Health News Archive - June 08, 2006


Road deaths are a global epidemic on the scale of malaria and tuberculosis and world leaders must do more to address the issue, a report said on Thursday.

By Amy Sherman, The Miami Herald Jun. 8--Only people who can prove a medical need will qualify for free generators after a power-cutting hurricane, according to a new federal policy.

By David Douglas NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one quarter of US 14-year-olds from ethnically diverse backgrounds have high blood pressure, and a substantial proportion have cholesterol and other lipid abnormalities, researchers report.

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People of Hispanic ethnicity with high blood pressure have a better response to blood pressure-lowering drugs than do their non-Hispanic counterparts, according to the results of a new study.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For patients with cancer that has spread to the brain from other sites, adding whole-brain radiation therapy to focused radiation does not seem to improve survival, doctors in Japan report.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A novel agent with nicotine-like properties, dubbed DMXB-A, improves the mental function of patients being treated with anti-psychotic drugs for schizophrenia, researchers report.

By Sarah Mahoney DURHAM, Maine (Reuters) - April belongs to serial sex killer John Wayne Gacy, convicted of killing 33 young men and boys, while May is for Jeffrey Dahmer, who ate 17 men. June features Satanic worshiper and murderer Richard Ramirez.

China's booming southern province of Guangdong has reported more than 300 deaths from rabies last year, the highest number in a decade, as its increasingly affluent population buys more dogs, state media said on Thursday.

Wendy's International Inc. on Thursday said it would significantly cut trans fats from its menu, beating market leader McDonald's Corp., which still has not made good on its promise to remove the artery-clogging fats from french fries in the United States.

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Non-Hispanic blacks between 19 and 24 years of age are 20 times more likely to be infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, than young adults in any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, according to new estimates.

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'.