Health

Time to control online sales of breastmilk, say experts

 More and more women are turning to the Internet to buy breastmilk, but experts warn loose regulations mean supplies bought online could pose health risks for babies
 
 
 
25 Mar 2015
Health watchdogs should regulate online sales of breast milk, so prone to contamination that babies may be placed at risk, the BMJ medical journal said in an editorial on Wednesday. New mums face mounting social pressure to provide breast...
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Study: Fast-food curb did not cut obesity rate in South LA

Signs of fast food restaurants are seen along a busy street in Los Angeles, California.
 
19 Mar 2015
 A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.   City lawmakers passed the zoning...
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Britain on smog alert as foreign pollution blows in

The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London
19 Mar 2015
Britain is on smog alert on Thursday as dirty air from the continent blows in to add to home-grown pollution, sparking health warnings for asthma sufferers and the elderly.   Wide swathes of England, Wales and Northern Ireland will...
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UN officials: Women are key in tackling disaster

Women ploughing the land
16 Mar 2015
Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.   Globally, women and children are up to 14 times...
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3 Kansas hospital patients die of ice cream-related illness

This photo shows a container of Blue Bell ice cream Friday, March 13, 2015, in Dallas. The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history.
14 Mar 2015
The deaths of three people who developed a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the Texas icon's first product recall in its 108-year history.   Five people, in all, developed listeriosis in...
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Simple vision test may help catch concussions

14 Mar 2015
 A simple vision test using a stopwatch and a few flashcards may help parents and coaches screen young athletes for concussions, a small study suggests.   "In the youth leagues in particular, when there may not be doctors or...
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Got diabetes? There's an app for that

The Apple logo is pictured on the front of the company's flagship retail store near signs for the central subway project in San Francisco, California 23 January 2013. 
10 Mar 2015
US health researchers said on Monday they are targeting millions of smartphone users with Apple Inc's new software tool, hoping to collect an unprecedented amount of data on major diseases by tracking their behaviors via iPhone. The...
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Study: Vegetarian-based diet reduces risk of heart disease, stroke

People shopping vegetables and fruits at a farmer's market.
07 Mar 2015
A new study has shown that people who eat fruits and vegetables, rather than meat products, are less inclined to develop heart-disease or have strokes.   Researchers at Imperial College London said that people who live on a vegetarian...
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San Francisco hospital begins rare six-way kidney transplant chain

Surgeons remove a kidney from Zully Broussard at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, March 5, 2015, in this handout photo provided by California Pacific Medical Center.
07 Mar 2015
Doctors at a San Francisco hospital began an unusual series of kidney transplants on Thursday with six living donors providing organs to six patients in a chain that began with a woman described as an altruistic donor unrelated to any of...
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Slash sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay: WHO

. A worker mixes red icing sugar in Aschheim near Munich 
05 Mar 2015
 Adults and children from the Americas to Western Europe and the Middle East must roughly halve the amount of sugar they consume to lower risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. New guidelines...
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