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Health News Archive - June 04, 2012

New Cancer Drug Targets Tumor Cells, Reduces Side Effects

A clinical trial of an experimental new breast cancer treatment found that it extended the life expectancy of patients without the symptoms of the disease worsening.

Fate Of Affordable Care Act Could Impact Many

The Supreme Court's decision regarding the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is expected to come by the end of the month, and should they overturn the law, the consequences could be dire for some who have come to count of provisions of the legislation.

Researchers Experimenting With Electronic Brain Stimulation Techniques

Despite the fact that it has been vilified by some in the past, scientists are experimenting with various types of electrical brain stimulation, hoping that some day it will not only be able to treat a wide array of disorders but also enhance a person's cognitive abilities.

Water Pollution Caused By Contraceptives Could Cost Billions To Fix

Water supplies that have been contaminated by synthetic hormones found in contraceptives will cost Britain upwards of $46 billion to clean up.

5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimers and 3 million from Parkinson's disease. Doctors who treat patients with these among other neurodegenerative conditions believe that the diseases are spreading though their patients' brains. The stages of both Alzheimers and Parkinson's disease show these pathological effects.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets have been popular among dieters for years, but are they doing damage to your kidneys?

The structure of biomolecules is of great interest for medicine and biology because their shape often determines their function. The use of new tools called free-electron lasers (FELs) allows scientists to obtain high-resolution structural insight into macromolecules.

An estimated 10-percent of women smoke while pregnant, and smoking is considered the number one reason for adverse effects in children. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including cyanide and lead.

An estimated 5,000 people die from tuberculosis every day. That’s 1.8 million people annually. Even though TB is largely controlled in the industrialized world, it remains a persistent killer in most of Africa, as well as parts of Asia and South America.

Almost twelve million -- that’s how many cancer patients are living in the U.S. But what happens when the patients are no longer responsive to the drugs created to treat them? It’s a problem researchers at Case Western Reserve University are working to better understand.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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