Health News Archive - November 01, 2005


People who endure the seasonal misery of pollen allergies may one day find relief in a bowl of rice, researchers reported Monday.

Doctors in Canada have discovered that treating high-risk prostate cancer patients with radiation therapy and adding hormone therapy for more than one year allows patients to live longer, have better control of their prostate specific antigen levels and lowers the rate of death specifically from prostate cancer, according to a study published in the November 1, 2005, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO.

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. plan for helping handle a pandemic of deadly bird flu, to be outlined by President George W. Bush later on Tuesday, is expected to center on strengthening the vaccine industry.

By Lindsay Beck PYONGYANG, North Korea (Reuters) - It's harvest time in North Korea but there is no grain for sale in the markets. There are few signs of tractors in the rice fields that cover every inch of arable land in the isolated communist state.

By Emmanuel Braun BOA VISTA, Cape Verde (Reuters) - Loggerhead turtles flock to Cape Verde's quiet, white beaches to lay their eggs but the tranquillity that draws them may be under threat as the West African islands try to lure more sun-seekers.

The Immune Response Corporation (Nasdaq Capital Market:IMNR) announced today the appointment of Joseph F. O'Neill, M.D., M.P.H. as its new Chief Executive Officer and President, succeeding John N. Bonfiglio, Ph.D. Dr.

Brisbane-based Adipogen Pty Ltd has raised a further $2.25 million to support the development of a novel treatment for obesity.

New research shows that idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP), a group of potentially fatal disorders that affects the lungs, may be caused by an interaction between a specific genetic background and cigarette smoking. In a study of 111 families that had at least two relatives with IIP, people who smoked cigarettes were three times more likely than non-smokers to develop the disease. The research was supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), both institutes within the National Institutes of Health.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hot flushes remain an important and seriously under-played side effect of tamoxifen and other hormone treatments for breast cancer, leading some women to skip their medication, according to a UK survey of 200 women with breast cancer.

COPENHAGEN/LONDON (Reuters) - Cambridge Antibody Technology is buying two experimental cancer drugs from a unit of Denmark's Danisco for up to $16 million to boost its drugs pipeline, the UK biotech firm said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").