Health News Archive - June 01, 2006

By Orla Ryan OBUASI, Ghana (Reuters) - Ghanaian mineworker James Ankoma knows what it is like to be laid low with malaria.

Four-year-old Linda Lestari cries when you ask her what she is drawing. It may only look like a young girl's scribbling, but the dark and jagged shapes remind her of the rubble that is now her home.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Medicine made specifically for children will become more widely available in the European Union from next year following the adoption of new rules by the European Parliament on Thursday.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's fertility

By Isabel Reynolds OYAMA, Japan (Reuters) - They swapped their floral blouses for camouflage gear, their running shoes for heavy black boots and the comforts of home for narrow bunk beds and an early morning bugle call.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of Japanese who took their own lives rose slightly in 2005 to stay above 30,000 for the eighth straight year, with the number of serious illnesses and deaths blamed on overwork also climbing.

By Jonathan Saul and Elana Ringler KIBBUTZ EIN GEDI, Israel (Reuters) - Taking a deep puff on his cigarette, Sudanese refugee Sanka says sneaking across the desert border from Egypt into Israel was perilous, but worth it -- despite being sent to jail.

Merck & Co. will be back in court in Atlantic City, New Jersey, next week as the next Vioxx liability trial gets under way with the drug maker facing a 68-year-old grandmother who blames the withdrawn pain drug for her 2004 heart attack.


The United States is lagging behind Britain and other leading nations on stem cell research, a visiting U.S. Congressional delegation said on Thursday.

ORLANDO, Fla., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Care Recruiters from hospitals and health systems across the country will celebrate the 15th annual National Health Care Recruiter Recognition Day, Tuesday, June 6.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.