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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.

Health Highlights: August 12, 2002

Mon Aug 12, 2002

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

Bioweapons Expert Denies Anthrax Role

A Virginia bioweapons expert vehemently denies he was behind last fall's anthrax mail attacks, saying that law enforcement and the media have destroyed his life and career.

Group Says Fat Folks Can Be Healthy

Fri Aug 9, 2002

By JUSTIN BACHMAN, Associated Press Writer

When people see Phyllis Warr, a short, stout woman who tips the scales at more than 250 pounds they assume she's out of shape — until she starts getting down on the dance floor.

Cathy Davis Pannone weighs more than 300 pounds, but in the swimming pool she glides along with a grace that justifies her nickname — cat.

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance has a new message to sell at its annual convention this week: Being fat doesn't mean you can't be fit.

Calls for Public Defibrillators Rise

Sat Aug 10, 2002

By JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) - A man's deadly heart attack on a train has become the latest rallying point of people who advocate putting more portable defibrillators in public places.

James Allen went into cardiac arrest last week and had to wait for proper medical attention while the train made two more regular stops. Medical experts said his chances of survival were slim without access to a portable defibrillator.

W. Nile Cousin Studied For Clues

Sat Aug 10, 2002

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - In 1975, an outbreak of the mosquito-borne St. Louis encephalitis spread through 29 states, killing 95 people and infecting about 3,000 others. The following year, infection rates were down, and they have stayed down over the decades that followed.

Health officials expect a similar trend in the country's second major outbreak of West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne disease that first appeared in 1999 and has killed seven people and infected more than 130 this year.

U.K. Legionnaires' Outbreak Slows

Sun Aug 11, 2002

LONDON (AP) - Britain's worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in a decade is slowing down and appears to be nearing an end, the head of the hospital treating many of the patients said Sunday.

Ian Cumming, chief executive of Morecambe Hospitals NHS Trust, said the number of new patients testing positive for the illness had decreased.

One person was diagnosed with the disease overnight, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 124.

New Polio Cases in India Triple

Mon Aug 12, 2002

By NEELESH MISRA, Associated Press Writer

NEW DELHI, India (AP) - The number of new polio cases in India nearly tripled in the first six months of this year, compared with the same period in 2001, in a setback to the world's goal of eradicating the crippling disease by 2005.

According to the National Polio Surveillance Project, run by the government and the World Health Organization, 86 new cases were reported from January through June this year — compared with 31 cases over the same period last year.