Health News Archive - December 23, 2005

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men with severe depression are more likely to commit suicide if they abuse alcohol and have "cluster B" personality disorder, which relates to impulsive and/or aggressive behavior, new study findings suggest.

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Father Christmas may live in Iceland -- at least if the efficiency of his helpers is a guide -- in what may help the island's drive to win hearts and tourism from Arctic rivals claiming Santa and his reindeer.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) can be easily, safely, and effectively used by lay people to revive people who experience cardiac arrest in public places, according to an Italian study.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outcomes for people with diabetes who develop pneumonia are worse than for non-diabetics, according to a report from Spain. Diabetes is common among patients with pneumonia, the authors note in their article in the medical journal Chest. Dr.

DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam Hazen, President of HCA's Western Group, has announced that James C. Scoggin, Jr., currently Executive Vice President of the Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, has been appointed President of HCA's North Texas Division.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Orally disintegrating tablets, which dissolve on contact with saliva without the need for water, may help people with swallowing difficulties take their pills, researchers report.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For women with anemia of pregnancy related to iron deficiency and requiring treatment, intravenously administered iron increases hemoglobin faster and more effectively than iron pills, according to results of a Turkish study.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It seems that one of the dilemmas facing women undergoing in vitro fertilization need not be a bar to a successful outcome. Usually, IVF produces more embryos than are need for implantation in the womb.

Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk faked data in a landmark paper that purported to show he and his team produced tailored embryonic stem cells and cloned a dog.

Cereals, breads and other products containing whole or milled barley grain can now claim to reduce the risk of heart disease, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

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  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
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