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Health News Archive - July 28, 2005

Abstract Herpes simplex virus (HSV) encephalitis is a life-threatening consequence of HSV infection of the central nervous system. Although HSV encephalitis is rare, mortality rates reach 70 per cent in the absence of therapy and only a minority of individuals return to normal function.

By Ceri Radford ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) - The sound of "yo yo yo lue lu" conjures images of remote valleys and snowy peaks, but every Friday the distinctive notes drift through a classroom window and across the Swiss city of Zug's industrial district.

By Philip Pullella PIETRASANTA, Italy (Reuters) - If Michelangelo were alive today, he might well be sculpting, teaching and losing his notoriously short temper right here in "Holy Stone." This is Pietrasanta, the Tuscan town that is part artist's colony, part sculpture workshop, part open-air museum, part gallery and part state of mind.

By Megan Goldin SANUR, West Bank (Reuters) - Overlooking a West Bank valley where the biblical Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery are two settlements that may become a last bastion for opponents of the Israeli government's withdrawal plans.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pooled data from 13 trials indicate that, overall, long-term Strattera therapy for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder has a little effect on children's height and weight. Dr. Thomas J.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States can start to transform its fragmented mental health care system requiring insurers to treat mental illnesses like any other disease, a group of 16 organizations proposed on Wednesday.

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Food and Drug Administration came under attack on Tuesday from U.S. Democrats who said the agency needs more power to order safety warnings on prescription medicines.

LONDON (Reuters) - The body that regulates British doctors won an appeal on Thursday against a ruling that gave a terminally ill patient the right to stop doctors from withdrawing food and drink when he will be close to death.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The antiseizure drug topiramate, sold under the trade name Topamax, reduces body weight and blood pressure in obese patients with high blood pressure (hypertension), according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In evaluating patients who have chest pain, some emergency room physicians too often order unnecessary tests and hospitalizations out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, according to a new study.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.