Health News Archive - November 03, 2005


The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus thrives in the cooler months between October and March, matching the seasonal peak for common human influenza viruses. This fact is not lost on health experts, who fear the two will marry in a "mixing host," such as a human or a pig, resulting in a lethal hybrid that not only spreads easily between humans, but is packed with the power to kill millions of people.

By Alistair Thomson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Friends laugh raucously and young couples whisper across candle-lit tables, but despite the animation, restaurant manager Frank Ndlovu is not a happy man.

By Edmund Blair CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour began the parliamentary election campaign with a hectic schedule. But he wasn't busy winning over voters.

By Emma Graham-Harrison, MANAS, China (Reuters) - A slice of onion or lemon, some ice-cubes or a mixer of lemonade are some of the tricks Chinese wine drinkers use to help a glass of red slip down.

By Simon Cameron-Moore MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Sickness is increasing among Pakistani earthquake survivors, a U.N. official said on Thursday, after the government dramatically increased the death toll from the disaster.

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Experts praised President George W. Bush on Wednesday for taking what they called an overdue step in asking for $7.1 billion to prepare for a feared avian influenza pandemic, but said it missed out on several important fronts.

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers frustrated with U.S. regulators' slow pace introduced a bill Thursday to force the Food and Drug Administration to decide whether the "morning-after pill" can be sold without a prescription.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Amgen Inc. and Abgenix Inc. said on Thursday a late-stage study found its experimental drug panitumumab helped slow tumor progression in patients with advanced colon cancer who had failed multiple other therapies.

A study led by a scientific team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) provides another important step in our understanding of the critical role that the brain's molecular pathways play in the development of obesity and related disorders.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have deciphered a key part of the regulatory code that governs how motor neurons in the spinal cord connect to specific target muscles in the limbs.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.