The following stories appear in full on today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
There's no relief from the spread of contaminated beef. The UK Food Standards Agency is investigating two consignments of beef in Northern Ireland and Eastbourne in unrelated breaches of BSE controls. Agency officials in Northern Ireland are today examining part of a consignment of fore and hind quarters of beef from the Republic of Ireland, which appears to contain spinal cord or residual spinal cord.
For more information: Beef Seized In Breaches Of BSE Controls
Teenage girls eat half as much as boys but increasing numbers are becoming overweight because they do too little exercise, say researchers. Girls eat 55% fewer calories than boys, and modern teenagers have been shown to consume the lowest number of calories for 40 years.
For more information: Girls 'Eating Less But More Getting Fat'
The design and delivery of mental health services to older persons is a vital societal challenge, in light of the enormous increase in the elderly population that is projected to occur during the first half of this century. The purpose of a report featured in today's Vidyya is to highlight major issues in the field of mental health and aging; to discuss efforts to address these issues, including community-based services; and to identify the crucial challenges that must be confronted in the years ahead and strategies to meet them.
For more information: Older Adults And Mental Health: Issues And Opportunities
Sauna safety, vaccine safety, a new type of artificial heart and research news from the field of medical genetics were all featured prominently in medical journals and in consumer health media last week. Catch up in one place with our short synopsis of key stories from last week's journals.
For more information: It Happened Last Week - A Recap Of Stories From Major Medical Journals
Chicken wings and turkey drumsticks are almost as ingrained in American culture as apple pie and baseball. But the lip-smackin', finger-lickin' good taste is less palatable when the poultry makes people sick. Even harder to swallow are germs that don't respond to drugs that may be prescribed to fight the sickness. New evidence that drugs used in poultry can cause antibiotic-resistant infections in consumers spurred the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) to take action. On October 31, CVM proposed to withdraw the approval of an antibacterial, Baytril (enrofloxacin), used to treat disease in chickens and turkeys.
For more information: Antibiotic Resistance From Down On The Chicken Farm
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