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Health News Archive - February 21, 2009

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Research suggests that lifestyle changes and screening have shifted the type of breast cancers women are diagnosed with over the past couple of decades.

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Anger over Nadya Suleman and her octuplets has brought scrutiny on U.S. fertility clinics, with many questioning whether they adhere to voluntary guidelines on how many embryos should be used for younger women.

Health experts say a rare fungal disease that can be fatal to people has migrated from the Canadian woods to forests in Oregon and Washington. Cryptococcus gattii has killed 19 people in Canada since 1999 and a total of five people in Oregon and Washington since 2004, The Oregonian reported Saturday. The fungus lives in soil, water and trees, such as the Douglas fir, and likely spread down Interstate 5 from British Columbia on logging trucks, car tires and people's shoes, said Edmond Byrnes, a scientist at Duke University Medical Center. It's likely going to spread down the coast into California, Byrnes said, noting it also could find its way to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Few people exposed to the fungus will get sick because the body's natural defenses, in most cases, defeats the pathogen, said Dr.

U.S. researchers say you're more likely to have a stroke if you live in a neighborhood populated by fast-food restaurants. What we don't know is whether fast-food actually increased the risk because of its contents or whether fast-food restaurants are a marker of unhealthy neighborhoods, said Dr.

Authorities in India are targeting stores selling bogus drugs and used syringes after a hepatitis B outbreak left 32 people dead, officials said Saturday. CNN reported five healthcare providers have been arrested over the incidents. Public health officials have recorded 111 cases of hepatitis B infection in India's western Gujarat state.

QUINCY, Mass., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, following a voluntary recall by Northern Star Co.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.