Health News Archive - June 18, 2008

By Lyn Barton Campaigners fighting to stop specialist treatment for cancer patients being taken out of Cornwall have spelled out the "hardship and emotional stress" they say the move would have for patients.

Despite health minister Ben Bradshaw's upbeat assessment of the "improvements" in infection control in hospitals, it is a scandal that, across Britain, more than one in four health trusts still fail to meet minimum standards for cleanliness.

Just one in five people washed their hands before entering a Cornwall hospital, sparking fears about the spread of infection. Shockingly, patient groups also found just four per cent of people leaving hospital used alcohol gel to wash their hands.

By Reuters WASHINGTON -- Food safety officials Monday said they hope that a cluster of nine cases of salmonella poisoning yields clues that lead them to the source of an outbreak that has sickened 277 people in 28 states.

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) - Some health insurance companies rate doctors on their performance. Now doctors are turning the tables.The American Medical Association issued its first health insurance report card at the group's annual meeting Monday.

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York smokers have been sent outside in all kinds of weather, coughed at in disdain, and now they are burdened with the most expensive cigarette taxes in the nation. Now, to add cost to injury, the state is declaring its highest-in-the-nation cigarette tax a success.

By Megan Bode When my fiance, Matt, asked me to work out and get in shape with him this summer, I immediately responded with enthusiasm.

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When The pressures of the daily grind start to wear you down, and juggling a career, family and home becomes more of a stress than usual, it's time to step back and do something to make you feel a bit more positive.

Thousands of Britons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are wasting their time taking a popular herbal remedy, research has shown. A study found that ginkgo biloba had no significant impact on mental function or quality of life, and did not prevent worsening dementia symptoms.

Word of the Day
  • The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
  • A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
  • To mutter deliriously.
The word 'dwale' comes from an Old English word meaning 'error, doubt, delusion.'