Health News Archive - March 26, 2006

By GAIL EDGAR PEOPLE of Irish descent are more likely to suffer from a hereditary blood disease which has been dubbed the Celtic Curse. Hereditary haemochromatosis (HHC) means blood has too much iron and can result in cancer, diabetes and organ failure.

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Jim Warren, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Mar.

By Megan Twohey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Mar. 26--A tough math class prompted Rich to take the drug. The effect: "I could study for, like, eight hours straight," said the University of Wisconsin-Madison junior.

By Allison Kaplan, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Mar. 26--Valerie Harper is stressing the importance of fighting world hunger and empowering women in Third World countries.


U.S. scientists said on Sunday they had genetically engineered pigs that make beneficial fatty acids and may one day serve as a healthier source of pork chops or bacon.

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.