Health News Archive - May 29, 2009


A committee of medical experts has extended the treatment window for a stroke from three hours to 4 1/2 hours after symptoms arise.

The combination of chemotherapies 5FU and oxaliplatin compared to 5FU alone after surgery for colon cancer decreases colon cancer recurrence and promotes longer survival for patients under 70 -- but not for those who are older.

The gene-targeting drug Iressa is proving beneficial for lung-cancer patients who are Asian or non-smokers, a Harvard Medical School oncologist said. The success of Iressa is spurring pharmaceutical companies to develop genetically targeted drugs to improve the treatment of numerous forms of cancer,

The vast majority of advanced colon cancer patients in a clinical trial were not concerned about the cost of prescription drugs for managing chemotherapy side effects, such as infection, pain and nausea and few adopted strategies to reduce drug cost burdens after joining the clinical trial.


Sleep disturbances increase as we age. Some studies report more than half of seniors 65 years of age or older suffer from chronic sleep disturbances.

WASHINGTON, May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following advisory is being issued by the American Life League: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081105/DC44231LOGO) WHAT: American Life League's "The Pill Kills Women" WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m. WHERE: National Press Club - 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

People who feel pressure to look attractive are more fearful of being rejected because of their appearance than are their peers, according to a new study by researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Kent.

Malaria's resistance to treatment in western Cambodia could foretell a global health crisis, a British researcher said. Malaria in western Cambodia is proving resistant to the artemesinin family of drugs, until now the world's most effective drugs for treating the illness, said Nick Day, director of the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. In recent trials, it took up to five days to clear patients' blood of malaria parasites when the drugs previously worked in two or three days, Day said. While Cambodia long has been a laboratory for malaria research, about half the world's population would be at risk if the resistance to artemesinin drugs grow, Day said.

ROCHESTER, Minn., May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., has joined the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. Dr.

MANCHESTER, England, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Britannia members overwhelmingly endorse plans to merge with The Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) to create new super-mutual: - New business will be the most diversified customer-owned enterprise in UK financial services, providing ethical alternative to banks - Strong strategic and cultural fit between the two organisations with expected efficiency and revenue benefits of pounds Sterling 60 million a year - Customers will continue to share profits and have a say in running the business Members of Britannia Building Society have voted overwhelmingly in favour of merging with The Co-operative Financial Services to create the first super-mutual - an ethical alternative to shareholder- and Government-owned banks. More than 450,000 Britannia members voted at the Society's annual general meeting, held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.