Health

Weather may truly affect arthritis pain

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK Tue Feb 11, 2014 5:21pm EST (Reuters Health) – For people with osteoarthritis of the hip, pain levels tracked with the weather over the course of a small two-year study, Dutch researchers say. They looked at reported pain levels in a previous study of arthritis, then went back to weather records to document the conditions each day. It turns out the participants’ aches were just a little worse and joints […]

Hempseed oil has healthy potential: study

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:51pm EST (Reuters Health) – With an ideal ratio of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids and some plant chemicals thought to lower high blood pressure, hempseed oil has potential as part of a heart-healthy diet, according to Spanish researchers. They analyzed the makeup of oil extracted from Cannabis sativa, often called industrial hemp, which is a cousin of marijuana but with very low levels of the […]

Britain to ban smoking in cars carrying children

LONDON Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:59am EST (Reuters) – Smoking will soon be banned in cars carrying children in Britain, the government said on Tuesday, under new laws aimed at reducing the effects of passive smoking on young people. The move comes after lobbying from health campaigners and the opposition Labour party, who cited research showing that smoking in cars exposed children to more concentrated smoke and caused health problems. The government confirmed it would […]

Smoking tied to increased risk of common type of breast cancer

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:29am EST (Reuters Health) – Young women who smoke may have an increased risk of a common type of breast cancer, according to a new study. Researchers found that women between 20 and 44 years old who had smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for at least 10 years were 60 percent more likely than those who smoked less to develop so-called estrogen receptor-positive […]

Teens’ poor breakfast choices predict later health problems

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK Fri Feb 7, 2014 12:53pm EST   (Reuters Health) – Teenagers who didn’t eat a good breakfast were more likely to be obese and have elevated blood sugar in middle age, a new study shows. Researchers at Umea University in Sweden found that teens who reported eating no breakfast or only sweets were two-thirds more likely to develop a cluster of risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes when […]

Team spirit may help men lose weight

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK Fri Feb 7, 2014 12:18pm EST (Reuters Health) – Men who took part in a weight loss program designed specifically for male soccer fans lost an average of 12 pounds (5 kg) and had a good time doing it, according to a new study from Scotland. The 12-week Football Fans in Training (FFIT) program, run by coaching staffs from 13 Scottish Professional Football League teams, combined advice on healthy diet […]

Staying Safe in Summer Heat

Summer is not even starting yet, and the windy air is still torturing us every morning.  Yes, the sweater weather is still in. But all these will change when summer comes in. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control on keeping cool when it’s dangerously hot. 1. Drink more fluids such as iced tea, juice, and most importantly water, regardless of your activity level. Don’t just drink when you are thirsty. Warning: If your […]

Parents often underestimate children’s weight: study

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK Tue Feb 4, 2014 12:06pm EST (Reuters Health) – Half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new review of past studies. In 69 studies of more than 15,000 children, researchers found many parents with an overweight child thought their son or daughter was at a healthy weight or below. Others with an obese kid thought the […]

Late-stage drug research powers Covance profit beat

(Reuters) – Research services provider Covance Inc reported a better-than-expected 19 percent jump in quarterly adjusted profit as it gained from higher investments in later stages of drug development by pharma companies. The company forecast 2014 adjusted earnings of $3.65 to $4.00 per share, compared to analysts’ expectation of $3.81. Covance, considered a bellwether for the contract research business, said fourth-quarter revenue jumped 14.5 percent in the later-stage research business. Revenue in its earlier-stage research […]

Medigus launches device to treat acid reflux without surgery

(Reuters) – Israeli medical device maker Medigus expects revenue of a few million dollars in 2014 as it begins to sell its flexible endoscope for the treatment of acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by abnormal regurgitation of fluids from the stomach into the esophagus. Patients who do not respond to treatment with drugs often undergo laparoscopic surgery. Medigus’ system enables treatment in an outpatient setting with no incisions. Its endoscope – a […]

Iowa research lab identifies new strain of deadly pig virus

Mon Feb 3, 2014 4:53pm EST (Reuters) – A new strain of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, has been identified in samples taken from Illinois and Missouri, a top veterinarian at Iowa State University said on Monday. “We found that there is a variant out there that appears to be quite different than the original,” Rodger Main, the head veterinarian of Iowa State University’s veterinary diagnostic lab, told Reuters on Monday. More research needs […]

Added sugars abundant In U.S. diets, linked to death

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK Mon Feb 3, 2014 4:13pm EST (Reuters Health) – Most U.S. adults are eating too much sugar and that’s linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease, according to a new government study. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed nutrition surveys of U.S. adults from the past couple of decades and found most were getting more sugar than the daily limit set […]