Health News Archive - April 06, 2005


A monthly injection could help problem drinkers cut back or stop drinking alcohol altogether. That's the conclusion of a study that found alcoholics given a monthly shot of naltrexone were able to reduce their heavy-drinking days from an average of 19 days per month to three days per month.


A test that measures blood levels of a molecule produced by heart muscle appears to be a strong indicator of future cardiac problems among healthy older people, Dutch researchers report.


Brain changes caused by long-term methamphetamine use may not be permanent, according to a new study from the University of California, Davis.

The Compton Aquatic Center at St. George's Independent High School in Collierville is open. While the facility is home to the St. George's swim team, the 28,000-square-foot center will also benefit the entire Collierville, Germantown and Cordova communities.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.