Welcome to this week’s edition of Tuesday Health Talk! Enjoy reading the latest health news.
- Lyle Petersen, West Nile Virus (WNV) expert at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN he expects this year’s West Nile Virus epidemic to be the same as the last four years.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing applications from medical device makers more quickly in recent years, according to an agency report released on Monday. The FDA said it took the agency an average of 335 days to approve devices in fiscal 2006, compared with 438 days in 2005. The fiscal year ends on September 30.
- Young adults who abuse amphetamines may be raising their risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study shows. Texas researchers found that among more than 3 million 18- to 44-year- olds hospitalized in their state between 2000 and 2003, those who were abusing amphetamines were 61 percent more likely than non-users to be treated for a heart attack.
- A highly effective leukemia pill may reduce complications and boost the effectiveness of a treatment for the most common type of stroke, an international team of researchers said on Sunday.
- Soul diva Amy Winehouse has damaged her lungs by smoking crack cocaine and cigarettes, her father said in an interview published Sunday.
- To lose weight and keep it off, eat a big breakfast packed with carbohydrates and protein, then follow a low-carb, low-calorie diet the rest of the day, a small study suggests.