Health News Archive - June 10, 2005

In late 2004, the British government decided to allow a lipid- lowering agent to be sold as an over-the-counter medication. In contrast, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently decided not to do so. The United States and other countries will soon face similar decisions for other statins.

MOST people given the chance to drive a Rolls-Royce might take it for a stately run in the country - not Jeremy Clarkson. No, the motormouth Top Gear host decided it would be a good idea to drive the two-ton Silver Shadow into his local swimming pool.

If the poor or elderly want Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction, they should buy it themselves and not ask taxpayers to foot the bill, a Georgia congressman said Thursday.


Intensive therapy with people who suffered a stroke years earlier seems to improve their speaking ability, a small study suggests, offering hope to stroke victims and their families. Although the experiment needs to be duplicated with a larger, broader group, several experts praised the results.


Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic continue to uncover troubling news about commonly used painkillers, including ibuprofen and Celebrex. The latest data comes from a large British study that found that popular painkillers called NSAIDS -- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- do elevate the risk of heart attack.

The cancer drug rituximab may benefit lupus patients with central nervous system (CNS) complications, according to a new U.S. study.


More evidence is trickling in that aspects of everyday life, including exercise, eating habits and even a common spice, can affect the incidence and course of breast cancer.

More than 15 Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers are presenting their study findings at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Breast Cancer Research Program's "Era of Hope" meeting in Philadelphia, Penn.

Using targeted RNA interference, or RNAi libraries, researchers at Harvard Medical School describe the first large-scale classification of kinase and phosphatase gene families on the basis of their role in apoptosis and cell survival. This study appears in the June issue of Nature Cell Biology.


Eight- to 10-year olds with high cholesterol marginally improve their eating habits after receiving tools to make healthy eating choices and years of dietary advice, according to new study findings.

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'.