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Health News Archive - December 27, 2005

By TERRY ENGLAND THE CUTTER INCIDENT: How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis By Paul A. Offit Yale University Press 238 pages, $27.50 You can blame hortages of flu vaccine on botched batches of polio vaccine in 1955.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - MedImmune Inc. on Tuesday said U.S. regulators cleared its new manufacturing plant that will allow it to increase production of its FluMist intranasal flu vaccine.

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Teens who have a secure relationship with their parents show faster development of coping skills than their peers with insecure parental ties, a new study shows.

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Simple exercises conducted on resistance training machines lead to a variety of favorable effects on muscle strength and performance in the elderly, Australian researchers report.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Therapies focused on changing sleep habits may be a good alternative to sleeping pills for older adults with insomnia, a research review suggests.

By Nicole Nascenzi, Tulsa World, Okla., Tulsa World, Okla. Dec.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If Epstein-Barr virus (or EBV) -- the bug responsible for mononucleosis, among other ills -- is reactivated during pregnancy, it may lead to early labor or even stillbirth, according to a new report.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young girls with eating disorders whose growth is stunted by undernutrition may achieve catch-up growth in height if they regain weight soon enough -- but it takes several years, a new study shows.

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's definitely not something to be tried at home, but the poisonous gas carbon monoxide can ease colon inflammation, animal experiments show. "The original impetus for this study," researcher Dr. Scott E.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Genetically modified nerve 'progenitor' cells can be used as mini-pumps to deliver nerve growth factor to the brain, a new study in animals shows. The results suggest such an approach could be used to treat Parkinson's disease and other brain diseases in humans, Dr.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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