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WHO calls emergency telephone meetings on SARS-like virus

Written by  |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 19:16  |  Published in HEALTH

 GENEVA, Switzerland, July 6 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization said it organized emergency telephone meetings next week on the SARS-like virus, first recorded in Saudi Arabia.

WHO officials said they are convening an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV. The emergency committee will meet July 9 and 11.

The emergency committee is made up of international experts to provide technical advice to the WHO director general in the context of a public health emergency of international concern.

Expert: Substandard diabetes monitors allegedly on the market Featured

Written by  |  Tuesday, 09 July 2013 19:10  |  Published in HEALTH

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 8 (UPI) -- Some blood glucose monitors are not meeting U.S. government accuracy standards once approved and on the market, a diabetes expert says.

Dr. Richard Kahn, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina and former chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association, wrote in a commentary in Roll Call that it is openly acknowledged, with much supportive data, some blood glucose monitors do not meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration accuracy standards.

Study: Vegetarians experienced 12 percent fewer deaths

Written by  |  Wednesday, 12 June 2013 16:07  |  Published in HEALTH

LOMA LINDA, Calif., June 5 (UPI) -- A study of more than 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists found those who ate vegetarian diets had a lower risk of death, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Michael J. Orlich of Loma Linda University in California and colleagues examined all-cause and cause-specific death in a group of 73,308 male and female Seventh-Day Adventists.

Researchers assessed dietary patients using a questionnaire that categorized study participants into five groups: non-vegetarian; semi-vegetarian; pesco-vegetarian, which includes seafood; lacto-ovo-vegetarian, which includes dairy and egg products, and vegan, which excludes all animal products.

Majority opposes Obamacare law three years after signing

Written by  |  Monday, 27 May 2013 07:49  |  Published in Health

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- A majority of Americans still oppose the new healthcare law known as Obamacare, a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates.

Three years after it became law, 43 percent of respondents say they support the healthcare law, a figure unchanged since it was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, and 54 percent oppose it.

These figures are relatively unchanged since 2010, CNN noted.

The law is too liberal, 35 percent say, with 16 percent saying it is not liberal enough.

The poll was conducted May 17 and 18 by ORC International, with 923 adults questioned by telephone. Its overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Christie speaks about weight loss struggle at bookstore event

Written by  |  Wednesday, 15 May 2013 07:10  |  Published in HEALTH

PRINCETON, N.J., May 15 (UPI) -- Speaking at a Princeton, N.J., book store event, Gov. Chris Christie talked about his struggle to lose weight, a topic he said last week he would not discuss.

Christie appeared with MSNBC morning hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough at a Barnes & Noble Tuesday, to help promote Brzezinski's book, which includes an interview with Christie about his weight, The (Hackensack) Record reported Wednesday.

"The things that really got me down, the moments where I would say to myself, 'Why can't I beat this? Why can't I do better?' It would be when I'd be going out with Mary Pat on a Friday night or Saturday night," Christie said, referring to his wife in response to a question from Scarborough.

Christie disclosed last week he underwent gastric band surgery, a medical procedure to help him lose weight, in February.

Peppers, tomatoes may reduce risk of Parkinson's disease

Written by  |  Sunday, 12 May 2013 18:48  |  Published in HEALTH

SEATTLE, May 12 (UPI) -- Eating food containing even a little nicotine, such as peppers and tomatoes, may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, U.S. researchers say.

Dr. Susan Searles Nielsen and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle recruited 490 patients newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the university's Neurology Clinic or a regional health maintenance organization, Group Health Cooperative. Another 644 unrelated individuals without neurological conditions were used as controls.

The study participants completed questionnaires on diet and tobacco use, which researchers defined as ever having smoked more than 100 cigarettes or regularly using cigars, pipes or smokeless tobacco.

Vegetable consumption in general did not affect Parkinson's disease risk, but as consumption of edible Solanaceae -- a flowering plant family with some species producing foods that are edible sources of nicotine -- increased, the risk of Parkinson's decreased. Peppers displayed the strongest association, the researchers found.

The researchers noted the apparent protection from Parkinson's occurred mainly in men and women with little or no prior use of tobacco, which contains much more nicotine than the foods studied.

"Our study is the first to investigate dietary nicotine and risk of developing Parkinson's disease," Searles Nielsen said in a statement. "Similar to the many studies that indicate tobacco use might reduce risk of Parkinson's, our findings also suggest a protective effect from nicotine, or perhaps a similar but less toxic chemical in peppers and tobacco."

The study was published in the Annals of Neurology.

25-foot colon teaches about cancer

Written by  |  Monday, 04 March 2013 04:02  |  Published in Health

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- The Prevent Cancer Foundation started National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by giving tours of a 20-foot long inflatable colon in New York.

Whole Foods to require GMO food labels

Written by  |  Tuesday, 12 March 2013 08:39

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 8 (UPI) -- Whole Foods Market, based in Texas, says it will require foods sold in its stores to carry labels indicating whether they have genetically modified ingredients.

Court overturns 'fetal pain' law

Written by  |  Sunday, 10 March 2013 18:29  |  Published in HEALTH

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. District Court ruled unconstitutional Idaho's "fetal pain" law, which bans most abortions after 20 weeks.

Fetal pain laws, which state fetuses 20 weeks and older experience pain, have been enacted in a growing number of states and fly in the face of the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion up until fetal viability at 23 or 24 weeks of gestation, Washington's Politico reported Friday.



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