Health News Archive - February 08, 2009


Getting a good night's rest may help women minimize their risk of developing heart disease, say physicians at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.


For years controversy has surrounded whether electronic medical records (EMR) would lead to increased patient safety, cut medical errors, and reduce healthcare costs.


With the advances in genetic screening and fertility, the future of prospective parents being able to pick and choose what traits they want in their yet-to-be conceived children may not be too far away.

A top British health official says fewer people will register for organ donation if they think foreigners are being treated ahead of Britons. In the last two years, more than 40 residents of European Union countries have received organs from British donors in surgeries performed at King's College Hospital

A British doctor says he did not manipulate data that concluded vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella potentially could cause autism. Publication of Andrew Wakefield's research a decade ago is linked to a 12 percent drop in the number of children being vaccinated in Britain, The Sunday Times of London reported. Because fewer parents let their children be vaccinated, England and Wales last year saw 1,348 cases of measles with two deaths, compared with 56 cases and no deaths in 1998, The Times reported. Wakefield, who is under investigation by British health authorities, has dismissed documents alleging he manipulated patients' data to show a link between vaccines and autism, the British newspaper reported. Wakefield is being investigated for professional misconduct along with John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch, two professors who contributed to the research.


Though based on mouse studies, the research bolsters the idea that humans suffering from these and other eye conditions may be able to help preserve function by adding antioxidants to their diet, and explains why this would work.


Authorities at the CDC reported that the country’s first case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in a patient in Colorado.

Blind Persons Return to Work Act of 2009 Introduced by Congressman Lewis WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has introduced legislation designed to help blind persons receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to return to work.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.