Health News Archive - January 11, 2009


Everything really is bigger in Texas. Students involved in athletic programs are being taken out of class to urinate in a cup in the nation's leading high school steroids testing program.


Baseball sanctioned about 8 percent of its players to take medication for ADHD last season, which permits them to procure otherwise prohibited stimulants.


The amount of obese American adults is larger than those who are simply overweight, states to the newest numbers from the federal government.


The first baby in Britain to have been screened before conception to determine her risk of carrying a genetic form of breast cancer has been born, doctors said on Friday.

Flowers are being banned from an increasing number of hospitals in Scotland amid fears the traditional get-well gift is a health hazard, officials say. National Health Service officials say the ban makes sense because vase water may harbor dangerous bugs, bouquets can trigger allergies and spilled water can damage equipment, Scotland on Sunday reported. A spokeswoman for Shetland Health Board confirmed its policy of allowing flowers in its two hospitals was being reviewed. It is possible there will be a move to restrict all flowers for infection control reasons and for health and safety reasons, given the large amount of electrical equipment positioned around beds, she was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Liz Moore, healthcare director at NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said flowers were no longer allowed in some wards. This is due to limited space as these areas have lots of high-tech equipment and the potential irritation flowers may cause to patients in respiratory wards, she said. Even so, mi

Heart disease patients living in poorer areas of British Columbia are up to twice as likely as patients living in better-off areas to die from chronic diseases. University of British Columbia researchers said even in a country with universal healthcare services such as Canada a neighborhood's socioeconomic status can have a dramatic impact on life expectancy for patients with heart disease. Study co-author Claire Heslop, a medical/doctoral student said researchers studied 485 patients with heart disease over 13 years.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").