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Health News Archive - May 22, 2006

Merck & Co. Inc.'s vaccine to prevent the world's most prevalent sexually transmitted infection sailed through a panel of U.S. health experts, despite early fears of opposition from the Christian Right that it might lead to promiscuity and a false sense of security.

The head of the World Health Organization, Lee Jong-wook of South Korea, died on Monday after suffering a blood clot on the brain, the United Nations agency said.

LONDON (Reuters) - Four leading companies pledged to do more in the fight against AIDS in Africa on Monday, in a move designed to spur other corporations into action.

The World Health Organization's director-general Lee Jong-wook of South Korea died on Monday after surgery to remove a blood clot from the brain, the United Nations agency said.

By Natalia Reiter KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - It is 7 a.m. on a weekday and the 17th century church of St. Florian, where the late Pope John Paul was once a parish priest, is brimming with worshipers at the day's first mass.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women who gain weight as adults face a higher lifetime risk of all types of breast cancer, researchers reported on Monday. The study adds to a large body of evidence showing that weight and breast cancer can be closely linked.

Four leading companies pledged to do more in the fight against AIDS in Africa on Monday, in a move designed to spur other corporations into action.

Tests in Iran on the dead bodies of a 41-year-old man and his 26-year-old sister showed they had the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu, an Iranian medical official who requested anonymity told Reuters on Monday.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients who use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include over-the-counter analgesics such as ibuprofen or naproxen, have a small increased risk of experiencing a first hospitalization for heart failure, researchers from Spain report.

Many Americans are failing to get the preventive medical care that could help them live longer, healthier lives, according to a new study.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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