Health News Archive - May 09, 2009

KVISTGARD, Denmark, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oxford Biomedica's second attempt to dismiss Bavarian Nordic's patent infringement suit in the United States has failed.

The flurry of concern over swine flu may have been a bit 'indulgent,' but genuine questions about the virus still abound.


A US plan to inoculate the nation against swine flu must avoid mistakes made in 1976 when dozens of people died from a vaccine, federal health officials said.


A new study indicates that teens who drink when they are feeling depressed put themselves at an increased risk of attempting suicide, regardless of whether or not they had previously suffered from suicidal thoughts.


A small research study published recently indicates that more than 10 percent of children born with autism are able to overcome the disorder by the age of 9, usually through of years of intensive behavioral therapy.

Premature birth can happen to any woman anywhere and some 200 experts met in Seattle this week to discuss ways to help more of the early arrivals survive. Although technology helps save many preemies, more than 1 million die worldwide each year and an additional 3 million babies are stillborn, The Seattle Times reported Saturday. It happens to women in Seattle and Sri Lanka, said Dr.

Outbreaks of the swine flu have affected college graduation ceremonies in the United States, with schools wondering if the traditional handshake is in order. The Des Moines (Iowa) Register reported Saturday that at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University commencements this weekend, graduates will be asked to use hand sanitizer before walking onto the stage to shake the hands of university presidents and other officials. The newspaper said school officials decided that the symbolism of the handshake was more important than the slight risk of passing the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu. However, universities across the country have cut out the traditional handshake at commencement ceremonies because of fears the action could transmit the virus. Northwest Missouri State University President Dean Hubbard told about 470 graduates at two May ceremonies that he would not shake their hands because of the H1N1 virus.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.