Friday, 10 June 2011

Medicine In The News (June 10, 2011)

Sprouts appear to be E. coli culprit -- why that's not surprising [Link]
Los Angeles Times
Sprouts are the likely culprit behind the deadly E. coli outbreak, German officials have concluded, and in hindsight, it might seem little surprise: Raw sprouts can be hospitable hosts for ...

Woman Receives Full Face Transplant After Being Mauled By A Chimpanzee [Link]
Medical News Today
Charla Nash, 57, whose face was mauled by a furious 200-pound pet chimpanzee in February 2009, has undergone a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr.

US Warns Styrene and Formaldehyde May Cause Cancer [Link]
New York Times
WASHINGTON - The government added styrene and seven other chemicals to its list of possible human carcinogens in a report delayed for years because of fierce lobbying from manufacturers.

UN Vows to Double Number of Patients Receiving AIDS Drug Therapy by 2015 [Link]
World leaders meeting in New York this week to mark the 30th anniversary of the first reported case of AIDS have agreed to double by 2015 the number of people receiving life-saving drug therapy, ...

FDA links Zocor to muscle damage, especially in women [Link]
Most people should not take the 80 milligram dose of simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin, and generic), the US Food and Drug Administration said this week after it found a clear link between that dose and muscle pain as well as rare but potentially deadly ...

Salmonella sickens kids handling baby chicks, ducklings [Link]
Atlanta Journal Constitution
By AP Georgia is among 15 states reporting cases of salmonella illnesses due to handling of baby chicks and ducklings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Better funding for vaccines could save more children worldwide, but US parents ... [Link]
Los Angeles Times
Apparently, the logic behind the parental admonition to “eat your dinner because children in Africa are starving” doesn't apply to vaccines as well.

Why Smokers Gain Weight When Quitting [Link]
If you guessed "Nicotine, of course," you'd be right. But now researchers have zeroed in on the exact brain cells that nicotine triggers to cut appetite and body fat.

Micromet drug helps 75 pct of leukaemia patients [Link]
LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) - An experimental drug from Micromet (MITI.O) reduced levels of cancer cells to undetectable levels in nine out of 12 patients with a severe form of leukaemia, interim data from a clinical study showed on ...

Controversial McKinsey Health Care Study Creates Major Dissent At Firm [Link]
The political damage to President Obama's health care law may already be done. But there's a curious backstory to the report this week from a major consulting firm study that found "ObamaCare" would lead to fairly dramatic unintended consequences.

Cicada ice cream: Yum! And possibly good for you too [Link]
Los Angeles Times
Earlier this week, the internet was abuzz with reports that health officials in Columbia, Mo., had stepped in to prevent local ice cream parlor Sparky's from serving (apparently quite tasty) ice cream made with cicadas, the noisy bugs that swarm vast ...

One billion people disabled, first global report finds [Link]
The Guardian
A disabled child and his classmate in Dakar, Senegal. Across the globe, disabled children are less likely to attend school. Photograph: Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images The proportion of disabled people is rising and now represents 1 billion people - 15% of ...

U.S. Child Born in 2010 May Cost $226920 to Raise, USDA Says [Link]
A middle-income family may spend $226920 to raise a child born in 2010 to the age of 18, the US Department of Agriculture said today in a report.

Actos Banned in France After Drug Linked to Bladder Cancer [Link]
Actos has been pulled from the shelves in France and Germany after the popular diabetes drug was linked to bladder cancer. The French agency told doctors to stop prescribing the medicine to patients.

H1N1 Starting to Show Resistance to Drugs [Link]
Fox News
A novel variant of swine flu has emerged in Asia with a genetic adaptation giving some resistance to Roche's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza, the two mainstay drugs used to tackle the disease.

FDA says Siemens' medical scanner is first to simultaneously deliver PET and ... [Link]
Washington Post
By AP, WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it has cleared the first medical imaging device to simultaneously perform two powerful scans used to diagnose a wide variety of diseases and ailments.

High heels could cause UK 'arthritis crisis' [Link]
Women wearing high heels could cause crisis levels of arthritis in the UK, experts have warned. By Emily Gosden A quarter of women wear high heels every day or frequently, a poll by The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists found, increasing their ...

Fruit juice 'has too much sugar for it to be a five-a-day' [Link]
Fruit juice should not be counted as one of your five-a-day because it contains too much sugar - but dried fruit should, two new studies suggest.

Older people receive worse NHS cancer care [Link]
Older people with cancer are more likely to die in England than in other leading countries because of "age bias" in the NHS, according to a new report.

Brits are 75 per cent less likely to have a heart attack than just 20 years ... [Link]
Scottish Daily Record
Brits are three quarters less likely to have a heart attack now than they were 20 years ago, research claims. Greater awareness of how to control cholesterol levels and blood pressure - which can lead to heart attacks - as well as a decline in smoking ...

Cervical cancer risk 'affected by number of sexual partners' [Link]
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
The movement of a molecule called Met stimulates the growth and spread of breast cancer, new research shows. Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, in the UK, revealed that Met boosts the growth of cancerous tumours because it moves to the ...

Now more than 5800 patients are waiting more than 36 weeks [Link]
THE number of patients breaching the maximum 36-week waiting time target in Wales has risen to more than 5800. It is understood the majority of these patients are waiting for orthopaedic treatment.

Experts predict meningitis B vaccine [Link]
NHS Choices
News stories have extensively covered the possibility of a vaccine that could offer “new hope in the war on meningitis”. The Daily Mail said that the “first vaccine against deadly meningitis B will be available within months”, and The Independent said ...

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