Health News Archive - July 14, 2005

Researchers have constructed a new detailed map of the three-dimensional terrain of a synapse -- the junction between neurons which are critical for communication in the brain and nervous system. The "nano-map," which shows the tiny spines and valleys resolved at nanometer scale, or one-billionth of a meter, has already proven its worth in changing scientists' views of the synaptic landscape.

Keywords: AA amyloidosis, protein losing enteropathy, diarrhea, octreotide, corticosteroid, ^sup 99m^Tc-diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid human serum albumin scintigraphy Abbreviations: BUN, blood urea nitrogen; CRP, C reactive protein; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate; GI, gastrointestinal; HSA-D, diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid human serum albumin; RA, rheumatoid arthritis; SAA, serum amyloid A; WBC, white blood cell Abstract This report concerns two patients with severe protein losing enteropathy and refractory diarrhea due to AA amyloidosis who were successfully treated with corticosteroid and octreotide.

By Caroline Brothers BERN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Despite criticism and years of red-tape, Italian architect Renzo Piano, designer of some of the world's most iconic landmarks, is forging ahead with a London skyscraper known as the "Shard of Glass." In a recent interview before the opening of another work -- a museum for the work of modernist artist Paul Klee in the shape of three waves in the Swiss city of Bern -- Piano said architects should not shy from taking risks.

By Alonso Soto HARVARD, Ill. (Reuters) - Roy Peraza, a Cuban-born pastor in one of America's fastest-growing Protestant denominations, trolls this sleepy town's supermarkets and restaurants in search of new Latino converts.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many women with heart disease continue to have sex into their 70s, according to new research, and most of these women experience problems with sexual function.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given final approval for its generic capsule version of Aventis Pharmaceutical Inc.'s popular allergy drug Allegra.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early restoration of blood flow to the heart after a heart attack saves lives in the short term and a new study shows that the early survival benefits associated with so-called reperfusion therapy last for at least 20 years and probably for the rest of a person's lifetime.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers have developed a tiny heart pump specifically for use in children, even newborns, with heart failure, a condition in which the failing heart pumps less blood than the body needs.


Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report released on Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon allow passengers who require medical oxygen to use certain portable oxygen concentrators on board for use during air travel.

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.