Health News Archive - May 17, 2006

The World Health Organization confirmed six more human cases of bird flu infections in Indonesia on Wednesday, including five members of a family whose case has triggered fears of human-to-human transmission.

Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis unveiled data on Wednesday on two new hypertension drugs, Rasilez and Exforge, saying tests had demonstrated they were effective at lowering blood pressure.

It's a toss-up who's going to suffer more from culture shock: the people of Hainan or the beach-mad Britons who have China's southernmost island in their sights.


A government survey estimates that the number of adults aged 50 or older with substance abuse problems will double to 5 million in 2020 from 2.5 million in 1999, in large part due to their comfort with prescription drugs.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Policosanol, touted as a natural way to treat high cholesterol levels, appears to be useless, German investigators report in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Work in a large corporation in Sweden or Latvia and you are more likely to be happy with your job, work flexible hours, have an opportunity to go part-time or phase out your retirement, a report said on Wednesday.

Bowling *Erie Community College will hold a bowling camp in honor of the late Kerm Helmer, legendary bowling coach, Aug. 28-31 at Thruway Lanes. Hours are 6-9 p.m. and cost is $85, or $75 for two or more from the same family. Call 479-1779.

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Symptoms like hallucinations, wandering and paranoia in Alzheimer's patients are more likely to occur if their caregivers are younger, less educated, more heavily burdened or more depressed, a new study shows.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with chronic migraines who overuse pain relievers may have abnormalities in certain hormonal responses, a small study suggests.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Though the childhood bone disease rickets has become rare in many countries, the case of one child underscores the potential risk for kids who are allergic to milk.

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'.