Health News Archive - December 26, 2005

Bone loss is an often-overlooked consequence of heavy drinking, but recent research has illuminated how alcohol takes a toll on the bones, according to a new report.

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Milk thistle, an herbal remedy used worldwide for liver disease, does not appear to be effective, and there is not enough evidence to conclude that it is safe, an international team of researchers has concluded.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sometimes, when hormones get out of kilter, young girls can enter puberty at too early an age -- before they're even 7 or 8 years old and before they're ready to stop growing and begin sexual maturation.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most children who wet the bed will outgrow it, and treatment is necessary only if bedwetting is upsetting to the child, according to new guidelines from the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS).


A diet that includes diverse sources of fiber may help prevent several major risk factors for heart disease, a study of French adults suggests.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Devices that deliver monochromatic infrared energy (MIRE) are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for certain uses, but it seems they are no better than placebo treatments in reducing the foot numbness experienced by people who have nerve damage related to diabetes.

By Cari Hammerstrom, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas Dec.

By James Mackenzie GLASHUETTE, Germany (Reuters) - Like the intricate, fabulously complicated watches made by its skilled artisans, the former mining town of Glashuette in east Germany is a rarity.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV) infection run the risk of developing CIN -- cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, a type of pre-cancer.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to qualms about deleterious effects on the heart, people with chronic heart failure can safely undertake a resistance training program, Australian researchers report.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.