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Gene Therapy Study Suspended

Thu Oct 3, 2002

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Scientists have suspended studies of the first gene therapy ever to work — a treatment that appears to cure a rare immune disorder called "bubble boy disease" — as they scramble to tell whether the therapy gave a French toddler a leukemia-like side effect.

It's unclear if the gene therapy actually caused the boy's illness, although there are clues that a virus used in the treatment may be to blame.

Doctors: 6 Infected by Organ Donor

Fri Oct 4, 2002

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - One person died and five others have fallen ill after receiving organ or tissue transplants from a man who had the liver disease, hepatitis C, doctors said.

The Oregon Health Division said the case involves more than three dozen people who received tissue or organs from the infected man, who died of a hemorrhage inside his skull two years ago. Neither the man, tested for the disease in Oregon, nor the recipients, from 14 states and two other countries, were identified.

Gaining Insight About Losing Weight

Fri Oct 4, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- Americans probably lose more weight deliberately than do people in any other country. Some of the most aggressive dieters take off the same number of pounds two or more times in a single year.

The real problem, for many people, is ridding themselves of "boomerang" pounds -- the ones that keep coming back. That's why Americans also gain more weight than they lose every year.

Cat Scratch Fever: Nothing to Yowl About

Fri Oct 4, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- Cat Scratch Fever -- It's a somewhat disturbing name for a disease many cat lovers seem to love to fear.

It should sound scarier than, say, Parinaud's Syndrome, Debre's Syndrome, or even Petzetakis' Syndrome. Whatever you choose to call it -- those all are synonyms for the same affliction.

Breast Milk Blamed for West Nile

Thu Oct 3, 2002

By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - A Michigan infant with the West Nile virus probably got it from the breast milk of his infected mother, federal health officials said Thursday.

The child is healthy and his mother is recovering, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC said it was virtually certain the virus came from breast milk, though there is no way to be 100 percent positive.

Patients in Big Practice Less Likely to See Own Doc

Fri Oct 4, 2002

By Pat Hagan

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Patients registered with large primary care practices in the UK are much less likely to get to see their regular doctors, according to the results of a new study that raises questions about whether big practices can meet the needs of patients who want personal continuity of care.

Research carried out by Dr.

Fish oil improves arterial elasticity

Further benefits for fish eaters

29/07/02 - Eating fish benefits those who are at high risk for ischemic heart disease (IHD), finds a new study. The research also shows that sudden cardiac deaths occur less frequently in those who regularly eat ocean fish, a major source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Avoiding Weight Gain Has A Major Role In Cancer Prevention

Lancet Oncology

09/18/2002
By Harvey McConnell

There is now enough evidence to link adiposity to certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. The remaining uncertainty, however, is the extent of excess weight that constitutes an increase in cancer risk.

50% of weight loss advertising misleading and false

Weight Loss Advertising: A Perspective

By Len Monheit

Earlier this week, the US Federal Trade Commission issued its report and press releases regarding weight loss advertising and trends it has observed over recent years. With well over 50% of weight loss advertising determined to be false, misleading and unsupported by science and evidence, the recap and presentation did not bolster the sector at all.

Pancreatic Enzymes Relieve Food Allergies

Healthnotes Newswire (July 25, 2002)—Taking pancreatic enzymes at the same time as an allergenic food can reduce the severity of the allergic reaction, according to a recent study published in Inflammation Research (2002; 51(Suppl 1):S13–4). This report is good news for many individuals who must follow a restricted diet because of food allergies.