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Health News Archive - December 02, 2005

Turkeys at a farm in North Carolina tested positive for a mild, low-pathogenic strain of bird flu which is common in birds and poses no threat to humans, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday.

Sediment left in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina contains an alarming level of contaminants and it could make people sick unless it is cleaned up, an environmental group said on Thursday.

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Wednesday, November 23, 2005, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Medicare reimbursement rate for CPT code 83704, a new code that describes the main component of the NMR LipoProfile(R) test.

LYON, France (Reuters) - French surgeons said on Friday they faced tough ethical questions when they performed the world's first partial face transplant, but decided to go ahead because it was the only way to help the patient.

By Jason Webb BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian novelist Jorge Franco isn't a magical realist. He is just a realist. His novel "Rosario Tijeras" features a corpse that gets taken to a party and a criminal heroine who french-kisses her victims before blowing their brains out.

By Karin Strohecker BERLIN (Reuters) - With a confident smile on his face and a spring in his step, German rail chief Hartmut Mehdorn walks through the buzzing Berlin building site where Europe's largest railway station is going up.

By Michael Byrnes and Gyles Beckford SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Vast, dry Australia and compact, lush New Zealand may be worlds apart in terms of landscape, but they share a recipe for farming success -- they have both abandoned subsidies.

Over time, veins removed from the legs (saphenous veins) and attached to the heart to replace clogged coronary arteries tend to resemble old, sluggish drain pipes. In fact, within five to 10 years of coronary artery bypass surgery, half of all vein grafts become diseased to the point of requiring re-intervention – either repeat open-heart surgery or balloon angioplasty with the insertion of a stent.

Researchers at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease have identified a potential new way to stop brain cell death related to Alzheimer's disease.

A biochemical mechanism that cells use to cope with hypoxia (lack of oxygen) actually cooperates with a less well-known mechanism that helps increase the expression of those hypoxia-sensitive genes, according to investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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