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2010-06-01 05:45:00

A new study confirms a link between obesity and asthma, both of which have become more common over the past thirty years. Dr. Jun Ma of the Palo Alto Medical Research Institute in California and a team of colleagues looked at nearly 4,500 men and women from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2005-2006 and found about a third were overweight, and another third were obese. The team also found that 41 percent of those studied had some type of allergy, while 8 percent had...

2005-11-25 02:10:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK -- The number of U.S. children and teens who were diagnosed with depression more than doubled between 1995 and 2002, while the use of antidepressant drugs rose and the use of psychotherapy or counseling declined. The findings, say researchers, point to possible instances of inappropriate prescribing to children. While guidelines call for children to be treated with either mental health counseling or a combination of counseling and medication, the study found a trend of...

2005-11-24 11:30:00

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of U.S. children and teens who were diagnosed with depression more than doubled between 1995 and 2002, while the use of antidepressant drugs rose and the use of psychotherapy or counseling declined. The findings, say researchers, point to possible instances of inappropriate prescribing to children. While guidelines call for children to be treated with either mental health counseling or a combination of counseling and medication, the study...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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