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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.