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Health News Archive - June 15, 2006

The world may be unprepared for a bird flu pandemic, but U.S. researchers said on Wednesday they had come up with one low-tech answer to widespread shortages of medical equipment -- a mask made out of a T-shirt.

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - Two new drugs may help treat some adult cases of leukemia that fail to respond to Novartis AG's Gleevec, two studies showed on Wednesday.

By Martha Kerr WASHINGTON, DC (Reuters Health) - A monitor that continuously measures body sugar levels is feasible for home use, safe, and accurate, researchers report. A serendipitous finding was that the children tend to become very involved in their own diabetes management.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies who are born several weeks too soon are at increased risk for behavioral problems later in life compared with children who are born at the expected time, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Thursday U.S. regulators have approved the use of its drug Hycamtin in combination with cisplatin for the treatment of cervical cancer that can't be treated with surgery and/or radiation therapy.

By Daniel Wallis JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) - Every night, Rafa Ali pushes crates of soft drinks to one side of her tiny iron shack in Juba and lies down to sleep, a long way from home.

Yao Defen, believed to be the world's tallest woman, has begun treatment in a Shanghai hospital to rid her of a brain tumor at the root of her gigantism.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - As a child, Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito led a lonely, stifled existence. Imperial staff decreed what he ate and whom he met, and even a short trip outside the palace required huge security and elaborate planning.

By Miller, Hanna WONTON SOUP, BARBECUED SPARERIBS, KUNG PAO CHICKEN, AND shrimp fried rice. This is a Jewish dinner? In the United States, yes. The cuisine of China has emerged as American Jewish comfort food, earning a seat of honor in the assembly of contemporary ethnic practices.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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