Health News Archive - May 02, 2009


The H1N1 flu outbreak that has rattled much of the world during the past week is showing signs of being less severe than some originally feared.

Possible anti-obesity effects of white tea have been demonstrated in a series of experiments on human fat cells (adipocytes).

The use of drugs to encourage red blood cell formation (erythropoiesis-stimulating agents) in cancer patients with anemia increases the risk of death and serious adverse events such as blood clots, found a new study in CMAJ.

Researchers move a step closer to using virus particles as drug 'delivery' agents.


Particles infused with nitric oxide are antibacterial and promote wound healing.

Team Awarded $750,000 by Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness WASHINGTON, May 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Team leaders, Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, and Harriet Weiner have joined 21 other dedicated women from the metro region to walk to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer.

Dengue fever is a terrible viral disease blighting many of the world's tropical regions.


New research reveals that treatment by combining chemotherapy drugs topotecan and docetaxel has proven effective in recurring episodes of these forms of cancer when treated by other drug combos during the initial occurrence.

U.S. public health officials must decide whether to change the formula of the vaccine for the next flu season to guard against swine flu, officials said. The formula was approved about a month ago, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

WASHINGTON, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "Pork is safe to eat and handle," the U.S. pork industry continues to reassure people in the wake of a report from Canada that pigs in an Alberta pork operation contracted an H1N1 virus.

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'.