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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Health News: Candy poisons over 1000 Philippine kids ♦ In India, 3 of 4 companies adulterating, misbranding food go unpunished ♦ Rare genetic mutations occur more often in schizophrenia patients

In India, 3 of 4 companies adulterating, misbranding food go unpunished Adulterated food can cause cancer, insomnia and other neurological problems, and adulteration is a growing concern across India Three of every four companies found guilty of misbranding or selling adulterated food products get away without any punishment
Candy poisons over 1000 Philippine kids Hundreds of school kids have fallen sick after eating candy in several towns in the southern Philippines, officials say. About 1,350 elementary and high school students were treated in hospitals in nine towns overnight in the province of Surigao del Sur on Friday. They complained of stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and headaches.
Rare genetic mutations occur more often in  schizophrenia patients A new study adds to the understanding of the genetic architecture of schizophrenia. Past research has shown the impact of commonly occurring genetic variants on a person's risk of developing schizophrenia. This new study focused instead on rare coding mutations that affect protein function. It found that patients with schizophrenia have a higher-than-normal share of these mutations.
Out-of-pocket health costs tied to antimicrobial resistance Many government-run public health systems in developing countries have instituted copayments for visits to clinics and prescription drugs. However, the study's authors found evidence to suggest that such policies are associated with increased antimicrobial resistance, likely because high out-of-pocket costs have prompted low-income patients to turn to the black market or informal clinics for antibiotic and antiparasitic drugs.
Factors affecting prescription pain reliever misuse identified People who misuse prescription pain relievers all have one thing in common, researchers have discovered: a history of recent illicit drug use. Researchers also determined that adults aged 50 and above were more likely to acquire pain relievers through more than one doctor, whereas younger individuals were more likely to acquire them from friends, relatives or drug dealers

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