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Health News Archive - April 28, 2005

Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder that can affect the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.1 Three decades ago the mean survival in hypothalamic-pituitary sarcoidosis, in a review of 19 cases, was 45 months.2 We report on two patients still alive after diagnosis 20 years ago.

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Vitamin D and calcium supplements appear to have no effect in preventing elderly people from getting fractures, according to the results of two major studies released Wednesday night.

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If your schedule robs you of slumber, you may be setting yourself up for diabetes. But don't press the snooze bar too many times, because oversleeping might bring the same result.

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Insomniacs can now try another sleeping pill for desperately needed slumber. Lunesta, from Sepracor Inc., is the latest entry into the sleep medication market, and it has the distinction of being the only such medication approved for long-term use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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