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Risk Of Stroke Small, But Higher After Childbirth

A woman’s risk of stroke doubles - but still is extremely small - during the six weeks after she delivers a baby, a study has found. Doctors long have noticed …


Insulin Pill To Prevent Diabetes Studied

A new national study offers hope for people at risk of contracting diabetes in the form of a pill that could ward off the disease. Among the volunteers - adults …


Teens Ignore Diet, Exercise

More than half the adolescents in a national survey had two or more risk factors that can lead to chronic disease, such as eating fatty foods and not getting enough …


John Paul Ii Healthy; Planning More Trips

John Paul II is basically healthy and plans to make plenty of foreign trips in the coming months, the Vatican said Saturday as the pope ended a visit to Hungary …


Mosquitos Carry Encephalitis

Children spent recess indoors and residents doused themselves with bug spray Friday after tests found a tenfold increase in mosquitoes infected with the deadly encephalitis virus. No one had contracted …


Yeltsin Admits He’s Ill, Will Have Heart Surgery

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Mother Teresa Leaves Hospital

Eager to return to work, Mother Teresa was released from the hospital in a wheelchair Friday morning - a day ahead of schedule - after more than two weeks of …


Researchers Find Genetic Lair Of Diabetes Scientists Hope Information Can Uncover Cause Of Disease That Affects 15 Million Americans

Researchers have found the apparent hiding place of a gene that promotes the most common form of diabetes, one that affects 15 million Americans. Scientists think several genes play a …


Cardinal Bernardin Has Liver Cancer, Less Than Year To Live

Declaring that “I can say in all sincerity that I am at peace,” Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago, announced Friday that he has been told he has …


Grapefruit Juice Boosts Effectiveness Of Drugs

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but a glass of grapefruit juice will often boost its effectiveness, researchers said. To their surprise, researchers have found that …


Gene Therapy Shrinks Tumors In Cancer Patients For The First Time, Scientists Replace A Tumor-Suppressor Gene In The Body

In a small clinical trial hailed as a landmark in genetics research, doctors at a leading cancer hospital have reported that gene therapy shrank tumors in lung-cancer patients. Seven male …


Tighter Controls Urged For Dietary Supplements

Advisory panel members called for tougher regulation of diet supplements that supposedly increase strength, reduce weight and produce an “herbal high,” but they sent mixed signals on what precise action …


Mother Teresa ‘Significantly Better’

Mother Teresa sat up briefly to look at get-well cards and breathed without a respirator on Tuesday, her 86th birthday. Her fever was gone and a lung infection was under …


Fda Studies Regulation Of Ephedrine Agency Considers New Rules After Deaths, Adverse Reactions

After hundreds of reports of bad reactions - including 17 deaths - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving toward controlling sales and distribution of herbal products containing ephedrine …


Nervous, Eager Butler Rejoins Dodgers

Brett Butler sat in his hotel room late Monday afternoon, sweating, anxiously looking at the clock. In a couple of hours, Los Angeles Dodgers team buses would be pulling up. …


Breathing Easier Camp Champ Gives Kids With Asthma A Rare Chance To Run And Play Hard

1. Billy Washington of Spokane receives a treatment Sunday at the asthma camp at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 2. Vanessa Hoerner of Spokane, …


Mother Teresa’s Condition Serious

Mother Teresa remained in serious condition on a respirator Sunday as Christian and Hindu priests, Buddhist monks and Muslim clerics alike prayed for the world’s champion of the poor. Dr. …


Prostate Drug Found To Be Almost Worthless Hytrin Beats Proscar In High-Stakes Prostate Drug Comparison

The first head-to-head comparison of the nation’s two most popular medicines for prostate trouble found that one gives significant relief while the other is virtually worthless. The two medicines, Hytrin …


Pope Suffers From Abdominal Illness

Pope John Paul II canceled his celebration of an early morning Mass on Thursday, hours after being hurried to a hospital with an abdominal illness. He did make an appearance …


Many Adolescents Lacking Vaccinations Thousands Of Youths At Risk Of Chickenpox, Measles, Hepatitis

Thousands of American adolescents are at risk of catching chickenpox, measles and other diseases because of a vaccination gap among 10- to 12-year-olds, federal health officials said Thursday in urging …


Estrogen Pills Lower Women’s Risk To Get Alzheimer’s Disease

Women who take estrogen supplements to reduce the symptoms of menopause may gain an added benefit, new research suggests: a lowered risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. In the most convincing …


Surgery Helps Epileptics A Lot - But Not Enough

Surgery to relieve drug-resistant epileptic seizures succeeds 70 percent of the time, but it must stop all seizures to give patients significantly improved job prospects and longevity, a study found. …


A Way To Take Joy Out Of Smoking Doctors Develop One-Two Punch Against Pleasures Of Nicotine

Scientists have developed a one-two chemical punch that might help smokers kick the habit by spoiling the pleasures of cigarettes. The combination consists of a nicotine patch plus another substance …


Ex-Governor Awaits Liver Transplant

Former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, awaiting a liver transplant, will travel to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for a week of medical tests, his spokeswoman said Saturday. Doctors at the …


Epitope Reports Good Third-Quarter Profits

Epitope Inc. reported a third-quarter profit of $3.5 million, a dramatic turnaround from a $4.1 million loss a year earlier, in the wake of federal approval of its breakthrough HIV …


They’ve Got Company Deaconess Camp, Volunteers Help Kids Learn To Live With Diabetes

Staci Bernard watches Brittany Curry, 8, of Spokane, during her swimming test during the first session of Camp Fun in the Sun at Lake Coeur d’Alene. The summer camp is …


Mom-To-Mom Donors Mothers Whose Blood Led To Infants’ Deaths Help Produce Vaccine To Prevent Same Fate For Others

Painful memory, saving act. At the NABI BioMedical Center, Beverly Schorzman of Harrison, Idaho, donates her plasma twice a week. Schorzman is one of four women who donate plasma regularly …


King Hussein Has Abscess Drained

King Hussein is recuperating in a London hospital after surgery to remove an abscess, the monarch’s doctor said Saturday. “The abscess was fully drained and His Majesty is recuperating in …


Overcooking Meats Can Be Just As Harmful As Undercooking Them

It sounds like a flipflop, but it’s not. For years, scientists have been warning us of the dangers of undercooked meat. Now studies suggest that the more we cook meat, …


Warning Heralds Impending Stroke

Dear Readers: This may not be the most interesting column you have ever read, but it could be the most important. I urge you to read it. Dear Ann Landers: …