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Health News Archive - November 14, 2005

Indonesia said on Monday a 20-year-old woman has died of bird flu and several other countries also reported more suspected cases in people.

The spread of Asia's deadly bird flu virus has investors scrambling to assess which products or commodities will benefit at the expense of others, with pork producers and drugmakers attracting the keenest focus early on.

By Guy Faulconbridge MOSCOW (Reuters) - Fuad, an illegal migrant from Azerbaijan, is thinking of going home after five years' work as a loader and brick-carrier in Moscow's booming shadow economy. He tells of forced labor, bribes paid to policemen and beatings while in custody.

DALLAS (Reuters) - A blood clot preventer sold by Bristol-Myers Squibb Corp. and Sanofi-Aventis was inferior to the most commonly used blood thinner for the prevention of stroke in patients with irregular heart rhythm, according to a study presented on Monday.

Will they stay in the mountains or will they go down to Muzaffarabad, where water and sanitation problems are causing misery for many earthquake survivors?

By Simon Cameron-Moore DHANNI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Will they stay in the mountains or will they go down to Muzaffarabad, where water and sanitation problems are causing misery for many earthquake survivors? Keith Ursel, emergency field coordinator for the World Food Program in the ruined capital of Pakistani Kashmir, flew into Neelum Valley to find out what villagers in the highlands would do when food supplies run low and the Himalayan winter sets in.

DALLAS (Reuters) - An experimental heart failure drug made by Abbott Laboratories Inc. when added to standard treatment was significantly more effective than the standard treatment alone in hospitalized patients, according to a study released on Monday.

DALLAS (Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories Inc.'s drug to lower blood fats called triglycerides failed its primary goal in a large trial of significantly reducing heart attacks and coronary deaths among patients with type II diabetes, researchers said on Monday.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Merck & Co. Inc. said on Monday that regulators will allow it to sell its injectable antibiotic Invanz as a treatment for foot infections associated with diabetes.

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Getting chilly can bring on a cold, British scientists said on Monday, overturning medical orthodoxy that says there is no connection between developing the viral infection and a drop in body temperature.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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