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2006-05-24 14:22:31

By Toni Clarke BOSTON (Reuters) - When Dr. Gerald Maguire was a child, he resolved every New Year's Eve to stop stuttering. The resolution usually lasted less than two hours. Now Maguire is helping investigate an experimental new drug that he believes could offer hope to the more than 3 million Americans who suffer from the speech disorder. The drug, pagoclone, is being developed by Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc. Results of a 132-patient trial released on Wednesday showed that 55...

2006-05-24 14:20:00

By Toni Clarke BOSTON (Reuters) - When Dr. Gerald Maguire was a child, he resolved every New Year's Eve to stop stuttering. The resolution usually lasted less than two hours. Now Maguire is helping investigate an experimental new drug that he believes could offer hope to the more than 3 million Americans who suffer from the speech disorder. The drug, pagoclone, is being developed by Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc. Results of a 132-patient trial released on Wednesday showed that 55 percent of...

2006-03-15 00:55:00

By Kim Dixon CHICAGO -- Strange behavior by insomniacs taking prescription drugs, ranging from binge eating to having sex while asleep, have raised safety questions about anti-insomnia medications like Sanofi-Aventis' Ambien. Researchers in Minnesota are studying cases where insomniacs taking Ambien got up in the middle of the night, binged uncontrollably, then remembered nothing of their actions. The researchers expect to publish data shortly. Such sleep-induced side effects while on the...

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2005-04-28 07:55:00

But one expert cautions that sleeping pills won't cure insomnia HealthDayNews -- Insomniacs can now try another sleeping pill for desperately needed slumber. Lunesta, from Sepracor Inc., is the latest entry into the sleep medication market, and it has the distinction of being the only such medication approved for long-term use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). About 60 million Americans a year have insomnia often or for extended periods, according to the National Institute of...


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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