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May 18 2014 Measles Virus Proves Deadly To Cancer

WASHINGTON - A new study has, for the first time, demonstrated that a specific kind of virotherapy can infect and kill cancer in humans, leaving healthy cells unharmed.
The study, conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, involved just two patients, both of whom received a “single intravenous dose of an engineered measles virus (MV-NIS) that […]


Nov 8 2013 FDA To Ban Trans Fats

WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators have moved toward eliminating artificial “trans” fats that are linked to heart disease from the nation’s food supply. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed prohibiting their use in food after a period allowing manufacturers to find alternatives.
Trans fats are mainly found in processed foods like margarine, frozen pizzas, and some […]


Oct 18 2013 Polio Outbreak Strikes Pakistan

LONDON - A Taliban ban on vaccination is exacerbating a serious polio outbreak in Pakistan, threatening to derail dramatic progress made this year towards wiping out the disease worldwide, health officials say.
 Health teams in Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccines as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims and imposed bans on inoculation […]


Dec 30 2011 US Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise

WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials say drug abuse is a major cause of death in the United States and that prescription drugs are a big part of the problem.  Painkillers and mood-altering medications have left many people addicted, with serious results.
At the Malibu Beach Recovery Center, outside Los Angeles, residents learn yoga and other coping […]


Feb 2 2011 US Government Issues New Dietary Guidelines

WASHINGTON - Americans are being urged to cut back on salt, sugar and fatty meats and to eat more fish and whole grains. The recommendations are part of new dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government, and are designed to help the majority of Americans who are overweight or obese.
The World Health Organization says obesity […]


Jan 21 2011 Walmart Pledges Healthier Food

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama and retail giant Wal-mart have launched a program aimed at improving the nutritional content of America’s foods, and making those items more affordable for millions of Americans. The initiative is part of the first lady’s campaign to promote healthier choices for children in the United States.
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest […]


Aug 31 2010 Massive Egg Recall Raises Food Safety Concerns

WASHINGTON - This month, authorities ordered more than half a billion eggs off the shelves at American supermarkets due to fears of salmonella. More than 1,000 people have become sick after eating eggs contaminated with the disease-causing bacteria.
It’s one of the largest salmonella outbreaks ever recorded in the U.S., and the most recent in a […]


Aug 11 2010 WHO Declares Swine Flu Pandemic Over

GENEVA - The World Health Organization has declared an end to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.  In making the announcement, WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan said the new H1N1 virus has largely run its course and the world is now moving into the post-pandemic period. 
Dr. Chan says the world is no longer in phase 6 […]


Jul 17 2010 BP Oil Spill Raises Public Health Concerns

WASHINGTON - The Gulf oil spill could lead to some serious public health problems, according to a new report released this week.
As the environmental and economic disaster continues to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico following the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, attention has largely focused on efforts to cap the […]


Apr 9 2010 9-11 First Responders Suffer Lung Problems

WASHINGTON - A new study has found that many firefighters and emergency medical personnel who responded in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, continue to suffer potentially permanent lung problems. 
Seven years after two hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers - triggering […]


Jan 31 2010 US Suspends Medivac From Haiti Following Funding Request

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military says it has stopped flying Haitian earthquake victims to the United States for medical care following concerns by some state governments over who will pay for their treatment.
Military officials say the evacuations were suspended Wednesday, after Florida Governor Charlie Crist asked the federal government to help pay for the care.
The […]


Jan 21 2010 Americans Stand United Against Obama Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON - Tuesday’s Republican victory in a special Senate election in Massachusetts has sent political shockwaves through Washington.  The unexpected victory by Republican Scott Brown for the seat long held by the late Senator Ted Kennedy has inspired Republicans around the country, and now throws into question the fate of President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda […]


Dec 23 2009 Republicans Warn Health Care Mandates Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate is on course for a final vote early Thursday on health care reform legislation after a week of wrangling and a series of procedural votes.  Democrats have been able to hold together a 60-vote majority required to pass the bill. But, difficult negotiations with the House of Representatives lie ahead, […]


Dec 17 2009 Public Support For Obama Health Care Plan Tanks

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress appear to be making progress on health care reform, and the chances of opposition Republicans blocking a reform bill now seem to be fading.  But Republicans remain optimistic about their political fortunes in 2010.
With Democratic senators standing by his side recently at the White […]


Nov 19 2009 Obama Administration: No Mammograms Until Age 50

WASHINGTON - A U.S. government task force has released new guidelines on how often women should get mammograms to test for breast cancer. The task force says for most women, mammograms should start at age 50, not at the previously recommended age of 40. Not everyone agrees with the new guidelines.
Breast cancer survivor Nancy Gaul […]


Nov 11 2009 US Development Of Swine Flu Vaccine Delayed

WASHINGTON - Health officials around the world say they are frustrated by the shortage of vaccine to protect against the H1N1 flu. The United States and other wealthy countries have promised to donate 10 percent of their supply to developing countries. But due to a global shortage, that has not happened yet.  
So far, more than […]


Oct 25 2009 Obama Declares Swine Flu Is National Emergency

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the spreading H1N1 swine flu virus to be a national emergency.
Mr. Obama has signed a proclamation which gives U.S. hospitals more flexibility if they need to handle large numbers of flu patients.
A White House statement Saturday said the proclamation allows hospitals to request waivers of some government […]


Oct 2 2008 Contaminated Chinese Food Found in US

WASHINGTON - Chinese milk products tainted with an industrial chemical have now been discovered in Taiwan and the United States.
Taiwanese Health Minister Yeh Ching-chuan says low doses of melamine have been found in milk products produced in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang.  The items were sold by a Chinese subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle Corporation.
Meanwhile, […]


Aug 2 2008 University of Texas Discovers Possible Cure for HIV

HOUSTON - On the eve of the International AIDS Conference, which begins in Mexico City Sunday, researchers at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston claim to have discovered a way to destroy the HIV virus that causes AIDS. If their hopes are confirmed in further tests, it could represent a major breakthrough in […]


Jul 23 2008 US Immigrant Tuberculosis Rises

WASHINGTON - According to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there’s been an increase in the number of foreigners in the United States who are infected with tuberculosis. The authors are proposing a strategy to control disease among high-risk groups. 
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]


Apr 29 2008 Heparin Contamination Appears to be Deliberate

WASHINGTON - An executive for a maker of the drug heparin says a contaminant in the blood-thinning medication appears to have been placed there deliberately.Eighty one deaths are associated with allergic reactions to tainted doses of heparin.
Heparin is used to help patients undergoing kidney dialysis and other procedures. The medication is made by Baxter International […]


Apr 25 2008 Red Hat Society Turns 10

FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA– Women from coast-to-coast and around the globe once equated getting older with invisibility. Thanks to the Red Hat Society (RHS), founded 10 years ago today, perceptions began to change. In just one decade RHS has evolved from a few friends who donned red hats and purple outfits in the spirit of having fun […]


Feb 12 2008 Tests Reveal 95 Percent of Baby Bottles Release Toxin

WASHINGTON - Tests on several plastic baby bottles have found they emit “very significant” levels of a chemical linked to deadly illnesses in laboratory animals. That is according to a new report released by American and Canadian environmental health groups. 
The study found 95 percent of all baby bottles on the market are made with bisphenol […]


Feb 4 2008 World is on the Brink of a Cancer Epidemic

GENEVA - International health agencies say the world is on the brink of a cancer epidemic. The World Health Organization reports 7.6 million people died of the disease in 2005. It predicts the number of cancer deaths and new cases of the disease will rise astronomically in the coming years, unless action is taken now […]


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