Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Medicine In The News (May 31, 2011)

Smoking could kill 8 million a year by 2030: WHO [Link]
LONDON (Reuters) - Tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, the World Health ...

Tough decisions about money and treatment are ahead as AIDS turns 30 [Link]
Washington Post
The AIDS epidemic turns 30 next month. What began as a fatal new plague has become a treatable, if still incurable, chronic illness.

Study finds stress does not lead to MS [Link]
AHN | All Headline News
A new study appears to contradict previous research that suggested stress can increase a person's risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

Doctors rethinking prescribing Abbott's Niaspan [Link]
Los Angeles Times
Doctors say they are thinking twice about prescribing an Abbott Laboratories drug used to raise levels of good cholesterol to patients taking a statin pill that is successfully lowering their bad cholesterol.

Nottingham centre sees breast cancer success [Link]
BBC News
Figures from the city's Breast Institute, which screens 30000 women a year, also show that survival rates are improving. Advances in screening mean cancers less than 1.5cms in diameter, too small to detect manually, account for more than a third of the ...

Goodbye, Food Pyramid: USDA to Announce a New 'Food Icon' [Link]
The Atlantic
The triangular nutrition guide, rendered useless by its latest redesign, is being replaced. Here's a preview of what's to come.

Pediatricians Flag Energy, Sports Drinks For Youth [Link]
There's a new message today for teens and their parents regarding what they imbibe: Just say no to energy drinks, and yes to sports drinks only when necessary after intense workouts.

Woman selling 'suicide kits' reignites right-to-die debate [Link]
Los Angeles Times
Sharlotte Hydorn, 91, says she's 'just interested in helping people' who might otherwise suffer painful deaths. FBI agents raided her home last week in an investigation of possible mail fraud or other violations.

Want to Boost Breast-Feeding Rates? More Maternity Leave is Key [Link]
If the United States wants to significantly increase its breast-feeding rates, extending women's maternity leave would be a good place to start, according to new research published today in the ...

Measles Vaccination Negligence by the US Residents is Agonizing [Link]
TopNews United States
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Health Protection Agency stated that the people of the US need to take measles seriously.

Health-care law makes Medicaid reform urgent [Link]
The Times of Trenton
New Jersey has an unfortunate tradition of failing to address long-term public policy issues before they become full-blown crises.

Boston Scientific Recalls Imaging Catheters [Link]
Boston Scientific Corporation issued a voluntary recall Monday of all of its iCross Coronary Imaging Catheters. The catheters are used in intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging in patients who are candidates for transluminal coronary interventional ...

Assisted suicide campaigner Dr Ann McPherson dies [Link]
BBC News
Dr Ann McPherson, who died on Saturday aged 65, was an outspoken campaigner of the terminally ill's right to die at a time of their choosing.

Stressed workers need a holiday every 62 days [Link]
Times of India
A new study by a health expert has revealed that today's increasing working hours and work loads should also mean more breaks for the workers to activate themselves.

Abortion soars among women in 40s [Link]
The number of women having abortions in their 40s has risen by almost one third in a decade, according to new figures. By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent 9:00PM BST 28 May 2011 Experts said the dramatic rise reflects increased sexual activity ...

Call to fund heart valve surgery [Link]
BBC News
A group of leading heart doctors has called for a change in the treatment of patients considered too high-risk for open-heart surgery.

Hay Festival 2011: Professor risks political storm over Muslim 'inbreeding' [Link]
Prof Steve Jones, one of Britain's most eminent scientists, has warned that the level of inbreeding among the nation's Muslims is endangering the health of future generations.

New legislation on falsified medicines adopted [Link]
Pharmacy Europe
The European self-medication industry is fully committed to protect the consumer against counterfeit medicines and appreciates the adoption of the Directive on falsified medicines by the Council of the European Union.

Celebrity role model 'in doubt' [Link]
BBC News
Friends, family and teachers are much more likely to influence young children than celebrity role models like actors or footballers are, a study suggests.

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