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Health News Archive - December 11, 2005

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Since U.S. doctors began offering laser vision correction in 1995, safety has improved and new methods give people with more severe vision problems a chance to have the procedure. But there's still no guarantee of 20/20 eyesight, and the long-term safety is unknown.

No single sleeping pill stands out as the best, according to a U.S. review of the newer sleep aids on the market.

Word of the Day
prosopography
  • a study of the individuals in a group of people within a specific context and their relationships.
  • In rhetoric, the description of any one's personal appearance.
The word 'prosopography' comes from a Latin word meaning 'description of a person’s appearance' from Greek roots meaning 'face' or 'person' and 'writing'.