Health News Archive - March 20, 2006

As a treatment for early breast cancer, accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) results in good to excellent cosmetic outcomes in nearly all patients and is associated with only mild toxic effects, new research shows.

Scientists have developed a vaccine for the food-borne disease listeria that they hope to apply to more common illnesses like salmonella and tuberculosis, a researcher said on Monday.

African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer and minorities in general do not receive the best treatment for the disease compared to white women, according to health studies released on Monday.

Being underweight - as evidence by a low body mass index (BMI) -- before pregnancy raises the risk of pre-term birth in black and Hispanic women to a greater extent than in white women, new research shows. Being underweight also increases the risk of vaginal inflammation in black women.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cigarette smoking strongly increases the risk of dying in middle age for both men and women, but kicking the habit, even at older ages, strongly decreases the risk of dying prematurely.

High blood levels of an enzyme called lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) predict complications in patients with sickle cell disease, a disorder in which red blood cells cannot delivery oxygen properly because the cells have abnormal sickle shape, new research shows.

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Animals at petting zoos can transmit the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, underscoring the need to lather up after visiting these facilities, health researchers said on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.