Health News Archive - February 28, 2009


Vaccines against H5N1 influenza will be critical in countering a possible future pandemic. Yet public health experts agree that the current method of growing seasonal influenza vaccines in chicken eggs is slow and inefficient.

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* today announced a $200,000 donation to PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) national spokeswoman Eva Longoria Parker to benefit the organization.

Healthcare workers in England have been blamed for making the country's flu epidemic worse by refusing to get flu shots, officials said. The Times of London reported Saturday that fewer than one in seven of the National Health Service's front-line workers have been vaccinated against the flu despite a recommendation to do so. The newspaper said some British hospitals suffered serious flu outbreaks, made worse by staff transmission of the highly contagious virus.

Chinese lawmakers approved legislation Saturday aimed at ensuring food safety, officials said. The law, which goes into effect June 1, will increase government monitoring and supervision, boost safety standards and recall substandard products, Xinhua reported. The law also provides for stiff penalties for offenders, the state-run news service said. The National People's Congress Standing Committee approved the plan during a four-day session marked by intense debate. The plan will establish a state-level food safety commission to oversee the entire food monitoring system.

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In its ongoing contribution to science and the innovation of industry leading nutraceuticals, Eniva Nutraceutics announces the introduction of its new Eniva(R) Cholesterol Reducer(TM) formula.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, today applauded President Obama's reported selection of former DGA Chair Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.