Rocker Avril Lavigne has revealed that she was bedridden for five months due to Lyme disease and felt she was dying. Lavigne said she spent five months in bed after being diagnosed late last year with Lyme disease, which is generally spread by bites from ticks. Lavigne said she was "80 percent" better and had been receiving care from her mother in Ontario as well as the singer's husband Chad Kroeger, frontman for the band Nickelback. An estimated 300,000 people each year are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States, overwhelmingly in the Northeast or Upper Midwest, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with smaller numbers in Europe.
A review of 34 clinical trials on a popular drug to treat hair loss in men found that none of the studies adequately reported on sexual side effects, researchers said. The findings raise serious questions about whether the drug -- known as finasteride and marketed as Propecia and Proscar, among other names -- is safe, said the report by scientists at Northwestern University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology on Wednesday. The drug, approved in 1992, works by interfering with testosterone, and the pharmaceutical giant Merck lists decreased sex drive, impotence and problems with ejaculation among its common side effects.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta lifted martial law in most of the nation, but 10 months after staging a coup, it remains firmly in control — with new laws invoked Wednesday that essentially give it absolute power.