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Health News Archive - December 28, 2005

A substantial number of patients in the initial stages of a heart attack or severe chest pain crisis -- events lumped together as "acute coronary syndrome" or ACS -- experience extreme stress and fear of dying.

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The drug topiramate, usually used as an anti-seizure treatment, can reduce bingeing and purging in women with bulimia nervosa and improve their quality of life, a new study shows.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials granted conditional approval for Alkermes Inc.'s experimental drug to treat alcoholism in adults, the company said on Wednesday. The drug, called Vivitrex, is an injectable form of naltrexone given once-a-month to help ward off a craving for alcohol.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials have granted conditional approval for Alkermes Inc.'s experimental drug to treat alcoholism in adults, the company said on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cancer researchers urged people on Wednesday to take more vitamin D to lower their risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancer, saying studies showed a clear link. "Our suggestion is for people to increase their intake," through diet or a vitamin supplement, Dr.

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - When clot-busting drugs fail to stop a heart attack, surgery to reopen a clogged artery is the most effective way to treat a patient, cutting the risk of death in half, a new study shows.

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Some patients with severe sickle cell disease may need a lifetime of blood transfusions to reduce the chances of suffering a stroke, data from a new study show.

U.S. health officials have granted conditional approval for Alkermes Inc.'s once-a-month drug to treat alcoholism in adults, when used along with counseling, the company said on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - As add-on therapy for breast cancer, letrozole appears to be more effective than tamoxifen in reducing the risk of the disease recurring, new research suggests. Dr.

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - HIV-positive women diagnosed with genital herpes during pregnancy appear to be quite likely to pass HIV to their infants, according to a study conducted in New York City. Other studies are needed to confirm the relationship, lead investigator Dr.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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