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23 June 2010 3:47 AM | Tagged: imperial college london
PARIS (AFP) The largest study of its kind said pregnant women who live near a mobile phone mast do not run a higher risk of having a child who develops leukaemia or other cancer in infancy.The study is published on Wednesday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which says parents-to-be should be reassured.The investigation looked at 1,397 children across Britain who developed cancer by the age

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22 June 2010 9:11 PM | Tagged: birth control pills
When the FDA first approved the birth control pill on June 23, 1960, there was only one option for the more than a million interested women.Named Enovid, the Pill was originally blunt and overbearing, delivering high doses of hormones to prevent ovulation and thus pregnancy. Within two years, reports of blood clots were accumulating at the doorstep of Enovid's manufacturer Searle.By 1966, public

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22 June 2010 9:11 PM | Tagged: national cancer institute
For years and years now, millions of sun worshippers across the country would hit the beaches during summer to work on the perfect, golden tan.However, the advent of indoor tanning salons now allows Americans to sport a sun-kissed look year-round.And as more and more people pursue a perpetual summer-style tan, dermatologists have begun noticing a significant rise in skin cancer incidents, especia

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22 June 2010 5:17 PM | Tagged: child mortality rates
NAIROBI, Kenya Ten African countries have halved their poverty rates over the last two decades, but child mortality rates have increased in six sub-Saharan nations, a report on the U.N's Millennium Development Goals released Tuesday found.The countries that halved their poverty rates since 1990 include relatively populous countries such as Ethiopia and Egypt and post-conflict countries such as A

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22 June 2010 5:00 PM | Tagged: cystic fibrosis foundation
WASHINGTON Doctors always said allergies and asthma were behind Laura Mentch's repeated lung and sinus infections.Only when she turned 50 did she discover the real culprit — a disease notorious for destroying children's lungs.Mentch is part of the gradual graying of cystic fibrosis: More and more patients are surviving into adulthood, some even to middle age and beyond.Now, researchers are

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22 June 2010 5:00 PM | Tagged: vancouver general hospital
NEW YORK Kids who grow up with a dog in the house may be at higher risk of developing asthma if they're also exposed to secondhand smoke or nitrogen dioxide, new research shows.Children exposed to the toxic gas and to dog allergen during their first year of life were nearly five times as likely to have asthma at age 7 compared to kids with neither exposure, while dog allergen plus secondhand sm

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22 June 2010 4:17 PM | Tagged: bristol myers squibb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Bristol-Myers Squibb Co will pay another $17 million to end its development collaboration for Exelixis Inc's experimental cancer drug XL184.Exelixis said on Sunday it will continue to develop the drug, which is being studied as a treatment for thyroid cancer, glioblastoma and other solid tumors. We have the resources to take this forward for some time, Exelixis Chief Execu

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22 June 2010 2:07 PM | Tagged: battle of the bulge
RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilians are battling the bulge.A government study says the South American country known for its bikinis is expanding at the waistline.The Health Ministry notes that in 2009, 46.6 percent of Brazil's 190 million people were overweight.That's up from 42.7 percent in 2006.The rate of obesity also rose, from 11.4 percent in 2006 to 13.9 percent in 2009.The study released Monday is