Piglet-killing PED virus spreads to second Canada farm

By Rod Nickel

WINNIPEG, Manitoba Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:29pm EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – The piglet-killing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has spread to a second Canadian farm, government officials said on Monday.

A laboratory test confirmed the virus in a barn near Chatham-Kent, Ontario, and another possible case is under investigation in the same area, said Greg Douglas, the Canadian province’s chief veterinary officer.

“We still are under the impression that there are strategies to help mitigate, slow the spread of this virus in Ontario,” he said. “However, the confirmed case, the second case, and the third under suspicion, does change the situation, the reality.”

Drug critic slams FDA over antibiotic oversight in meat production

By P.J. Huffstutter and Brian Grow

Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:10pm EST

(Reuters) – The Food and Drug Administration allowed 18 animal drugs to stay on the market even after an agency review found the drugs posed a “high risk” of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply, according to a study released Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Britain unveils ban on e-cigarettes for under-18s

LONDON Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:01pm EST

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E-cigarettes are displayed at 'smoke-not-smoke' at Camden in London June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville

E-cigarettes are displayed at ‘smoke-not-smoke’ at Camden in London June 9, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Sunday it would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to children aged under 18, citing possible adverse health effects and outlining a need for further medical research.

E-cigarettes, which are puffed like a regular cigarette but deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquid rather than burning tobacco, have grown in popularity and some analysts predict the market could outpace conventional cigarettes within a decade.

Analysis: Replay of energetic deal-making seen for drugmakers in 2014

By Deena Beasley and Ransdell Pierson

Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:21pm EST

(Reuters) – The torrid pace of deals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors through 2013 is not expected to let up this year, thanks to new technologies to address unmet medical needs.

Between 2011 and 2016, patents in developed markets will expire on brand-name drugs that would otherwise have generated sales of $127 billion, according to data firm IMS Health. To replace some of the lost revenue, larger drugmakers are looking to bring in new products, often in areas of significant scientific advancement such as treatments for cancer, rare diseases and drugs designed to turn off the activity of rogue genes. Much of the breakthrough science is coming from biotechnology, meaning drugs derived from living cells.

Health and 'hookups' correlated in first-year college women

Sexual experimentation outside of committed romantic relationships, or “hooking up,” is typically portrayed by the media as unhealthy, especially for young women. These portrayals, however, are largely conjecture.

Researchers from Syracuse and Brown Universities set out to examine the relationship between young women’s health and hooking up more closely; their findings, in “Sexual Hookups and Adverse Health Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study of First-Year College Women,” are now available in The Journal of Sex Research, the official publication of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and a publication from Routledge.

HPV test awareness, knowledge still low

By Shereen Jegtvig

NEW YORK Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:21pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Americans are more aware that there is a test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) than counterparts in the UK and Australia, according to a new study, but few people knew much more than that.

“Awareness of HPV has tended to be low but has been rising since the introduction of testing and vaccination,” said Jo Waller, the study’s senior author.

New criteria may reduce autism diagnoses

By Shereen Jegtvig

NEW YORK Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:33pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The number of U.S. kids diagnosed with autism has been on the rise, but that trend could turn around with new diagnostic criteria coming into effect, researchers say.

By applying the new symptom checklist to 6,577 children who already met the old definitions for autism and related disorders, the study team found about 19 percent of the kids would not get an autism diagnosis today.

Keeping out drafts could mean more radon risk at home

By Kathryn Doyle

NEW YORK Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:57am EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Sealing up houses to improve energy efficiency also traps more radon inside and may lead to a higher risk of lung cancer, according to a new study based on modeling.

Guidelines suggest people install ventilation systems when they try to reduce heat loss from their homes.

Many energy efficiency measures, like putting draft strips along doorframes, reduce air exchange, study author Paul Wilkinson said.