Health News Archive - December 03, 2005

Two reports highlight the emergence of a new, highly toxic strain of the bacterium Clostridium difficile that is resistant to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levaquin (levofloxacin), and is causing geographically dispersed outbreaks.

By Dr. Allen Douma Q: My brother was recently told that he has chronic pancreatitis that was caused by too much alcohol. I had been warning him for years but I thought it was his liver that was in danger.

Finding could help people stay slim after dieting, study suggests

In the U.S. alone, the toll is 400 times higher, report says


While the sleep problems that can plague teens and adults are widely known, a new study finds many young children may not be getting enough sack time, either.

In study, coffee lovers with family history of alcoholism found it hardest to quit java

Group of Seven Finance Ministers kicked off a project on Saturday to subsidize production of new vaccines to stem the spread of fatal illnesses throughout the world's poorest nations.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.