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US kids get measles after travelling abroad

US kids get measles after travelling abroadNew York, May 6 - A growing number of US kids have been infected with measles after travelling abroad, health officials said.

Up to 39 percent of measles cases in the US originate in Europe. Cases of such measles among kids were under investigation, said officials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

So far this year, there have been 89 cases of measles reported in the US.


Oral sex, HPV - bigger oral cancer threat than smoking

Oral sex, HPV - bigger oral cancer threat than smokingNew York, Apr 19 : A study has found that oral sex and HPV, a nasty bug with strains that causes genital warts and cervical cancer in women, is the leading cause of oral cancer among non-smoking men in the US.

Doctors revealed that the cases of oral cancer resulting from exposure to the HPV-16 strain of the virus are hitting epidemic proportions in the U. S., affecting mostly white, male, non-smokers in their late 30s and early


11-year-olds in US can now order condoms via mail

11-year-olds in US can now order condoms via mailNew York, April 15 - Children as young as 11 in Philadelphia city in the US can now order free condoms via mail in a new campaign launched to reduce sexually transmitted diseases.

The programme, launched by the department of health, features a website that shows facts on diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV/AIDS, as well as instructions for young girls on how to use female condoms, Fox News reports.


Autism demands world's collective attention: UN chief

Autism demands world's collective attention: UN chiefNew York, April 7 - UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has said autism demands the collective attention of the international community.

The statement came as Ban addressed a UN panel discussion on strengthening regional and international collaboration to help treat the developmental disorder, according to Xinhua.


One in five US women have kids with different dads

New York, April 3 - One in five women in the US have children with different fathers, according to a study.

Researchers found that this trend was higher in minority groups and women with low income and education backgrounds, Britain's Daily Mail reported.

The data was taken during a 27-year period from nearly 4,000 American women.

Author Cassandra Dorius of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research presented her findings to the Population Association of America.


Male menopause really does exist

Male menopause really does existNew York, Apr 2: Menopause is not limited to women, it hits men too, say researchers.

Scientists at the Centre for Men's Health in London say that women aren''t the only ones who have to worry about shifting hormones wrecking havoc as they age, men also suffer from andropause - a menopause-like condition - as they get older.

They found that 20 percent of the 10,000 men over 50 were affected by a hormonal imbalance, according to the Daily Mail.


Brain problems killed Knut the polar bear, says Berlin zoo

New York, March 23: Berlin Zoo officials have claimed that Knut the polar bear died of unspecified brain problems.

The 4-year-old celebrity polar bear collapsed in his containment on Saturday in front of several hundred visitors, reports the New York Daily News.

Early findings from a necropsy performed Monday showed "significant changes to the brain, which can be viewed as a reason for the polar bear''s sudden death," the zoo said in a statement.

The zoo didn''t elaborate on what exactly was wrong with the bear''s brain, but it said pathologists found no damage to any other organs.


Italian Vogue editor blames Facebook for eating disorders among girls

Italian Vogue editor blames Facebook for eating disorders among girlsNew York, March 19: Editor in chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, is reportedly launching a petition to shut down pro-anorexia websites that encourage unhealthy eating habits among young people.

Sozzani turned to her blog to point fingers at the social networking site Facebook for being a major cause of eating disorders and to launch a campaign against pro-anorexia websites.


Botox ‘may help women with vaginal spasms that prevent them from having sex’

New York, Feb 26: Botox treatments may help women who suffer from vaginal muscle spasms, says an expert.

MSNBC. com reported that Botulinum Toxin A, the active ingredient in drugs such as Botox and Dysport, could help treat severe cases of vaginismus, vaginal spasms that affect women''s ability to be sexually penetrated.

Dr. Peter Pacik, a New Hampshire surgeon, is conducting an FDA-approved clinical trial testing the use of Botox on female patients who experience painful burning sensations and vaginal muscle contractions that make having sex nearly impossible.


Breast pumps, lactation supplies are now tax deductible in US

 Breast pumps, lactation supplies are now tax deductible in USNew York, Feb 11: Unlike India, where there are no rebates whatsoever on life-saving drugs, even breast pumps and lactation supplies are tax deductible in the US.

The Internal Revenue Service''s new ruling has designated the items as ''medical expenses,'' meaning families can use pre-tax funds from their flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to pay for them, reports the New York Daily News.


Couples who ‘get busy’ on 14 Feb may have a baby on 11/11/11

Couples who ‘get busy’ on 14 Feb may have a baby on 11/11/11New York, Jan 31: Couples who will get down on Valentine''s Day just might bring an extra special delivery date after nine months - 11/11/11.

"Absolutely - there''s a significant chance of that," the New York Daily News quoted Dr. James Grifo, a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, as saying.


Popular energy shots nothing but ‘caffeinated, sour tasting water’

Popular energy shots nothing but ‘caffeinated, sour tasting water’New York, Jan 31: Experts have said that the latest `energy- shots' that seem to have caught everyone's fancy may be nothing but slightly caffeinated, sour-tasting water.

They said that the four-dollar a bottle drinks create nothing but a placebo effect.

The drink makers are not required to list how much caffeine they contain, nor does the law require them to be FDA approved.


Sleeping with your pooch may be injurious to your health

New York, Jan 22: Sleeping with pets could result in health hazards from staph infections to meningitis, according to a new study.

Bruno Chomel and Ben Sun, the authors of the new study, said the diseases could even include the plague, reports the New York Daily News.

The researchers found more than half of all dog owners consider their pooches to be members of their family.

And more than half slept in the same beds with their dogs. And not to be outdone, cats are just as dangerous to owners'' health as dogs.


Ugg boots ''can cause fungal infections''

Ugg boots ''can cause fungal infections''New York, Jan 11: Uggs-the trendy, flat-booted suede boots which are popular among celebs and comfort-craving pedestrians-can increase your chances of getting fungal, infection especially if you wear them without socks.

A fungal infection can result from any shoe that doesn''t "breathe," said Mitchell Greenbaum, chief of podiatry at St. Francis Hospital.


Banned energy drink gets new life as fuel source in Big Apple

Banned energy drink gets new life as fuel source in Big AppleNew York, Jan 7 : Fuel Loko-which was pulled from shelves across the New York City recently- could soon be found close to home: in your gas tank.

The controversial beverage, originally advertised as ''blackout in a can,'' was pulled from shelves after consumers complained the potent mix of alcohol and caffeine was causing dangerous side effects.


Early periods in girls ‘up risk of depression’

 Early periods in girls ‘up risk of depression’New York, Jan 6: Girls who begin menstruating before the age of 11.5 are the most depressed by ages 13 and 14, says a new study.

The younger a girl is when she begins her monthly period, the more likely she is to struggle with depression later in her teen years, according to British scientists.


Playing new 3DS in 3-D mode may damage kids’ eyes, says Nintendo

 Playing new 3DS in 3-D mode may damage kids’ eyes, says NintendoNew York, Dec 31: Video game company Nintendo has issued a warning that children, who are 6 years old and younger, should not play its new 3DS in 3-D mode as it could damage their eyes.

The firm posted the disclaimer on a website for an event in Japan that will promote Nintendo's coming 3DS portable console, the New York Daily News reported.


DigniCap may help cancer patients undergoing chemo keep hair

DigniCap may help cancer patients undergoing chemo keep hairNew York, Dec 22: A new frozen gel-filled cap- called DigniCap-may one day help cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy prevent hair loss.

According to Msnbc. com, four patients in the U. S. are trying out the DigniCap-a hat that contains a cooling gel and fits tightly on the head.

During the treatment, the gel chills the hair follicles, thus restricting the amount of chemotherapy that reaches them.


New ‘whipped cream with alcohol’ is the latest binge-drinking tool!

New ‘whipped cream with alcohol’ is the latest binge-drinking tool!New York, Nov 29 : A new alcohol-infused whipped cream has hit the market and is being hailed as a new favourite college binge-drinking tool.

A source told the Boston Herald that the Massachusetts Alcohol Beverages Commission would be closely monitoring the alcoholic treat.


Ex-girlfriend on Facebook triggers asthma attacks

Ex-girlfriend on Facebook triggers asthma attacksNew York, Nov 19 : Facebook is fast becoming another source of real-life psychological stress, according to an interesting case study by Italian doctors.

Carried in The Lancet this week, the study involved an 18-year-old asthmatic young man who had just been dumped by his girlfriend.

When the girlfriend deleted him from her friends' list on Facebook, he assumed a new name and became friendly with her again.


Five Indian Americans to be honoured at health summit

Five Indian Americans to be honoured at health summit  New York, Nov 8 : The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) will honour five healthcare professionals/organizations at its inaugural Health Summit Nov 12 -14 here.

The awards will be given by the Health Council of GOPIO, together with GOPIO chapters of Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island and several partner organizations to Rita Batheja, Dr. Suresh Khanna, Dr. Jatin Shah, SATHI and SEVAK Project.


Bikram yoga ‘doesn’t really help you lose weight’

Bikram yoga ‘doesn’t really help you lose weight’New York, Nov 6 : Experts have said that Bikram yoga, which is believed to help weight loss, doesn’t really work.

Star athletes, actors and everyday New Yorkers have tested the mettle of Bikram Yoga, which makes one sweat but tremendously improves mental and physical strength as well.


Cheese causes E.coli outbreak in five US states

Cheese causes E.coli outbreak in five US statesNew York, Nov 6 - An E. coli outbreak in five US states has been traced to cheese sold at a supermarket chain, a media report said.

At least 25 people fell sick after consuming the cheese, officials said.

The Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese was sold at Costco supermarket stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada between Oct 5 and Nov 8, Xinhua reported citing CNN.


Nestle recalls candy over health concerns

Nestle recalls candy over health concernsNew York, Oct 26 - Nestle USA has announced the recall of a candy product that may contain "undeclared" peanuts over concerns that it may cause allergic reactions in some people, a media report said.

The recall involves the Raisinets Fun Size candy, Xinhua reported citing CBS.

"People who have allergies or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products," it said.


Hand sanitizers stop working after just 2 minutes: Study

Hand sanitizers stop working after just 2 minutes: StudyNew York, Oct 22 : Are you under the impression that hand sanitizers keep the germs at bay? Well, here’s the reality, they stop working after just two minutes.

A survey suggests that more than half of all Americans think the antibacterial gel last a lot longer than it really does and the fact that hand sanitizers don''t offer long-term protection may come as a shock to germiphobes.


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