Health News Archive - June 04, 2005

The only thing I knew about Poison Ivy, other than her rivalry with Batman, was that old rule of thumb: "Leaves of three, let it be." But in the brush-filled back lot we wanted to clear for a new swing set, it seemed everything came in threes - maples, oaks, gum trees, clover.


The mention of West Nile virus can send some people into an unwarranted panic. But did you know that Lyme disease infected more than 23,000 Americans in 2002, more than double the number of those infected by West Nile?


For many at the cutting edge of gene therapy, the problem is, literally, how to get it there. Some of the most challenging kinks still to be worked out in this field have less to do with the gene part of the equation and more to do with the delivery system, better known as vectors.


How can the government help Americans stop smoking? New research suggests that higher tobacco taxes will do the trick, and stricter no-smoking rules in the workplace aren't a bad idea either.

Investigators have developed genetically engineered hens that lay eggs containing high levels of anti-cancer antibodies.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.