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16 June 2010 6:47 AM | Tagged: oral contraception
Obese women are less likely to use certain types of birth control and more likely to have unintended pregnancies, according to a new study on a French population. The study, which looked at the impact of obesity on sexual health, found the rate of unplanned pregnancies is four times higher among single obese women than normal weight women under 30, despite them being less likely to have been sex

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16 June 2010 5:57 AM | Tagged: cord blood transplants
CHICAGO (Reuters) Adult patients with leukemia fare just as well when they get stem cell transplants taken from a cord blood bank as they do from a well-suited adult donor, U.S researchers said on Tuesday.They said umbilical cord transplants are a viable option for adults with leukemia who urgently need a bone marrow transplant to replace cells destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation treatments,

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16 June 2010 5:27 AM | Tagged: health care fraud
WICHITA, Kansas (AFP) The trial of a doctor and his wife accused of contributing to the fatal overdoses of 68 patients by overprescribing pain medication went to jurors on Tuesday.Stephen Schneider and his wife Linda were portrayed by the prosecution in closing arguments as running a Burger King for pain pill addicts while the defense argued that the state's case was overblown.It case has draw

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16 June 2010 3:47 AM | Tagged: immunodeficiency virus hiv
PARIS (AFP) HIV drugs can be administered as effectively by nurses as by doctors, a finding that could yield major benefits in the fight against AIDS in Africa, researchers said on Wednesday.In a trial carried out at two South African front-line clinics, 408 patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were assigned to antiretroviral (ART) drugs monitored by doctors, and 404 others to dr

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16 June 2010 12:27 AM | Tagged: international aids society
VIENNA (AFP) Few Eastern Europe and Central Asian leaders have said they would attend a major AIDS conference next month, organisers said Thursday, despite rising HIV rates in the two regions.Former US president Bill Clinton tops the billing for the July 18-23 International AIDS Conference in Vienna organised by the International AIDS Society and described as the premier gathering for those in t

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15 June 2010 4:17 PM | Tagged: hra pharma
WASHINGTON (Reuters) A new, longer-lasting morning-after pill to prevent unwanted pregnancy appears to work with no unexpected side effects, U.S health regulatory staff said in documents released on Tuesday.Data shows the one-pill treatment, called ella and made by French drugmaker HRA Pharma, is effective when taken as many as five days after unprotected sex, Food and Drug Administration sta

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15 June 2010 4:17 PM | Tagged: medical journal lancet
LONDON A cheap drug that can stop bleeding in recently injured accident patients could potentially save the lives of tens of thousands worldwide, a new study says.Researchers studied the effects of tranexamic acid, or TXA, in more than 10,000 adult trauma patients in 40 countries who received the drug within 8 hours of being injured.They compared those patients' outcomes to more than 10,000 acci

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15 June 2010 3:27 PM | Tagged: breast cancer specialist
WASHINGTON D.J.Soviero wanted the least treatment that would beat back her small, early-stage breast cancer, but her first doctor insisted she had only one option: tumor removal followed by radiation and chemotherapy.Then she found a novel program at the University of California, San Francisco, that gave her an unbiased evaluation of the pros and cons of all treatment options. I realized that I