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Shocking Appetite to Cut Calories

Wed Aug 7, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - People willing to take drastic measures to shed weight may soon have an alternative to stomach stapling--electric shock treatments.

A US medical company has scooped up the patents on an electric shock weight-reducing device developed by an Italian doctor.

New Jersey-based Transneuronix has tested the device on 300 patients around the world. The device is implanted near nerves in the stomach wall and sends out a tiny current 12 times a minute.

Want Hubby to Do the Dishes? Live Together First

Wed Aug 7,  2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Couples who live together before tying the knot are more likely than those who don't to share the burden of routine household tasks traditionally assigned to wives, US researchers report.

Moreover, Jeanne A. Batalova and Dr. Philip N. Cohen of the University of California, Irvine found that in countries with higher rates of pre-nuptial cohabitation, housework duties were more equally balanced between couples, even among those who had not lived together before marriage.

Staff, Equipment Issues Add to Radiology Wait in UK

Thu Aug 8, 2002

LONDON (Reuters Health) - A shortage of staff and modern equipment leaves half a million people at any one time waiting for routine radiology services, Britain's Audit Commission said on Thursday.

The commission, an independent body that monitors public services, said the waiting time for straightforward X-rays was relatively short, but stretched to an average of 8 weeks for general ultrasound and 20 weeks for high-tech MRI scans.

Washington Man Contracts West Nile Virus-Officials

Thu Aug 8, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hours after launching a beefed up battle against the West Nile virus, health officials in Washington, DC, announced the first confirmed human case of the disease in the US capital.

A District of Columbia resident tested positive for the virus, Department of Health Director James Buford announced in a statement on Wednesday. West Nile produces flu-like symptoms and can be fatal to the elderly and those with weak immune systems.

Health Highlights: August 3, 2002

Sat Aug 3, 2002

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

Study Blasts Anti-Drug Programs, Says More Money, Training Needed

The three leading anti-drug programs used by schools to deter students from drug use are either ineffective or inadequately researched and are a poor use of taxpayer money, say researchers.

Health Highlights: August 4, 2002

Sun Aug 4, 2002

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

Docs Look to Inflammation Levels in 'Revolutionary' Shift of Heart Attack Prevention

In what doctors are calling a revolutionary departure from long-held beliefs about the causes of heart attacks, there is new emphasis on low-grade inflammation in various parts of the body as triggering such events.

Another Dimension in MRI Scanning

Sun Aug 4, 2002

SUNDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthScoutNews) -- A new kind of medical imaging technology able to provide detailed, three-dimensional maps of nerves and other soft tissues may help doctors and researchers better understand and diagnose stroke, multiple sclerosis, autism, schizophrenia and other medical conditions.

Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DT-MRI) was developed by the The National Institutes of Health (NIH). GE Medical Systems has signed an agreement with the NIH to produce and market DT-MRI.

Baby Boomers Need Help Beating the Bulge

Sun Aug 4, 2002

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthScoutNews Reporter

SUNDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthScoutNews) -- "Super size it!"

"Buy two cookies, get one free!"

"Some dessert with your coffee?"

Everywhere you turn, it seems someone is inviting you, even begging you, to eat. To feast, actually. Why have two cookies when you can buy three for the same price? Why have small portions when you can polish off a hungry man meal?

Calif. Monitors Chickens Vs. Virus

Mon Aug 5, 2002

By ANDREW BRIDGES, AP Science Writer

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) - With West Nile virus making its steady march west, California is playing an enormous game of chicken with the deadly virus.

About 2,000 chickens in a county- and state-run program stand guard against the virus around California, armed with no more than the warm blood mosquitoes love. Health officials are betting the fowls will be the first to signal West Nile's inevitable, and perhaps imminent, arrival in the nation's most populous state.