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Sex Matters in Organ Transplants

By  Jennifer Warner Reviewed By  Brunilda Nazario, MD
WebMD Medical News

Nov. 6, 2002 -- People who receive an organ donated by a woman may be more likely to suffer complications, organ rejection, or even death after an organ transplant. A major new study shows that organs from female donors tend to fare worse than those donated by males, but the risks vary depending on the type of organ and the age of the donor.

New Hampshire Residents Ranked Healthiest in US

Tue Nov 12, 2002

By Alison McCook

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters Health) - In an annual ranking of US states according to the healthiness of their residents, New Hampshire topped the list, followed by Minnesota, Massachusetts, then Utah.

Wyoming, Nevada and South Dakota showed the greatest improvements in residents' health since the previous year.

The report found that the overall health of residents of all US states has improved by 15.5% since 1990, but has declined slightly since the previous year.

States that occupied the bottom of the

Americans with Bad Habits Claim 'Excellent' Health

Mon Nov 11, 6:24 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly one in five US workers claims to be in excellent health--despite being overweight, smoking, drinking too much or never exercising, according to a survey released on Monday.

In the nationwide study of 1,450 employed adults released by Oxford Health Plans Inc., 17% described their health as excellent but displayed not-so-excellent habits.

Dysentery Spreads to Thousands in Southern Russia

Sat Nov 9, 2002

MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 1,100 people, most of them children, have been admitted to hospitals across southern Russia in an outbreak of dysentery caused by tainted dairy products from a local factory, Russian media reported on Friday.

Deputy Health Minister Gennady Onishchenko, visiting Kropotkin, a town 150 miles from the Black Sea in the area most affected by the outbreak, accused the plant's director of hygiene failures.

One Side of Liver Preferable for Transplants

Sat Nov 9, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Liver transplantations in which a living person donates a portion of his or her liver are more successful if the portion taken (graft) comes from the left lobe of the organ rather than the right lobe, Japanese physicians report. Left-lobe grafts result in less physical stress on the donor and cause fewer side effects for the recipient, according to their study.

Mediterranean Diet Lowers Heart Risk in India Study

Sat Nov 9, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study conducted in India suggests that a "Mediterranean"-type diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and certain oils can reduce the risk of heart attack and death in people who already have heart disease. Such a diet may be more helpful in reducing heart problems than diets that focus solely on cutting saturated fat and cholesterol, according to lead author Dr. Ram B. Singh of the Medical Hospital and Research Center in Moradabad, India and colleagues.

Healthy Teeth Linked to Better Quality of Life

Sat Nov 9, 2002

By Pat Hagan

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Three out of four people in the UK believe the health of their teeth and gums has a significant impact on their quality of life, according to the results of a new survey.

The majority of people questioned--around two-thirds--felt oral health had a major bearing on their appearance, comfort and how they ate, while just under half said they believed it was an important factor in terms of their self-confidence, social life and romantic relationships.

The results are highlighted in

Anabolic Steroid May Restore Muscle in the Very Ill

By Jacqueline Stenson

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Anabolic steroids can help seriously ill patients regain lost weight and improve their health, new research suggests.

The oral steroid oxandrolone boosted muscle mass in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those with severe burns, all of whom had lost weight because of the toll their conditions take on the body, researchers reported Tuesday at a meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) in San Diego, California.

Too Much Screen Time Can Make Computer Users Sick

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The more time an office worker toils in front of a computer, the more likely he or she is to suffer a host of physical, mental and sleep-related ills, Japanese researchers report.

While video display terminal (VDT) use has become commonplace in many types of jobs, there is little information on how long a person can safely use a computer each day. To investigate, Dr. Tetsuya Nakazawa of Chiba University and colleagues surveyed over 25,000 office workers who responded to three questionnaires between 1995 and 1997.