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Proceed To Article Public Concerned About The Safety Of Blood Transfusions
Results from two new surveys announced today by The Coalition for Transfusion Safety, a new consortium dedicated to elevating awareness of the need for safer blood transfusions, uncover significant concerns about the safety of the US blood supply among the general public and health professionals. More...

Proceed To Article Does Global Warming Spread Disease
The physician author of an article appearing in the August 2000 issue of Scientific American is worried. He is worried that effective, corrective measures to global climate changes will not be instituted soon enough to ward off coming problems. He is worried that multiple factors are destabilizing global climate systems and could cause the planet to jump out of its current state and that at any time; the world could suddenly become much hotter. His main worry is that this sudden, catastrophic change is the ultimate health risk. More...

Proceed To Article St. John's Wort
St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a long-living, wild-growing herb with yellow flowers that has been used for centuries to treat mental disorders as well as nerve pain. In ancient times, doctors and herbalists (herb specialists) wrote about its use as a sedative and antimalarial agent as well as a balm for wounds, burns, and insect bites. Today, the herb is a popular treatment for mild to moderate depression; it also is used to treat anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, and sleep disorders. More...
Proceed To Article Which Comes First, Depression Or Obesity?
At a recent meeting in Chicago, a speaker, Scott Goldsmith, MD, of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, revealed that one in four persons seeing a primary care physician about weight problems has an active psychiatric illness, usually depression. These people often attribute distressed moods to their excess weight, he noted, rather than recognizing that depression or anxiety may have triggered their overeating. More...

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