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WHO Declares Europe and Central Asia Polio-Free

Fri Jun 21, 2002

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday declared Europe and Central Asia free of polio, a highly infectious disease that once paralyzed thousands of children every year.

The declaration came after no indigenous cases were registered for three years in the WHO's 51-country European region, which stretches from Greenland to Turkey and across the Russian Federation and the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union.

Anaesthesia Type Brings on Temporarily Twitchy Legs

Wed Jun 26, 2002

By Hannah Cleaver

BERLIN (Reuters Health) - People who have spinal anaesthesia should be warned that they may experience restless legs syndrome afterwards, but that this restlessness will disappear on its own within a few months.

This is the conclusion of a study on possible triggers for the condition, which often robs sufferers of their sleep as severe discomfort in their legs can only be reduced by walking around or at least moving the legs.

Got Gallstones? It May Be in Your Genes: Report

Wed Jun 26, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one third of painful gallstones may be caused by genes, researchers report.

How genetic factors influence gallstones is probably very complex, according to lead author Dr. Attila Nakeeb of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and his co-authors.

Night-Eating Syndrome: Much More Than Midnight Snacks

Tue Jul 2,12:03 PM ET

By Jennifer Thomas
HealthScoutNews Reporter

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you wake up and find crumbs in your bed or the remains of a food fest in the kitchen, you could have Night-Eating Syndrome.

Also called Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder, it is a real but little understood condition in which people wake from sleep and compulsively binge on large quantities of food.

Night-Eating Syndrome: Much More Than Midnight Snacks

Tue Jul 2,12:03 PM ET

By Jennifer Thomas
HealthScoutNews Reporter

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you wake up and find crumbs in your bed or the remains of a food fest in the kitchen, you could have Night-Eating Syndrome.

Also called Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder, it is a real but little understood condition in which people wake from sleep and compulsively binge on large quantities of food.

Health Effects of Irradiated Mail in U.S. Uncertain

Tue Jul 2, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Capitol Hill workers may be suffering some adverse health effects from handling irradiated mail, but further study is needed to determine if it poses a serious health risk, a US congressional regulatory office said on Tuesday.

A report released by the general counsel of the Office of Compliance, which oversees congressional compliance with labor laws, said office mail handlers have been reporting skin irritation, nausea and other symptoms since the post office began irradiating lawmakers' mail to kill potential anthrax spores.

Watch for High Glucose Following a Heart Attack

June 22, 2002

A Swedish study in The Lancet confirms that people admitted to the hospital with an acute heart attack are at an increased risk of having undiagnosed diabetes or increased glucose intolerance.

The findings suggest that the fasting glucose of patients or high glucose concentrations immediately after heart attack could be a marker of patients at high risk of subsequent cardiovascular disease.

People with diabetes who have myocardial infarction (heart attack) are more likely to die than those without diabetes.

Unlimited Tanning Packages May Raise Cancer Risks

Mon Jun 24, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tanning salons that offer unlimited tanning may be giving consumers more tan for their money, but they're also promoting excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), according to a team of California researchers.

Prior studies have suggested that overexposure to artificial UV rays may increase an individual's risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Age, Not Gender, Determines Type of Heart Therapy

Thu Jun 20, 2002

By Linda Carroll

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For years some researchers have suspected that when it comes to heart attacks, men get better care than women.

But most differences in treatment received by men and women following a heart attack may be the result of age bias rather than gender bias, researchers now say.