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Health News Archive - May 13, 2009

If used properly, vibration plate exercise machines may help people lose weight and reduce belly fat, researchers in Belgium said. Dirk Vissers, a physiotherapist at the Artesis University College and the University of Antwerp in Belgium, said overweight or obese people who regularly used the equipment in combination with a calorie restricted diet were more successful at long-term weight loss and shedding the fat around their abdomen than those who combined dieting with a more conventional fitness routine. Our study, the first to investigate the effects of vibration in obese people, indicates it's a promising approach.

Acyclovir, a drug that suppresses herpes simplex virus-2, does not reduce HIV risk when taken by people infected by HIV and herpes, U.S. researchers said. The majority of people with HIV infection also have herpes simplex virus-2 infection.

Media campaigns that portray the tobacco industry in a negative light may be a powerful intervention to decrease young adult smoking, U.S.

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mary Wilson, founding member of the world's most famous female trio, the Supremes, entertained a crowd of nearly 500 at the Lupus Foundation of America's Butterfly Gala -- Sixth Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 with her signature flair and style.

OXFORD, England, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Circassia Ltd, a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on allergy, today announced that it has initiated a phase II clinical development programme for its ragweed allergy therapy.

WILMINGTON, Del., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Universal Capital Management, Inc.

Enrollment in First Pivotal Phase 3 Avanafil Study REVIVE (TA-301) is Complete MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIVUS, Inc.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The very first thing many people do when they stumble out of bed in the morning is pour themselves a cup of coffee. The substance in the hot brew that helps wake you up is well-known all over the world: caffeine.

Oklahoma Law Enforcement Data Sharing Consortium Now Includes over 40 Agencies WALL, N.J., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc.

Incredible Edible Egg(TM) Partners with Science Olympiad to Emphasize the Importance of Fueling Body and Mind PARK RIDGE, Ill., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Where can you find America's brightest young minds launching rockets, crashing vehicles and cracking eggs? These activities and many more are part of the 25th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament in Augusta, GA, on May 16.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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