Meningitis death toll rises to 29 with fatality in Virginia
October 31st, 2012
Tweet Share this Email Print Exserohilum rostratum, a type of fungi, is seen in this handout image from the Centres for Disease Control, October 13, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Centres for Disease Control/Handout Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:18pm EDT (Reuters) – Another patient has died in Virginia after contracting fungal meningitis from potentially tainted steroid injections supplied by a Massachusetts company, the U.S.
Plant compounds tied to less stomach cancer in women: study
October 29th, 2012
Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:20pm EDT (Reuters) – Getting a moderate amount of plant substances called flavonoids through food may be linked to a lower stomach cancer risk in women – but not in men, according to a European study. The researchers, writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that women with the highest intake of flavonoids were half as likely to develop the disease as women who had the smallest intake. “A flavonoid-rich diet is based on plant-based foods (such as) fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts, legumes, and their derived products (tea, chocolate, wine),” lead author Raul Zamora-Ros told Reuters Health by email
Are cancer patients’ hopes for chemo too high?
October 24th, 2012
By Gene Emery NEW YORK | Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:07pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – At least two thirds of people with advanced cancer in a new survey believed the chemotherapy they’re receiving might cure them, even though the treatment is only being given to buy some time or make them comfortable. “Their expectations are way out of line with reality,” Dr. Deborah Schrag of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston told Reuters Health.
Insight: In vulnerable Greece, mosquitoes bite back
October 22nd, 2012
1 of 6. A Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito on a human finger in this undated handout photograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
World TB cases fall, but drug-resistance a worry : WHO
October 17th, 2012
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO | Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:58pm EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) – New tuberculosis infections dropped 2.2 percent worldwide last year, but with nearly 9 million new infections, the World Health Organization said TB remains a massive problem that could worsen if countries shortchange funding to fight it. In its annual assessment released Wednesday, WHO also said only one in five people with drug-resistant strains of TB is being diagnosed each year, leaving hundreds of thousands of people who are potentially infecting others with this particularly deadly form of the disease. Overall, the report found that 8.7 million people fell ill with tuberculosis in 2011 and 1.4 million died, including nearly 430,000 people who were also infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Yosemite workers will be studied for disease clues
October 16th, 2012
By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO | Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:08pm EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Public health officials plan to interview and collect blood samples from up to 2,500 Yosemite National Park workers as they hunt for clues in the biggest outbreak of the deadly hantavirus in nearly two decades, a state health official said on Monday.
Indoor tanning still common in Germany
October 15th, 2012
By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:55pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Four in ten Germans ages 14 to 45 say they have tried indoor tanning and one in seven are current users, according to a survey out today. Germany enacted legislation banning minors from tanning salons in 2009.
With lung cancer, quitters do better than smokers
October 11th, 2012
A man smokes a cigarette in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. Californians will vote next week on Proposition 29, which would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.00 .
Deadly brain-eating amoeba resurfaces in Pakistani city
October 9th, 2012
By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD | Tue Oct 9, 2012 2:21am EDT ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A brain-eating amoeba has killed at least 10 people in Pakistan’s most populous city since May, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday. Naegleria fowleri has a fatality rate of more than 98 percent.