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International News Archive - November 18, 2009

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Bayer Schering Pharma said the market for contraceptives in Asia is expected to see considerable growth within the next decade as new products become available and public concerns are eased.

Biliary drainage is performed as a palliative treatment of hilar cholangiocarcinoma.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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