Health News Archive - December 22, 2005

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun Dec.


Signs that the H5N1 bird flu virus may be developing resistance to frontline drug Tamiflu in some patients are not necessarily a cause for alarm, a senior World Health Organization official said on Thursday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dannon Co. Inc., the U.S. unit of France's Groupe Danone said on Thursday it will launch its Activia yogurt in the United States next month -- a product it says improves digestive health.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Daily supplementation with omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil) prevents a potentially-deadly decline in heart rate variability (HRV) associated with exposure to indoor air pollution, researchers from the US and Canada report.

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Popular bipartisan legislation to try to halt the spread of methamphetamines already devastating some rural U.S. communities was delayed until next year by the Senate on Wednesday.

Adults with painful osteoarthritis of the knee may find relief by rubbing on a gel containing the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac (sold as Arthrotec or Voltaren), results of a German study demonstrate.

Women and African-Americans are under-represented in lung cancer clinical trials, clinicians report in the journal Cancer.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 21 million elderly and disabled people will be covered by Medicare's new prescription drug program that starts next year, officials of the U.S. health insurance program said on Thursday.

We may not know the specifics of how exercise impacts depression and other mental health conditions, but since numerous studies show it to be beneficial, there is little harm in participating in it for that purpose, according to Harvard mental health experts.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday said Medicare's new prescription drug program was off to a strong start with more than 21 million elderly and disabled people set to receive coverage on January 1.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.