Dec 27

Although humanitarian aid to Niger has saved the lives of tens of thousands of ill-fed children, the nutritional situation remains alarming with more than 15 in 100 youngsters suffering from acute malnutrition, according to a United Nations-backed survey.

Concerns persist despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, and the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government are calling on the international community to intensify its efforts and mobilize all means necessary to fight against child malnutrition and its structural causes. Full article…

Tags: Alarming , Remains Alarming

Dec 20

TUESDAY, Dec. 21 () — For acute myeloid leukemia patients, overactive genes in their leukemic stem cells (LSC) can translate into a more difficult struggle to overcome their disease and achieve prolonged remission, new research reveals.

“In many cancers, specific subpopulations of cells appear to be uniquely capable of initiating and maintaining tumors,” the study authors explained in their report. The researchers identified 52 LSC genes that, when highly active, appear to prompt worse outcomes among acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients.

The finding is reported in the Dec. 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association .

Between 2005 and 2007, study author Andrew J.

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Tags: Acute Myeloid , , Leukemia , Myeloid Leukemia

Dec 19

A New York City department of health PSA graphically warns gay and bisexual men that contracting HIV could lead to other health problems like bone loss, dementia, and anal cancer, in a new campaign launched earlier this month.

The “Never Just HIV” campaign is an attempt to prevent people from feeling that HIV is not as harsh as a disease as it once was simply because treatments are more available and effective. The public service announcement, which briefly shows a person with anal cancer, will air on broadcast television for two weeks and then reappear in January for a additional two weeks. Full article…

Tags: Hiv , Hiv Dangers

Dec 19

Having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in childhood may raise the risk of using alcohol or drugs in adolescence, but stimulant treatment does not appear to increase that risk.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with increased risk of illicit drug use. However, the slowly growing body of scientific literature on the topic shows mixed outcomes about the relationship between stimulant treatment and drug use, said Brooke Molina, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) annual meeting in New York in October.

Tags: Risk , Stimulant Treatment

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