Health News Archive - May 10, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - China still has a way to go to eradicate iodine deficiency because of difficulties in fortifying salt in some remote regions, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - A visual test based on images of faces and scenes could help doctors diagnose patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, researchers said on Tuesday.

Scientists in Thailand have detected live H5N1 bird flu virus in the blood of a boy who died in December, a discovery that might lead to a safer way to diagnose the disease in humans.

Collector Nguyen Ngoc Tien lived through the "hard times" of hunger in Hanoi, when people used rocks to keep their place in queues to buy a few ounces of food.

A skin patch designed to boost the immune response may help stretch out scarce supplies of influenza vaccine at the start of a pandemic, researchers at a small U.S. company said on Tuesday.

Elderly patients who undergo removal of an advanced colon cancer should complete at least 5 months of fluorouracil-based chemotherapy, new research suggests. Stopping these drugs any earlier raises the risk of recurrence, and the results are no better than having no chemotherapy at all.

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A heat exchange mask, designed to improve comfort in cold temperatures, also seems to protect against asthma triggered by breathing cold, dry air, according to a report in the medical journal Chest.

By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Young women risk being infected with Chlamydia more than once, researchers reported on Tuesday in a series of studies showing just how vulnerable younger women are to the disease.

LONDON (Reuters) - Europeans are more worried about being mugged or burgled than suffering a stroke even though it is the third leading cause of death in many countries, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

By Susan Heavey ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. health officials, under pressure from conservatives to pull the abortion pill Mifeprex off the market, will hold an open meeting on Thursday to discuss rare bacterial infections in women who took the drug.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.