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Jun 13, 2013

Insight: No smoke, plenty of fire fuels e-cigarettes

LONDON (Reuters) – Puffing on slim metal tubes loaded with pale yellow liquid, two London businessmen say they have between their lips a cure for what the U.N. calls “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced”.

Electronic cigarettes are the future, they argue. Cheaper, cleaner and cooler than smoking, “vaping” – using a vaporizer to inhale nicotine infused with exotic flavors ranging from pina colada to bubblegum – will spell the end of tobacco.

Jun 13, 2013

No smoke, plenty of fire fuels e-cigarettes

LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) – Puffing on slim metal tubes
loaded with pale yellow liquid, two London businessmen say they
have between their lips a cure for what the U.N. calls “one of
the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced”.

Electronic cigarettes are the future, they argue. Cheaper,
cleaner and cooler than smoking, “vaping” – using a vaporiser to
inhale nicotine infused with exotic flavours ranging from pina
colada to bubblegum – will spell the end of tobacco.

Jun 13, 2013

Spanish austerity cuts put lives at risk, study finds

LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) – Austerity cuts in Spain could
lead to the effective dismantling of large parts of its
healthcare system and significantly damage the health of the
population, according to a study published on Thursday.

Researchers who analysed the situation warned that if
nothing was done to reverse the trend, Spain risked spiralling
health problems and could see increases in infectious diseases
such as tuberculosis and the virus that causes AIDS.

Jun 12, 2013

Restrictive drug laws censor science, researchers say

LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – The outlawing of drugs such as
cannabis, magic mushrooms and other psychoactive substances
amounts to scientific censorship and is hampering research into
potentially important medicinal uses, leading scientists argued
on Wednesday.

Laws and international conventions dating back to the 1960s
have set back research in key areas such as consciousness by
decades, they argued in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

Jun 7, 2013

About 48 percent of children in India are stunted – UNICEF

LONDON (Reuters) – Some 165 million children worldwide are stunted by malnutrition as babies and face a future of ill health, poor education, low earnings and poverty, the head of the United Nations children’s fund said on Friday.

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, told Reuters the problem of malnutrition is vastly under-appreciated, largely because poor nutrition is often mistaken for a lack of food.

Jun 7, 2013

Malnutrition condemns millions to stunted lives: UNICEF

LONDON (Reuters) – Some 165 million children worldwide are stunted by malnutrition as babies and face a future of ill health, poor education, low earnings and poverty, the head of the United Nations children’s fund said on Friday.

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, told Reuters the problem of malnutrition is vastly under-appreciated, largely because poor nutrition is often mistaken for a lack of food.

Jun 4, 2013

Thinking differently: Autism finds space in the workplace

LONDON (Reuters) – Some call it neurological diversity, others see it as autism’s fight back. People diagnosed as “on the spectrum” are suddenly in demand by employers seeking a competitive advantage from autistic workers more used to being considered disabled than special.

Expressing a belief that “innovation comes from the edges”, German computer software giant SAP last month launched a recruitment drive to attract people with autism to join it as software testers.

May 29, 2013

High doses of common painkillers increase heart attack risks

LONDON (Reuters) – Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is “equally hazardous” in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers, researchers said on Thursday.

Presenting the results of a large international study into a class of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the researchers said high doses of them increase the risk of a major vascular event – a heart attack, stroke or dying from cardiovascular disease – by around a third.

May 29, 2013

Avatars help schizophrenia patients silence tormenting voices

LONDON (Reuters) – Psychiatrists are developing a system that can help people with schizophrenia control and sometimes silence the tormenting voices in their heads by confronting a computer avatar of them.

In a pilot study of 16 patients who underwent the British experimental treatment, known as “avatar therapy”, doctors found almost all of them reported a reduction in how often they heard voices and how severe the distress caused by them was.

May 28, 2013

New vaccine protects kids against hand, foot and mouth disease

LONDON (Reuters) – Chinese scientists have developed the first vaccine to protect children against a virus called enterovirus 71, or EV71, that causes the common and sometimes deadly hand, foot and mouth disease.

The new inactivated EV71 vaccine, made by Beijing Vigoo Biological, was developed for use in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for most of the serious cases of the disease that can cause potentially fatal meningitis and encephalitis.

    • About Kate

      "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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