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Archive Health News: May 2009
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   Hospital sued for letting woman die
  - The Star, May 29, 2009

  New York (U.S.A) - The family of a woman who died on a hospital floor, struggling to get up while staffers ignored her, has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city for US $2mil. They are, however, awaiting a full investigation into what happened at the Kings County Hospital Centre in Brooklyn where the victim died. The death of the 49-year-old woman was recorded on a hospital security video.  

   Green tea helps inhibit AIDS
  - The New Straits Times, May 26, 2009

  A chemical found in green tea can help inhibit sexual transmission of the virus which causes AIDS, a study reveals. Researchers at Germany’s University of Heidelberg said they determined that the green tea polyphenol, or vegetable tannin, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EEGCG), is capable of neutralizing a protein in the sperm which serves as a vector for viral transmission during sex.

Green tea, which originated in China and is widely consumed in Asia, the Middle East and increasingly in a number of Western countries, is already popular for its antioxidant qualities.

   Research: Turmeric could promote weight loss
  - The New Sunday Times, May 24, 2009

  Latest scientific findings has shown that turmeric could help fight obesity. Researchers from Tufts University in Boston found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric suppresses the growth of fat tissue in mice and human cell cultures. In particular turmeric is effective when added to a high-fat meal. It appears the curcumin prevents the formation of new blood vessels which in turn help expand fatty tissue, which is the cause of weight gain. Following successful experiments on lab mice, the researchers say the next step will be to perform clinical trials on humans.  

   Gingers to help fight nausea
  - The New Sunday Times, May 24, 2009

  Researchers say, ginger, long used as a remedy for upset tummies can help ease the nausea caused by cancer drugs. At the University of Rochester in New York, 614 people with various cancers who were treated with chemotherapy and standard anti-nausea medicated were tested. They were given either a placebo or one of three doses of powdered ginger in a capsule. It was reported that doses of ginger were effective in reducing nausea. The lowest two doses – half a gram and one gram of powdered ginger – were more effective than 1.5 grams.

It is not understood yet how ginger helps relieve nausea in patients though other research has shown that it is a potent anti-inflammatory agent in the gut.

   Testosterone gel poses grave risks for kids
  - The New Sunday Times, May 24, 2009

  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said prescribed testosterone gel for adults can cause serious harm to children. Side-effects of the gel on children can cause enlargement of the genital organs, aggressive behaviour, early aging of the bones, premature growth of pubic hair, and increased sexual drive. Boys and girls are both at risk. Pregnant women, and those who may become pregnant, should also avoid any exposure, since it could lead to birth defects.

The problems arise if adults do not wash their hands well. Since testosterone gel is usually applied to the upper arms or shoulders, adults must cover up to keep children from accidentally touching a spot that has the medicine on it.

Testosterone gel is used by men whose bodies no longer make the sex hormone, or who have very low levels of it. Doctors sometimes prescribe it to women to increase sexual drive, although the FDA has not approve that use.

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