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Health News Archive - December 15, 2005

By Coffey, Donna; Kaplan, Alan L; Ramzy, Ibrahim Context.-Gynecologic specimens are commonly submitted for intraoperative consultation, primarily to confirm the presence and histologic type of malignancy, as well as to determine the adequacy of resection by examining the surgical margins.

By Anton, Rose C; Wheeler, Thomas M Context.-Preoperative fine-needle aspiration of thyroid lesions has greatly diminished the need for surgical evaluation.

European healthcare experts endorsed the safety of Roche's flu drug Tamiflu on Thursday and recommended its use for preventing illness in young children, who may be particularly at risk from the disease.

Mexico's Tarahumara Indians are struggling to preserve one of the world's toughest endurance contests: a race of up to 100 miles over flinty mountain tracks while kicking a ball.

Scientists called on European governments on Thursday to back the promise of nanomedicine or risk trailing the United States in the race to develop better ways to treat and diagnose diseases such as cancer.

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Memory exercises and stress reduction coupled with a healthy diet and regular physical exercise improves memory in older adults, a study shows.

By Charnicia E. Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While there is never a good time to start smoking, new research shows that women who light up before their first full-term pregnancy may slightly increase their risk of breast cancer after menopause.

LONDON (Agence de Presse Medicale) - The European Medicines Agency's scientific committee will investigate a possible link between glitazone therapies and macular oedema, the agency announced on Thursday.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) arthritis in patients with juvenile arthritis can be relieved with corticosteroid injection, investigators report.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A diet rich in the amino acid leucine might help prevent the muscle loss that typically comes with aging, new animal research suggests.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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