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Health News Archive - December 08, 2005

The spread of bird flu in Asia does not appear to be putting off tourists but local officials are nervous, fearing a repeat of the SARS outbreak two years ago, which made parts of the region no-go areas.

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The White House on Wednesday planned an exercise to see just how poorly prepared the country is to cope with a avian flu pandemic, even as lawmakers in Congress debated how much to spend for U.S. preparations.

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's health chief issued a public invitation on Thursday to find concrete ideas for tackling an alarming rise in obesity, especially among children, by promoting healthy diets coupled with more physical exercise.

Boston Scientific Corp. said on Thursday it is voluntarily recalling all of its Flextome Cutting Balloon systems, products used to help cut through fatty deposits in heart arteries, because of a malfunction that could require additional surgery.

Pregnant women who work the night shift may be more likely than those with traditional work hours to deliver prematurely, study findings suggest.

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans enrolled in medical coverage plans designed to make them more aware of health-care costs are less satisfied and more likely to put off medical care than those enrolled in traditional plans, a survey released on Thursday said.

Children and young teens may be more likely to exercise if they're motivated by fun and fitness rather than weight concerns, a new study suggests.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The breast cancer drug Herceptin, shown recently to improve survival in women with early-stage breast cancer, carries with it a risk of heart damage, but a chemotherapy regimen can limit the danger, researchers said on Thursday.

Russians must ease back on the bottle, cut down on smoking, watch their diet and lead healthier lives if they are to reverse population decline and maintain economic growth, the World Bank said on Thursday.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who survive a bout with breast cancer are at increased risk of developing cancers of the lung, stomach, and colon, among several others, new research suggests.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.