Health News Archive - November 30, 2005

By Rufat Abbasov BAKU, Azerbaijan (Reuters) - Azerbaijan has an image problem: It is ruled by a dynasty; corrupt officials squander its oil wealth; police beat up protesters and it has just held an election Western observers said was spoiled by fraud.

By Ayat Basma AIN EL-HILWEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - On a quiet autumn night, a mosque loudspeaker shatters the silence in this poor Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.


Swimming with dolphins appears to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, according to new U.K. research.


Americans suffer an estimated one billion colds a year, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and because so many colds occur in the winter time, there has always been a sense that cold weather causes colds.

Pope Benedict said on Wednesday he felt close to victims of AIDS and encouraged efforts to find a cure for the killer disease but avoided the thorny issue of the Roman Catholic Church's ban on condoms.

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A new blood test helps physicians manage their patients' postmenopausal osteoporosis. The Roche Diagnostics' Elecsys N-MID Osteocalcin test has now received clearance from the U.S.

ROME (Reuters) - Your heartbeat accelerates, you have butterflies in the stomach, you feel euphoric and a bit silly. It's all part of falling passionately in love -- and scientists now tell us the feeling won't last more than a year.

LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Wednesday it expected to have four key cancer drugs in final-stage clinical trials next year.

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe is hopeful that international donors will provide cash to increase the number of HIV/AIDS patients on life prolonging anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs, Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said on Wednesday.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Middle-age adults who go on periodic drinking binges may face a heightened risk of dementia later in life, a new study suggests.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.