Health News Archive - December 06, 2005


Women who sleep well and have good friends have low blood levels of a rather nasty molecule called interleukin-6, a new study finds.

Nikomedia Tassere ekes out a living as a guard in Ouagadougou, the dusty capital of Burkina Faso. He is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week and receives 25,000 CFA francs a month.

By Katharine Houreld MONROVIA, Liberia (Reuters) - With his ragged child's overalls and 4-foot frame, 11-year-old Zachariah does not look like a typical plantation laborer.

By Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Angry people brandish placards while men in suits scurry into a heavily guarded building -- it's a classic image from world trade and finance meetings but it's not the whole story and it's a little out of date.

New research shows that aging women who sleep well and/or have strong social ties have lower levels of interleukin-6, an immune system protein that promotes inflammation and that tends to increase with age.

Most food and drink advertising to children promotes unhealthy choices and can lead to poor diets, experts said on Tuesday in a report recommending that the government step in if the industry doesn't act.

South Koreans rallied outside the laboratory of an embattled, pioneering stem cell scientist on Tuesday as more than 1,000 women have pledged to donate their eggs for his research.

In a recent survey of US pharmacists, 39 percent of respondents said they were against state laws that would require them to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception, otherwise known as the morning-after pill.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hospitals are not prepared to handle the patients who would arrive after a disaster or a pandemic, most states have few plans in place for coping, and the federal government has not taken charge of such preparation, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The wrinkle fighter Botox may serve up a new therapy for the chronic pain of "tennis elbow," a new study suggests.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.