Health News Archive - March 16, 2006

Swiss drug maker Roche is boosting output of its flu drug Tamiflu by a third in order to meet increased demand from governments building stockpiles to deal with a potential pandemic triggered by bird flu.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A test that finds damaged genes in the lungs of people considered at high risk of lung cancer might be able to predict who actually develops the deadly disease, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - A German company has apologized to the families of men involved in a British clinical trial which has left six of them in intensive care, as doctors on Thursday said two remained in critical condition.

Once a fertilized egg is implanted in the womb, the chance of delivering a child is about 48 percent higher if that egg is five days old instead of three, doctors in Brussels have discovered.

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Two men in intensive care after taking part in a clinical trial remain critically ill and are unlikely to make any early improvement, their doctor said on Thursday.

Merck & Co., Inc. announced today that R. Alan B. Ezekowitz, MBChB, D.Phil., has been named senior vice president and franchise head, Immunology, Respiratory and Endocrine, Merck Research Laboratories (MRL). Dr. Ezekowitz assumes his new role on April 1 and will report to Peter S.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study raises the concern that black patients with lung cancer have lower levels of trust in their physicians in part because of poorer perceived communication about their treatment. In an interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Howard S.

Maintenance treatment with paroxetine -- known by the brand names Paxil or Seroxat -- helps prevent major depression from recurring in older adults, new research shows. On the other hand, monthly psychotherapy sessions seem not to have the same benefit.

The deadly bird flu virus, which has hit Asia, Europe and Africa, may spread to the United States late this year and risks mutating dangerously there, Russia's top animal and plant health inspector said on Thursday.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older adults may have to work harder than young people to perform the same physical activity, but regular exercise may close that age gap, research findings suggests.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.