Health News

Pfizer wins first U.S. trial over Zoloft birth-defect risk


- Pfizer Inc scored a key victory Friday when it was cleared of liability in the first U.S. trial involving claims that its antidepressant Zoloft can cause birth defects in children born to women who take the drug while pregnant.

California health officials declare measles outbreak over

LOS ANGELES - A measles outbreak in California that began in December at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks and highlighted the risk of unvaccinated people becoming infected and spreading the disease has ended with 131 cases, officials said on Friday.

U.S., 17 Apr 2015

Youth e-cigarette data prompts new calls to speed regulation

WASHINGTON - Public health advocates are stepping up pressure on the U.S. government to quickly regulate and restrict access to e-cigarettes after new data showed use of the products tripled among high school and middle school children last year.

17 Apr 2015

Indiana reports jump in new HIV cases in rural outbreak

- An HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana related to abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has jumped by 24 cases in the past week, an increase attributed to offering more testing resources, state health officials said on Friday.

U.S., 17 Apr 2015

Stretching won’t prevent tendon injuries

(Reuters Health) - - Tendon injuries are common in sports, and there are many schools of thought on how to avoid them. But a new analysis of past research finds that stretching doesn’t help and might even raise the risk of injury for some.

17 Apr 2015

Early Haiti rains bring risk of bleak cholera season

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haitian officials are reporting a spike in cholera cases late last year and carrying over into the first three months of 2015 as an early start to the rainy season has public health workers worried.

17 Apr 2015

Hearing aids may slow cognitive decline tied to hearing loss

(Reuters Health) - - Hearing aids may lessen the forgetfulness and mental confusion tied to moderate to severe hearing loss, suggests a new study.

17 Apr 2015

Amazonian tribe study shows how human bodily bacteria is changing

WASHINGTON - Everyone's body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.

Science, 17 Apr 2015

'Exhausted' Liberia struggles with long Ebola 'to do' list

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Treating trauma and the mental health issues of Ebola survivors is one of the many challenges facing "exhausted" Liberia, a senior health ministry official said.

17 Apr 2015

U.S. presses Mexico to ease poultry import limits brought by bird flu

CHICAGO - The United States is pressing Mexico, the top importer of U.S. chickens and turkeys, to relax restrictions imposed on poultry shipments because of an outbreak of a strain of avian flu deadly to birds, an Agriculture Department spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.

Mexico 17 Apr 2015