Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:36pm EDT (Reuters Health) – Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes. However, women in a comparison group that didn’t take the classes also reported a similar decline in symptoms, researchers found. “The yoga group did well – they improved in their PTSD symptoms – and our control group actually did […]

About 12 million U.S. outpatients misdiagnosed annually : study

By Curtis Skinner Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:54pm EDT (Reuters) – Roughly 12 million adults who visit U.S. doctors’ offices and other outpatient settings, or one in 20, are misdiagnosed every year, a new study has found, and half of those errors could lead to serious harm. The study by a team of Texas-based researchers attempted to estimate how often diagnostic errors occur in outpatient settings such as doctors’ offices and clinics, as exact figures […]

Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:39pm EDT (Reuters Health) – For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis. In a trial that followed participants for more than eight years, those following a so-called Mediterranean diet went significantly longer before needing diabetes medication and more of them had their […]

Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth

LONDON Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:03pm EDT (Reuters) – The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is “persistent and pervasive”, with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological […]

Diabetes complications show significant decline in past two decades

By Gene Emery NEW YORK Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:05pm EDT (Reuters Health) – Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the United States, but the risks of complications from the blood sugar disease have declined since 1990, according to a new study. Better preventive care for adults with diabetes contributed to a 68 percent drop in their risk of heart attacks and a 64 percent drop in deaths from high blood sugar. The risks of […]

Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:37pm EDT (Reuters Health) – Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study. The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the higher the chance they will develop resistance to the drugs. Unnecessary exposure can happen in humans who take antibiotic drugs they don’t need, like for the common […]

Dengue outbreak at Australian detention centre sparks fresh concerns

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:26pm EDT (Reuters) – An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention center in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticized by rights groups and the United Nations. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office said that medical officers at the center had confirmed three cases of the potentially fatal tropical disease, […]

California makes it harder for insurers to deny autism treatment

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:24pm EDT (Reuters) – California on Wednesday made it harder for health insurers to deny or delay coverage of key interventions for children with autism, the latest in an ongoing series of actions by U.S. states to help families obtain the expensive therapies. In tightening its rules on covering behavioral intervention for children with autism, California is tackling a problem encountered by numerous states seeking to […]

Fake drugs confiscated by NBI and FDA

A combined team from the National Bureau of Investigation and Food and Drugs Administration conducted a surprise inspection of drug stores in Metro Manila and confiscated fake medicines and supplements. In one particular drug store in Manila, the NBI and the FDA found a drug store that was selling fake drugs that looked very much like the original medicine. The FDA advised the public to make sure that the drug stores in their areas have […]

WHO joins clamor to make new hepatitis C pills affordable

(Reuters) – The World Health Organization wants a “concerted effort” to drive down the cost of new hepatitis C drugs that offer a cure for the liver-destroying virus but are unaffordable for most infected people worldwide. The forthright comments from the UN agency on Wednesday add to pressure on drugmakers such as Gilead Sciences – which is already facing protests in the United States over its $1,000-a-day pill – to do more to improve access. In its […]

FDA Warns Public Vs. Cheap Bottled Water

The Food and Drug Administration has warned the public to be extra careful in buying bottled water being peddled in the streets. Joyce Cirunay urged the consumers to carefully check the packaging of bottled water since many of them have not passed the inspection of the FDA.

Just because it’s sweet and sticky doesn’t mean it’s ‘honey’: FDA

(Reuters) – Honey mixed with sugar might be sweet, but it is not “honey.” Food companies and other producers who add sweeteners to honey have to alert consumers by labeling their products as a “blend,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday. Only manufactures that do not add sugar, corn syrup or other sweeteners should label their products as pure “honey,” the FDA said in draft guidelines posted online. The proposal aims “to […]