Health News Archive - December 08, 2005


U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high - 77.6 years - and deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke continue to drop, the government reported Thursday. Still, half of Americans in the 55-to-64 age group have high blood pressure, and two in five are obesee

An increase in exposure to ultraviolet radiation as result of ozone depletion in the stratosphere could in future lead to a considerable increase in the incidence of cataracts in the US population, researchers report.

The drug tamoxifen, usually used to treat or prevent breast cancer, may help short boys attain a normal adult height, researchers report.

Black women, health care workers, and overweight women are at increased risk for carrying group B streptococcus (GBS) during pregnancy, new research suggests.

By Wayne L. Westcott Wayne L. Westcott As the weather turns colder, and outdoor cycling, running and walking become less appealing, many people give up their aerobic activities until springtime.

Visions of drowning friends plague Sassy, a young mother. Joe, a nightclub disc jockey, sleeps only three hours a night, and Ishanti worries because her dead cousin's child has stopped speaking. They are some of the walking wounded of Hurricane Katrina.


When someone suffers a stroke, 1.9 million nerve cells in the brain die each minute, and the oxygen-starved brain ages about 3.6 years each hour -- further emphasizing the need for rapid treatment -- researchers say.

The jury in the first federal case against drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc.'s Vioxx adjourned on Thursday after deliberating for about two hours over whether the painkiller contributed to a Florida man's death.

LONDON (Reuters) - Baby pacifiers can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death in babies under a year old, according to new research published on Friday.

A pandemic of bird flu could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion, according to two estimates released on Thursday.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'