Health News Archive - July 22, 2005


The ever-popular low-carbohydrate diets appear to work because they force people to eat more protein, which consequently suppresses the appetite, not because of a lower carbohydrate intake, according to new study findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


The first-ever study of its kind has found that kids as young as 12 can show a genetic-driven trend toward alcoholism.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A disease discovered in poultry in Russia and suspected to be the country's first case of bird flu is unlikely to pose a threat to humans, a senior Health Ministry official said on Friday.


When it comes to preventing transmission of HIV, public health officials have long advocated abstinence and, barring that, condoms -- both of which have been a tough sell. Now, scientists think they may be on the road to a third alternative: a bacteria-based barrier to keep HIV at bay.

By Daniel Wallis ADJUMANI, Uganda (Reuters) - After the rebels hacked his mother and father to death in front of him, Moses Taban sought sanctuary in an unlikely place.

Hartmut Topf has spent a lifetime trying to comprehend why family firm Topf & Soehne agreed 64 years ago to build crematoria for Auschwitz and enable industrialized mass murder. He knows there can be no satisfactory answer.

Scientists at Galileo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have demonstrated a direct relationship between inflammation and glucose levels. Through its recently established metabolic disease program, Galileo confirmed in preclinical models that inhibiting lipoxygenases, known mediators of inflammatory response, significantly lowers blood glucose levels in animal models of diabetes.

People who've experienced a stroke can lose the ability to use or understand speech, a problem known as aphasia. Now, new research suggests that a short-term type of intense language training called constraint-induced aphasia therapy (CIAT) can improve language function in these patients.


The findings from a study of insulin resistance in Europe suggest that high earnings and an advanced educational level do not always translate into good health.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The build-up of cholesterol plaques in arteries, a common occurrence with aging, contributes to the reduced thinking ability seen in many elderly individuals, but not to depression, according to findings published in the medical journal Neurology. Dr. D. J.