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Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Sebelius: Swine flu shots may start early October

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens as President Barack Obama speaks to reporters while meeting with his Cabinet at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)AP - The nation's first round of swine flu shots could begin sooner than expected, with some vaccine available as early as the first week of October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday.

Dangerous staph germs found at West Coast beaches

An employee displays a bacteria strain inside a petri dish containing agar jelly for bacterial culture in a microbiological laboratory in Berlin March 1, 2008. REUTERS/Fabrizio BenschAP - Dangerous staph bacteria have been found in sand and water for the first time at five public beaches along the coast of Washington, and scientists think the state is not the only one with this problem.

Flu season comes early; most are swine variety

A dose of flu vaccination is administered during an exercise in Alexandria, Virginia. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the United States now expects to receive the first batch of swine flu vaccine in early October, a few weeks earlier than expected.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Win Mcnamee)AP - Influenza is circulating unusually early this year with cases in all 50 states — nearly all the swine flu variety, government health officials said Friday.

G-7, Mexico: risk groups to get 1st swine flu meds

European Union Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou is seen talking to the media during a press conference at the EU Commission headquarter  in Brussels, Friday Sept.11, 2009. Health representatives from the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA), Mexico and the World Health Organisation met this Friday in Brussels for a special meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) hosted by the European Commission. The meeting focused on effective public health measures to respond to the influenza A(H1N1) virus.  (AP Photo/Thierry Charlier)AP - Pregnant women, health workers and people with risky health conditions will be the first to receive swine flu vaccinations, according to an agreement reached Friday by the world's seven largest economies and Mexico.

Health negotiators look at malpractice changes

FILE - These various 2009 file photos shows members of the Senate Finance Committee dealing with health care. Top row, from left are, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.; Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. Bottom row, from left are, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.  (AP Photo/FILE)AP - Following President Barack Obama's offer of compromise on an issue that has long divided Washington, congressional health care negotiators are considering proposals to foster alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits.

Survey: Dioxin levels high in Vietnam near US base

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Michael Michalak, left, shares laugh with Le Ke Son, co-chair of the Joint Advisory Committee, during a news conference regarding the fourth JAC meeting on Agent Orange/Dioxin in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009.  (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)AP - New environmental tests confirm extremely high levels of dioxin, the toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, in people, fish and soil near a former U.S. air base where American troops stored the herbicide during the Vietnam War.

Curbing Obesity Epidemic Key to Health Care Reform: Experts

An obese child steps on a scale.The Bulgarian government on Thursday banned potato crisps, soft drinks, instant soups and high sugar-content cakes from school canteens to fight obesity.(AFP/File/Francois Guillot)HealthDay - FRIDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A diverse alliance of payer,
provider and consumer organizations, girded by two former U.S. Surgeons
General, on Wednesday urged policymakers to address the nation's obesity
epidemic as part of federal health care reform legislation.

Dutch clear man of daughter's genital mutilation
AP - A court has cleared a man on a charge of mutilating his young daughter's genitals in the Netherlands' first trial linked to an alleged female circumcision ceremony.Clinical Trials Update: Sept. 11, 2009
HealthDay - (HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy
of People at High Risk of Death Worldwide
HealthDay - THURSDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- In a study of global death
rates, researchers have found that 97 percent of deaths among children and
young adults aged 10 to 24 occur in poor and middle-income countries.Alzheimer's Gene Affects Brains of Young Adults
HealthDay - FRIDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A gene variant linked to a
higher risk of Alzheimer's disease seems to affect the brain when people
are young, much earlier than previously thought, new research
suggests.Cancer Drug Shrinks Benign Tumors That Steal Hearing
HealthDay - FRIDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Last year, Edith Garrett
could no longer hear her mother's voice or the sound of a dog barking. She
was 22.Gum disease linked to head and neck cancer
Reuters - The health hazards associated with chronic periodontitis (gum disease) extend way beyond the mouth. For years people have been warned that persistent periodontitis can cause heart disease. Now a new study suggests that gum disease may also be a risk factor for cancers of the head and neck.U.S. campers developed drug-resistant flu: report
Reuters - Two girls given antiviral drugs in an effort to protect children at a summer camp from the new pandemic swine flu developed resistant virus, U.S. health officials reported on Thursday.India patent rejections welcomed by HIV/AIDS groups

College students take part in a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh November 27, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay VermaReuters - India's rejection of patent applications on two life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs last week has been welcomed by health officials, who say it will ensure wider access to the medicines.

Discovery May Pave Way to Better Diabetes Care
HealthDay - FRIDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A newly discovered gene
could give researchers new insight into type 2 diabetes, potentially
leading to better treatment for the increasingly common disease.Get Ready for Ragweed
HealthDay - SATURDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Ragweed, the bane of many
allergy sufferers, will soon be in bloom.US to unleash "Wild Things" to fight childhood obesity

The US Department of Health and Human Services is poised to unleash characters from Maurice Sendak's classic AFP - The US Department of Health and Human Services is poised to unleash characters from Maurice Sendak's classic "Where the Wild Things Are" to help fight childhood overweight and obesity.

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