Archive | January, 2006

Another jab? No wonder parents get the jitters

January 30, 2006

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Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon you can hear the pitiful cries. Mothers enter the doctor’s surgery ashen-faced to queue up for the next round of injections. They leave half an hour later, cramming chocolate into their babies’ mouths to stop their sobbing. When my husband took our five-year-old for his 20th injection since he was […]

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SIDS – A Lancet Commentary

January 27, 2006

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In today’s Lancet, Peter Blair and colleagues1 report on successful prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Their results are based on a 20-year population-based study of all unexpected infant deaths in Avon, UK. In the developed world, SIDS was responsible for more infant deaths beyond the neonatal period than any other cause.2 In retrospect, […]

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Leprosy Elimination

January 27, 2006

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We rarely think about this scourge in the U.S.A. The latest review by the WHO shows remarkable progress. Europe was so badly affected during the 13th century that by 1225 there were around 19 000 leprosaria—hospitals to house lepers. By 1350, the disease started to wane in Europe, possibly because the black death killed so […]

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New Avian Flu Vaccine

January 27, 2006

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A vaccine can be made in short time and induces robust immune response in mice and chickens against the deadly H5N1 virus University of Pittsburgh researchers announced they have genetically engineered an avian flu vaccine (using adenovirus) from the critical components of the deadly H5N1 virus that completely protected mice and chickens from infection. Avian […]

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Computer Games are Not Always Hazardous to your Health

January 26, 2006

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Using a popular internet game that traces the travels of dollar bills, scientists have unveiled statistical laws of human travel in the United States, and developed a mathematical description that can be used to model the spread of infectious disease in this country. This model is considered a breakthrough in the field. “We were confident […]

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Women’s Waist Size and Heart Attacks

January 25, 2006

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Waist circumference can predict a woman’s risk of developing diabetes and of experiencing a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke, and could serve as a simple screening test to identify women at risk, according to an enlightening report in the January/February 2006 issue (Vol. 15, No. 1) of Journal of Women’s Health. […]

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FDA Statement on Fraudulent, Unapproved Influenza-Related Products

January 21, 2006

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers the sale of unlicensed or unapproved influenza -related products as a potentially significant threat to the public health and is taking measures to protect consumers from fraudulent products that claim to prevent or treat seasonal or avian (bird) influenza in people. Consumers should be aware that currently […]

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Mobile Phones do not cause Brain Cancer

January 21, 2006

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Research from the University of Leeds (U.K.) shows that “mobile phones are not associated with an increased risk of the most common type of brain tumour, finds the first UK study of the relationship between mobile phone use and risk of glioma. The results are published online by the BMJ today. The four year study […]

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“If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It”

January 18, 2006

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From this week’s JAMA is a study showing that if an ingunal hernia does not bother you, don’t fix it. Why don’t we learn from other countries? I have relatives in the UK who have had mild inguinal hernias for years without having them fixed. The NHS has a policy of not fixing it if […]

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Older antivirals don’t work on this years’ strain of flu.

January 17, 2006

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From the CDC : While the primary strategy for preventing complications of influenza infections is annual vaccination, antiviral medications with activity against influenza viruses can be effective for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza. Two classes of antivirals are currently available—the M2 ion channel inhibitors (i.e., the two adamantanes amantadine and rimantadine) and the neuraminidase […]

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