Health News Archive - June 07, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Newly released records show that Guidant Corp. drafted a letter last year to tell doctors about significant defects in the company's heart devices, but they were never sent, a report said on Wednesday.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Angola has topped 1,500 with more than 41,000 cases reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

African-American women who contract breast cancer before reaching menopause are more than twice as likely as white women to have an aggressive, deadlier form of the disease, a study said on Tuesday.

Kansans are practicing using a football field-sized tent as a portable hospital. Hawaii plans to find the sick by doing nasal swabs on tourists, and Seattle is issuing instructions on how to bury the dead.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to concerns raised by animal studies, people on low-carb diets don't run a risk of weakening their bones, Florida researchers report.

By Megan Goldin TEL AVIV (Reuters) - To wear them or not to wear them? That is the question for ultra-Orthodox Jewish women caught in a dilemma after the wigs that many of them wear to cover their hair under religious modesty regulations were found by rabbinical sages to violate Jewish law.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Testing people for the genital herpes virus, and encouraging them to tell their partners the results, may help control the spread of the infection, new study findings suggest. It's estimated that at least 20 percent of U.S.

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who receive counseling to ease their fear of giving birth may elect to have a cesarean section more often than other women, a Swedish study suggests. Whether that's a good or bad thing is an open question.

World Cup fever is sure to bring scenes of rowdy fan behavior fueled by alcohol -- which, it seems, may be triggered by feelings of inadequacy.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among young adolescents, aggression is linked to a likelihood of experimenting with cigarettes or marijuana for the first time, while impulsivity confers a greater risk of trying alcohol, a new study shows.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.