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Health News Archive - December 14, 2008

A rare outbreak of anthrax has killed 13 cows in Sweden, but is unlikely to harm people, says the country's Institute for Infectious Disease Control. The farm near Varberg in western Sweden has been quarantined and the remaining animals treated with antibiotics, which is effective against anthrax, said

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Parents of picky children now have a new food pyramid to abide by, just in time for the Christmas holiday.

British health officials are disputing a mother's claim that a cervical cancer vaccine left her 12-year-old daughter paralyzed from the waist down. Ashleigh Cave, of Aintree, Merseyside, became ill within 30 minutes of receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine, her mother, Cheryl alleged, noting her

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, December 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In one of the largest studies of its kind, a multinational team led by scientists from deCODE genetics (Nasdaq:DCGN) today report the discovery of common variations at seven new sites in the human genome found to influence obesity.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Corporation of North America today announced that the U.S.

Brushing the teeth of patients -- even unconscious ones -- three times a day can reduce the onset of pneumonia by 50 percent in hospitals, Israeli nurses found. Ofra Raanan, who works at the Sheba Academic School of Nursing at The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, collaborated with a team of nurses at major medical centers around Israel. Pneumonia is a big problem in hospitals everywhere, even in the developed world, Raanan said in a statement.

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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