Health News Archive - May 09, 2006

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - A surge in chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes due to changing lifestyles could kill up to 80 million people in China in the next decade, health officials and the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

The portrayal of coma and awakening from a coma is grossly inaccurate in major motion pictures, research shows, and many moviegoers are unable to tell fact from fiction. They admit that what they see in films regarding coma may impact real-life decisions for a loved one.

Losing weight and elevating the head of the bed are effective measures for people with heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. These strategies are associated with "reduction in heartburn symptoms and acid levels in the esophagus," Dr. Lauren B. Gerson of Stanford University told Reuters Health.

Nurses have become an essential import in what the World Health Organization and other critics have called an insidious "brain drain" of health care workers from developing nations to wealthier countries, where nursing jobs go unfilled because of an aging workforce and a shortage of nursing school graduates.

FRANKLIN, Mass., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sontra Medical Corporation announced today that it has introduced its 2nd Generation SonoPrep(R) skin permeation device for continuous transdermal glucose monitoring and topical lidocaine delivery.

Melatonin, a hormone involved in the regulation of the sleep/wake cycle, may help night shift workers get more rest during daylight hours, according to the findings of a small study published in the journal Sleep.

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The acquittal of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma on rape charges has set South Africa back by decades in its fight against sexual violence and a brutal AIDS epidemic, activists said on Tuesday.

The obesity problem in individual U.S. states appears much greater than official health surveys have indicated, according to a new study.

U.S. researchers said they have identified the compound in grapefruit juice that affects how some drugs are absorbed in the body and said on Tuesday it might be used to help lower dosages for some patients.

The same largely modifiable factors that increase the risk of disease and early death -- smoking, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes -- also increase the risk of requiring nursing home care later in life, research shows.

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