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January 21, 2005
Chamomile tea can protect the body from a host of ills, including colds and menstrual cramps, suggests a study from the UK. Researchers at Imperial College London tested 14 people who drank five cups of chamomile tea every day for two weeks and found that they had higher levels of hippurate, a substance that can act as an anti-inflammatory. The tea also increased levels of glycine, which may relieve muscle spasms. The study appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
January 21, 2005
VACAVILLE EVENT CONTACT: Gene Hall (707) 365-4310 WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 25 WHERE: The Opera House, 530 Main Street, Vacaville, CA
January 21, 2005
Alice Dreger, a noted author, ethicist, historian and specialist in abnormal anatomy, will discuss intersexuality and medical responses to it on Thursday, Jan. 27, 12 to 1 p.m., on the Parnasssus campus.
January 20, 2005
About one in six airliners had drinking water that failed to meet federal safety standards in tests conducted before the end of 2004, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This latest round of testing showed presence of coliform bacteria in 29 of 169 randomly selected domestic and international passenger aircraft. The bacteria are usually harmless but are an indicator of the possible presence of other harmful organisms.
January 20, 2005
A symposium to celebrate the official launch of UCSF Global Health Sciences will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, 1 to 5 p.m., in Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus.
January 19, 2005
Although the Internet has become a popular and rich source of health information, few seniors surf the web, finds a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Less than a third of Americans 65 and older has ever gone online, and only 21% has sought health information online. This worries some senior advocates, particularly as Medicare prepares to roll out a new outpatient drug benefit to take effect in 2006. Only 2% of all seniors have gone online to Medicare.gov.
January 19, 2005
New research on a naturally occurring hallucinogen confirms its ability to block alcohol cravings in rats and may potentially add to the small arsenal of drugs that effectively combat addiction.
January 19, 2005
Kathleen M Giacomini, chair of biopharmaceutical sciences, has been appointed to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, which is composed of leaders in the biological and medical sciences, education and health care.
January 18, 2005
Some one billion people worldwide have high blood pressure, but that number will soar 60% to 1.56 billion in the next 20 years, estimates a Tulane University study. A third of the adult population will have high blood pressure by 2025, and the greatest increase is expected in underdeveloped regions such as Africa and Latin America, according to the report, which pooled data from 30 studies involving 700,000 people. The study appears in The Lancet.
January 18, 2005
A study of once-confidential tobacco industry documents reveals that in the past few years several tobacco companies have continued to support research challenging the link between cancer and a potent carcinogen found in cigarette smoke.

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