Health News Archive - May 24, 2006


Marijuana smoking does not increase a person's risk of developing lung cancer, according to the findings of a new study at the University of California Los Angeles that surprised even the researchers.

LONDON: People who exercise regularly start feeling depressed and fatigued after just one week of forced inactivity, a new study shows. Those who were in the best shape experienced the greatest loss in fitness when they stopped exercising, and also showed the worst negative mood symptoms. Ali A.

Limited human-to-human transmission of bird flu might have occurred in an Indonesian family but there is no evidence the virus has mutated to allow it to pass easily among people, the World Health Organization said.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breathing salt dust in a chamber coated with salt for 40 minutes a day seems to improve the airway tightening experienced by people with asthma, according to a report in the journal Allergy.

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health)

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people in their 80s and 90s, the risks of colonoscopy appear to outweigh the benefits, investigators report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

By Rose Skelton FAJARA, Gambia (Reuters) - The young Gambian man in the yellow string vest calls out to a European woman walking along a wide golden beach shrouded in a fine sea mist. "Hey nice lady! Nice lady, I want to talk to you," he yells. She keeps walking.


Women who fail to get enough shut-eye each night risk gaining weight, a Cleveland-based researcher reported at a medical conference in San Diego today.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The risk of developing diabetes for people who don't smoke nonsmokers -- but not smokers -- is lower in those with higher levels of carotenoids in their blood, according to a new report.

By Krittivas Mukherjee JAWHAR, India (Reuters) - Four-year-old Kamini Tumda lies in a hospital bed writhing in agony as a nurse gently washes her, removing flakes of tender skin that hang from her body. Her swollen limbs stick out from a bony frame, emaciated by severe malnutrition.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.