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Health News Archive - June 05, 2008

By Bone, Kerry Crohn's disease is a chronic autoimmune disease of unknown cause, characterized by inflammation of the gut wall triggered by an attack from the immune system.

By Amortegui, Jose D Solla, Julio A Surgical management of imperforate anus and rectal mucosal prolapse has evolved significantly over the last two decades. The procedure for prolapsed hemorrhoids (PPH) is now widely used primarily for rectal mucosal prolapse and internal hemorrhoids.

By Edwards, Michael A Beatty, John S; Shah, Malay B; Bittner, James G IV To the Editor: Non-epithelial mesenchymal tumors, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) and smooth muscle tumors (SMTs), are rare and may occur in any part of the alimentary tract.1 GISTs originate from the interstitial cell of Cajal, an intestinal pacemaker cell, and represent 1 per cent to 3 per cent of all gastrointestinal malignant tumors.

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A Scandinavian study has found that moderate alcohol consumption cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50%.

athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHN), a leading provider of Internet-based business services to physician practices, today announced that Wayne State University's Physician Group (WSUPG) has selected athenahealth's centrally-hosted, on-demand practice management and billing service, athenaCollector(SM).

LISLE, IL, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SXC Health Solutions Corp.

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Mercury-containing teeth fillings could pose a threat to the health of pregnant mothers, children and fetuses, according to a report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Bioengineers at Rice University have discovered that intense pressure -- similar to what someone would experience more than a half-mile beneath the ocean's surface -- stimulates cartilage cells to grow new tissue with nearly all of the properties of natural cartilage. The new method, which requires no stem cells, may eventually provide relief for thousands of arthritis sufferers.

BATESVILLE, Ind., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hill-Rom has received a Gold 2008 Medical Device Excellence Award for the TotalCare(R) Bariatric Plus therapy system. The award recognizes excellence in medical device engineering and design.

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Adolescents attending college six months after completing high school are significantly less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than those who do not go to college, according to the first study to directly compare the two groups.