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Health News Archive - June 20, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Stem cells taken from mouse embryos have helped paralyzed rats move again, researchers said on Monday.

Among people who have survived a heart attack, taking certain types of painkillers is associated with an increased risk of a repeat heart attack or death, investigators in Denmark have found.

Eating lots of whole grains may do more than lower a person's risk of developing diabetes or heart disease, as has been previously reported. New study findings suggest a diet rich in whole grains may lower the likelihood of developing periodontitis, or gum disease, as well.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An operation called radical vaginal trachelectomy is an effective treatment for early cervical cancer that allows women to become pregnant later on, according to a report in the medical journal BJOG.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Just a third of patients receive ideal care when they're hospitalized for a flare-up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as emphysema, researchers based in Massachusetts and North Carolina have found.

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Those trumpeting buying local say high food miles lead to more air and water pollution. They also contend local food is not processed to withstand long journeys and therefore retains more nutrients.

From Africa to Bosnia, back to Africa and on to the Middle East -- the often secretive flow of guns and bullets follows the world's cycle of wars.

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Hong Kong believe they have uncovered the trigger for leukemia, a cancer of the blood that afflicts millions worldwide.

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The American Heart Association on Monday released new lifestyle recommendations that urge Americans to cut calories and artery-clogging fats, and to replace "screen time" with exercise.

A new international study of more than 20,000 children confirms that exposure to cigarette smoke before and after birth impairs their lung function, and that parental smoking remains a serious public health issue.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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