Health News Archive - December 19, 2005


Three-year old Jack Law used to be so nervous when he went to hospital for regular scans he had to be sedated, only coming round several hours later. This time it was different, and a lot quicker.


Customers at Huang Wen-liang's organic restaurant in Taipei fall into three categories: people committed to living healthy, those who fear dying and the curious.

By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Everything old is new again for many of the best known U.S. brands. From Walt Disney Co. to Anheuser-Busch Cos Inc.

Results of a new study lend support to the idea that people's eating habits vary according to the season, with people eating more in the fall and winter. What's more, their body weight and physical activity levels also appears to follow suit in many cases.

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - California researchers have found no link between cocaine use and hardening of the arteries in a study of more than 3,000 adults.

Children harboring a particular variant in the TNF gene who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk of frequent respiratory-related absences from school, researchers at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, report.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Hearing loss may be more common than previously reported in children with cancer who have undergone chemotherapy with highly effective platinum-type drugs such as cisplatin and carboplatin, researchers report.

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A commonly used method for assessing heart disease risk appears to underestimate women's risk for significant atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) when they have a family history of early heart disease, investigators at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions report.

The La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology (LIAI) is making significant strides in the battle against the avian "bird" flu, with pre-clinical trials under way on a potential treatment conceived by one of its scientists.

Scientists have identified 570 genes that act abnormally during the development of Parkinson's Disease, a finding which could help doctors predict the likelihood of it developing, and provide targets for new treatments.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.