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Health News Archive - May 31, 2006

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said on Wednesday that its multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone was shown in a clinical trial to be effective in patients who had stopped responding to Avonex, a competing drug made by Biogen Idec.

ZURICH (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have approved copycat drug Omnitrope, a human growth hormone, made by a unit of Novartis, a significant move for the Swiss drugmaker, according to analyst reports.

By Thomas Atkins and Ben Hirschler ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have approved copycat drug Omnitrope, a human growth hormone made by a unit of Novartis, in a breakthrough for the Swiss drugmaker. Sandoz, the generic drugs division of Novartis, said on Wednesday the U.S.

While Thailand is a success story in the battle against HIV/AIDS, Myanmar and Vietnam threaten to emerge as new regional hotbeds of a disease which has killed more than 25 million people, experts said on Wednesday.

Water pipes and smokeless tobacco products have gained in popularity among young people worldwide, many of them unaware that they are as harmful as cigarettes, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Ross and Ash are about to tuck into a meal of chicken, king prawn and rice, followed by pineapple, strawberries and grapes for dessert. All of which came out of a garbage can. "Everything I eat comes from dumpsters," Ash says.

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than one out of every three individuals in the United States have diabetes and another 26 percent have impaired fasting glucose, which increases the risk of developing diabetes, new study findings suggest.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A skin patch containing testosterone can help women with low levels of this male hormone, or "androgen," according to a report in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Water pipes and smokeless tobacco products have gained in popularity among young people worldwide, many of them unaware that they are as harmful as cigarettes, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

SEOUL (Reuters) - The number of smokers has fallen sharply in North Korea thanks to tough laws which ban the sale of cigarettes to children and bars smokers from entering university, the country's state media said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'