Flu still out there, health officials warn

he flu may be making a slow start in some states this brutally cold winter, but Bay State health officials say the bug isn’t being squashed, especially since the number of reported cases has more than doubled since 2007.
According to statistics provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 841 positive cases of flu were reported from 2007 to 2008, a sharp increase from the 325 reported cases from 2006 to 2007.
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Some US Adolescents Need Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

While some experts have recently recommended more aggressive cholesterol screening in childhood, less than 1 percent of adolescents 12–17- years-old may potentially qualify for cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to a new study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
According to the study, updated recommendations for cholesterol screening in childhood released last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Read the rest of this entry »

'The Instinct Diet' offers a biological base to fight food cravings

With the quick swipe of a student ID and a plastic brown tray in hand, Megan Kono is left standing in the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall faced with a serious dilemma. As she moves from station to station, she must fight the ever-present temptation to grab a slice of fresh tomato pizza or dish out a serving of macaroni and cheese. She must walk quickly past the tub of French fries and the trays of cookies that Dewick offers on a daily basis.
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KU Hospital will open blood, marrow transplant program’s dedicated

in Westwood will open a 7,500-square-foot dedicated space Monday for its Blood and Marrow Transplant program.
The space’s renovation started in the fall and cost $2 million, KU Hospital spokesman Dennis Minich said Wednesday. The project was paid for by Annette Bloch’s $20 million donation in the fall, Minich said.
The Blood and Marrow Transplant program had been in shared space in the cancer pavilion, he said.
The program had three Read the rest of this entry »

Kidney foundation plan targets financial barriers to donation

There are more than 78,000 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Worse, the gap between the number of patients waiting and the number of kidney transplants performed has grown by 110% in the last decade.
Cutting the lengthy wait for a kidney will take more than innovative changes in medical practice, according to the National Kidney Foundation. As part of a new initiative unveiled in late January, Read the rest of this entry »

Why Health Care Can't Wait

I am fortunate to be the longest serving Member in the history of the United States House of Representatives. I’ve been a witness, a participant, and a leader in some historical and important moments in our country’s history, including the civil rights movement and the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act, the 1973 Endangered Species Act, and Medicare in 1965. Yet I believe today we face one of the most important decisions in our Nation’s Read the rest of this entry »

MJ Harris completes Texas hospital

said it has completed the construction of a rehabilitation hospital in Texas.
The Birmingham-based general contractor recently completed the 64,000-square-foot Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital of North Houston, said a news release.
The three-story building includes 40 private rehabilitation rooms and 20 private skilled nursing rooms to serve patients in North Harris and Montgomery counties in Texas.
M.J. Harris said it encountered several obstacles Read the rest of this entry »

How Many Kids Need Cholesterol Drugs?

How Many Kids Need Cholesterol Drugs?
Feb. 16, 2009 — Following a call for more aggressive screening and
treatment of cholesterol in childhood, a new study published in the journal
shows that about 200,000 U.S. teens and preteens need
medication to lower their cholesterol.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended last summer that
doctors consider cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, for children aged
8 and older if a blood Read the rest of this entry »

The FDA's Bipolar Decision

Talk about a tough audience! You know the Food and Drug Administration is becoming strict when a drug that’s already approved for one indication can’t
into a second, related indication, especially when its short-acting counterpart is already approved for the indication.
. Last night the health-care giant announced that the FDA has asked for more information before approving its application to market Risperdal Consta for frequently relapsing bipolar Read the rest of this entry »

Webber proves fitness

Mark Webber removed nagging doubts over his fitness by completing 83 laps of Wednesday’s test session at Jerez.
Just under three months after breaking his right leg, Webber was in the cockpit of the new Red Bull that was unveiled on Monday.
The 32-year-old Australian, who continues to walk with a pronounced limp, was second fastest of those drivers running the ’09 cars with a best time of one minute 21.321 seconds, just over half a second down Read the rest of this entry »