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Health News Archive - February 01, 2009

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Hundreds of millions of anti-malaria kits and mosquito nets will be distributed by 2010 as part of a campaign to stop one million annual malaria deaths, officials organizing the initiative said Saturday.

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A new study from the University of North Carolina suggests that nurses with occupational exposure to hospital cleaning products and medical instrument disinfectants have a greater risk of developing asthma.

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Brief but personal intervention reduces drinking among risky college drinkers, according to a research study at The University of Texas School of Public Health.

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A family sociologist at the University at Buffalo says this month's murder-suicides involving a family of four in Ohio and a family of five in California may be "just the tip of the iceberg."

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A century-old drug that failed in its original intent to treat tuberculosis but has worked well as an antileprosy medicine now holds new promise as a potential therapy for multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.

Thalidomide victims in Britain say the government is denying them financial aid as they age and their health worsens. It's estimated more than 450 people whose mothers took thalidomide during pregnancy are nearing 50 and suffering physical breakdowns, The Sunday Times of London reported. Thousands of British mothers were prescribed thalidomide as a cure for morning sickness, and gave birth to babies who then died or grew up with drastically stunted arms and fingers and no shoulder joints. Michaelina Argy, 46, of London, says limb deficiencies forced her to put damaging stress on other parts of her body.

Long-term complications from weight-loss surgery deserve more attention because the number of U.S. procedures is booming, advocates say.

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