Health News Archive - July 01, 2005

By Alison McCook NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Some children with particular genetic patterns appear to process arsenic differently, suggesting that they may be more -- or less -- vulnerable to its effects, according to new study findings.

Home blood pressure monitoring and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring -- two different ways to measure blood pressure outside a doctor's office -- are both effective methods to detect "masked hypertension," according to a study.

Despite improvements in the catchers' mitts used by professional baseball players, the gloves still do not adequately protect players' hands from injury, according to a study by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

New study boosts evidence for link between kids’ sleep and behavior problems.

Using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array technology, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and collaborating institutions have found something much larger: sections of the chromosomes of lung cancer cells where cancer-related genes may lurk.

The risk of developing cancer as a result of being exposed to X-rays during computed tomography colonography (also known as "virtual colonoscopy" or CT colonography) is considerably less than 1 percent, according to an article published today in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Gastroenterology. Researchers say the radiation risk can be further reduced by creating optimized protocols for performing this screening test.

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have determined how white blood cells up the ante against invading bacteria, a finding that may lead to new treatments for infections including those caused by invasive--"flesh-eating"-- Streptococcus bacteria.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drug makers should voluntarily ban consumer-directed advertisements for new prescription medicines for the first two years after their launch, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on Friday.

A multi-site research group working under contract with NIMH finds that Risperidone, one of the newer anti-psychotic medications, is safe and effective for controlling aggressive and violent behavior in autistic children with minimal side effects for up to six months. The medication also decreases repetitive behaviors and increases social interaction with these children.

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.