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Health News Archive - June 29, 2006

Tenet Healthcare Corp. said on Thursday it will pay $725 million over four years to settle allegations it overbilled Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for the elderly.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The relentless toll of HIV/AIDS means southern Africa faces more food shortages this year, with some 3 million people in need of aid despite improved harvests, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Wednesday.

birth NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A man's sexual orientation appears to be determined in the womb, a new study suggests. Past research by Dr. Anthony F. Bogaert of Brock University in St.

By Catherine Bremer SAN LUIS ACATLAN, Mexico (Reuters) - Half a dozen men in black combat gear jump out of a jeep, weighed down by huge rifles, and nudge a shirtless prisoner through a dusty yard and into a cramped cell with two other men.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean fortune tellers say the last time it was this lucky to get married Napoleon Bonaparte's armies were marching through Europe and Beethoven was penning his Fifth Symphony.

European countries are facing delays and possible shortages in supplies of seasonal influenza vaccine because of problems growing a strain of virus, a British health official said on Thursday.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Dressed all in white and smiling, Yuka and Manato stand side-by-side before a pyramid of champagne glasses, framed in an arch of white, pink and red balloons.

By Esteban Israel HAVANA (Reuters) - Mariela Castro is leading a Cuban revolution less well known than her Uncle Fidel's: one in favor of sexual tolerance within the island's macho society.

By Tom Ashby KEGBARA-DERE, Nigeria (Reuters) - Crude oil seeping from a gnarled steel wellhead forms a lake the size of a soccer field near the Nigerian village of Kegbara-Dere, but these oil fields have not exported a drop in 13 years.

The Catholic Church could one day be prosecuted for its right-to-life stance by some countries where abortion is considered a woman's right, a senior Vatican cardinal said in an interview published on Thursday.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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