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 DISEASE, MEDICINE, AIDS, HEALTH CARE RESEARCH

  Saturday, 26-Jul-2014 09:10 EDT
Why broccoli may prevent cancer
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have discovered a biochemical basis to explain broccoli's cancer-fighting ability.

Women given wrong breast cancer results
SYDNEY, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Two Australian women have found they have breast cancer, after a computer error had wrongly cleared them of the disease, healthcare industry officials said.

Loud traffic noise linked to stroke risk
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Danish researchers say exposure to traffic noise increases the risk of stroke, especially among people age 65 and older.

Cleanliness of girls may up asthma risk
CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Because girls are generally kept from getting dirty compared to boys, girls may have higher rates of allergies and asthma, U.S. researchers suggest.

Interim guidance for drugs to prevent HIV
ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued interim guidance in the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis as an HIV prevention strategy.

Lura Ryan's condition 'very grave'
KANKAKEE, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The terminally ill wife of jailed former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is home from the hospital but may have only weeks to live, an attorney said.

Unrealistic optimism may taint trials
NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher cautions unrealistic optimism may be common in early cancer trials and may distort the views of participants.

Food-borne bacteria can fatally hit heart
CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers report they have isolated a strain of food-borne bacteria from the heart of a patient with endocarditis.

Caffeine 'jazzes' engineered cells
DALLAS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say caffeine could help step up production of cells engineered to produce viruses in gene therapy.

Teens should get meningococcal booster
ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Federal health officials say U.S. teens ages 16-18 should make sure they get either a booster dose or their first dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

U.N. warns of Asian foot-and-mouth threat
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A U.N. agency says it is warning veterinary and border authorities in Asia of a major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Republic of Korea.

World-wide debate over smallpox virus
ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Stocks of smallpox virus held at two facilities, one in Russia and one in Atlanta, are at the center of international debate about their future, experts say.

Waitress fired for bald cancer support
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A waitress fired because she shaved her head to show support for her cancer-stricken uncle in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is considering a human rights complaint.

Repeal of gay blood-donor ban sought
OTTAWA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Canadian Blood Service agency wants the federal health agency to ease restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood, a spokeswoman said.

Diabetics, spouses may feel stress
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Older patients with diabetes and their spouses may experience stress, frustration and sadness due to the demands of the disease, U.S. researchers say.

Exercise improves street-crossing speed
CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Exercise can help those with knee osteoarthritis walk fast enough to cross the street before the signal changes, U.S. researchers suggest.

Hair stylists question chemical in relaxer
CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A hair relaxer found in Brazilian Blowout and some other brands may not only be smelly but presents a health risk due to formaldehyde, Oregon officials say.

Hot flashes linked to fewer breast cancers
SEATTLE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Women who suffer through hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms may have much lower risk of the most common forms of breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Rhabdomyolysis cited in Iowa hospitalizations
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- University of Iowa officials confirmed Wednesday 13 Hawkeyes football players were hospitalized this week and that a muscle disorder is suspected.

Meningitis confirmed in 2 Fla. prisoners
INDIANTOWN, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- At least two prisoners at a South Florida prison have been diagnosed with meningitis, officials said.

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