Saturday, 4 June 2011

Medicine In The News (June 3, 2011)

Food plate icon improvement of pyramid [Link]
San Francisco Chronicle
The Department of Agriculture's new food-plate icon is an improvement over its old pyramids for providing clear recommendations for healthy eating.

AIDS fight may tilt to treatment [Link]
CHICAGO/GENEVA - After 30 years of AIDS prevention efforts, global leaders may now need to shift their focus to spending more on drugs used to treat the disease as new data show this may also be the best way to ..

Feds Sniff Out Bogus Bird-Flu Drug [Link]
Courthouse News Service
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The man who invented Zicam cold remedy was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly importing an unapproved herbal product from Hong Kong to the United States and advertising it as a bird flu treatment.

Vaccination Rates Fall Short of Goal [Link]
MedPage Today
Vaccination rates for kindergartners in many states fell below the Healthy People 2020 target of 95% or greater during the 2009 to 2010 school year, CDC researchers found.

Omega-3 fats linked to lower diabetes risk [Link]
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets may have lowered odds of developing type 2 diabetes, two new reports suggest.

Some success seen with personalized cancer treatment [Link]
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tailoring cancer drugs to target the molecular signature of an individual patient's tumor helps more than a scattershot approach, according to early-stage research.

Screening: Saliva Test for Cytomegalovirus Proves Accurate [Link]
New York Times
A new test offers a rapid, inexpensive and highly accurate method for screening newborns for cytomegalovirus, which can cause permanent hearing loss, researchers said on Wednesday.

Orexigen To Halt US Obesity Program As It Disputes FDA Contrave Request [Link]
Wall Street Journal
Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. (OREX) said it plans to suspend clinical development of its US obesity programs as it disputes a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration regarding its Contrave weight loss pill.

New Strain of MRSA Found in Milk [Link]
June 2, 2011 - Researchers have discovered a new strain of antibiotic-resistant superbug bacteria in milk. This previously undetectable strain has also caused human infections.

NHS staff should be taking responsibility for their actions [Link]
The Guardian
NHS staff have as much responsibility as the trust to maintain standards. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images It's been well chronicled that the NHS is facing unprecedented change.

Why the deaf see better than those who can hear [Link]
Daily Mail
By Daily Mail Reporter Scientists discovered that the retinas of people born deaf, or who lost their hearing early in life, developed differently from those in people who can hear.

Enzyme offers Huntington's hope [Link]
BBC News
A new approach to treating Huntington's disease may have been found, a UK study carried out in fruit flies suggests. The incurable disease, caused by degeneration of nerve cells, gradually impairs a person's ability to function.

Researchers Getting Closer to Control Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis [Link]
TopNews Arab Emirates
Researchers from Canada have now moved on to find out ultimate cure for the grave disease called Cystic Fibrosis, which is said to be the genetic disease and has affected Canadian children and young adults at utmost level by cutting short their lives.

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