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Health News Archive - May 11, 2006

The controversial abortion pill known as RU-486 will be in the spotlight on Thursday when U.S. health officials meet to discuss an outbreak of rare bacterial infections across the country, including a handful of cases in women who took the pill.

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Using inhaled steroids to treat asthma in young children does not alter the course of the disease and should not be used for that purpose, according to two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bone mineral density, a measure of bone thickness, decreases during the first 2 years of androgen deprivation therapy in men with prostate cancer, according to a report in The Journal of Urology.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Findings from a new study should help reassure doctors and their female patients that Femara (letrozole), an inexpensive, easy-to-use fertility agent, is just as safe as clomiphene citrate, a drug that has been used for more than 40 years.

Major drug makers unveiled new plans on Wednesday to help needy Medicare patients who cannot afford their medicines even with the program's new drug coverage.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican bill aimed at helping small businesses get affordable health care in part by freeing them from many state regulations appeared stalled in the Senate on Wednesday, and could be killed in a day or two.

A trial of an experimental vaccine against the H5N1 bird flu virus shows it produced a good immune response in healthy volunteers, scientists said on Thursday.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Cholera has killed another 50 people in Angola over the past week, bringing the epidemic's death toll to 1,156, and the disease is still spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

By Karen Shade, Tulsa World, Okla. May 11--When Glynda Hairston tries to remember the last great morning she had, she has to think far back. "I don't have any of those," she said by phone from her home in Owasso.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. regulators gave their approval on Wednesday to artificial knee shaped specifically to fit women, orthopedic device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc. said.