9/25/2005:

Intermediate Word:  vang (a) fairing joining a wing to its fuselage  (b) guy rope bracing a derrick  (c) South Asian ferret-like mammal  (d) centipede's stinger
Difficult Word: - primavera  (a) wood used for cabinetwork  (b) first to arrive  (c) at the head of a list  (d) ballet high jumper

Inhaler may replace insulin jabs  - BBC  US health experts have recommended the approval of a form of insulin that can be inhaled rather than injected. The drug, Exubera, is designed to offer diabetics an alternative to their daily insulin injections. Exubera can be used for Type 2, the most common form of diabetes, but will not replace all the shots needed by some with the less common Type 1. However, US regulators have questioned the safety of the drug when used by people who smoke or have lung disease. Its manufacturers - Pfizer, Sanofi Aventis and Nektar Therapeutics - have agreed to continue studies until 2019.   
Millions for cancer research  - BBC  Scientists at Dundee University have been awarded 11m to investigate the causes of cancer and develop better treatments. Seven research groups will benefit from the Cancer Research UK cash and 11 new research posts will be created. A spokesman said the award, which is the largest sum the university has received for cancer research, reflected the high calibre of its cancer work. The research will take place over the next three to five years. Scientists will look at how drugs are processed by the body to help them identify more tailored anti-cancer drugs with fewer side-effects.  

Woman with anorexia

Brain chemistry link to anorexia  - BBC  Scientists have produced evidence that the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is linked to disrupted brain chemistry. They have shown a form of the disorder is associated with an alteration of the activity of serotonin - a chemical linked to mood and anxiety. The main symptom of anorexia nervosa is the relentless pursuit of thinness through self-starvation, driven by an obsessive fear of being fat. There are two sub-types. One simply involves restricting food intake, the other involves periods of restrictive eating alternated with episodes of binge eating and /or purging, rather like bulimia.   




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