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Ethiopia to Give AIDS Drugs Free of Charge to Poor

via Reuters UK | Wed October 29, 2003
Ethiopia said Tuesday it planned to distribute anti-retroviral drugs for free to poor people living with HIV/AIDS.

Elusive Cancer Killer’s Deep-Sea Hideout Discovered After a Nearly 20-Year Hunt

via Harbour Branch Oceanographic | GNN staff | Mon October 27, 2003
In 1984, HARBOR BRANCH scientists exploring deep waters off the Bahamas in one of the institution's Johnson-Sea-Link submersibles discovered a small piece of sponge that harbored a chemical with a remarkable ability to kill cancer cells in laboratory tests. Despite almost two decades of searching, though, the group was never able to find enough of the sponge to fully explore its potential. But now that process can finally begin because, thanks to some creative detective work, the team has found the animal's secret hiding place and collected enough of it to support years of intense research.

Twins continue to recover

via Star Telegram | Sun October 26, 2003
Mohamed and Ahmed Ibrahim, the formerly conjoined twins, continued to progress Saturday, exactly two weeks after the 34-hour surgery to separate the boys, who were joined at the crowns of their head.

Gene Found for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

via MSNBC | Fri October 24, 2003
U.S. and Japanese researchers said on Thursday they had found a genetic mutation that causes obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental illnesses and said some patients had a second mutation that made their conditions worse.

Good News for Breast Cancer Patients

via Yahoo | Thu October 23, 2003
Breast cancer patients who've had a mastectomy experience low complication rates when they have breast reconstruction before radiation, says a Fox Chase Cancer Center study.

Homeopathy reduces arsenic poisoning in mice

via NewScientist.com | Wed October 22, 2003
A homeopathic remedy based on arsenic oxide has shown "highly promising results" in mice poisoned with arsenic, say Indian scientists.

Court removes marijuana block

via By David Kravets in San Francisco | GNN staff | Tue October 14, 2003
THE US Supreme Court has handed a big victory to the nine states that allow the medical use of marijuana, refusing to let the Federal Government punish doctors for recommending pot to their ill patients.

Breast Cancer’s New Era

via MSNBC | Mon October 13, 2003
Breast-cancer patients deserve good news, and they got a nice helping of it last week when a large, international clinical trial was halted early because the drug being tested was found to dramatically reduce the risk of relapse.

Home-delivered organic food catches on

via The London Free Press | Sun October 12, 2003
Call him the milkman of the new millennium. But instead of delivering bottles of milk, James Nestmann leaves blue plastic containers of organic fruit and vegetables on the doorsteps of homes all over Toronto.

Preventive SARS strategy is found

via International Herald Tribune | Sun October 12, 2003
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts say they have discovered a promising strategy for arresting future epidemics of severe acute respiratory syndrome - SARS - in a significant advance emerging less than a year after the first cases of the illness appeared in China.

US scientists discover cancer link

via Aljazeera.net | Sun October 12, 2003
Scientists may have found a gene combination which facilitates the spread of cancer around the body. While the findings are currently restricted to fruit flies, the team from Yale University in the US say similar genes could also exist in humans.

SARS Not Seen in Babies of Infected Mothers

via Reuters | Tue October 07, 2003
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The first five infants born to mothers with SARS have no evidence of the disease themselves, according to a report from Hong Kong. However, two of the infants did develop digestive complications.

New Research Provides Evidence That Tea May Have a Protective Effect Against Heart Disease and Cance

via Yahoo | Mon October 06, 2003
NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Consuming 30-32oz of tea daily over a period of time -- the fluid equivalent of 2.5 cans of soda -- may reduce Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol levels by more than 10 percent and decrease the risk of DNA damage caused by smoking, according to new research published as a supplement in the October 2003 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. These and other studies, including government research utilizing emerging biomarkers of cardiovascular health, are included in the supplement titled Proceedings of the Third International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health: Role of Flavonoids in the Diet and provide further evidence of tea's disease-fighting potential in the areas of cardiovascular health and cancer.

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