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Health News Archive - April 07, 2005

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Two gospels of medicine, preached over and over during the past 40 years, have been the dangers of smoking and the benefits to health of quitting. But a footnote to that gospel is that there's never a guarantee.

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New research shows that the popular, and sometimes controversial, antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) boost serotonin levels on two fronts.

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The government's advice to consumers is similar to what women were told after problems emerged with hormone pills for menopause: Take the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time, and talk with your doctor about what is best for you.

Word of the Day
snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.