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Dubious Drugs, Tainted Foods Top 2008's Health Stories
Date:12/31/2008

Association announced that U.S. death rates from heart disease and stroke had fallen by about 30 percent over the previous decade.

Good News, Bad News on Vaccines

Early in the year, researchers at Merck & Co. released disappointing results on the second AIDS vaccine ever tested: The shot failed to ward off HIV infection and in rare cases may have even raised recipients' risks of getting the virus. But in early December, two major trials found early signs of success for a vaccine against another global killer -- malaria.

Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan Leaving Lasting Harm

Studies of returning U.S. veterans suggest that, for many troops, war's impact may linger for years to come. In December, an Institute of Medicine report found that brain injuries sustained in combat or roadside blasts can give rise to depression, dementia and other psychological woes. In October, a disturbing report found that as many as one in seven female troops fall victim to sexual harassment or rape while on active duty. And a report released back in January found that concussions caused by roadside bomb blasts boost troops' odds for long term post-traumatic stress disorder.



SOURCE: HealthDay News reports


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