New Virus May Have Come from Monkeys, Experts Say
Feb 26, 2005
Two new retroviruses never before seen in humans have turned up among people who regularly hunt monkeys in Cameroon, researchers reported on Friday.
Smoking Ups Impotence Risk in Younger Men
Feb 25, 2005
Adding to evidence that smoking is bad for a man's sex life, new study findings show that smoking may raise the risk of impotence, particularly in younger men.
Salt Should Be Regulated Food Additive, Group Says
Feb 24, 2005
A consumer group sued the federal government Thursday, saying that salt is killing tens of thousands of Americans and that regulators have done too little to control salt in food.
Pregnant Women Risk Murder in U.S., Report Finds
Feb 23, 2005
Murder is a surprisingly common cause of death among pregnant women in the United States, U.S. government researchers reported on Wednesday.
Baby Improving After Extra Head Removed
Feb 22, 2005
An Egyptian baby who underwent a 13-hour operation to remove an extra head will soon be able to breathe on her own, a doctor treating her said Tuesday.
Avian Flu World's No. 1 Threat, CDC Head Says
Feb 21, 2005
Avian flu poses the single biggest threat to the world right now and health officials may not yet have all the tools they need to fight it, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.
West Africa Launches Anti-Polio Drive
Feb 20, 2005
Three West African countries at the center of a polio epidemic launched an immunization drive on Sunday to help stop the spread of the crippling disease by the end of this year.
Panel OKs Merck's Vioxx Return to Market
Feb 19, 2005
Merck & Co. Inc.'s withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx is safe enough to rejoin Pfizer's rival pain relievers Celebrex and Bextra on the U.S. market, an advisory panel said after concluding that all three medicines posed some level of heart risk.
Lead in Environment Causing Violent Crime - Study
Feb 18, 2005
Lead left in paint, water, soil and elsewhere may not only be affecting children's intelligence but may cause a significant proportion of violent crime, a U.S. researcher argued Friday.
Merck Says Would Consider Selling Vioxx Again
Feb 17, 2005
Merck & Co. Inc. will consider selling Vioxx again if a U.S. expert panel decides related pain relievers have similar risks and benefits, company officials said on Thursday after hearing two days' worth of data on painkiller safety.