Health News Archive - January 24, 2009

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has applauded President Barack Obama for lifting the global gag rule, a ban on U.S.


On Thursday, a nonprofit research group said that one in seven Americans under age 65 went without prescribed medicines in 2007 as drug costs spiraled upward in the United States.


Well aware of the coming "silver tsunami" of the baby boom generation, technology firms are racing to help aging Americans spend more time living independently and avoiding nursing homes.

Doctors say a record number of British men last year sought breast-reduction surgery for man boobs or moobs, as some call them. Breast-reduction surgery for men rose from 22 operations in 2003 to 224 operations last year, said the Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in Britain. More men concerned

The number of abortions performed in Britain on teenage girls who have had at least one before has risen by nearly 70 percent since 1991, researchers say. A study, published in the journal Contraception, found that the proportion of repeat pregnancy terminations carried out on teenagers rose by 68 percent in 16 years, the Daily Mail reported Saturday. In 2007, 5,897 girls under 20 had their second, third or even fourth abortion.

Health officials in Minnesota say they're checking to see if deadly Hib infections have been reported in children in other states. Minnesota last year recorded five cases of infection from Haemophilus influenzae Type B, including the death of a 7-month-old -- the first child Hib fatality in the state since 1991, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The dangerous bacterium's return may be a consequence of a temporary vaccine shortage and a resistance by some parents to immunize their children, the Post reported. Parents need to know this disease is still around and that it is very dangerous, said Anne Schuchat, head of immunization at the U.S.

Scientists at UCSF have discovered an abnormality in a patient’s immune system that may lead to safer therapies for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and colitis, as well as potential new ways to treat transplant rejection.


Merck Serono announced on Friday that it was drawing closer to releasing the first pill to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the most common neurological condition affecting young adults.


A seventh death tied to the recent US salmonella outbreak was reported on Saturday in Minnesota.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.