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11/10/07 - Makers of Over-The-Counter (OTC) Cough and Cold Medicines Announce Voluntary Withdrawal of Oral Infant Medicines

There has been a voluntary withdrawal in the USA of all oral over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children under 2 years. This withdrawal is in response to an about 1,519 children aged <2 years during 2004-2005 being treated in USA emergency departments for adverse reactions, including overdoses, associated with treatment with cough and cold medications. The full list of medicines recalled. The FDA has issued a warning about treating children under 2 years with these drugs....
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Multiple corticosteroid injections in pregnant women may increase cerebral palsy
Published: 23/09/07
When pregnant women are at a high risk for preterm birth, giving them a single injection of corticosteroids has been shown to reduce the baby’s chances of having serious lung problems after the birth. But, if pregnant women are given multiple rounds of the corticosteroid injections, this increases the baby's chance of developing celebral palsy.... full story


Severe Heart Attack Damage Limited By Hydrogen Sulfide
Published: 18/09/07
Administering hydrogen sulfide (H2S) directly into the heart during a simulated heart attack significantly reduces the tissue and cell damage often seen in oxygen-starved organs, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.... full story


A molecule that protects from neuronal disorders
Published: 15/09/07
Researchers from the Mouse Biology Unit of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory [EMBL] in Italy, have now discovered that a protein that helps organising the cells' skeleton is crucial for preventing mental defects such as epilepsy, schizophrenia and lissencephaly – a form of mental retardation... full story


Mother's Milk A Gift That Keeps On Giving
Published: 13/09/07
Extensive medical research shows that mothers’ milk satisfies babies nutritional needs far better than any manufactured infant formula. It also protects babies against many common  infectious diseases and certain inflammatory diseases, and probably helps lower the risk of a child later developing diabetes, lymphoma and some types of leukemia.... full story



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Certain Nutrients Associated With Reduced Risk For Age-related Eye Disease
Published: 10/09/07
Consuming higher levels of the yellow plant pigments lutein and zeaxanthin may be associated with a lower risk for age-related macular degeneration, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.... full story


Nicotine May Accelerate Atherosclerosis, May Be as Dangerous as Tar
Published: 10/09/07
It's well known that smoking cigarettes increases risk for a host of serious health problems from cancer to heart disease. Now a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City looks at how they do their dirty work by contributing to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. The evidence points to nicotine, the addictive chemical in cigarettes. By comparing reduced-nicotine cigarettes like Quest 3 and Eclipse with regular cigarettes, researchers discovered that the extent of cigarette-smoke induced atherosclerosis in mice correlated with the levels of nicotine—the higher the nicotine, the more disease... full story


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: 1 In 15 Women Affected Worldwide And Burden Likely To Increase
Published: 30/08/07
The diverse and complex female endocrine disorder polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects 1 in 15 women worldwide, is a major economic health burden that is likely to expand together with obesity, conclude authors of a seminar in edition of The Lancet. Dr Theresa Hickey and Prof Robert Norman, University of Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues, reviewed published literature on PCOS up to November 2006 to prepare the Seminar.... full story


New Clues to Why Persistent Acid Reflux Sometimes Turns into Cancer
Published: 10/08/07
New research from scientists at the Southwestern Medical Center and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA shows the importance of preventing recurring acid reflux while also uncovering clues on how typical acid reflux can turn potentially cancerous. The research showed that people with acid reflux disease (particularly Barrett’s esophagus), have altered cells in their esophagus. The research indicated that the altered eosophageal cells might allow other cells more prone to cancer to develop ... full story



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Genetic Variation Helps to Understand Predisposition to Schizophrenia
Published: 09/08/07
Scientists have found a genetic variation that causes a gene to be overexpressed in the human brain, which provides some insight into the predisposition of some people to getting the disease schisophrenia. These results may provide a new way to design better drugs to treat schizophrenia.... full story


Research Shows Skeleton to be an Endocrine Organ
Published: 09/08/07
Exciting research at the Columbia University Medical Center, USA has recently discovered a surprising and critically important function of the skeleton - that it is actually an endocrine organ which helps control sugar metabolism and weight. This mean the skeleton is a major determinant of the development of type 2 diabetes... full story


Smokeless Tobacco (Snuff) Delivers More Carcinogens than Regular Tobacco
Published: 09/08/07
Researchers at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center reported in the August issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research that users of smokeless tobacco are exposed to higher amounts of tobacco-specific nitrosamines (molecules that are known to be carcinogenic) than smokers... full story


No Evidence that Widely Prescribed Statins Protect Against Prostate Cancer
Published: 09/08/07
A large community-based study by researchers from the New England Research Institutes refutes previous studies that statins (a type of cholesterol-lowering drug) may reduce men's risk of developing prostate cancer by reducing production of the male hormones, such as testosterone, that fuel cancer growth... full story

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