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Feb 15, 2010

“Love” hormone may help autism symptoms: study

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 9, 2010

Obamas take on problem of obese children

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Alarmed that nearly a third
of U.S. children are obese or overweight — and likely to stay
that way all their lives — President Barack Obama launched an
initiative on Tuesday to roll back the numbers and put his wife
in charge of promoting it.

“I have set a goal to solve the problem of childhood
obesity within a generation so that children born today will
reach adulthood at a healthy weight,” Obama said in signing the
order at the White House.

Feb 8, 2010

Alzheimer’s drug Dimebon helps Huntington’s: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dimebon, a pill being developed for Alzheimer’s disease, helped people with Huntington’s disease improve their thinking, learning and memory skills, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Dimebon, made by Medivation Inc. under the generic name latrepirdine, appears to be safe for Huntington’s patients and has minimal side effects, the researchers reported in the journal Archives of Neurology.

Feb 8, 2010

Glaucoma medications may reduce risk of death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Glaucoma drugs appear to reduce the likelihood of death among patients using them compared with those patients receiving no treatment but it is not clear why, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

A four-year study involving more than 21,000 Americans found an association between all types of glaucoma medications and a lower death rate, the researchers wrote in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.

Feb 4, 2010

U.S. adults forgo routine immunization: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of American adults die each year from pneumonia, influenza and other infectious diseases that could be prevented by routine vaccinations, according to a report released Thursday.

Only about a third of seniors were vaccinated in 2008 against pneumonia, a complication of seasonal flu, according to the report released by the Trust For America’s Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Feb 2, 2010

NASA picks 5 firms for commercial spaceflight plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. space agency on Tuesday awarded $50 million in grants to five private firms in a first step to implement President Barack Obama’s vision of turning over space transportation to the commercial sector.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden also deflected criticism by some U.S. lawmakers that Obama’s proposal would topple the United States from its preeminent role in space exploration.

Feb 1, 2010

Herbal remedies, heart drugs don’t mix: review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Taking ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and other widely used herbal supplements may be risky for people on heart disease medication, especially the elderly, according to a medical review released on Monday.

Some herbal remedies may increase the potency of prescription drugs for heart disease or make them less effective, a team of experts concluded.

Jan 29, 2010

New rules set parity for mental health care

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Employer-provided group health plans must offer the same level of coverage for mental illness and drug abuse treatment as for other ailments, according to federal regulations issued on Friday.

The measures, known as mental health parity, ban group health plans from applying different coverage standards for mental health disorders or substance abuse treatment than those for general medical treatment or surgery.

Jan 29, 2010

First lady leads charge against obesity

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – U.S. health officials have leveraged the star power of first lady Michelle Obama to roll out a new campaign against obesity, a preventable condition that drains billions of dollars from the economy.

Obama, who plans to take on childhood obesity as a cause, headlined the launch on Thursday of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin’s blueprint for what can be done at home, school and work to reverse the epidemic.

Jan 28, 2010

U.S. first lady leads charge against obesity

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – U.S. health officials have leveraged the star power of first lady Michelle Obama to roll out a new campaign against obesity, a preventable condition that drains billions of dollars from the economy.

Obama, who plans to take on childhood obesity as a cause, headlined the launch on Thursday of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin’s blueprint for what can be done at home, school and work to reverse the epidemic.

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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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