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Health News Archive - March 23, 2006

U.S. advisers on Wednesday called for new information about psychiatric and heart risks on the labels of attention deficit drugs but stopped short of recommending the strongest possible warning, saying they did not want to frighten patients or parents from effective treatment.

A new study shows that when patients with major depression fail to respond to a course of Celexa (citalopram) or cannot tolerate its side effects, approximately one third of those whose treatment is augmented with either bupropion (Wellbutrin) or Buspar (buspirone) will experience a remission of their depression. If they are instead switched to Wellbutrin, Zoloft (sertraline), or Effexor (venlafaxine), about one out of four will remit.

By Kim Dixon CHICAGO (Reuters) - A shrinking portion of U.S. doctors are providing free or reduced cost medical care to a rising number of patients who cannot afford treatment, leaving a smaller safety net for the uninsured, a survey released on Thursday said.

By Megan Goldin PETAH TIKVA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's most influential electoral bloc is saying "Nyet" to interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert just days before his Kadima party is expected to win a general election.

Forget the Marlboro man -- new research shows that smoking, often marketed as a symbol of virility, increases the risk of impotence.

Young women under 45 years old diagnosed with early breast cancer have a higher risk of dying from the disease than older patients, scientists said on Thursday.

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand flew 17 people infected by severe botulism to Bangkok on Thursday while dozens more were being treated in rural hospitals after one of the world's worst outbreaks of the muscle-paralyzing disease.

By Rakita, Steven; Villadolid, Desiree; Thomas, Ashley; Bloomston, Mark; Et al Nissen fundoplication is applied for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), usually because of symptoms of esophageal injury.

The widespread use of computed tomography (CT) scanning technology frequently leads to the incidental discovery of thickened bowel wall. The clinical significance of such a CT scan finding is largely under-investigated.

Bird flu could spell the end for small poultry farmers and open the door to more diseases at intensive farms, campaigners said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.