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Autistic Kids May Not Recognize Mom From Early On

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An inability to recognize familiar faces by the age of 1 year may signal the type of abnormal brain development characteristic of autism, new study findings suggest.

Children at Risk for Medical Errors in the Hospital

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly one out of every 17 medications ordered by doctors for infants and children in the hospital is incorrect, according to a new study.

Many of these mistakes are caught before a child is given an incorrect dosage or drug. However, the rate of near misses or close calls is three times higher in children and infants than it is in adults, lead author Dr. Rainu Kaushal of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, explained in an interview with Reuters Health

Gum Disease Linked to Diabetes

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Jason Kahn

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chronic gum disease may increase the risk of type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes, researchers report.

Diabetes was already known to increase the risk of gum disease, and the reverse may be possible, too, investigators said recently at a dental research meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.

Hip Fracture Plus Mental Illness Ups Death Risk

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Emma Patten-Hitt, PhD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hip fracture patients who also suffer from poor mental health face a higher risk of death in the couple of years after their injury, according to UK researchers. They say that elderly people with hip fractures, and possibly other physical conditions, may benefit from psychiatric testing as part of their care.


Length of Hospital Stays Declining in the US

Tuesday April 24, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The average length of a hospital stay in the US declined from more than 7 days in 1980 to 5 days in 1999, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Many HIV+ Adults Unaware of Partner's Status

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Alan Mozes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While AIDS-related deaths have begun to decline overall in the US, the number of Americans who are infected through heterosexual sex is on the rise.

Now, researchers report that one in five newly-infected heterosexual patients say they did not know that their partner was HIV-positive when they were exposed to the virus, or that their partner had engaged in any high-risk behaviors such as homosexual sex or intravenous drug use.


Anger, Depression Linked to Heart Disease in Women

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Will Boggs, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who harbor feelings of anger or depression are more likely to have heart disease risk factors such as high cholesterol and an unhealthy weight, a new study shows. Researchers say the findings add more support to the idea that physical and psychological factors conspire to raise an individual's heart disease risk.


Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers

Fri Mar 22,2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Motorists talking on mobile phones while driving are more dangerous than those who are over the legal drink-driving limit, a report said on Thursday.

Tests conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire, England showed that drivers' reaction times were on average 30% slower when talking on a hand-held mobile compared to when they had been drinking alcohol.

Attempts at eradicating infectious diseases are putting our children at risk

by Barbara Loe Fisher

The worldwide acceptance of mass vaccination to suppress infectious childhood diseases — once fiercely resisted — is one of the most successful public relations stories in the history of medicine.


Life's Stresses Hit Men, Women Equally: Study

Thursday April 26, 2001

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite the fact that depression is more common among women than men, women are not more sensitive to the everyday stresses that come their way, according to results of a study.

Dr. Kenneth S. Kendler and colleagues at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics in Richmond studied various aspects of depression among more than 5,000 sets of twins. Their findings are published in the April issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.