Health & Wellness


Bahraini woman gives birth to sextuplets

A Bahraini woman has given birth to sextuplets, three boys and three girls, national media reported on Tuesday.

The sextuplets, weighing between 460 and 650 grams, are reportedly in a "stable and good condition." They were delivered on Sunday by caesarean section, with 35 minutes between the first and last baby.


Solutia sued for alleged PCB pollution

Fifty residents along Escambia Bay are suing the companies they say are responsible for polluting the water and fish near their property with cancer-causing industrial chemicals.

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Comment: Has Mr. Young or Monsanto not read the facts? The facts state that levels of PCBs in the Escambia are higher river than the safety limit. Can you see how this case will be held up on court? By arguing trifles, tiny bits of data and semantics nothing will be done. It's this way all over the world thanks to the mind of the psychopath.


Australia: Geelong to have fluoride in its water within a year

Geelong's water is expected to be fluoridated by this time next year, with infrastructure now being developed.

A spokesman for the state health department said yesterday Geelong would need at least three fluoride treatment plants for the project because of the configuration of its water supply.

The city's water is drawn from the Barwon catchment to the west and the Moorabool catchment to the north.

Fluoridation equipment was installed at Anakie, She Oaks and Wurdee Boluc Reservoir in 1986, but union bans stopped their commissioning just days before the tap was turned on, and the original equipment was dismantled many years ago.


Study says parenting style and babys' temperament predict challenging behavior in later childhood

The way mothers interact with their babies in the first year of life is strongly related to how children behave later on. Both a mother's parenting style and an infant's temperament reliably predict challenging behavior in later childhood, according to Benjamin Lahey and his team from the University of Chicago in the US. Their findings1 have just been published online in Springer's Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

The researchers looked at whether an infant's temperament and his mother's parenting skills during the first year of life might predict behavioral problems, in just over 1,800 children aged 4-13 years. Measures of infant temperament included activity levels, how fearful, predictable and fussy the babies were, as well as whether they had a generally happy disposition. The researchers looked at how much mothers stimulated their baby intellectually, how responsive they were to the child's demands, and the use of spanking or physical restraint. Child conduct problems in later childhood included cheating, telling lies, trouble getting on with teachers, being disobedient at home and/or at school, bullying and showing no remorse after misbehaving.


UK: 23 people die and 123 are hospitalised after being given flu vaccine

Twenty-three people have died in the past five years after a routine flu jab.

Official figures show that a further 123 people given the winter vaccine suffered a suspected reaction so severe they were taken to hospital.

Causes of death included heart attacks, blood infections and pneumonia, while asthma and kidney failure were among reported side-effects.

The statistics, revealed by Health Minister Dawn Primarolo, raise fears over the safety of the vaccine, which is taken by eight million people in Britain every year.

Comment: Apparently not safe enough, especially when there is an overwhelming evidence that vaccinations sabotage natural immune systems and cause a host of invasive infections.


Anaesthetics 'could worsen pain'

Some general anaesthetics could actually worsen the pain following surgery, say scientists. So-called "noxious" anaesthesia drugs - used commonly worldwide - stimulate nerves to cause irritation long after the operation is over.

The US research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, could prompt the choice of different drugs. A UK expert said solving post-surgical pain was a priority for anaesthetists.


US: Teen With Autism Beats Odds, Graduates High School

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Colchester, Connecticut - Eric Hollingsworth was just 2 years old when doctors told his parents his severe autism would prevent him from talking or ever going to school in a regular classroom.

"They painted a really grim picture," Eric's mother, Karen Hollingsworth said. "They told us to expect the Rain Man without any savant skills."

Fast forward 17 years, and Eric Hollingsworth, now 19, was finishing the last day of a food service class at Bacon Academy this week, sitting at a table with other students making baskets of scallion flowers and radish roses for a party for a retiring school board member.


Two diabetes trials shed a little light on deaths

Researchers who compared two diabetes trials said on Friday they are getting some insight into why patients in one were more likely to die after aggressive treatment, while patients in another were not.

Bad Guys

Gitmo For U.S. Children: Center for Mentally Retarded Children Uses Electroshock Therapy

It appears that the use of electroshock punishment tactics isn't limited to the U.S. military these days: The state of Massachusetts has renewed a special education school's authority to use electric shocks as a form of punishment, even after the school admitted to administering excessive and unfair shocks to two children after being told to do so by a prank caller.


A Protein from a Common Smoldering Virus Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Depression

Baltimore, Maryland - A study suggests that a "smoldering" central nervous system (CNS) infection may play a role in conditions that plague millions of Americans. Kazuhiro Kondo, MD, PhD, of the Jikei University Medical School in Tokyo identified a novel human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) protein present in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients but not healthy controls that may contribute to psychological symptoms often associated with that and other disorders.

"Causes of many chronic diseases are unknown and chronic viral infection is one of the most suspected candidates," said Dr. Kondo, who spent 20 years trying to identify the latent protein responsible for chronic CNS disease and mood disorders.