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Mar 4, 2010

A1c diabetes test is a better indicator of risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A test that shows blood sugar levels over a span of several weeks is not only the best way to diagnose diabetes but also may be better at identifying who is at risk of getting diabetes than standard blood sugar tests, researchers said on Wednesday.

In a study involving more than 11,000 people with no history of diabetes, the hemoglobin A1c test more accurately identified people who later developed diabetes than the glucose fasting test, which measures blood sugar levels at one point in time.

Mar 2, 2010

Caribbean growth hurt by nursing shortage – report

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – A chronic shortage of
nurses in English-speaking Caribbean nations is limiting the
quality of healthcare and may be hindering development in the
region, the World Bank said on Tuesday.

The loss of nurses emigrating to the United States, Canada
and Britain for higher paying jobs is a major factor in the
nursing drain on the region, the bank said.

Mar 1, 2010

Climate change may extend allergy season: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sneezing, congestion, and runny noses from hay fever may be lasting longer because climate change may be extending pollen seasons, doctors in Italy said on Monday.

Pollen seasons as well as the amount of pollen in the air progressively increased during a six-year study in Italy, the doctors told a meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in New Orleans.

Mar 1, 2010

Studies confirm treatment may help peanut allergy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A daily dose of peanut powder could help some children who are allergic to peanuts, according to a pair of U.S. studies that confirm earlier findings, offering hope that a treatment could come soon.

In one study, teams at Duke University in North Carolina and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences gave 15 children tiny, but increasing, doses of peanut powder and compared them with eight children who got a placebo.

Feb 28, 2010

Severe allergic reaction to meat may not be rare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eating meat may be a much more common trigger for anaphylaxis — a severe and potentially deadly allergic reaction — than previously thought, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.

A study of 60 patients who had unexplained severe allergic reactions suggests that a compound in meat known as alpha-galactose may be the culprit, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in New Orleans.

Feb 25, 2010

U.S. examining possible effects of bisphenol A

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal agency that investigates health risks is concerned that the chemical bisphenol A may harm people and is spending $20 million to study the substance, widely used in food containers, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has launched 11 new animal studies to investigate the possible effects of bisphenol A or BPA, NIEHS director Linda Birnbaum told Congress.

Feb 24, 2010

A third of young adults uninsured in 2008: U.S. report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third of young U.S. adults — nearly 13 million people — had no health insurance coverage in 2008, according to a government report released on Wednesday.

The survey of more than 9,000 people aged 20 to 29 by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 30 percent of young adults had no coverage and were almost twice as likely as adults aged 30 to 64 to be uninsured.

Feb 22, 2010

Flightless mosquitoes may curb dengue: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Genetically altered mosquitoes that cannot fly may help slow the spread of dengue fever and could be a harmless alternative to chemical insecticides, U.S. and British scientists said on Monday.

They genetically altered mosquitoes to produce flightless females, and said spreading these defective mosquitoes could suppress native, disease-spreading mosquitoes within six to nine months.

Feb 17, 2010

“Love” hormone may help autism symptoms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A hormone thought to encourage bonding between mothers and their babies may foster social behavior in some adults with autism, French researchers said on Monday.

They found patients who inhaled the hormone oxytocin paid more attention to expressions when looking at pictures of faces and were more likely to understand social cues in a game simulation, the researchers said in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Feb 15, 2010

Quarter of stroke patients die within a year: U.S. study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One in four people who have a stroke will likely die within one year from any cause and 8 percent who have a stroke will have another one soon, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The risks were higher for African-Americans compared to whites and increased with age and the number of other ailments stroke patients had, the researchers wrote in the journal Neurology.

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      "Night desk reporter in the Washington Bureau. Holds a Masters degree in Interactive Journalism and currently working on merging new media skills with old media experience. Prior to joining Reuters, worked in broadcasting at two other international wire services (which I won't name here). A perpetual piano student, and not very good, which is perfect for my secret ambition -- lounge piano player."
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