Health News Archive - March 09, 2006

The number of cigarettes sold in the United States in 2005 fell to the lowest level in 55 years largely due to enforcement of marketing restrictions imposed on the tobacco industry, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) said on Wednesday.

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Entecavir, a new drug designed to battle frequently fatal hepatitis B, is more effective than a rival drug, according to a pair of research studies financed by the drug's manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Agriculture Department officials are studying questions from Tokyo about their recent report on U.S. shipments of banned cattle parts to Japan and should deliver the information soon, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said on Wednesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - An adviser to China's parliament has suggested the country allows regions to "experiment" with euthanasia as a step toward legalizing mercy killing nationwide, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

An Indonesia-Japan venture said on Thursday it has created what it believes is a more effective bird flu vaccine for poultry and hopes to quickly boost production to help nations fight the deadly H5N1 flu strain.

By Tamora Vidaillet CHANGCHUN, China (Reuters) - In deep midwinter, the rusting factories in Changchun's Tiebei district have a desolate look, a stark reminder of how far China's Northeast has fallen from its glory days as the country's industrial powerhouse.

By Ed Cropley PHONGSALI, Laos (Reuters) - The mountains of northern Laos have changed color. In the past five years, the opium poppy fields that for the last two centuries lent splashes of color to the pervading green of the jungle have become a thing of the past.

BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Severe flooding in Malawi's main southern tourist district has killed at least four people and raised fears of a large-scale cholera outbreak, officials said on Thursday.

A nearly complete 13,000- to 15,000-year-old skeleton of a woman has the oldest recorded case of impacted wisdom teeth ever documented, say scientists at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Placing chocolates in the cosmetics aisle may seem a strange marketing strategy, but it is the ideal spot to reach guilt-ridden chocoholics, according to confectionery group Cadbury Schweppes Plc.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.