Health News Archive - May 02, 2006

By Phil Galewitz, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. May 1--Here's one way for a hospital to overcome the shortage of brain surgeons, particularly those willing to handle emergencies: Hire them and make them millionaires. That's what Martin Memorial Medical Center is doing.

Alarmed by a falling birth rate and rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are thinking about allowing TV ads for matchmaking agencies in the hope that an increase in couples will result in more kids.

Leading influenza experts urged nations not to lower their guard against the deadly and hardy H5N1 virus, saying it now survives longer in higher temperatures and in wet and moist conditions.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cheap diuretics are the best first step in treating high blood pressure to prevent heart failure, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. Their study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, supports a 2002 U.S.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Kazuyo Uemura sat for nine months by her comatose mother's bed, finally reaching a wrenching conclusion to let nature take its course.

Worried about colds, flu and other germs? Go ahead and touch those doorknobs and elevator buttons, but watch out for the telephone, fresh laundry and sinks, a top expert advises.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For adults who are mi

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients' global ratings of their healthcare are not associated with the technical quality of care they receive, according to a new survey.


Acupuncture, in conjunction with the latest drugs to prevent nausea and vomiting, seems to help relieve chemotherapy-induced vomiting, a new report suggests.


Underage drinking is worth nearly $23 billion a year to the alcohol industry, or 17.5 percent of all money spent on spirits in the US annually, researchers from New York's Columbia University report.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.