Health headlines from this week’s Seattle Times

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Britain’s ‘The Fast Diet’ heads to U.S.
England is exporting its latest diet craze to the U.S. Dubbed “feast and famine,’’ people eat normally five days a week and fast the other two. (Sun, 3/10)

The People’s Pharmacy
Headaches predict rain
People’s Pharmacy on severe headaches before rain, sexual lubricants and Selsun Blue for rosacea. (Sun, 3/10)

Healthful things we love
Kirkland Shamrock Run March 16; Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Dash March 17 (Sun, 3/10)

Fit For Life
Limiting, yes, but the Paleo diet can help you feel better
CrossFit gyms have made the diet even more popular, touting it as a complementary nutrition program to the clubs’ workouts. (Fri, 3/08)

63 ill after eating at one of world’s best restaurants 
Danish food safety officials ordered a cleanup and better food handling at Noma, one of the world’s top restaurants, after more than 60 people fell ill with viral gastroenteritis from eating at the two-star Michelin eatery that has also hit top spot three times in the world’s best restaurants list in Restaurant magazine. (Fri, 3/08)

Damages awarded in J&J’s DePuy hip implant case 
A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled. (Fri, 3/08)

Ore. hospital reviewing facts in missing man case 
A Salem hospital says it is reviewing the facts behind a decision not to inform police that a missing 81-year-old man was safe in the hospital while friends and police spent two days searching for him. (Fri, 3/08)
All things cycling at Seattle Bike Expo

Seattle Bike Expo takes place Saturday and Sunday at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Pier 91. (Thu, 3/07)

Researchers find chemical secret to recapturing youthful brain
The new research, says the study’s senior author, Dr. Stephen Strittmatter, helps point the way to therapies that might allow victims of stroke or spinal cord damage to “set back their brain’s clock” to a stage of development that would foster the rapid relearning of lost ski (Thu, 3/07)

New study links early death, processed-meat consumption
Another study has found an association between eating meat and premature death, this time linking the consumption of bacon, sausage and other processed meats with cardiovascular disease and cancer in a study of nearly a half-million Europeans.(Thu, 3/07)

More gun laws fewer deaths, 50-state study says 
States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study that suggests sheer quantity of measures might make a difference. (Wed, 3/06)

‘We always start CPR,’ Washington medical official says after Calif. facility refuses
Retirement-community officials in Washington are shocked at a nurse’s failure to attempt resuscitation on a resident of a California senior-living facility. The resident, 87, later died. (Tue, 3/05)

CDC urges facilities to act in wake of ‘superbug’ deaths
The CDC warns of a drug-resistant “nightmare bacteria” that attacks the bloodstream and kills up to half of patients who become infected. (Tue, 3/05)

Risks of osteoporosis drug exceed benefit, FDA panel says
Calcitonin salmon has been prescribed to strengthen bones of postmenopausal women since the 1980s. (Tue, 3/05)

Arkansas governor vetoes 12-week abortion ban
The Democratic governor’s veto come less than a week after the state enacted a 20-week ban. That restriction went into effect after the Legislature overrode another veto by Gov. Mike Beebe. (Mon, 3/04)

Language barrier encountered in health-exchange outreach
Officials have to overcome a language barrier with many people in launching a new health-insurance exchange as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. Nearly half a million Washington residents over age 5 speak a language other than English and say they don’t speak English very well. (Mon, 3/04)

Study shows declining life span for some U.S. women
The latest research finds that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation’s counties. Curiously, for men, life expectancy has held steady or improved. (Mon, 3/04)

Baby born with HIV apparently is cured
Specialists say Sunday’s announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus. (Sun, 3/03)