Health News Archive - August 31, 2006

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The risk of miscarriage after undergoing chorionic villus sampling, or CVS, to detect birth defects is lower than previously thought and essentially carries the same risk than the more commonly used amniocentesis, according to new research.

By Katie Nguyen JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) - The aromatic smell of sorghum and beans stirs a group of Sudanese soldiers from their lazy game of dominoes, bringing former enemies together to eat from the same tin bowl.

By Fayen Wong KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) - A dark-green army truck zips through the hilly countryside in southern Taiwan before disappearing behind the high walls of an unmarked military base -- the largest of Singapore's three army camps in Taiwan.

For decades, Christiania clung to the principles of its hippie founders, who started the settlement as a squat in a deserted barracks in Copenhagen in 1971. It grew into a tourist hotspot, largely thanks to an easy trade in soft drugs.

LONDON (Reuters) - Families will lose the right to block their relatives' wish to donate their organs under reforms, which come into force on Friday. Currently families can stop doctors from taking their loved ones' organs even if they carried a donor card.

LONDON (Reuters) - After decades of rises, rates of eczema and hay fever in Britain have stabilised but allergic reactions to food have soared, according to new research published on Thursday.

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or DMARDs, seems to lower the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests.

Simple adherence to basic medical treatment guidelines would save thousands of lives and $1.35 billion a year in medical costs, according to a large analysis of data from 260 hospitals.

Genetically altered immune cells wiped out tumors in two men with a deadly form of skin cancer and kept the patients disease-free for at least 18 months, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]