Health News Archive - June 07, 2005

Key words: Drug safety * Europe * Pharmacovigilance * Post- marketing studies * UK ABSTRACT The granting of regulatory approval allows medical practitioners to prescribe a drug in a controlled way to a group of patients defined within the licence.

TOILET WORRY I have read that loose, pale-coloured stools are a sign of fat malabsorption. I have had consistently yellow, foul-smelling stools (with undigested bits in them) for as long as I can remember. Also, after going to the toilet I often feel nauseous.


Anyone who lights up a joint for medicinal purposes isn't likely to be pursued by federal authorities, despite a Supreme Court ruling that these marijuana users could face federal charges, people on both sides of the issue say. The ruling could be an early test of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' compassion.


The United States could save $8.8 billion a year, or 11 percent of total drug expenditures, if adults substituted generic medications for brand-name drugs.


Mutations in a critical gene that controls heart and blood vessel development in mouse embryos mimics a type of congenital heart disease in humans, according to new research led by Michael S. Parmacek, MD, Director of the Penn Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Patients who take medication for cancer often find themselves with a new problem when their treatment ends.

A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study links regions of two chromosomes to susceptibility for a type of autism characterized by regression in development. Developmental regression can include the loss of previously acquired language, social skills or both.

Carolinas Medical Center is one of only 10 facilities nationwide offering this specialized procedure, which is still experimental but offers hope of dramatic lifestyle improvements for a huge number of Type 1 diabetics.

Adult African-Americans have higher heart weight – a condition that can lead to serious heart disease – at two to three times the rates of whites, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have shown.


Soy appears to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, aid weight loss.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.