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Nov 7, 2013

Concussed rugby players being put at risk, say experts

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby players with brain damage are regularly being sent back onto the field of play because the sport’s governing bodies are not taking concussion seriously enough, medical experts said on Thursday.

The long-term risks of this could be higher rates of dementia, major depression and other neurodegenerative conditions later in life, the experts said, with evidence of such problems already being found among American football players who suffer similar rates of knocks to the head.

Nov 5, 2013

Wider ADHD definition risks unnecessary medication, say experts

LONDON (Reuters) – A wider definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is causing inappropriate diagnosis and unnecessary and possibly harmful medical treatment costing up to $500 million in the United States alone, scientists said on Wednesday.

Less restrictive diagnostic criteria have contributed to a steep rise in diagnoses for the behavioral brain condition -particularly among children – the researchers said, and in the use of stimulant drugs to manage it.

Nov 5, 2013

Brain damage concussion fears seep into rugby and football

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby and football players who suffer multiple knocks to the head during their careers are at added risk of brain damage that could lead to dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, brain scientists are warning.

Just as some American football players and boxers have been found to have long-term cognitive deficits after suffering repeated head blows or concussions during play, so football and rugby players must be made aware of the same dangers.

Nov 5, 2013

Brain damage concussion fears seep into rugby and soccer

LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Rugby and soccer players who suffer multiple knocks to the head during their careers are at added risk of brain damage that could lead to dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, brain scientists are warning.

Just as some American football players and boxers have been found to have long-term cognitive deficits after suffering repeated head blows or concussions during play, so soccer and rugby players must be made aware of the same dangers.

Nov 4, 2013

Could concentrated HIV epidemics make AIDS unbeatable?

LONDON (Reuters) – HIV epidemics are becoming more concentrated in marginalized groups such as sex workers, drug users and gay men, and could defy global attempts to combat AIDS without a change in attitudes, according to a U.N. special envoy.

Michel Sidibe, formerly head of UNAIDS and now tackling HIV and AIDS in Eastern Europe, says he would like to be able to celebrate without reservation vast global progress made in the past decade, but stubborn infection rates and alarming growth of outbreaks in hard-to-reach populations make that difficult.

Oct 31, 2013

Shale gas fracking a low risk to public health -UK review

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The risks to public health from
emissions caused by fracking for shale oil and gas are low as
long as operations are properly run and regulated, the British
government’s health agency said on Thursday.

Public Health England (PHE) said in a review that any health
impacts were likely to be minimal from hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking, which involves the pumping of water and chemicals into
dense shale formations deep underground.

Oct 31, 2013

Shale gas fracking a low risk to public health, review finds

LONDON (Reuters) – The risks to public health from exposure to emissions from shale gas extraction or fracking are low as long as operations are properly run and regulated, the British government’s health agency said on Thursday.

In a review of the potential health impact of fracking, which involves the pumping of water and chemicals into dense shale formations to push out gas and oil, Public Health England (PHE) said any health impacts were likely to be minimal.

Oct 31, 2013

Market closures dramatically cut cases of new China bird flu: study

LONDON (Reuters) – China should close live poultry markets in big cities to disrupt the spread of a new strain of bird flu that resurfaced there earlier this month, scientists said, after a previous shutdown was found to have slashed the number of human cases.

In a study published in The Lancet medical journal on Thursday, researchers from Hong Kong and China said that while closing markets during the height of the first outbreak of H7N9 in April may have been costly, it reduced human infections dramatically and should be done again if cases rise as feared.

Oct 29, 2013

In Syria outbreak, polio exploits conflict once more

LONDON (Reuters) – With the world tantalizingly close to wiping out polio, conflict in Syria has allowed the crippling disease to take hold again, putting at risk the rest of the region as well as plans for global eradication.

War, unrest and poverty have often hindered the long fight against polio, but experts say these obstacles can be overcome, even in Syria where the highly contagious virus has taken advantage of a fall in vaccination rates due to the fighting.

Oct 24, 2013

New China H7N9 bird flu cases ‘signal potential winter epidemic’

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Fresh human cases in eastern
China of a deadly new strain of bird flu signal the potential
for “a new epidemic wave” of the disease in coming winter
months, scientists said on Thursday.

The strain, known as H7N9, emerged for the first time in
humans earlier this year and killed around 45 of the some 135
people it infected before appearing to peter out in China During
the summer.

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      "I cover health and science news for the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa -- from flu pandemics to the newest planetary discovery to the latest drug and research developments. I joined Reuters in 1993 and worked in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt before moving to BBC television to work on European politics for Newsnight for 2 years. Since returning to Reuters, I have also worked as a parliamentary correspondent in Westminster and on the main news desk of the London bureau."
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