Jun 30, 2011, 9:45 p.m.

Europe's E. coli outbreaks linked to Egyptian seeds

LONDON (Reuters) - Imported fenugreek seeds from Egypt may be the source of highly toxic E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France that have killed at least 48 people, according to initial investigations by European scientists. More than 4,000 people across Europe and in North America have been infected in the deadliest outbreak of E. coli so far recorded, which started in early May. Almost all of those affected lived in Germany or had recently traveled there.

Nearsightedness linked to serious eye disease

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who are nearsighted may be nearly twice as likely to also develop glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study that summarizes earlier research. More than two million Americans over 40 have been diagnosed with the eye disease, which is becoming increasingly expensive to treat.

Life after prostate surgery worse than men expect

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly half of men who undergo surgery to treat prostate cancer find themselves with greater incontinence problems and less sexual function than they had anticipated, according to a new poll. Before the surgery, some men in the study had expected to get better urinary and sexual function a year after the procedure -- a misbelief that the researchers say is out of step with the reality of prostate cancer surgery.

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