Health

State of the Union Address: President Obama Praises Scientific and Medical Research

February 13, 2013

“If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy.”

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Two Cases of Deadly SARS-Like Coronavirus Confirmed in the United Kingdom

February 12, 2013

“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus, spread through droplets of body fluids produced by sneezing and coughing.”

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Study: In-Vitro Fertilization Linked to Increased Chance of Birth Defects

February 11, 2013

“For couples considering IVF, new research suggesting that it could be to blame for a rise in birth defects over the last 25 years might give pause for thought.”

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since 1946

February 11, 2013

“A new study from researchers at the government’s National Center for Health Statistics shows the U.S. teen birth rate has continued its recent declines to hit a record low of 31.3 births per 1,000 women in 2011.”

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Possibly Vaccine-Resistant Strain of Whooping Cough Discovered in the United States

February 7, 2013

“An increase in illnesses in recent years has been partially blamed on a version of the vaccine used since the 1990s, which doesn’t last as long.”

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New York University Medical Study Searching For Biomarkers of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

February 7, 2013

“It means that for a soldier who, five years after duty in Iraq, still feels “not right,” with symptoms from headaches to sleeping problems to irritability, doctors can only guess at the cause.”

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Oxford Study: Vegetarians Have a 32% Lower Risk of Heart Disease

February 5, 2013

““It’s further evidence that vegetarian diets are associated with a lesser risk of developing ischemic heart disease or coronary artery disease.””

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Analysis: Mental Health Stigmas Equally Damaging for Patients, Families, and Society

February 1, 2013

“While about 95 percent of violence is committed by people with no serious mental illness, those with schizophrenia are two to four more times more likely to commit violence than the average person. Studies have shown that proper treatment significantly lowers that risk.”

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Medical Researchers Confirm Heart Risk Associated With Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

January 31, 2013

“Citalopram and escitalopram, which fall into this drug group, can trigger a heart rhythm disturbance, a new study in the British Medical Journal shows.”

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Recall: Ground Beef Linked to 16 Salmonella Cases in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin

January 28, 2013

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cases have been linked to last week’s recall of more than 1,000 pounds of ground beef from two Michigan businesses, Troy-based Gab Halal Foods and Sterling Heights-based Jouni Meats.”

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PepsiCo Inc. Removes Controversial Ingredient Brominated Vegetable Oil From Gatorade

January 25, 2013

“For Gatorade, Carter said the ingredient is used as an “emulsifier,” meaning it distributes flavoring evenly so that it doesn’t collect at the surface.”

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Over 140 Breakouts of a New Strain of the Norovirus Since October

January 25, 2013

“In the U.S., it is now accounting for about 60 percent of norovirus outbreaks, according to the CDC’s report, published in the Jan. 24 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.”

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U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention: Some Popular Foods Listing Fake Ingredients on Nutritional Labels

January 22, 2013

“In a new database to be released Wednesday, and obtained exclusively by ABC News today, USP warns consumers, the FDA and manufacturers that the amount of food fraud they found is up by 60 percent this year.”

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Study: United States Has Nearly Lowest Life Expectancy and Highest Infant Mortality Rate Among Developed Countries

January 22, 2013

“Americans have shorter life expectancies and poorer health than people in 16 comparable countries — Canada, Australia, Japan, and 13 countries in Western Europe — in spite of the U.S. spending far more on health care.”

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Campo Grande, Brazil, Declares State of Emergency: Dengue Fever Epidemic

January 22, 2013

“In the twenty first days of this year, there were 9,320 reports of suspicious people seen with the disease.”

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