Archive for November, 2007

Spike in Brain-Eating Amoeba Cases Reported

KPHO Phoenix has a developing story about a local boy who was killed by a deadly amoeba he is believed to have picked up while swimming in Lake Havasu. A 14-year-old Lake Havasu boy has become the sixth victim to die nationwide this year of a microscopic organism that attacks the body through the nasal […]

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New Blood Test May Measure Visceral Fat

The BBC reports that a new blood test that measures the amount of a protein called RBP4 in the blood may help determine the amount of fat around a person’s internal organs. The scientists doing the research are hopeful that cutting RBP4 may have health benefits. The researchers believe that measuring RBP4 would potentially be […]

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Merck Halts AIDS Vaccine Tests

There was some very unfortunate news earlier this week when Merck reported that it was halting its AIDS vaccine test because tests showed the vaccine was not working – people were still getting infected with the HIV virus. Merck & Co. said Friday that it is ending enrollment and vaccination of volunteers in the study, […]

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Implanted Microchips Linked to Tumors in Lab Mice

ABC reports that microchips already approved for human and pet use have induced tumors in lab mice and rats. The FDA apparently decided the public didn’t need this information at the time they approved the microchips. Those chips are now being implanted in some people, especially Alzheimer’s patients, and encoded with their medical records. The […]

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Chemical in Microwaved Popcorn May Cause Lung Disease

WebMD reports on a possible link between microwaved popcorn and lung disease. The potential problem is a chemical in the popcorn called diacetyl that may be very dangerous when inhaled. Lung problems have been diagnosed in workers at factories where microwave popcorn is made. This particular article also discusses a case involving a non-worker who […]

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Human-to-Human Transmission of H5N1 Confirmed

Reuters reports that matematical analysis has confirmed that the deadly bird flu virus was spread from human to human in Indonesia in 2006. A mathematical analysis has confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza spread from person to person in Indonesia in April, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. They said they had developed a tool to run […]

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List of Risks Posed by Fad Diets

The American Heart Association has provided (via Forbes) the following list of possible risks posed by fad diets. Nutritional deficiencies caused by a lack of a balanced diet. Lack of physical activity from emphasis on diet only can increase the risk of heart disease. Lack of variety in foods can cause boredom and frustration, and […]

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New Technology Kills Tumors With Electric Fields

Technology Review reports that an Isreali company called NovoCure is testing a new cancer fighting weapon that uses a weak electric fields to destroy cancer cells. The article says the process has destroyed every type of cancer cell in animal tests. Studies are being done on breast cancer in Europe and on glioblastoma, a deadly […]

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Publix Won’t Charge For Seven Popular Prescription Antiobiotics

The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Publix grocery store chain will be giving away several popular prescription antiobiotics as a way to lure customers to stores. The drugstore will give away the following drugs: amoxicillin, cephalexin, penicillin VK, erythromycin, ampicillin, sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim, and ciprofoxacin. The oral antibiotics, representing the most commonly filled at the chain’s pharmacies, will […]

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