Health News Archive - June 22, 2006

By Christina Rogers, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jun. 21--The simple act of breathing can have a hefty price tag for patients dependent on round-the-clock ventilator care.

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - When it comes to food, Boston is best known for baked beans and clam chowder. But this week, state legislators have engaged in robust debate on Marshmallow Fluff -- a locally made, sugary spread. State Sen.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with omega-3 fatty acids, the type found in fish oils, appears to benefit children suffering from clinical depression, according to pilot study conducted in Israel.

By Simon Gardner TALAIMANNAR, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Maduraweeran Kantharajah was so desperate to flee conflict between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels he sold his furniture and wife's jewelry to pay smugglers to sail his family to India.

Experts have long believed it, and now there's hard evidence to support it: condoms dramatically reduce the risk of transmitting a virus that causes genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer.


New imaging technology that combines the power of CAT scans with the finesse of a PET scan can catch cancer and other diseases earlier, potentially boosting survival rates and cutting costs, researchers said on Wednesday.

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two top U.S. senators plan to propose bipartisan legislation next month to revamp the Food and Drug Administration's handling of drug safety issues, a senior Republican aide said on Wednesday.

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Most Europeans believe that genetically modified (GMO) foods should not be encouraged and see biotech crops as posing a risk to society, a survey requested by the European Commission showed on Thursday.

By Jonathan Allen NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Plans to change India's drug approval system would price life-saving drugs out of reach of millions of poor people by preventing generic competition, campaigners warned on Thursday.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A second Dutch person has been diagnosed with the human variant of mad cow disease after a woman died from the disease last year, Dutch health authorities said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.