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Health News Archive - November 11, 2005

Scientists in Hong Kong say they may have helped explain why the H5N1 bird flu virus kills so many healthy young adults -- it apparently causes a "storm" of immune system chemicals that overwhelms the patient. The virus could disproportionately affect the young and healthy.

By Kreiter, Ted The Aztec civilization may never rise again, but part of its ancient legacy may be a gift of better health to those who have rediscovered the secret of its prized "running food." In the annals of nutrition history, the last half-century may well be considered the age of the supergrains.

The New Jersey judge overseeing 3,500 Vioxx-related lawsuits in the company's home state, told lawyers earlier this week she wants the next 10 or so trials in her court to involve plaintiffs who took the drug for at least eighteen months, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A Singapore company launched a new test kit on Friday which can detect the deadly avian flu virus in birds and humans in just 10 minutes.

By Orla Ryan BUDUBURAM, Ghana (Reuters) - It is nine years since Comfort York was torn from her family by Liberia's civil war and she does not know if they are dead or alive.

By Tim Large BUJUMBURA, Burundi (Reuters) - Jean-Noel was 12 years old when Tutsi militiamen scooped him off the street and made him lug heavy ammunition as they fought Hutu rebels on the outskirts of Burundi's capital. "It was terrible," he said, declining to be identified by his full name.

By Alistair Thomson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When a crime wave tore through Johannesburg's urban jungle a decade ago, many South Africans retreated to ever bigger, plusher shopping malls where they felt safe from the guns, murder and rape raging outside.

New draft guidelines for male latex condoms published on Thursday call for packaging to include information they reduce, but do not eliminate, the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Evra contraceptive patch contains higher levels of a hormone known to cause blood clots than average birth control pills, U.S. regulators warned on Thursday. The U.S.

By Tim Large BUJUMBURA, Burundi (Reuters) - Jean-Noel was 12 years old when Tutsi militiamen scooped him off the street and made him lug heavy ammunition as they fought Hutu rebels on the outskirts of Burundi's capital. "It was terrible," he said, declining to be identified by his full name.

Word of the Day
plim
  • To swell, as grain or wood with water.
The word 'plim' is probably a variant of the word 'plum'.
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