Health News Archive - July 11, 2005

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Levitra, an impotence treatment, worked for up to 10 hours in a study of 383 patients, Bayer, the German drugs and chemicals group said on Monday.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dopamine agonist drugs, which are used to control movement problems caused by Parkinson's disease, may lead to pathological gambling and other compulsive behaviors, yet another study has shown.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Supplements that contain ephedra and caffeine-rich guarana, which may be used for weight loss, result in significant cardiovascular and metabolic changes, investigators have found.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Professional baseball players - catchers in particular - may experience significant injury to their catching hand, even when that hand is covered by a padded mitt, study findings show.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The compound that makes curry yellow could help fight skin cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They said curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, interferes with melanoma cells.

Tissue engineering is a relatively new and growing area in the field of medicine. In recent years, tremendous strides have been made in the development of such things as skin grafts, heart valves and blood vessels.

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A 45-year-old transgender woman who received illegal silicone injections at a party in a private home in San Diego has died after nearly a month on life support, the county medical examiner said on Monday.

Obese men may not process carbohydrates as efficiently as obese women, a condition that can, ultimately, lead to a decrease in fitness level and the development of metabolic disorders.

Curcumin, the yellow pigment found in the spice turmeric and a key ingredient in yellow curry inhibits melanoma cell growth and stimulates tumor cell death, according to a new study.


Fakery is seen throughout the animal kingdom and is especially evident in the realm of mate selection and mating behavior. A puzzling behavior frequently observed in many species is copulation between males and females without the delivery of semen. In a world where reproduction is key to a species, survival, such behavior poses a real mystery.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.