Health News Archive - March 06, 2006

In contrast to an earlier finding, it does not appear children who watch a lot of television wind up with behavior problems in school, researchers reported on Monday.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bringing a dog into the family should wait until the children are of school age, and even then parents might want to think twice about a Doberman pinscher or German shepherd, according to a study published on Monday.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Folic acid in the diet not only helps prevent birth defects but also improves the survival chances of children born with them, researchers reported on Monday.

The global spread of bird flu is unprecedented and the threat of a human pandemic will not go away, but the world is not totally defenseless, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

By Alphonso Toweh FISH TOWN, Liberia (Reuters) - Splattered with mud and dragging a heavy shovel, former rebel soldier Timothy Johnson has come to the dusty streets of Fish Town to enjoy his illicit gains -- 0.1 ounce of gold wrapped in paper.


Nearly two-thirds of more than 1,200 post-approval drug studies promised by the manufacturers have yet to start, according to U.S. government statistics released on Friday.


The plight of Chinese farmers, who risk accidents and disease with virtually no medical insurance, has provoked national leaders to move to restore rural medical cooperatives that collapsed during China's rush to embrace market economics, and to establish a nationwide safety net of minimal medical insurance.

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has launched a battle to trim waistlines in its overweight population, which has become one of the world's foremost "obese societies," a seminar heard this weekend.

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Years of radioactive waste water spills from Illinois nuclear power plants have fueled suspicions the industry covers up safety problems and sparked debate about the risks from exposure to low-level radiation.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lipitor, a commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drug, may have extra benefits for men with impotence.

Word of the Day
  • A hairdresser.
The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").