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Doctors Find Early-Warning Indicator for Autism

Wednesday April 25, 01

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elevated levels of proteins in the blood at birth appear to foreshadow the development of autism and mental retardation later in childhood, researchers said on Wednesday in a finding that could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

Researchers studied archived neonatal blood samples from children born in four northern California counties from 1983 to 1985 who were later diagnosed with autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy or developed normally.

Brain Injury Reality Scares Young Felons Straight

Wednesday April 25, 01

By Pippa Wysong

TORONTO (Reuters Health) - Better than reality television, taking juvenile offenders to see people who have traumatic brain injury turns them away from crime. Or, if they do re-offend, they turn to less violent crimes.

This is what researchers who work with juvenile offenders found after working for 5 years in a program that gives youth a dose of reality.


Eating Protein May Protect Elderly Bones

Wednesday April 25, 01

By Sara Kuzmarov

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly people who do not consume enough protein may be at risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, a recent study suggests.

According to the report, elderly people who consumed the least amount of protein lost significantly more bone than those who ate the most protein, regardless of their age, weight, smoking habits, calcium intake and use of estrogen.


Flu Deaths in Seniors Expected to Double

Wednesday April 25, 01

ATLANTA, Ga. (Reuters Health) - As the number of Americans aged 65 and older grows, the toll of influenza will increase, and this will place tremendous pressure on US healthcare systems, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

``Most influenza-related mortality occurs in persons 65 years or older, a group that will substantially increase in numbers over the next 30 years,"" noted Dr. Scott Harper of the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases.


On-The-Job Paint Exposure Ups Cancer Risk

Wed Mar 13, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women in the painting trades or who work in paint manufacturing may have an increased risk of cancer, depending on the job they do, according to the results of a large study conducted in Sweden.

The findings are published in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Abolish Tax Slavery

by Christopher Ruddy

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Six hundred years ago in Medieval Europe, most people lived and died as slaves, sometimes called serfs, bound to the land they worked and bound to the lords who ruled them.

The serfs had no rights. Their masters could seize anything they owned and even put them in prison if they didn't pay whatever was demanded.


Babies of Smokers End Up in Hospital More Often

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Chee-may Chow

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Babies who live with two or more smokers are 30% more likely to need hospital treatment than those who grow up in smoke-free homes, according to a university study.

If there is one smoker in the family, the risk is 7% higher, the study by Hong Kong University Faculty of Medicine found.

Researchers tracked some 8,300 babies born in the territory in 1997 and monitored their health over 18 months.


Food Experts Set Blueprint to Gauge Biotech Risks

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By David Brough

ROME (Reuters) - International food experts agreed on a blueprint on Friday to assess safety risks of genetically modified (GM) foods, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

A task force of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, meeting in Yokohama, Japan, drew up recommendations for evaluating the safety of foods derived from biotechnology, said Selma Doyran, a Rome-based FAO food safety officer.

Women's Blood Pressure Drops with 3 Drinks a Week

Mon Mar 11, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A few drinks a week may slightly reduce a woman's chance of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, but consuming more than a drink a day puts her at increased risk, Harvard researchers report.