Health News Archive - March 13, 2006

LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday that new data showed two years treatment with its anti-cholesterol drug Crestor reversed plaque build-up in the arteries of patients with evidence of coronary artery disease.

Myanmar has reported what is believed to be the secretive country's first case of bird flu, while Afghanistan was checking on Monday to see if it is the latest country to be infected by the deadly disease.

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Levels of the amino acid homocysteine may be high in people destined for a heart attack or stroke, but lowering them with B vitamins and folic acid does not reduce the risk, two studies show.

More Americans are drinking a cup of coffee every day, putting Java virtually neck-and-neck with such soft drinks as cola, according to an industry report released on Saturday.

U.S. shipping companies, which play a vital economic role by moving trillions of dollars a year worth of goods between manufacturers and retailers, are busy making plans in case a dreaded bird flu pandemic hits the United States.

When Kuna Indian medicine man Mandiuliguina Flores speaks, everyone listens. For his dark-skinned indigenous audience, the albino shaman's milky white skin gives him special powers.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Guidant Corp., the heart device maker that has been plagued by a series of product recalls, on Monday said it is voluntarily notifying physicians of battery problems in some Contak Renewal 3 RF and Renewal 4 RF implantable cardiac defibrillators.

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Three out of four Americans aged 50 to 70 aren't getting regular colon cancer screening, according to a survey sponsored by the maker of a new screening test for the disease.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Heart patients whose coronary arteries reclogged after treatment with a bare-metal stent can be treated by simply inserting a newer, drug-eluting stent inside the old stent, new data suggests.

A substantial number of teenagers with food allergies admit to "risk-taking" behavior such as not reading food labels or knowingly eating foods labeled "may contain" allergens, a survey shows.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]