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Health News Archive - July 01, 2005

In the search for the best fats for a heart healthy diet, trans- and saturated fats have long been recognized as undesirable and those that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are preferred -- with no clear benefit demonstrated for higher levels of either the PUFAs or the MUFAs within recommended limits.

In recent years, researchers have become increasingly interested in developing therapeutic vaccines. Most Americans are familiar with prophylactic, or preventive vaccines, which protect an individual from infections; examples include the common pediatric vaccines as well as the flu shot. But therapeutic vaccines are designed instead to be administered to patients who have already acquired chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis.

Your IQ and extracurricular interests as a teenager may forecast your memory and thinking abilities decades later.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) made public today the findings of Phase I of their investigation of the public health impacts on Kuwaiti Nationals of Iraq's 1990 invasion and seven-month occupation of Kuwait.

By K.T. Arasu CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bales of hay for Japanese beef cattle,soy for tofu aficionados in Taiwan and dolls for American kidsare crossing the oceans in a fast-growing wave of containertrade between the United States and Asia.

By Daniel Sorid SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The next road you travel -- andpay a toll to use -- could be privately owned. Looking for ways to finance highway projects withouthitting the public trough, the U.S. Congress appears set topass a proposal to encourage private ownership of new tollroads.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Friday not to take Liqiang 4 dietary supplement capsules, which contain a drug that could have life-threatening consequences for some users.

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou looks to thelikes of Jackie Chan and Jet Li, who made it big in the Westwith martial arts from the East, for inspiration. What they did with Chinese kung fu he reckons he can dowith his Chinese blend of rap music.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.