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Health News Archive - April 13, 2005

tara@wvgazette.com Children who grow up in troubled homes are more likely to suffer as adults from diseases of the body, such as cancer and heart, lung and liver disease, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher who will give a free public lecture Monday at Charleston's Embassy Suites hotel.

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The cost of most popular, brand-name drugs used by older Americans has risen by 7.1 percent in the past year -- a new record, according to an AARP report released Tuesday.

Orlando Velarde is one of 32,000 or more New Mexicans infected with a liver disease called hepatitis C. He learned he had it in 1999, while hospitalized for a blood clot in his arm. He probably had been sick for two decades. But like many people with hepatitis C, he had no symptoms.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.