Health News Archive - December 21, 2005

One third of English NHS trusts are not doing enough to stop the spread of a potentially fatal infection, health watchdogs said on Wednesday.

Mexican Indians have grown maize, worshiped nature and lived by the light of pine torches in the canyons of the western Sierra Madre mountains for centuries. But this way of life is abruptly changing.

By Peter Murphy BOUAKE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Charles Gnahore was panicking: his dilapidated moped had run out of gasoline and he was due in the studio to present the evening news.


Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a "pleasure spot" in the brains of rats that may shed light on how food translates into pleasure for humans.

By Robin Pomeroy VALLETTA, Malta (Reuters) - Emmy Bezzina is a frustrated and angry man. Frustrated because he is unable to divorce a wife he left years ago, angry at his country's ban on divorce that he says makes Malta the laughing stock of Europe.

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - He is 29 years old, bearded, exhorts his troops to fight in the name of Allah and speaks Russian with a heavy Chechen accent. Not long ago, that would have perfectly described one of Moscow's most bitter foes.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- VITAS Innovative Hospice Care(R), the nation's leading hospice provider, today announced it has received state authority and Medicare certification to open VITAS Innovative Hospice Care(R) of Kansas City.

One acre of genetically engineered tobacco plants can produce enough anthrax vaccine to inoculate the entire U.S. population safely and inexpensively, a molecular biologist at the University of Central Florida said on Tuesday.

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat the most common type of kidney cancer on Tuesday, hailing it as a major advance in slowing tumor growth.

Corrects name of a school in 11th paragraph By Alan Elsner MOUSIE, Kentucky (Reuters) - In a battle against persistent, deeply entrenched poverty, where adult illiteracy, unemployment and drug addiction are rife, teachers in the U.S. Appalachia region have unleashed a new weapon -- granny power.

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.