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Health News Archive - July 02, 2005

A WOMAN of 29 has lost her fight against a rare brain disorder which made her want to eat continuously. Abby Redpath was diagnosed at 16 as having Prader-Willi syndrome - a genetic condition in which messages do not reach the brain to tell it the stomach is full.

By Elaine Lies KOBE, Japan (Reuters) - AIDS is a silent tsunami that threatens all of Asia, but the deadly disease can still be conquered if governments take urgent action now, world health officials said on Saturday. One in four new infections occurs in Asia and 1,500 die in the region each day.

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Like picnics and parades, public-service warnings about the hazards of consumer fireworks are a fixture of every Fourth of July celebration. And every year, thousands of Americans ignore that advice, paying with mangled hands, lost vision -- even loss of life.

New insights into how white blood cells boost their ability to fight invading bacteria could someday aid doctors in the fight against "flesh-eating" streptococcus and other pathogens.

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Experts have known that children who snore may be far more likely to have problems with attention and hyperactivity than kids who don't.

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In a typical pro baseball game, a minor or major league catcher stops about 150 pitches, many slamming into his glove at speeds well over 90 mph. Add in pre-game practice throws, and the total number of catches climbs as high as 300 a day, experts say.

By Matthew Green NIAMEY (Reuters) - Ask the man in charge of savingthousands from starving to death in Niger what he thinks of theLive 8 concerts and he shrugs: he hasn't heard of them.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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