Health News Archive - December 14, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Guidant Corp has filed reports with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about three new deaths associated with short circuits in its heart devices, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.


The use of anabolic steroids to improve performance has rocked the world of amateur professional sports, and a new animal study suggests these performance-enhancing drugs may also be addictive.

A high lean body mass - calculated using an equation to determine body mass minus the fat -- may lower the risk of prostate cancer, a new study indicates.

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Studies show Merck & Co. Inc.'s experimental vaccine to prevent shingles can cut the rate of infection by about half in people 60 and older and help curb related pain, U.S. regulatory staff said in documents released on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Asking the right questions may allow doctors to tell whether a young woman is heading for an eating disorder, a new study suggests.

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetics with mental health conditions are less likely to receive optimum diabetes care, according to the results of a large study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults with gastrointestinal disturbances may blame cow's milk for their symptoms. While some type of allergic reaction may be involved, Finnish researchers report, intolerance to cow's milk is usually not the cause. In a previous study, Dr.

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of bedding that contains no synthetic materials appears to reduce the risk of developing wheezing in infants, Australian researchers report in the American Journal of Public Health. "These findings," lead author Dr. Leigh F.

Minnesota only has 10 percent of the hospital beds it would need if a flu pandemic broke out and has nowhere near enough drugs or ventilators to treat the sickest patients, Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dianne Mandernach said on Wednesday.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regular, long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may protect against the development of actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin condition caused by long-term exposure to the sun, and squamous cell cancers (SCC) of the skin, according to a study conducted in subtropical Queensland, Australia.

Word of the Day
  • A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
The word 'deuteragonist' comes from a Greek word meaning 'an actor of second-class parts'.