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Obesity raises IVF miscarriage risk

Obese women are far more likely to miscarrry after IVF treatment- but losing even a few kilos could make a huge difference, say doctors. ..They are urging overweight women to change their diets, and take excercise, prior to embarking on fertilty treatments. ..Obese women have long been known to have problems conceiving naturally, and studies have shown that their overall success rates for IVF do...

Heavy Drinking Raises Risk of Liver Cancer

According to Italian researchers, drinking high volumes of alcohol each day is associated with a greater risk of developing liver cancer. According to Dr.Francesco Donato,a professor of epidemiology and public health, at the University of Texas, the quantity of alcohol consumed is the most important determinant of the risk of having liver disease due to alcohol.// Drinking a large amount of alco...

Frequent use of antibiotics raises the risk of carrying resistant infections

Antibiotic prescription given within two months of previous prescription of antibiotics increases //the chance of carrying medication resistant bacteria by almost double than in people who were given antibiotics after almost a year. ....It was always suggested that high levels of taking antibiotics are harmful to health as they may encourage the risk of having superbugs. This is the first study t...

Occupational exposurer aises respiratory symptoms

According to a Norwegian study of 1656 subjects over an eleven year period reveals how exposure to dust and fumes in the workplace is linked to a significant increase in respiratory symptoms.// Initially, 2500 subjects from the city of Bergen and its surroundings were enrolled in 1985 and asked about lung symptoms, workplace dust and fume exposure, smoking habits and asthma. ....Then, after 5 ye...

Swimming in Chlorinated Pools Raises Asthma Risk

Children who swim in chlorinated pools weekly or fortnightly have a higher risk of developing lung diseases including asthma, a study in the British medical journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found. ....The inhalation of chemicals used to destroy microbiological germs in swimming pools may be responsible for the surge of childhood asthma in developed countries, according to Alfred B...

Hospital Noise Raises The Risk Of Medical Error: Study

High decibel levels in hospitals disturbs both patients and doctors, and increases medical error risks, according to a study.// ....Noise made by speakers, electronic devices, heating and cooling systems and by loud voices of employees and visitors can result in lapses in short-term memory, according to the study by Johns Hopkins University researchers, reports News Wise wire... ..During a two-y...

Carbohydrate-rich Diet In Diabetes Raises Blood Pressure

A new study conducted by researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says that a carbohydrate-rich diet may compound the problem //faced by diabetics by increasing their blood pressure. ..The research team led by Dr Abhimanyu Garg, professor and chief of the division of nutrition and metabolic disease at the University compared the effects of a high-carb diet on blood pressure...

Dummy Usage Raises Doubts.

A research conducted by an Australian reported that dummy usage should be evaded by the parents except when there is a cot death risk.// .. But Garth Kendall, Developmental epidemiologist of Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research stated that dummy usage resulted in reduced breast feeding. ..It is also found that there is an association between dummy usage and reduced risk of Sudden...

Farm boy's death raises human bird flu fears in Turkey

A 14-year-old Turkish boy who worked on a poultry farm and was one of six people tested for bird flu died on Sunday, and his sister was in a critical // and worsening condition, doctors said. ..Doctors are still waiting for test results and could not immediately confirm whether the fatality was caused by bird flu. If confirmed, it would be the first human fatality in Turkey from the virus H5N1....

Radiation Therapy Raises Survival Rate

Radiation therapy should be considered by women who suffer from stage 1 endometrial cancer along with the removal of the uterus, according to a research which says// that this can prolong their survival. Among the gynecological malignancies, endometrial cancer is reported to be the most common. As many as 40,000 women in the US suffer from this condition annually in the US alone, according to the...

The Publication Of Surgeon Specific Death Rates Raises Controversy

The publication of death rates of patients, specific for every surgeon in Scotland has led // to mixed reactions from members of the medical community. A majority of the surgeons feel that the act is misleading and meaningless. ....The name of the surgeon, list of hospitals in which the surgeon has operated, the total number of patients who underwent surgery and the associated mortality rate ar...

Bird flu raises debate in EU for compensation for farmers

In a considerate bid by EU they have suggested that EU member states could help national poultry amid a consumer bird flu scare due to lowering prices.//.. ..Stressing the point agriculture commissioner Mariann Fisher Boel said , "There are different ways for member states to help poultry producers," .. Italy and Greece repeated demands that the commission help support businesses in countries wh...

Sati Raises its Ugly Head in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh court has sentenced the sons and brothers of a 62-year old woman with life imprisonment, after they forced her to burn// with her dead husband on his funeral pyre on August 2002. ....The special court in Sagar Wednesday sentenced Kuttu Bai's two sons and two brothers for abetting her death on Aug 6, 2002, in Patna Tamoli village of Panna district. Thirteen others were acquitted....

Bird Flu Raises Its Ugly Head in Jalgaon and Madhya Pradesh

Jalgaon is in the eye of the storm once again, with confirmed cases of bird-flu in six villages of Jalgaon district in Maharashtra. Following the bird-flu notification// in four villages in the district, during the II week of March, samples were sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal which has confirmed that seven samples had tested positive for the H5 virus. ....According to...

Death Toll from Malarial Epidemic Raises To 75

According to health officials in Assam the malaria epidemic is continuing to spread with the death toll rising to 75 people and more than 300,000 others have fallen sick//. ....The eastern Lakhmipur district has been worst hit by the outbreak with nearly 30 deaths reported and up to 150,000 sick. Cerebral malaria has been detected in other northeastern states but the fatalities have only been rep...

WHO Praises Singapore and Vietnam but Slams China With Respect To Tackling SARS

World Heath Organization (WHO) has praised the way in which the two countries Singapore and Vietnam, has tackled the issue of SARS but criticized china.// China threatened the rest of the world by withholding information and denying the disease outbreak in the critical early months. ..In its book WHO talks about how the virus affected the Hong Kong hospitals. It also talks about the way by which...

Foot and Mouth Raises Its Ugly Head in Vietnam

Nearly half of Vietnam is reeling under the onslaught of Foot-and-mouth disease. The disease has not spared parts of China, Laos and Cambodia and reports say that only a small portion of the cattle// and pigs are affected by the disease. ...."The situation is under control and not as dangerous as avian flu," said Vu Ngoc Tien, programme assistant at the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation in...

Health Minister Praises Efforts By NHS In Reducing Patient Waiting Time

Scotland's health minister Andy Kerr said that the NHS staff should be praised for their efforts and has hailed the latest statistics on NHS waiting times// as the "best ever". He said that the maximum waiting time for the patients had reduced from 12 to 6 months. ....Reports indicated that the figures up to 31st March on the number of outpatients and inpatient day cases with an 18-week wait for...

PIL Raises The Issue Of Spurious Drugs

A PIL in the Bombay High Court today raised the issue of spurious drugs, demanding that state government be directed to take steps to curb the trade of such drugs. // ....The High Court has directed the state government to file a reply in this regard by July 12... ..The PIL was filed by Lakhpat Raj Mehta, who lost his son due to administration of spurious injection of the drug `Imipenam' at KEM...

Depleting stock of antiretroviral drugs in Uganda raises concern

Uganda: Come August, and Uganda will have one more problem to surmount amidst a host of crisis health issues-that of the receding stock of free antiretroviral//. Soon, Uganda will be left with zilch options to help its people who are in the grips of disease. ....The stock is said to be fast depleting in national referral hospitals. Many distribution set ups will not have enough to tide over the...

Chikungunya Death Toll Raises to 12 in Madhya Pradesh

Chikungunya, a relatively rare form of mosquito-transmitted viral fever, has claimed 12 lives in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh, and the disease has spread to three more districts//. ....'With three more deaths Sunday - two from remote Dunava and one from Multai - the total number of deaths allegedly due to Chikangunya fever in Betul district has reached 12,' a source in the medical fraternity...

Controversial Vaccine Raises Fury of the Church

The controversial vaccine, Gardasil, against cervical cancer could be given to schoolgirls from the age of nine to protect them against the cervical cancer causing virus,// HPV, according to yesterday’s report. ..However Scots church leaders have condemned the move saying that the vaccine is giving the "green light" to under-age sex. It is because of such concerns that other countries; most no...

Researchers Uncover Gene That Raises Risk for Type 1 Diabetes

A discovery at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes has identified a genetic risk for type 1 diabetes three to four times higher than previously thought possible.// Researchers have found evidence of an additional gene – gene X – in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region on chromosome 6 that raises the risk for type 1 diabetes autoimmunity to an astounding 80 percent. ....It has bee...

Improved Treatment Raises Medulloblastoma Survival Rate

A team of investigators led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has announced that improvements in the treatment of the childhood brain cancer medulloblastoma have// significantly increased the rate of survival of children with this disease. ....The treatment increased the overall five-year survival for 86 children with average-risk medulloblastoma from the current rate of 70 percent to 85...

Dengue Death Toll Raises to Six in UP

With two children succumbing to dengue, the death toll from the mosquito-borne virus has risen to six in Uttar Pradesh.// ....'A six-year-old child from Sitapur district died of the disease in the paediatric ward of King George's Medical University on Friday, while another child died in the Farrukhabad district hospital,' V.S. Nigam, health department spokesman told IANS here Saturday. ....'The...

Psoriasis raises risk for heart attack

According to a recent study, people with psoriasis are at higher risk for heart attack, particularly, younger adults with severe problem causing red, scaly patches on the skin//. ..The study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, revealed that the association between psoriasis and heart attack appeared to be linked to inflammation. In both the cases, there is an increase in...

Effective Strategy Against Bird flu-Spainish Flu Vaccine Raises Hopes

Reports by government researchers say the a new vaccine effective against the 1918 deadly strain which caused the calamitous Spanish flu has been developed//. This is likely to lead to formulation of a remedy for any form of avian flu which may may the jump into humans and turn ..just as deadly,feel the scientists. ....The Spanish flu,thought to have been triggered off by unhygienic conditions an...

Obesity Raises Gasoline Consumption

America’s obesity epidemic is also causing increased fuel consumption besides the deleterious effects it has on health.// ..Statistics have shown that Americans are pumping almost 940 million more gallons of gas into their vehicles than they used to in 1960 because the average American has now become roughly two dozen pounds heavier which amounted to around $2.8 billion more spent on gas each ye...

Growing Popularity of Cholesterol-lowering Drugs Raises Concern

A novel analysis about the usage of cholesterol lowering drugs has revealed the trend of healthy people using this drug as a means to prevent heart disease; Researchers warn// that these drugs are to be employed only to lower life-threatening health risks for those suffering vascular disease. ..Popularly called statins, these drugs are beneficial in reducing the risk of heart attack and cardiova...

Wartime Raises Stress, BP Rates in Military Offspring

Children with parents in the military have higher blood pressure, heart rates and general stress levels than their peers during wartime, researchers say// . ....Researchers looked at 121 adolescents – including 48 with civilian parents, 20 with a parent deployed to Iraq and 53 with a parent in the military but not deployed – days after Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched in March 2003 and near...

Living in Poor Neighborhoods Raises Risks for Heart Disease and Stroke

Sure you think about diet and exercise as key to heart disease prevention. But what about the neighborhood you live in? // ....According to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the incidence of heart disease and associated fatalities are higher for people who live in poor neighborhoods vs. those who live in more affluent areas. ....'This is one of the largest studies to...

March of Dimes Praises Folic Acid Fortification

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Daily consumption of the B vitamin folic acid is a safe and effective means of preventing serious birth defects, the March of Dimes Foundation said today, urging women not to be scared off it by a recent news story suggesting otherwise. ......In an Associated Press report today, it was suggested that food fortification with folic acid should be reconsidered. ......"The Food...

Researchers Identify the Gene Mutation That Raises Breast Cancer Risk

An extensive survey of DNA samples from nearly 50,000 women, half of whom had breast cancer , has revealed a common gene mutation that holds 60 per cent increased risk of breast cancer. ......Douglas Easton at the UK based University of Cambridge says that the gene mutation was observed in one out of six women during the study. ......The researchers say that the newly identified gene variant, i...

Wheelchair Raises A Furore

Wheelchair services of Scotland have demanded a commitment for more funding if talks were to be continued with the government. A recent review of the NHS Wheelchair// and Seating Service indicated that funding should be doubled to £30m a year. But the Scottish Executive has agreed a one-off payment of £1m only. ..According to Lewis Macdonald, the Deputy Health Minister, the significance of short...

World Bank Head Praises DDT Use Against Malaria

World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz has praised South Africa's malaria control programme,// saying the country's use of indoor residual spraying has reduced malaria episodes. ....Wolfowitz visited the village of Mamitwa in South Africa's northern Limpopo province ˉ a region of high malaria incidence ˉ last week (15 March). ...."One of the reasons why I wanted to come here is that this area...

NYC Mayor Raises Questions About Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention Method

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has raised questions about plans recently announced by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to launch a campaign// promoting male circumcision. The campaign was recommended by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS as a way to help reduce the spread of HIV, the New York Times reports. ....Following the health department's announcement, Bloomberg of...

Childhood Obesity Among Quebec Communities Raises Concerns

Childhood obesity is increasing among the general population in Canada, but the statistics are even more alarming among First Nations, Inuit and Métis children. In// a study published recently researchers found that up to 65 per cent of preschoolers in northern Quebec communities were overweight or obese. ....Dr. Noreen Willows, a community nutritionist at the University of Alberta, and her coll...

Legalization of Abortion in Mexico City Raises Heckles

The passing of the abortion bill by Mexico City has raised a few heckles country wide. The law maker passed the bill 46 to 19. It was proposed by the leftist party//. It will allow abortion by the women in the first three month of pregnancy. The law ensures that there will be free service to the poor and the uninsured. Abortion after 12 weeks will be punishable by law, with jail sentence up to si...

The Dreaded Disease Tuberculosis Raises Its Ugly Head

When Mr. Andrew Speaker and his wife returned to United States from Europe they were immediately quarantined by the health officials . ...Speaker and his family have been fighting back ever since, disputing the accounts of government health officials who contended he had been warned not to fly because he posed an infection risk to others. ...The disease in Speaker came to fore when he went for a...

New Gene Discovery Raises Hope for Childhood Blindness Cure

An international research team has identified a gene that, when mutated, causes one of the most universal forms of inherited blindness in babies . ......Scientists at the University of Leeds, working in alliance with experts from other centres around the world, discovered the gene, which is vital to photoreceptors in the eye, the cells that "see" light. ......The finding, the thirteenth gene to...
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