Archive | June, 2008

Report on Iodine Deficiency

June 28, 2008

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Reporting on a major success in preventing children from being born with one form of mental deficiency UNICEF has just released a report of international efforts to ensure that all salt, worldwide, is iodized. Similarly flour has had folic acid added to it while early detection of PKU allows nutritional intervention to prevent mental deficiency […]

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Safer Water – Safer Health

June 27, 2008

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In the USA and other developed countries we tale access to safe drinkable and cooking (potable) water for granted. Today the WHO released a new booklet calling for attention to this need to save millions of people world wide from disease and death because of lack of access to potable water. We have been working […]

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Eczema In Infancy May Be Linked To Cat Ownership

June 26, 2008

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Those With A Specific Gene Mutation, and cat exposure at birth, may increase a child’s risk of developing eczema during their first year according to a new study by researchers from University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark. Eczema runs in families and evidence suggests it is caused by genetic and environmental factors. The same researchers recently discovered […]

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Healthcare providers, others reach agreement on PHR privacy protections.

June 26, 2008

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The AP reports that “Google, Inc., Microsoft Corp., and a hodgepodge of healthcare providers and insurers have agreed on ground rules for protecting the privacy of the sensitive information” contained in personal health records (PHRs). The companies are “hoping to persuade more people to store their medical records online,” by “reassuring patients that they can […]

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More Americans Delay Health Care

June 26, 2008

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From the Wall street Journal we learn that an increasing array of Americans, many with health insurance, are delaying or forgoing medical care because of concern about cost, according to a report from the Center for Studying Health System Change. About 20% of the respondents in a 2007 survey of 18,000 people said that they […]

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The Way Mothers Interact With Babies In First Year Predicts Child Behavior To Age 13

June 25, 2008

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In the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Benjamin Lahey and his team from the University of Chicago examined how much mothers stimulated their baby intellectually, how responsive they were to the child’s demands, and the use of spanking or physical restraint. Child conduct problems in later childhood included cheating, telling lies, trouble getting on with […]

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Combination vaccine that may protect children from five ailments, reduce shots.

June 25, 2008

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A move in the right direction ot reduce complexity of vaccine schedule. The UPI (6/24) reports that the “Food and Drug Administration has licensed a vaccine against five childhood ailments in a single dose.” Sanofi Pasteur’s Pentacel vaccine, the “first five-in-one pediatric combination vaccine,” is “approved for use in infants and children six weeks through […]

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Number of People with Diabetes Increases to 24 Million

June 25, 2008

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June 24, 2008 — Diabetes now affects nearly 24 million people in the United States, an increase of more than 3 million in approximately two years, according to new 2007 prevalence data estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provide estimates for every county in the US..Comment: How much […]

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Incidence of HIV in the USA?

June 20, 2008

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Another Editorial in today’s Lancet quotes Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that the number of new HIV infections per year in the USA was closer to 50 000 than 40 000. Fauci does not talk about diagnoses but new infections. He says that 52 000 […]

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Allergies and the hygiene hypothesis.

June 20, 2008

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In an editorial in the Lancet today: The cost of allergic rhinitis in the USA is nothing to be sniffed at. According to a report published last week by the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, in 2005, Americans spent $11bn on doctors’ bills, prescription drugs, and other medical care to relieve allergy symptoms. Although there […]

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