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Shiatsu 'Massage Machine' Linked to Artery Problem

Mon May 6, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In two cases, patients developed a potentially life-threatening arterial problem, possibly caused by a type of shiatsu "massage machine," researchers report. Shiatsu is a type of therapeutic massage in which a person typically massages acupuncture pressure points using the thumbs and palm.

Surgical Technique Straightens Curved Penis

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Preliminary study findings suggest that a less invasive surgical technique is a promising way to correct curvature of the penis, according to a report.

Aside from the negative emotional consequences of having a curved penis, the condition can often cause painful erections and severely inhibit a man's ability to engage in sexual intercourse.

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Annual Exam Abandoned by Docs, Desired by Patients

Mon May 6, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The idea that individuals should undergo annual medical check-ups was abandoned by American health professionals several years ago, but many patients still think that such exams are necessary, new study findings show.

These patients may be unaware that annual comprehensive physical examinations have been shown to have little or no value and have thus been rejected by the American Medical Association, the US Public Health Service and various other medical organizations.

Breast-Feeding for 6 Months Can Cut Infections

Mon May 6, 2002

By Alicia Ault

BALTIMORE (Reuters Health) - Breast-feeding for 6 months provides a greater reduction in a baby's risk of respiratory infections than feeding for fewer months, according to a study presented here Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.

Brand Name Drug Makers Defend Existing Patent Laws

Mon May 6, 2002

By Todd Zwillich

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - With congressional hearings set to continue this week on efforts to revise federal drug patent laws, the brand name pharmaceutical industry on Monday strongly defended the existing law as essential to maintaining market fairness for its products.

Paxil in Pregnancy Linked to Baby's Complications

Mon May 6, 2002

By Alicia Ault

BALTIMORE (Reuters Health) - Using the antidepressant Paxil late in pregnancy seems to be associated with a higher rate of complications in the newborn, but the findings do not mean women should not take the drug, Canadian researchers reported here Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting.

Bad Birth Experience Lowers Chance of More Kids

Mon May 6, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who suffer through a difficult or traumatic delivery for a first child may be less likely to have subsequent children, a recent study reveals.

In the study, women who were the most satisfied with their care, who were proud of their own achievement and who felt supported were nearly twice as likely to have a second child within the next 10 years, compared with women who had a negative birth experience.

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Patients Fasting Unnecessarily Long Before Surgery

Mon May 6, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Too many patients are following outdated guidelines about how long to fast before they undergo surgery, researchers report.

"Patients undergo excessively prolonged fasting," study co-author Jeanette Crenshaw, family education coordinator at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, told Reuters Health. "It doesn't make them any safer, so why make them hungry?"

Obstetricians Call for Liability Insurance Reform

Mon May 6, 2002

By Deena Beasley

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soaring medical liability awards by juries and dwindling insurance options could jeopardize the capacity of US physicians to deliver babies, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warned on Monday.