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Don't Let Worms Dog You

Mon Aug 19, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- Roundworms, a parasite (Toxocara) commonly found in the intestines of dogs and cats, can be passed from pets to humans and cause an infectious disease called toxocariasis. It sickens some 10,000 people yearly in the United States. More than 700 of them experience total or partial loss of vision.

Heavy or repeated Toxocara infections, while rare, can initiate a disease that causes swelling of the body's organs or central nervous system.

Need a Specialist? Chance of Referral Higher in US

Fri Aug 16, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients are twice as likely to receive referrals to see a medical specialist in the US as in the UK, new study findings show.

Dr. Christopher B. Forrest of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and his colleagues found that, overall, between 30% and 37% of Americans received referrals to see a specialist, relative to only 14% of patients in the UK.

Female Doctors Spend More Time with Patients: Study

Tue Aug 13, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Female primary care doctors spend more time on average with their patients and are more likely than their male counterparts to inquire about emotions, family and work, but the effect of this type of communication style on patients' health is not clear, researchers conclude.

Their study found that female physicians spend an average of 2 minutes or 10% longer with patients (23 minutes versus 21 minutes).

'Office Rage'--Feel Like Punching a Colleague?

Wed Aug 14, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Half of Britain's stressed-out office workers say they have come close to punching a colleague, according to a survey published Wednesday.

Overwork, faulty computers and annoying workmates were the main cause of "office rage"--and women are more likely to snap than men.

"Our research shows that common occurrences such as broken computers and interruptions can push people over the edge at work," said Tim Watts, chairman of Pertemps, the British recruitment agency that commissioned the survey.

Dirt and Dust Arm You Against Allergies

Fri Aug 9, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthScoutNews) -- Allergic disorders such as asthma, hay fever and eczema are on the rise in industrialized nations, and British researchers are saying that could be because children's immune systems aren't challenged enough.

Lifestyle Trumps Age in Staying Healthy

Fri Aug 9, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 9 (HealthScoutNews) -- How you've lived may be more important to your health than how long you've lived.

A new study says lifestyle choices such as smoking and overeating may play a bigger role in the development of disease than even aging does.

Staying Healthy in Other Countries

Fri Aug 9, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- In June, the World Health Organization announced an outbreak of dengue fever in El Salvador. That's but one of a host of food and waterborne pests that international travelers should try to avoid.

Traveler's diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites that can affect the food or water supply -- virtually worldwide. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage (hepatitis).

Health Highlights: August 10, 2002

Sat Aug 10, 2002

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of The HealthScout News Service:

Bush Administration Issues Patient Privacy Standards

After a decade of debate, the United States finally has its first set of comprehensive federal standards governing the privacy of people's computerized medical records.

Health Highlights: August 11, 2002

Sun Aug 11, 2002

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of The HealthScout News Service:

Cloud of Pollution Spreads Death In South Asia

It's called the "Asian Brown Cloud." It's two miles thick, and scientists believe it has brought catastrophe to south Asia in the last decade, causing at least a half million premature deaths.

Summer Scourges: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Sun Aug 11, 2002

By Janice Billingsley
HealthScoutNews Reporter

SUNDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthScoutNews) -- Summer is a feast for the senses. The smell of freshly cut grass. The sound of waves breaking on a beach. The taste of garden fresh vegetables.

And the maddening itch that comes courtesy of a brush with poison ivy, oak or sumac.

It's the rare person who doesn't have to worry about these summer scourges: Approximately 85 percent of people are allergic to the toxin -- called urushiol -- found in all three plants, health experts say.