Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs.

British shoppers saying nay to meat after horse scandal

LONDON (Reuters) - The discovery of horsemeat in products sold as beef has shocked many British consumers into buying less meat, a survey showed on Monday. The furor, which erupted in Ireland last month and then spread quickly across Europe, has led to ready meals being pulled from supermarket shelves and damaged people's confidence in the food on their plate.

Program cuts down on unneeded scoliosis referrals

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Educating pediatricians about scoliosis seems to cut down on the number of children who are unnecessarily sent to specialists for curves of the spine, according to a new study. Researchers found the number of referrals to orthopedic surgeons in one group of pediatricians fell by over 20 percent in the two years after the program was started, compared to the two years before.

Educational TV tied to fewer behavior problems

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Upping the educational value of what young kids watch on television may help improve their behavior, a new study suggests. It can be hard to encourage families of preschoolers to turn off the TV, but there are plenty of high-quality shows that promote learning and positive relationships rather than violence, researchers noted.

Study says IVF does not increase cancer risk

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Phytopharm hit by failure of Parkinson's drug

LONDON (Reuters) - Phytopharm <PYM.L> said its major drug hope for treating Parkinson's disease had failed in a clinical trial, the latest British biotech company to disappoint after showing early promise. Shares in Phytopharm fell more than 80 percent on Monday after it said its drug, Cogane, showed no benefit over placebo in the treatment of more than 400 patients with early-stage Parkinson's, a neurodegenerative disease.