Saturday, April 01, 2006

ARDvark Blog Medical Headlines

Science of spring fever
Feeling chirpy — even a bit sexy? There’s a good reason why we get a bit daffy this time of year

Long mobile phone use lifts tumour risk: study
The use of mobile phones over a long period of time can raise the risk of brain tumours, according to a new Swedish study.

Smoking pot thwarts fertility treatments
The likelihood of a good outcome of fertility treatment is reduced if either the man or the woman uses marijuana, compared with couples that don't use it, the results of a new study suggest.

Simpler Rx Warnings Urged For Ads
Advertisers say their audience is becoming increasingly weary of prescription drug commercials that "over-warn and under-inform." A coalition of advertising and public relations groups is applying to the FDA to strip most warnings from drug ads.

Study fails to show healing power of prayer
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study of more than 1,800 patients who underwent heart bypass surgery has failed to show that prayers specially organized for their recovery had any impact, researchers said Thursday.

Orchestrating Your Consumer-Directed Health Plan
A take-charge personality and a willingness to do homework are plusses.

Episiotomy use should be minimized: new guidelines
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Episiotomies should not be performed on a routine basis, but there are situations in which the procedure is necessary, according to new practice guidelines by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Nexium Reduces Stomach Ulcers in High-Risk Patients
Finding could benefit those who regularly take painkillers

New Technique Treats Pelvic Pain in Men and Women
The use of foam solution seems to prevent recurrence of disorder, researchers report.

Couple Expecting Twin Set Of Twins
After suffering through 11 miscarriages over seven years of trying to have a baby, an Oregon couple still dared to hope they could have just one child. Their faith was rewarded, and now they're expecting not one, but four new arrivals!

Drug victim says he was treated like animal
A student whose involvement in the drugs trial disaster left him looking like the 'Elephant Man' has criticised the company behind the tests

Health Tip: Be Safe in the Bathroom
Suggestions to prevent accidents

Making the Hospital a More Kid-Friendly Place
From stuffed animals to playing doctor, program seeks to remove the fear factor.

SAGE Partners With NCCHC To Publish The Journal Of Correctional Health Care

American College Of Nurse-Midwives Calls For Accurate Reporting On New Nih Findings About Cesarean Delivery

Rise In US C-sections Not Due To Rise In Moms' Risk Factors

Panel Finds Insufficient Evidence To Recommend For Or Against Maternal-request Caesarean Delivery

March/April 2006 Annals Of Family Medicine Tip Sheet

101 Ways To Improve Care And Reduce Healthcare Expenditure

New Device Could Cut Chemotherapy Deaths

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