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Health News Archive - July 01, 2005

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government launched a series of tough anti-cigarette adverts on Friday with the message that smoking is bad for your sex life because it makes men impotent and women ugly.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drug and chemicals group Bayer cited on Friday a study that showed the active ingredient in Aspirin lowered the mortality rate in recurring intestinal cancer. Taking the drug regularly also lowered recurrence of the disease by 48 percent, it said in a statement.

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Adverse reactions to medications forced an estimated 4.3 million Americans to see doctors in 2001, federal researchers report, in what they call the first national survey of its kind.

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Premature deaths due to smoking cost the United States about $92 billion in lost productivity from 1997 to 2001, up about $10 billion from 1995 to 1999, according to a new federal report.

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Although most children share a less-than-glowing opinion of smoking, a significant number -- about 25 percent -- believe cigarettes aren't addictive and kicking the habit is easy, a new study suggests.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of a flexible CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device that adjusts pressure with inhalation and exhalation can boost adherence to CPAP therapy in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, research shows.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescent girls who always use condoms correctly are indeed protected from common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a new study. However, the findings also show that only 16 percent of the young women used condoms properly.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low birth weight (LBW) and preterm birth are more frequent in babies born through assisted reproductive techniques (ART), a study from Australia shows. The study also shows that use of fresh rather than frozen embryos appears to be one risk factor for these outcomes.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Results of an Italian study confirm that heavy smoking doubles the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the lymph nodes.

PHILADELPHIA, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Nicholas, President of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and its local affiliate District 1199C, announced today that contract negotiations covering more than 50 contracts with Delaware Valley hospitals and health care institutions were successfully concluded at all but one facility.

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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