Health News Archive - December 04, 2005

LONDON (Reuters) - The minimum age for buying tobacco in England could be raised to 18 from 16 under proposals being considered by the government, a Department of Health spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink alcohol too much, are overweight, or have too much iron in the blood, researchers reported on Sunday.

By PETER GOTT, M.D. Newspaper Enterprise Association Dear Dr. Gott: I've been diagnosed with abnormal protein. I'm told there is no treatment for this condition. I've been treated for arthritis for years, and my doctor tells me it may be the protein causing the pain in my joints.

ABUJA (Reuters) - African scientists and others involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the worst-hit continent opened a conference on Sunday in the Nigerian capital to pool the latest information and ideas.

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.