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NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (REUTERS) – A new once-a-week asthma drug proved safe and helped stabilize lung function for up to 15 days in an early clinical trial say researchers at the University of Virginia. (More) 

Diet and exercise are factors for gallstones 
NEW YORK, 19-Jan. (Reuters) -- Low physical activity and a diet high in fats and sugar boost the chances of developing gallstones, while an active lifestyle and low-fat diet appears to protect against them, according to an 8-year study by Italian and American researchers. (More)

Passive smoking tied to breast cancer risk 
NEW YORK, Feb 25, 1999 (Reuters Health) – Exposing girls to passive cigarette smoke in the home before age 12 boosts their risk of breast cancer later in life more than four times compared to women with no such exposure according to a new study. If those women later smoked, their risk jumped more than seven-fold. (More)

TV violence influences sexual risk-taking 
NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (Reuters) – In the first study to examine a link between TV and sexual risk-taking, researchers at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia found that black teenage girls who watch violent television shows engage in more risky sexual behavior. (More)

Promoting breastfeeding among teen moms 
NEW YORK, Sep 23, 1998 (Reuters) – Boosting the number of adolescent mothers who breastfeed their newborns may be achieved by targeting educational efforts at poor, young mothers during the later stages of their pregnancies, and by removing barriers to breastfeeding at schools and work, according to a study. (More)

Peanut risk threatens hypersensitive kids 
NEW YORK, July 15, 1998 (Reuters) — Severe allergic reactions to peanuts can be life threatening, and occur with the first exposure, often before age 3 say researchers in New York. (More)

Colon cancer vaccine shows promise
NEW YORK, Dec 31 (Reuters Health) -- An experimental colon cancer vaccine may help treat some patients who have already developed the cancer, a new study suggests.  (More)

Radioactive gas did not boost thyroid disease
SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 1999 (Reuters Health) -- Children growing up near federal nuclear reactors in Eastern Washington did not suffer a boost in thyroid disease as a result of radiation released into the air during the 1940s and 1950s, according to the results of a federal study released Thursday. (More)

Antibiotic may worsen E. coli infection
NEW YORK, 9-April-99 (Reuters) -- An antibiotic often used to treat serious E. coli infections may do more harm than good say Japanese researchers. (More)

Antisense DNA blocks tumor growth in mice
NEW YORK, Aug 10, 1998 (Reuters) – A snippet of genetic material known as antisense DNA can block a tumor promoting-gene in cancer cells and help prevent them from growing in mice, a study suggests. The researchers say a similar approach added to chemotherapy might help prevent relapse in humans with Burkitt's lymphoma, the type of cancer cells injected into the mice. (More)

The right yogurt may reduce cholesterol
NEW YORK 24-Feb.-99 (Reuters) A cup of yogurt a day may keep the heart doctor away, but not just any yogurt will do say researchers in Lexington, Ky. (More

Treating bacteria may reverse stomach damage
NEW YORK, Sep 28 (Reuters) -- Contrary to previous reports, damaged stomach cells may recover function after treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacteria that causes ulcers of the stomach and upper portion of the small intestine, report Italian researchers. (More)