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Health News Archive - May 19, 2006

ZURICH (Reuters) - A study released by Swiss drug giant Novartis shows that its big-selling blood-pressure pill Diovan also reduces a potentially damaging protein produced during heart attacks and traumatic accidents.

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewers have linked Sanofi-Aventis SA's antibiotic Ketek to 12 cases of liver failure, including four deaths, and is now recommending the company put a warning label on the drug, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday.

Asthma sufferers who rely on fast-acting "rescue inhalers" soon may be scrambling to find the gadgets that help quell their sudden, agonizing attacks. The inhalers, which propel medicine into users' airways, are in short supply at some hospitals and pharmacies across the country.

By Lee Chyen Yee TAIPEI (Reuters) - Kathy Chen is an accessories shopowner in Taiwan struggling to pay huge credit card debts on a modest income.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with severe acne who achieve clearer skin with a combination of an oral antibiotic and anti-acne gels applied to the skin are often able to maintain their clearer complexion by using gels alone, according to two studies in the Archives of Dermatology.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Coffee seems to provide more than a quick pick-me-up. A new study suggests that drinking 1 to 3 cups of coffee per day may help protect against cardiovascular disease and other illnesses characterized by inflammation.

Many survivors of childhood cancer are not getting the optimal follow-up care recommended for detecting the long-term consequences of cancer treatment, according to a study of Canadian patients.

LONDON (Reuters) - Children will be served at least two portions of fruit or vegetables in school lunches and get deep-fried items such as chips no more than twice a week under nutrition standards published by the government on Friday.

Diuretics and beta-blockers, used to treat hypertension, are associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new findings indicate.