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Health News Archive - July 11, 2005

THEY are gorgeous and glamorous - and hungry for fame. But an exclusive Sunday Mail survey has discovered top female celebrities are literally starving themselves for stardom.

By Daniel Flynn MADRID (Reuters) - A gold seal emblazoned on the stone altar of a house in a wealthy Madrid neighborhood reminds the young men of Opus Dei of their mission.

By Jon Herskovitz and Kim Yoo-chul SEOUL (Reuters) - The old problem of school bullying has taken a modern twist in South Korea, where gangs use the latest communications technology and form mini-crime syndicates that combine gangs from several schools.

By Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - In this Roman Catholic country where mothers are usually adored like living saints, a series of baby killings has shaken Italian faith in "Mamma." Maria Patrizio, a 29-year-old woman from the northern lakeside town of Lecco, admitted in June she had drowned her 5-month-old son in the bath and then staged a robbery to try to put the blame on thieves.

By Matthew Green NIAMEY (Reuters) - He wore a flowing black turban that revealed only his eyes, but Mariama Oumarou recognized him at once -- it could only be her master.

By Andrew Hammond DUBAI (Reuters) - At a downtown Dubai hotel crammed full of prostitutes, a Russian lady caked in make-up boasts about all the rich clients she's been hanging out with of late.

By Surojit Gupta CALCUTTA, India (Reuters) - Once known as the Jewel of the East, the Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta, former capital of colonial India, has seen better days.

By Elizabeth Fullerton ANTWERP (Reuters) - In Antwerp, the world's diamond capital, traders seal multi-million-dollar gem deals with a simple handshake and the Yiddish word "mazel," meaning "luck," just as they have done for the past 600 years.

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - New figures from South Africa suggest that more than 6.5 million of the country's 47 million people may now be HIV-positive. The figure is a sharp jump on previous estimates and is likely to fuel debate on the extent of the country's HIV/AIDS pandemic.

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A rapid drop in air pressure -- as opposed to cold weather -- may trigger some heart attacks, research shows.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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