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
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.