Health News Archive - April 07, 2005


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.


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


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
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.