32nd Health Research Report 11 JUN 2008 – Reconstructed

32nd Health Research Report 11 JUN 2008 – Reconstructed       Editors Top Five:   1.      US reporters often do a poor job of reporting about new medical treatments 2.      Pycnogenol improved diabetes control and reduced antihypertensive medications 3.      How advanced prostate cancer becomes resistant to androgen-deprivation therapy 4.      Is tap water safe for expectant mothers? 5.      The good news…

Popular pain-relieving medicines linked to hearing loss in wome

Contact: Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg mmontemayor-quellenberg@partners.org 617-534-2208 Brigham and Women’s Hospital IMAGE:This is Sharon G. Curhan, M.D. Click here for more information.  BOSTON, MA—Headache? Back pain? At the first sign of pain, you might reach for a pain-relieving medicine to sooth your bodily woes. Analgesics are the most frequently used medications in the United States and are…

New analysis of drinking water-related gastrointestinal illness: May Cause up to cause of up to 1.1 million annual cases of acute gastrointestinal illness

Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society The distribution system piping in U.S. public water systems that rely on non-disinfected well water or “ground water” may be a largely unrecognized cause of up to 1.1 million annual cases of acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI), involving nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, scientists are reporting. Their study in…

Record 4.02 billion prescriptions in United States in 2011

Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society People in the United States took more prescription drugs than ever last year, with the number of prescriptions increasing from 3.99 billion (with a cost of $308.6 billion) in 2010 to 4.02 billion (with a cost of $319.9 billion) in 2011. Those numbers and others appear in…

Study: Banks to blame for over 800,000 unnecessary foreclosures

By Pro Publica Tuesday, September 11, 2012 16:25 EDT   By Paul Kiel ProPublica Over the past several years, we’ve reported extensively on the big banks’ foreclosure failings. As a result of banks’ disorganization and understaffing — particularly at the peak of the crisis in 2009 and 2010 — homeowners were often forced to run…

Study: Routine ovarian cancer screenings are ineffective

By Agence France-Presse Tuesday, September 11, 2012 14:01 EDT Topics: cancer specialists ♦ ovarian cancer ♦ US Preventive Services Task Force member Routine screening for ovarian cancer is ineffective and at times can do more harm than good, a panel of cancer specialists has concluded. “There is no existing method of screening for ovarian cancer…

Woolly mammoth remains may contain living cells

Hair, soft tissues and bone marrow found on Siberian expedition, raising hopes that extinct creature could be cloned Associated Press guardian.co.uk,    Tuesday 11 September 2012 13.15 EDT Frozen fragments of a woolly mammoth have been found by an international expedition of scientists in Siberia, Russia. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis A Russian university says scientists have discovered frozen…

The moment Jupiter was HIT by a giant asteroid yesterday – and humanity’s only record was taken by a faithful webcam in the dead of night : A Major Failure of All Earth Based surveillance

Jupiter was hit  during the day yesterday – but it apparently went unobserved from  Earth …except for one  astronomer, Dan Petersen, who saw the flash with his own eyes When Petersen  reported the sighting on a web forum, amateur astronomer George Hall checked his  overnight footage By Eddie Wrenn PUBLISHED:07:49 EST, 11  September 2012| UPDATED:09:17…

How China and US ‘secretly tested genetically modified golden rice on children’

By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:07:13 EST, 11  September 2012| UPDATED:07:22 EST, 11 September 2012 Genetically manipulated Golden rice has been proposed as  a solution to vitamin A deficiency China’s health authorities are investigating  allegations that genetically modified rice has been tested on Chinese children  as part of a research project. A recent scientific publication suggested…

The Deafness Before the Storm : IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history

Op-Ed Contributor By KURT EICHENWALD For Op-Ed, follow @nytopinion and to hear from the editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, follow @andyrNYT. On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret…