Banning flowers in the hospital?

In the last decade or so, there has been a steadily growing trend in U.K. hospitals of banning bedside flowers. Citing the inconvenience of caring for the blooms, the potential hazard of water dripping onto electronic equipment, and the potential “risk of infection” posed by the stagnant water in vases, medical facilities from Dorset in …

Little fingers are more sensitive

Smaller fingers may create a more precise sense of touch, according to a study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience. Anecdotally, researchers have observed that women tend to have a finer sense of touch than men, but until now it wasn’t very clear why. This new research suggests that it may just have to do with their …

For some women, antidepressants may increase stroke risk

A new study of post-menopausal women between the ages of 50 to 79 found that, those taking antidepressants had a slightly higher risk for stroke than those not taking the medications. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, followed more than 136,000 women for about six years, and found that women taking both selective …

H1N1 vaccine for infants recalled

Sanofi-Aventis, a manufacturer of the swine flu vaccine, voluntarily recalled 800,000 doses intended for infants after tests revealed that the vaccine lost potency with time. The vaccine, distributed in pre-filled syringes and intended for children between the ages of 6 months and nearly three years, was recalled after tests showed that, …

Coffee and tea may lower diabetes risk

People who drink three or four cups of coffee per day have an approximately 25% lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who drink two cups or fewer, according to an analysis of previous research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from 18 different studies involving more than …

More teens are smoking pot

While use of drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamine has declined among U.S. teens, more adolescents are smoking marijuana, according to the results of an annual survey funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed some 47,000 eighth-graders, high school sophomores and high school …

Need to sober up? Coffee won’t help

Despite the widely held belief that coffee can help speed the sobering process, in a new study of mice, researchers confirm what many physicians have already known—drinking coffee when you’re inebriated doesn’t make you sober, it just makes you drunk and awake. And that is an extraordinarily dangerous combination, researchers say, …

Alcohol may increase risk of breast cancer recurrence

For breast cancer survivors, regular consumption of alcohol may increase the risk for a recurrence of the disease, according to research presented this week at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research in Houston. In a study of nearly 1,900 women who had initially been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer between …

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