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Health News Archive - November 17, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women with diabetes are at increased risk for developing cancer of the colon and rectum, according to a report from Sweden. The findings are based on an analysis of data pooled from 15 studies, which included more than 2.5 million subjects.

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Obese patients who took the diet drug Meridia and received intensive weight-loss counseling lost twice as much weight as patients who only took the drug, according to a study released on Wednesday.

ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche said on Thursday its Actemra drug, developed by Japanese partner Chugai, was better than current standard treatments in preventing the progression of joint destruction in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

In November 16 story headlined, "60 years after Nuremberg trials, legacy remains," please read in seventh paragraph ... known as "Einsatzgruppen" ... instead of ...

Despite a worldwide alert for a deadly form of bird flu, Americans can eat their traditional Thanksgiving turkey without fear of illness, two senior U.S. disease fighters said on Thursday, one week before the holiday.

In men with prostate cancer, a small prostate size is associated with higher grade, more advanced prostate cancer, and a greater risk of disease progression, according to a new report.

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Once-daily use of a new extended release (ER) formulation of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin is as effective as twice-daily intermediate-release (IR) ciprofloxacin in clearing up urinary infection in women, according to researchers.

LONDON (Reuters) - Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help to delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, French scientists said on Thursday.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study of the effects of the nationwide 'Back to Sleep' campaign -- an initiative launched in 1994 to encourage mothers to place their babies on their backs rather than their stomachs to sleep -- shows that this campaign has helped to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases overall in the United States.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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