wednesday by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of a contest to create a condom that men would actually use. The contest, the foundation said, aimed to decrease unintended pregnancies and... [read news]

20
Nov
Frederick Sanger: Double Nobel Prize winner dies at 95

Fellow researchers have described him as "one of the greatest scientists of any generation" and as "a real hero" of British science. He is considered the "father of genomics" after pioneering methods to work out the exact sequence of the building blocks of DNA. Dr Sanger also developed techniques to determine the structure of proteins. He was born in 1918 in Gloucestershire and initially planned to follow his father into medicine. However... [read news]

19
Nov
Thousands of children 'driven in smoky cars'

More than 430,000 children aged 11-15 in England are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family cars at least once a week, says a charity. The estimate, from the British Lung Foundation, comes as the House of Lords prepares to debate a ban on smoking in cars where children are present. Smokers' lobby group Forest says the data is misleading and a ban "disproportionate to the problem". The figures are extrapolated from a poll of 7,500... [read news]

18
Nov
Doctors and nurses may face jail for neglect

Doctors and nurses found guilty of "wilful neglect" of patients could face jail, the government is proposing. Wilful neglect will be made a criminal offence in England and Wales under NHS changes next week following the Mid Staffordshire and other care scandals. The offence will be modelled on one punishable by up to five years in prison under the Mental Capacity Act. Doctors' leaders said the threat of criminal sanctions could create a... [read news]

17
Nov
Bird flu strain infects human for the first time

A 20-year-old Taiwanese woman is the first person to be infected with the H6N1strain of avian flu. Scientists had previously thought the virus could not infect humans. A chicken is kept in a cage waiting to be inspected by health workers in Hong Kong. In May, a Taiwanese woman caught a new strain of bird flu scientists previously thought was incapable of infecting humans, according to new research published Thursday, November 14. A... [read news]


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