Health News Archive - May 03, 2006

A White House bird flu "implementation plan" sets out detailed plans for closing schools in case of a pandemic, and asks businesses to let employees stay home without sanction, an official familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

A leading flu expert warned the scientific community on Wednesday against blaming the spread of the H5N1 virus on migratory birds, saying the movement of poultry around the world could play a major role.

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - A Mexican man who at 1,212 pounds is possibly the heaviest person in the world hopes to soon travel to Italy for a life-saving operation on his small intestine that would allow him to shed weight.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - You might have expected a throng of local fans when a well-regarded Chinese author spoke at a Shanghai literary festival in March, but Ma Jian's audience, like his readership, had only a handful of Chinese mainlanders.

A Mexican man who at 550 kg (1,200 lb) is possibly the heaviest person in the world hopes to travel to Italy for a life-saving operation to shed weight.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleep apnea, a common problem involving short periods when breathing stops during sleep, is often seen in stroke patients and appears to be associated with an increased risk of death, Swiss researchers report in the medical journal Stroke.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women with HIV infection, who tend to be urban and poor, get less benefit from drugs for the disease if they smoke, regardless of how much they smoke, according to a new study released on Tuesday.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nonhormonal therapies may offer some relief from hot flashes, but less so than estrogen, and the side effects and cost of these agents may limit their use, conclude researchers in a report published today.

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - A leading cancer charity launched a plan on Wednesday to develop new treatments from anti-cancer drugs that have been shelved by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

By Andrew Cawthorne MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - The man-eating lions of Tsavo may be no more. The silverware in the restaurant carriage has definitely seen better days.

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'.