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Health News Archive - July 31, 2005

Parabens are a group of the alkyl esters ofp-hydroxybenzoic acid and typically include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, and benzylparaben.

By Karen Iley CAXITO, Angola (Reuters) - Angola stepped up its fight against polio on Sunday, with mothers out in force to take advantage of a nationwide immunization drive after the first appearance of the disease in the African country in four years.

BISSAU (Reuters) - Cholera has killed 58 people in Guinea-Bissau since the middle of June and infected more than 4,000 others, with the disease spreading through islands off its Atlantic coast, a health ministry official said on Sunday.

By Debra Sherman CHICAGO (Reuters) - Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. on Sunday said it received approval from European health regulators to sell a heart device that keeps arteries open.

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An expansion of federally funded embryonic stem cell research could pass the U.S. Senate with a veto-proof margin now that the chamber's leader backs the idea, a leading sponsor of the effort said on Sunday.

Word of the Day
dittany
  • An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
The word 'dittany' may come from the name of Mount Diktē in Crete, where it was supposed to grow.
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