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Health News Archive - November 18, 2005

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If people avoided major risk factors for cancer, more than a third of the 7 million annual deaths from the disease could be prevented, scientists said on Friday.

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - If people avoided major risk factors for cancer, more than a third of the 7 million annual deaths from the disease could be prevented, scientists said on Friday.

Lounging in a food shack next to a dusty highway, truck driver Manoj grins as he talks about having sex with prostitutes.

Deadly strains of the H5N1 bird flu virus have killed about half of all people known to have been infected and most people assume that survivors should be protected by antibodies and so immune to repeat infections.

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Comfort food for women often means snuggling up with tub of mint chocolate ice cream to wallow in their blues. But for men, comfort foods serve as a reward when life is looking rosy.

By Tansa Musa YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Women who are HIV positive may be more likely to pass the virus to their children during pregnancy if they are also infected with malaria, scientists in Cameroon said on Friday.

By Anis Ahmed GANGACHARA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The mighty Teesta river that has swept away farm laborer Mohammad Taheruddin's home 10 times in the past five decades is now a picture of calm.

By Sebastian Tong SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is wooing top architects such as I.M. Pei and Daniel Libeskind to design an iconic casino building on a par with Sydney's Opera House and Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The traditional practice of using vegetable or other oils to soothe infants' stomachs and stuffy noses can put them at risk of a form of pneumonia, according to doctors.

The October 2005 issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, which commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Hahnemann, the founding father of homeopathy, makes it very clear that homeopathy works and is far from dead.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'