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Health News Archive - June 28, 2006

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California lawmakers narrowly rejected a bill on Tuesday that would have allowed the terminally ill to enlist doctors to help them commit suicide. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 to block the measure. Committee Chairman Sen.

LONDON (Reuters) - A major shake-up in the way doctors are being advised to treat high blood pressure was announced by Britain's drugs watchdog on Wednesday. GPs will no longer offer drugs called beta blockers as a first treatment for the condition.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The case of a poor mother from the Chinese countryside hired to breastfeed an affluent city-dweller's baby has stoked controversy over the ethics of the ancient practice of wet nursing.

Magellan Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:MGLN) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ICORE Healthcare, a privately held specialty pharmaceutical management firm headquartered in Orlando, Fla.

People who get tattoos from unlicensed sources are at risk of developing a drug-resistant bacterial skin infection, federal health officials warn.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women metabolize nicotine faster than men do -- especially women who are taking oral contraceptives -- according to a new report. The researchers say this could affect women's smoking behavior, as well as their response to nicotine-based quitting aids. Dr. Neal L.

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight adults with osteoarthritis who lose just five percent of their body weight can reduce the amount of physical disability associated with this most common form of inflammatory joint disease, results of several studies suggest.

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Most U.S. employers are planning to further scale back health benefits offered to retirees, as companies struggle with the upward march in the cost of medical care and weigh increased contributions from government's Medicare program, a survey found.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Resistance to the effects of the blood-sugar regulating hormone insulin could boost a woman's risk of endometrial cancer, a new study suggests. Dr. Karen H. Lu of The University of Texas M.D.

By Charnicia Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -

Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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