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Health News Archive - June 24, 2005

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Half a million Americans could die and more than 2 million could end up in the hospital with serious complications if an even moderately severe strain of a pandemic flu hits, a report predicted on Friday.

OHSU scientists say low FOXP3 means fewer disease-fighting cells, but new drug may help.

Using the most advanced radiation technology currently available in the region, neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists at the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia have for the first time wrapped beams of radiation around a patient’s spine, relieving pain from several cancerous tumors there while avoiding the spinal cord.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, working in partnership with the University of South Florida, has discovered a new use for an old, previously discredited anti-cancer drug that could add another weapon in the arsenal against several cancers, including tumors of the breast, ovary, colon, skin and prostate.

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The U.S. health-care system, which relies on insurance provided through employment, restrains productivity and leaves too many people without coverage, but ditching the system would be costly, economists say. Some 17 percent of the non-elderly population - about 45 million Americans - have no insurance at all.

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Threadworms dependent on bacteria to survive.

For people with the common movement disorder known as essential tremor, simple tasks requiring fine motor coordination become increasingly difficult, sometimes even impossible.

Scientists have found a new role for a previously identified enzyme that may make it a target for anti-inflammatory treatments.

Eating dark chocolate may have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system in healthy people, the results of a new study suggest.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'