Health News Archive - June 21, 2006

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Americans are less interested in spending time in natural surroundings like national parks because they are spending more time watching television, playing video games and surfing the Internet, according to a study released on Tuesday.

PRAGUE (Reuters) - More than 3 million babies have been born following fertility treatment since the birth of the first IVF child nearly three decades ago, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Men should freeze their sperm before having a vasectomy in case they change their mind about having children because the procedure may damage sperm, a fertility expert said on Wednesday.

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking a 'statin' cholesterol-lowering drug may be good for the eyes as well as the heart.

Heroin users should avoid the drug because some supplies have been tainted with a powerful painkiller blamed for hundreds of deaths nationwide since mid-April, law enforcement officials urged on Tuesday .

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A little squirt of a hormone that relaxes women during childbirth and breastfeeding helped lower stress in both men and women who were quarreling, a researcher reported on Tuesday.

Up to 53 million people worldwide could be carrying the deadly superbug MRSA, scientists said on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Being fired is not just bad news, it could be fatal -- especially if the individual is middle aged, according to a study published on Wednesday.

It's normal to feel sadness and grief with the passing of a loved one, but an intense and persistent yearning for the person who died, difficulties "moving on" with life after a period of time, and a sense that life and the future are meaningless and purposelessness, are signs of "complicated grief," warns a group of Dutch doctors.

Prices of medicines used by older Americans for chronic conditions such as arthritis and high cholesterol are rising even as new federal drug coverage has been rolled out to help make prescriptions more affordable, two separate studies released on Tuesday showed.

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