Health News Archive - May 12, 2006

By Daniel Wagner, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. May 12--The first time Rose Grippo received a letter offering protection against water pipe leaks, she threw it away.

BEIJING (Reuters) - To see their favorite rock bands perform live in Beijing, 21-year-old Liu Tao and his friends had no qualms about boarding a train for 20 hours and sleeping rough for a few nights. "This is our third time here.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people experiencing a stroke, living in a poor community does not appear to influence emergency medical service (EMS) response times, investigators report.

By Fernanda Schimidt SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Two young Brazilian bands will hit the United States this summer with a tour that should blow away stereotyped ideas of the country's music.

By Will Boggs NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The absence of a gene called Pten in mice results in a condition that is similar to autism in humans, according to a report in the journal Neuron. The gene is part of a biochemical pathway that has been linked to cancer formation.

Breathing problems during sleep appear to affect blood pressure in shift workers 40 years of age or older, according to findings published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

Only 22 percent of U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seen at risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder have been referred by Pentagon officials for mental health evaluation, a report has found.

By JoAnne Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drug use, willful or unwitting, is a factor in many sexual assaults and significantly increases a woman's risk of unwanted sexual contact, according to a study released on Thursday.

LONDON (Reuters) - A controversial right-to-die bill returns to the House of Lords on Friday, as a poll showed three-quarters of people are in favor of changing the law so that the terminally ill can be allowed to die.

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday killed a small business health insurance bill, concluding what Republican leaders dubbed "health week" without passing any of their priority bills.

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'.