Health News Archive - March 08, 2006

By Lisa Richwine GAITHERSBURG, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. advisory panel is set to decide on Wednesday whether to urge the return of a Biogen Idec multiple sclerosis drug that was pulled from the market last year when it was linked to a rare, life-threatening infection.

By Umpierrez, Guillermo E; Smiley, Dawn; Kitabchi, Abbas E Several investigators have reported that more than half of African-American persons with new diagnoses of diabetic ketoacidosis have clinical, metabolic, and immunologic features of type 2 diabetes during follow-up.

By Pignone, Michael; Earnshaw, Stephanie; Tice, Jeffrey A; Pletcher, Mark J Background: Aspirin and statins are both effective for primary prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD), but their combined use has not been well studied.

By Sotelo, Julio; Briceo, Eduardo; Lpez-Gonzlez, Miguel Angel Background: Malignant cell clones resistant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy frequently lead to treatment failure in patients with glioblastoma multiforme.

By Nita Bhalla PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The media is over-reacting to a crippling mosquito-borne disease currently sweeping across the Indian Ocean region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, adding that the disease is rarely fatal.


More seniors end up in the hospital due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases on days when air pollution levels rise.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - An outbreak of cholera in Sudan's south has spread to a third major town and has claimed at least 132 lives in the war-torn area with little clean water or sanitation, aid agencies said on Wednesday.

By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - They wear velvet jackets and drainpipe trousers, sport trendy haircuts and spend their days at school. But at night, these teen-agers electrify packed clubs across the French capital in Paris' very own punk explosion.

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Companies that develop drugs to treat diseases of poor countries such as malaria should be rewarded with vouchers that might speed up government review of far more lucrative drugs, researchers proposed on Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - The decision to ban smoking in England's pubs, clubs and workplaces next year has already made more people want to quit the habit, according to a poll on Wednesday.

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.