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Health News Archive - July 15, 2005

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Overweight children can get in shape by spending part of their summer at a weight-loss camp, if the experience of one such program is any indication.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight children can get in shape by spending part of their summer at a weight-loss camp, if the experience of one such program is any indication.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Acupuncture performed at specific sites on the skin may relieve some of the symptoms of overactive bladder, according to researchers.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's food safety agency gave a clean bill of health on Friday to three more genetically modified (GMO) maize types, its first assessment of hybrid strains that combine different quality traits into one plant.

Chiron Corp., which scrapped its flu vaccine last season because of contamination problems, on Friday warned it will cut supplies to non-U.S. markets this year due to plant issues in Germany.

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antidepressants, for the most part, do not provide meaningful benefit, two investigators in the UK argue in a report in the British Medical Journal this week, having reviewed published medical evidence on antidepressant efficacy.

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In young children, particularly those under age 5, injuries to the small intestine are more likely to be caused by child abuse rather than a fall or other accident, a study shows.

By Tansa Musa BAMENDA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Sanda Nyana lies on a hospital bed in northwest Cameroon and in a faint broken voice tells how he lost his leg. He says a policeman shot him three times as he watched a film at a video club last December.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Five cases of fungal contamination of saline-filled breast implants were likely caused by poor infection control measures during the implant procedures and in the operating room, according to a report.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women suffering a sudden "ischemic" stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain are more likely than men to be helped from treatment with a commonly used clot-buster called tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a study has shown.

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.