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China probes milk powder link to infant hormone levels

Beijing – Chinese health authorities are investigating milk powder as a possible cause of high hormone levels found in several infants who appeared to show signs of premature sexual development, state media said on Wednesday.

Experts have started testing samples of milk powder produced in 1998 by the dairy company Synutra International Inc in the eastern city of Qingdao, the official China Daily quoted Health Ministry spokesman Deng Haihua as saying.

Deng promised “timely publication of the investigation results,” the newspaper said.

The investigation follows reports that at least four baby girls had developed breasts and showed high levels of the hormones estradiol and prolactin.

All four had regularly consumed infant milk formula made by Synutra, the reports said.

But no tests had been performed on the milk powder and the company insisted that its products were safe, the newspaper said.

New Zealand’s giant milk company Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd, which has supplied Synutra, said Wednesday it had abided by strict legislative controls on the use of hormonal growth promotants (HGPs) in New Zealand and they were not allowed for milk cows.

A major milk scandal hit China in 2008 when tests found that many milk products, including those of most leading brands, contained high levels of melamine, an industrial chemical used to artificially boost protein levels and raise producers’ profits.

The tests followed reports in late 2008 that thousands of infants had developed kidney and other health problems after consuming several popular brands of powdered milk.

The government later said at least six infants died and up to 300,000 were sickened by contaminated milk powder.

Chinese courts have tried at least 21 people accused of involvement in the 2008 milk scandal. Two of them were sentenced to death and executed in November.

But state media have reported several new cases of melamine-contaminated milk since 2008.

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Kaiser wins Pharmacy Quality Alliance award

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has received an award from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance for its measures of medication safety.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii was one of three health plans selected for the award, which recognizes the plans for gaining top ratings in medication safety in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Star Rating program, according to a statement.

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Summer Heat Holds Potential Danger for Young Athletes

SATURDAY, July 23 Eager young athletes will be taking to sports fields for practices and games this summer and they need to be protected from heat exhaustion and heat stroke, a doctor warns.

The most important way to keep them safe is “hydration, hydration, hydration,” Dr. Toni Salvatore, medical director of the Pediatric Center at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, said in a hospital news release.

Drinking adequate amounts of fluid before, during and after a practice or game prevents heat-related illnesses by keeping blood volumes high to support circulation, Salvatore explained.

In hot weather, athletes should double the amount of fluid they would normally consume.

“So if you normally have an eight-ounce glass of water during a break, make it 16. Choose water and occasional sport drinks with added electrolytes for a serious athlete,” Salvatore advised.

Among the other hot weather safety tips for child and teen athletes:

  • Keep in the shade whenever possible.
  • Take frequent breaks between practice drills.
  • Use a spray bottle to periodically mist the skin, or apply cool, wet cloths.
  • Eat a light, healthy meal a few hours before hitting the field.
  • Parents should inform coaches if their child has had any prior heat-related illness.
  • Apply, and reapply, sunscreen.

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Triangle hospitals fare poorly in quality study

The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area was ranked 42nd for overall hospital care among the nation’s 50 largest areas by population, according to CareChex, a division of The Delta Group, a Greenville, S.C. health care information services company.

The company based its ranking on an analysis of hospitals’ process, outcomes and patient satisfaction. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill was ranked No. 10.

Things get worse for the Triangle when looking at specific clinical areas. The Triangle was ranked 43rd in neurological care, 47th in orthopedic care and pulmonary care, 48th in major neurosurgery, 49th in major orthopedic surgery and 50th in cancer care, despite UNC Hospitals recently opening a new cancer hospital and Duke University and Rex Healthcare being in the process of constructing new cancer centers.

The latest rankings conflict more popular measures, notably U.S. News and World Report’s, which consistently ranks Duke University Hospital and UNC Hospitals among the nation’s best in a variety of specialities.

Despite the low quality rankings, patients in the area are pleased with the service they are getting. The Triangle was ranked sixth in patient satisfaction.

Statewide, North Carolina came in 14th in terms of overall quality of care and eighth in customer satisfaction.

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Cosmetic surgery in London

Cosmetic surgery in London proffers one the opportunity, to get benefit of the newest advanced method and the most excellent cosmetic surgeons. Get pleasure from the console of state-of-the-art services. In spite of the pure size and terrible nature of London, you are guaranteed of full and overall privacy as you change into a good-looking and other confident personality.

The victory or not success of a cosmetic surgical practice is really depending on the type of services obtainable and to a better scope, on the surgical proficiency of the doctor in cost of the operation. There are lots of surgeons in the London who complete cosmetic surgeries, only at a very tiny gain are actually trained and practiced in this well focused area.

Cosmetic surgery in London is one very important reason for the wave of medical travel tourists. It acts as a home to the large number of highly qualified cosmetic surgery specialists. This expert helps to rectify all kinds of aesthetic deficiencies.

There are a many facilities offering plastic surgery in London and also the only way you will be able to choose the right one for you is by looking into it. Depending on the type of cosmetic surgery you want you will need to strategy only those clinics of plastic surgery in London that performs it and further more study to see which surgeon has got the most experience in performing the type of procedure you desire. Experience means nothing if the plastic surgeon doesn’t have what to show for this and that is the next thing you must look up; contact if at all possible some of the plastic surgeon’s former patients and see for yourself how pleased they are as well as the results.

The laser lipolysis surgery has rapidly become fashionable for its better outcome and harmless procedure. Different habitual liposuction, there is no threat from too much blood loss or wound. The technique consists of very petite, smallest staining and no surgical treatment. The Smart Lipo plump deduction method is very easy and will simply take up to an hour to complete.

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USAID Administrator Shah Pays Tribute to Humanitarians

World Humanitarian Day honors all humanitarians who have lost their lives in the cause of duty, as well as those who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause. Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), released the following statement on the occasion.

“Today, I am proud to honor the men and women that are part of the USAID family – staff, implementers, and host country partners. From Haiti to Kyrgyzstan to Sudan, each day these individuals work tirelessly to save lives and improve the health and well-being of millions of people around the globe.

With the floods in Pakistan, I am especially grateful to personnel who are working around the clock to address the devastating crisis afflicting approximately 20 million Pakistani people. Our priority is to ensure that Pakistanis get the shelter, food, clean water and medical assistance that they need.

On this day, we also remember Sergio Vieira de Mello, the late Special Representative of the Secretary General in Iraq, and 21 of his humanitarian colleagues who lost their lives in the tragic bombing of the Headquarters of United Nations in Baghdad on 19th August 2003.”

As we mark World Humanitarian Day, USAID has provided immediate assistance from the American people to the flood-affected people of Pakistan. Watch and share this new video for a glimpse into just some of what USAID has provided on behalf of the American people at http://www.usaid.gov/pakistanflooding/video.html

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Foods That Fight Inflammation 2

 

It is important to fight inflammation in your body to counteract the damage that can cause cancer, heart disease and diabetes among other diseases and conditions. Getting enough sleep is one way to do this, but it isn’t the only tool in your arsenal.

You can reduce your risk of serious disease by making your that your diet includes food that fights inflammation. Yesterday, I introduced this topic and shared two of the important foods that you need to consume. Today, I’ll finish the list with three more food that fight inflammation.

Cherries

The type of cherry you choose is important. It is the tart cherry that fights inflammation. The darker the cherry the better. If the taste is too bitter for your liking when eating them out of hand, consider baking them in a pie or cobbler. You can have your desert and fight inflammation too.

Cabbage

I have to admit that before a few months ago, we never ate cabbage. I always thought of it as the stink vegetable. That was before I found out how tasty and easy to prepare cabbage is. Simply boil it and shred it for a great side vegetable. or, if you prefer, turn it into cole slaw and use it up with sandwiches for the week. Either way, you’ll get plenty of substances that will fight off bacteria and lower your cancer risk.

Artichokes

Did you know that artichokes are the super vegetables of antioxidant power? Beside lowering your risk for disease, they also have anti-aging properties and they boost your immunity! Whoo hoo, you can’t beat that. Make sure that you include artichokes in your diet on a regular basis. Your body (and your family) may thank you later.

Of course your diet should include lots of other healthy foods, too, to make sure that your body gets all of the nutrition it needs.

FoodEssentials.com

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Choose The Best Endodonist and Save Your Tooth

Root canal remedy is in addition to called endodontics. This will be style of therapy or progression that is provided for at Estetica Dentist Surrey, that is required when damage will have reached the pulp of your own teeth and contain become infected. When there is severe infection of your pulp or the nerve, an abscess may well make also tissues around the tooth could get enflamed in addition to deposited with pus. This might cause can be much pain also discomfort seeing as the nerve endings are already well exposed, not which you can mention the pain that infections cause. If this and is not taken care of with Root canal, the tooth may have a very that one could be pulled out. We all know that enduring teeth grow only once also then much care is required you could save it.
Other than this kind of medication involves surgical remedies, it and is not painful as local anaesthetics are employed before the surgery. Basically, its goal is which you could take away all infected parts at the tooth which you can prevent it from further spreading. The root canal itself, given that it could be the one that and is infected, is taken away and the cleaned-out tooth and is therefore disinfected properly before filling it in.
Seeing as the nerves of the tooth have been taken away, the tooth will eventually darken, which and is why the dentist will possess a you can carry out special treatment options you can mask the discolouration. A crown often and is the wholesome option as it will and provide the much-required strength also support needed by a dead tooth.

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