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Health News Archive - April 27, 2005

(CHEST 2005; 127:1437-1441) A 35-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with the chief complaint of progressive dyspnea on exertion for 3 weeks. He also reported a history of night sweats and weight loss of 2 kg within this time period.

NEW YORK, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- When so many so-called "healthy" and "weight control" products contain added sugars, excessive sugar alcohols and hidden trans fats, the question of which "nutrition bar" is best becomes more critical.

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Access to mammography may become a problem for American women if staffing shortages at screening centers continue, according to a new study.

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Direct-to-consumer advertising appears to be affecting prescribing practices, according to new research that shows doctors are influenced by patient requests for antidepressant medications.

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Older Americans have seen modest improvements in their quality of life over the past decade, but many health and economic gains have been slow or uneven, a new AARP report finds.

You have a headache. You go to your medicine cabinet and find a bottle of Advil, Aleve or Motrin, those popular over-the-counter painkillers that some studies have shown may cause heart problems in some patients. Should you take it? Is it safe? Now you have an even bigger headache.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.