Health News Archive - June 21, 2005

Dear Dr. Gott: For the past five years, from time-to-time, my feet peel. The situation isn't uncomfortable, but it's annoying.


By attaching a chemotherapy drug to a microscopic "nanoparticle," scientists have increased the cancer-killing capacity of the drug while reducing its toxic side effects, experiments in mice show.


A common virus that is harmless to people can destroy cancerous cells in the body and might be developed into a new cancer therapy, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

The immune system is a complex and powerful weapon that provides protection against bacteria and viruses that, if left unchecked, would wreak havoc throughout the human body.

Patients with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis, who were given antibiotics had little difference in symptom relief compared to patients who did not receive antibiotics, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA.

First-degree relatives of black individuals with early-onset lung cancer have twice the risk of lung cancer than first-degree relatives of white individuals with early-onset lung cancer, according to a study in the June 22/29 issue of JAMA.

The recent shortage of flu vaccine, which eventually became a surplus, points to problems with vaccine financing and production. Various solutions to these problems have been proposed, but there has been no consensus on the path to take.

Men should be treated using same guidelines as women say researchers.

Three presentations to the'21st annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology highlighted the effect of the new Italian law on the choices available to infertile parents.

Although there are considerable risks to becoming pregnant later in life, more and more women are choosing to do it, a scientist told the 21st annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").