Health News Archive - December 16, 2005

Using a single embryo for in-vitro fertilization is just as likely to result in a successful pregnancy as transferring two embryos, while reducing the chance of a higher-risk twin conception, according to research released on Friday.

By Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 2002 study showing that hormone replacement therapy raises the risk of heart disease and breast cancer -- scaring many women away from the drugs -- was fundamentally flawed, according to new research.

A "frenzy" of unilateral efforts to prepare for a flu pandemic risks leaving poor countries short of drugs and vaccines and hampering the global fight against a virus, a top health expert warned on Thursday.


The first shipment of U.S. beef to Japan since Tokyo eased a two-year-old ban earlier this week arrived at a Japanese airport on Friday, and Japan's quarantine office declared that the beef met import requirements.

Bent double beneath the harsh midday sun, seven women with babies tightly bound to their backs pluck at clusters of "white gold."

Irina and her friends have no regrets about traveling thousands of miles from their native Latvia to this gray Anatolian town in mid-December. But then they have not come for the weather or the scenery.

Please read headline as "Longer conceptions" instead of "Longer pregnancies." LONDON (Reuters) - Women who take more than a year to conceive are more likely to have a baby boy, according to research published on Friday.

By Graciela Flores NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - During the fall and winter months, as days get shorter and sunlight scarce, some people "get the blues," and soon recover.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rather than having a harmful effect on brain function, radiotherapy for low-grade glioma brain tumors -- one of the most difficult types of cancer to treat -- can restore cognitive function to its pre-tumor level, a study shows.

The antidepressant citalopram (Celexa) may be used cautiously in pregnant women, according to a report from Canada. The researchers report no excess birth defect risk, although an increased risk of "poor neonatal adaptation syndrome" was seen with late use of the drug.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]