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Despite massive protests, US Senate passes S 510 Food Safety Bill
naturalnews.com - 11-30-10
The new Food Tyranny Act -- called the "Food Safety Modernization Act" in the U.S. Senate -- has been passed by the senate today. It would give the FDA vast new powers to criminalize and imprison farmers and food producers while doing absolutely nothing to address to real root of the food contamination problem: Factory animal farm operations (which are regulated under the USDA, not the FDA).
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List of U.S. Senators who voted for S 510 Food Safety Act
naturalnews.com - 11-30-10
Senate Bill S 510 - the "Food Safety Modernization Act" - was passed by the U.S. Senate today (http://www.naturalnews.com/030576_F...). If signed into law, it would unleash a new era of FDA tyranny over farmers, food producers and even small family farms, many of which already exceed the "small farms exclusion" written into the bill.
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How acne and depression feed each other
cnn.com - 11-30-10
Kelly, 22, has suffered from depression since age 8. But it's only recently that she realized how much worse she feels when her acne flares up. During the two years in college when her depression waned, so did her skin problems.
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Oxytocin 'polarises men's opinions of their mothers'
telegraph.co.uk - 11-30-10
A hormone known as the "love drug" makes men with good memories of early childhood more nostalgic about their mother's love, say scientists.
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Chinese Medicine herbs scientifically proven to help halt cancer
naturalnews.com - 11-30-10
A 1,800-year old Chinese herbal remedy for an upset stomach may boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy while reducing its side effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from Yale University and published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
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Treat stomach viruses with probiotics
naturalnews.com - 11-30-10
The foundation of good health lives in the digestive system, where countless billions of beneficial microflora protect against harmful pathogens, assist in proper digestion, and generally guard the body against foreign invaders that cause disease. And a new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) points to probiotics as a viable and natural way to treat stomach viruses and diarrhea in children as well.
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High levels of natural plant antioxidant alpha-carotene are associated with fewer deaths from all causes
naturalnews.com - 11-30-10
Picture this: a chemical is discovered that has amazing health-protecting powers. In fact, if a person consumes enough of the potent life guarding compound, his or her chances of dying from heart disease, cancer or any other reason will plummet for many, many years into the future.
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Yoga may combat fibromyalgia symptoms
usatoday.com - 11-30-10
Yoga that includes gentle stretches and meditation may help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a small study finds.
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Regular Walking May Slow Decline of Alzheimer's
consumer.healthday.com - 11-30-10
New research suggests that walking about five miles a week may help slow the progression of cognitive illness among seniors already suffering from mild forms of cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease.
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Kids Who Eat Fruits, Veggies May Cut Heart Risk
consumer.healthday.com - 11-30-10
Children who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may be able to help ward off atherosclerosis in adulthood, a precursor of heart disease, a new study suggests.
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Gene therapy 'memory boost hope'
bbc.co.uk - 11-30-10
A gene therapy technique which aims to ease memory problems linked to Alzheimer's Disease has been successfully tested in mice.
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Britons have highest deaths from breathing conditions in Europe: figures
telegraph.co.uk - 11-29-10
Deaths from lung conditions and asthma are higher in Britain than any other European country due to high smoking rates, figures have shown.
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Fish health benefits may outweigh mercury concerns
reuters.com - 11-29-10
It may be a red herring to worry over whether people who eat lots of fish may lose whatever heart benefits they might have gained because of an increased exposure to mercury, a new study shows.
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Willie Nelson pot possession charge shows ludicrousness of marijuana prohibition
naturalnews.com - 11-29-10
Marijuana prohibition is the cornerstone of the U.S. police state. It gives cops a reason to search vehicles and keeps DEA employees on the payroll while filling the prisons with literally millions of people who have harmed no one except themselves.
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Passive smoking causes more heart disease deaths than lung cancer deaths
foodconsumer.org - 11-29-10
A new study led by World Health Organization researchers found passive smoking or secondhand smoke kills about 600,000 people worldwide each year. Overall, tobacco smoking kills an estimated 5.1 million people worldwide each year.
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An AIDS Advance, Hiding in the Open
nytimes.com - 11-29-10
In the war against AIDS, a new weapon has emerged.
It wasn't a secret weapon. It was a well-established treatment pill that has only now been shown to be effective as a prevention pill too. Which raises a question: What took so long?
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U.S. Organ Transplant Program Caters To Hispanics
latino.foxnews.com - 11-28-10
He's a latino doctor and you can almost hear the pride in his voice when he reads the statistic. Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo says that kidney transplants for Hispanics have almost doubled at his Chicago hospital, and some of the patients come from as far away as Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.
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Doctors sound TSA germ alert
wnd.com - 11-28-10
Syphilis, lice, gonorrhea, ringworm, chlamydia, staph, strep, noro and papilloma viruses all are part of the possible fringe benefits when airline passengers next go through a full hands-on pat-down by agents of the federal government's Transportation Security Administration, according to doctors.
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What happened to the plan for an HIV-AIDS vaccine?
cbc.ca - 11-28-10
Nearly four years ago, Bergeron heard about the federal government's plan to build an HIV-AIDS vaccine plant in Canada - the first of its kind in the world. It was announced with great fanfare at a news conference in February 2007.
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Animal obesity, the next big health crisis
naturalnews.com - 11-28-10
The obesity epidemic appears to be expanding beyond humankind and into the animal kingdom, according to a new report out of the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). David Allison, the UAB researcher who led the study, discovered that animals in general have been getting progressively larger -- even in controlled settings -- which has led to more questions than answers as to why this phenomenon is occurring.
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Biofuels worse than fossil fuels, says expert
naturalnews.com - 11-28-10
Biofuels have become all the rage among many environmental and sustainably-minded advocacy groups as a way to end dependence on foreign oil, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and create a "greener" tomorrow. But Andreas Spath, PhD, an expert in the field of geochemistry, says that biofuels are actually worse for the environment than conventional fossil fuels are.
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Soda pop industry branded baby bottles with soft drink logos
naturalnews.com - 11-28-10
We've been covering the soft drink industry lately, publishing articles on soda pop marketing to children that seem so bizarre, many people are simply unable to believe them. So for this article, I've quoted numerous sources to allow everyone to verify the "unbelievable" facts of this story for themselves.
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Sweet Potatoes Step Out From Under Marshmallows
nytimes.com - 11-27-10
After generations of being smothered by a blanket of marshmallows on Thanksgiving and then forgotten for another 11 months, the irrepressible sweet potato is having its moment.
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Menstrual cramps actually change women's brains
naturalnews.com - 11-27-10
Menstrual cramps actually produce changes in the brain similar to those produced by chronic pain, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan, and published online in the journal Pain.
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Soda companies pushed pop as beneficial beverage for infants
naturalnews.com - 11-27-10
For over a hundred years, soda companies been selling products with ingredients that we now know are linked to diabetes, obesity, gout and kidney stones. Those are some of the effects of the High Fructose Corn Syrup and phosphoric acid found in conventional sodas, and we haven't even mentioned the health problems caused by aspartame.
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To thrive in old age, keep an open mind
usatoday.com - 11-27-10
New research shows being optimistic and open-minded and having a will to live are key personality traits that promote successful aging and might even help prolong life.
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Type 1 Diabetes Death Rate is Falling, But Not Fast Enough
consumer.healthday.com - 11-27-10
Average rate is still 7 times higher in people with the disease vs those without it, study finds.
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EU bans bisphenol A chemical from babies' bottles
bbc.co.uk - 11-27-10
The European Commission has announced a ban on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles from next year.
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Alert on overweight children as obese show signs of heart disease at 15
dailymail.co.uk - 11-26-10
Fat children are showing signs of heart disease at the age of 15, researchers warn.
A study has revealed that being overweight throughout adolescence sows the seeds of ill-health for decades to come.
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Humans share 70 percent of genetic code with sea sponges
naturalnews.com - 11-26-10
An international team of scientists was recently surprised to discover that sea sponges -- one of the oldest multicellular life forms -- share nearly 70 percent of the same genes as human beings, according to a study published in the journal Nature.
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Hospitals, doctors, patients try to cut radiation from CT scans
usatoday.com - 11-26-10
National attention over patients receiving potentially harmful doses of radiation from CT scans and other medical imaging tests has led some hospitals to take more measures to reduce radiation exposure, particularly for those facing repeat scans.
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Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 a year worldwide
usatoday.com - 11-26-10
Secondhand smoke sickens millions and kills more than 600,000 people worldwide each year, including more than 165,000 children under 5, according to the first report to estimate the worldwide burden of disease and death from tobacco.
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Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus
abcnews.go.com - 11-25-10
In an essay for a college English class, Charles Whittington Jr. opened up about his feelings about his time in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Chocolate may ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome: research
telegraph.co.uk - 11-25-10
Dark chocolate is rich in chemicals known to increase signals carried around the brain but this is thought to be the first time the confection has been found to help symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Cannabis 'raises the risk of cancer and other killer diseases'
dailymail.co.uk - 11-25-10
Cannabis damages the immune system, leaving the body open to diseases from pneumonia to cancer, research suggests.
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Eating orange and dark green vegetables linked to longer life
reuters.com - 11-25-10
Eating lots of orange and dark green veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes and green beans may be tied to less disease and longer life, suggests a new study.
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Virginia Tech engineers introduce thermotherapy as a chemotherapy alternative
eurekalert.org - 11-25-10
Using hyperthermia, Virginia Tech engineering researchers and a colleague from India unveiled a new method to target and destroy cancerous cells. The research was presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Physical Society Nov. 23 in Long Beach, Calif.
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Dangerous new gene turns any bacteria into a superbug
naturalnews.com - 11-25-10
Researchers have discovered a gene that makes bacteria resistant to nearly every known antibiotic -- and it has the capability to transfer between bacterial species.
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Naked body scanner companies heavily lobbied politicians to push use in airports
naturalnews.com - 11-25-10
A new report has revealed that manufacturers of the invasive and dangerous new naked body scanners popping up in airports across the country more than doubled their political lobbying spending in recent years. According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, scanner companies drastically upped their lobbying spending to push for expanded use of the machines under massive government contracts, and some also hired several former politicians and government officials to ensure that such efforts succeeded.
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Omega-3 fatty acids prevent and may reverse gum disease naturally
naturalnews.com - 11-25-10
Periodontitis is an extremely common, and often painful, inflammatory disease of the gums. It causes tissue to separate from teeth, resulting in the accumulation of bacteria and potential bone and tooth loss. Mainstream medicine typically treats the chronic disease with strong antibiotics, vigorous mechanical scraping of the teeth and even surgically cutting away diseased gum tissue.
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HRT 'makes women's brains younger' after menopause
bbc.co.uk - 11-25-10
Sex hormones taken by women after the menopause may make their brains "younger", researchers claim.
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Early retirement 'is good for us', research shows
bbc.co.uk - 11-25-10
Taking early retirement is beneficial, at least for your mental health, say researchers.
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More Protein, Fewer Refined Carbs May Keep Weight Off
businessweek.com - 11-25-10
If you've worked hard to shed those extra pounds and want to keep the weight off, a new Danish study suggests that you consider eating more protein and fewer refined carbohydrates.
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Despite Efforts, Study Finds No Decline in Medical Errors
businessweek.com - 11-25-10
Despite intensive efforts to improve patient safety, a six-year study at 10 North Carolina hospitals showed no decline in so-called patient "harms," which included medical errors and unavoidable mistakes.
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U.S. Gonorrhea Rate Drops; Chlamydia, Syphilis Up
webmd.com - 11-24-10
With gonorrhea rates down to an all-time low, chlamydia has become the top reported STD in the U.S., the CDC's annual STD report shows.
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Daily aspirin dose 'for everyone over 45'
telegraph.co.uk - 11-24-10
Everyone aged over 45 should consider a small daily dose of aspirin to help protect themselves against heart disease and cancer, a panel of experts suggested yesterday.
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Cancer is killing me, so why can't I decide when and how I die?
dailymail.co.uk - 11-24-10
At a cancer check-up in early June 2009, I got the news I most dreaded. The tumour doctors had discovered in my -pancreas three years earlier, and from which I'd been free for two wonderful years, had returned and spread to my lung.
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Reid stalls out S.510 fake food safety bill until Monday as backroom dirty deals are struck
ppjg.wordpress.com - 11-24-10
In a quick announcement as the Senate convened, Harry Reid, Senate majority leader said that the vote on S.510 fake food safety bill would take place Monday evening, the 29th, at 6:30 PM, CST and that no voting would occur today.
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Cinnamon's Medicinal Properties
foxnews.com - 11-24-10
With obesity and diabetes now officially epidemic in the United States, people are becoming more aware of the need to maintain an even, steady blood sugar.
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TSA pat-downs could spread sexually-transmitted disease and contribute to pandemics
naturalnews.com - 11-24-10
There's a startling fact about the TSA pat-downs that most of us have not realized: TSA agents often do not change their latex gloves between pat-downs! With these pat-down reaching into your pants, feeling your genitals, and sweeping bare armpits and buttocks, those latex gloves being worn by the TSA agents are obviously teeming with germs.
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Superfood seeds allow you to grow your own medicine and nutrition in your back yard
naturalnews.com - 11-24-10
The only thing better than buying superfoods is growing them yourself. Imagine growing and harvesting your own astragalus, goji berries, maca and holy basil. Harvesting and eating these herbs and superfoods fresh out of the dirt is always superior to buying them in powder form.
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For Autistic Kids, IQ May Not Predict School Achievement
consumer.healthday.com - 11-24-10
IQ is typically a good predictor of academic performance, but not necessarily in autistic children, a new study shows.
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Experts on aging: Stay fit after 65 to live longer, better
usatoday.com - 11-24-10
Baby Boomers better think again if they're longing for a sedentary old age.
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Nerve Tissue Cancer More Often Fatal for Non-White Kids
consumer.healthday.com - 11-24-10
Black, Asian American and Native American children with neuroblastoma are more likely to die after treatment than white or Hispanic children with this type of cancer, which forms in nerve tissue.
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Binge drinking 'doubles heart risk'
bbc.co.uk - 11-24-10
Binge drinkers have a risk of heart disease twice that of people who consume the same amount of alcohol but more steadily, researchers say.
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Resistant Training Combined With Aerobics Beneficial For Diabetes Patients
medicalnewstoday.com - 11-24-10
Patients with type 2 diabetes experience better glycemic levels if they perform both aerobic and resistance exercises, compared to patients with diabetes who don't do them, researchers from Louisiana State University System, Baton Rouge wrote in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). Patients who did just one or the other, either resistance training or aerobic exercise did not enjoy the same improvements, the authors added.
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Half of Americans Facing Diabetes by 2020: Report
cnbc.com - 11-24-10
More than half of Americans will have diabetes or be prediabetic by 2020 at a cost to the U.S. health care system of $3.35 trillion if current trends go on unabated, according to analysis of a new report released on Tuesday by health insurer UnitedHealth Group.
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Study: New pill greatly reduces HIV risk for men
washingtontimes.com - 11-24-10
Men who are HIV-negative and who faithfully use a daily pill containing drugs to treat HIV can greatly reduce their risk of acquiring the deadly virus, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says in a study released on Tuesday.
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Children of divorcees 'more likely to have strokes'
telegraph.co.uk - 11-23-10
Children whose parents divorced are more than twice as likely to suffer strokes as adults, according to research.
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Cocktail of cheap drugs 'can prevent Alzheimer's' and keep the brain healthy into old age
dailymail.co.uk - 11-23-10
A cheap diabetes drug taken with a red wine 'miracle pill' could prevent millions from suffering the agony of Alzheimer's.
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Chemical Lobby Gets Its Way in US Senate
commondreams.org - 11-23-10
For several years now, Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been warning of the risks associated with bisphenol A (BPA) - especially the BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups and cans of infant formula. EWG has also been a leader in trying to get state and federal agencies to regulate this hazardous chemical.
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Legal complaint filed with USDA to stop organic milk fraud
naturalnews.com - 11-23-10
Although it is illegal under current USDA rules, the agency is still tolerating organic milk producers who bring conventional dairy cattle onto their farms -- pumped full of hormones and antibiotics -- and then call them "organic" cows when they start giving milk. The Cornucopia Institute wants to put a stop to this obviously fraudulent practice, so it's filing a lawsuit.
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How dogs help treat a variety of common ailments
naturalnews.com - 11-23-10
The health benefits of having a dog include far more than just providing their owners with therapeutic petting opportunities and being willing to accompany them on a recreational jog. According to a new report in U.S. News and World Report, dogs can be trained to do a variety of important medical services for those with chronic illnesses that not only improves their quality of life, but also helps keep them alive.
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Olive oil protects the liver from oxidative stress
naturalnews.com - 11-23-10
One of hottest areas of current scientific research involves one of the tastiest ingredients of Mediterranean-style dishes -- olive oil. Evidence has been steadily mounting that olive oil protects and builds health in a variety of ways. Not only does it help prevent depression and fight inflammation (http://www.naturalnews.com/029294_o...), but phytonutrients in olive oil have been found to be effective against breast cancer cells, too (http://www.naturalnews.com/025633_c...).
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Pharma researchers working on drug to erase your memories
naturalnews.com - 11-23-10
Drug researchers are working on a mind-altering chemical that could erase your memories. It's all being pursued under the umbrella of "mental health" with claims that this could help victims of emotional trauma. The idea that you can "heal" a patient by chemically lobotomizing them is, of course, entirely consistent with the core mythology of modern medicine: If something's wrong, you should poison it, burn it, irradiate it or cut it out... and then pronounce the patient "healed!"
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Eat Your Fruits & Veggies for Longer Life
consumer.healthday.com - 11-23-10
Consuming high amounts of beta-carotene's less well-known antioxidant cousin, alpha-carotene, in fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of dying from all causes, including heart disease and cancer, new research suggests.
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1 in 4 Overweight Women Think They're Normal Size: Study
consumer.healthday.com - 11-23-10
Almost one-quarter of young women who are overweight actually perceive themselves as being normal weight, while a sizable minority (16 percent) of women at normal body weight actually fret that they're too fat, according to a new study.
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New STD Report Finds Some Progress, High Costs for U.S.
businessweek.com - 11-23-10
The approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections that occur each year in the United States cost the health care system about $16.4 billion annually, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its annual STD report released Monday.
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Senator Al Frankens Response to my letter concerning S.510 (Food safety modernization act)
blogspot.com - 11-23-10
Could S.510 be the end of backyard gardening and small farms? Could this bill be one of the most dangerous bills in the history of the U.S. The food safety modernization act (S.510) could limit the public's right to grow, own, trade, transport and share food if accepted. Sounds a little harsh right? WRONG.
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Glass of red wine a day 'treats diabetes by helping body regulate blood sugar levels'
dailymail.co.uk - 11-22-10
A small glass of red wine every day could keep adult diabetes under control, scientists claimed last night.
A new study found that the drink contains high concentrations of chemicals that help the body regulate levels of sugar in the blood.
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American grasslands being taken over by destructive weed species
naturalnews.com - 11-22-10
A highly invasive weed known as medusahead is taking over American grass and range lands and rendering them worthless, according to a new study out of Oregon State University (OSU). The Mediterranean-based plant has been in the U.S. since the 1800s, but its growth and spread has become so out of control that the integrity and viability of soil, pasture, and crops is at significant risk.
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Study: Breast-feeding won't rob mom of sleep
usatoday.com - 11-22-10
It's commonly believed that one of the sacrifices new moms must make in order to breast-feed is their sleep. But new research suggests that's just not the case.
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Fight against HIV virus to don green hues
indiatimes.com - 11-22-10
It may just become possible to fight the dreaded HIV type 1 virus. And, a particular algae and herbal plant found in northern India would be the tool.
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Genes give clue to early puberty
bbc.co.uk - 11-22-10
At least 30 genes appear to play a role in the age at which girls reach puberty, according to an international group of scientists.
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5 Tips for Raising A Child Who Loves To Learn
physician.com - 11-21-10
If you want to raise a child who not only learns but loves to learn, you need to understand about what motivates children learning to the best of their abilities. Raising children involves more than just making sure that they have the basics for survival. Raising children who have a thirst for knowledge is not as difficult as you may think.
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Medical mistakes kill 15,000 patients every month
naturalnews.com - 11-21-10
Your local hospital just might be more of a death trap than an actual health care facility. A new report issued by the Office of Inspector General at the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) says that every month roughly 134,000 hospital patients experience some type of adverse event during their stays. And about 15,000 of them die every month due to various medical and surgical errors.
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Senate Bill 510 vote delayed until after Thanksgiving - Take action now to oppose food tyranny
naturalnews.com - 11-21-10
If there's one thing to give thanks for this year, it's the fact that the Senate floor vote on the so-called "Food Safety Modernization Act" has been delayed until after the Senate's Thanksgiving recess. This gives all of us -- the commonsense opponents of S.510 who don't want the FDA having authority over raw milk, seeds and backyard gardens -- another week to flood the offices of U.S. Senators with calls, faxes and emails that express opposition to the bill.
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Smoking marijuana as teen may have lasting brain effects, study suggests
usatoday.com - 11-21-10
Teenagers respond differently to drugs than adults, and early use may lead to long-lasting effects on brain development, according to new research.
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Can coffee, tea lower brain cancer risk?
usatoday.com - 11-21-10
Researchers have discovered that coffee and tea might do more than boost your energy levels: Regular consumption of the world's two most popular beverages may also shield you against a form of brain cancer.
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Obesity's link to sense of smell
bbc.co.uk - 11-21-10
People who are overweight have a greater sense of smell for food, a study has found
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Anti-ageing pill a step closer as scientists finds enzyme that stops our cells from dying
dailymail.co.uk - 11-20-10
Scientists are a step closer to creating an anti-ageing drug, after they discovered a key anti-ageing enzyme that stops our cells from decaying.
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Biotech company secretly releases millions of GM mosquitoes in Cayman Islands
naturalnews.com - 11-20-10
Scientists at British biotechnology giant Oxitec recently developed a genetically-modified (GM) mosquito that, apart from a specific chemical antibiotic, is unable to successfully repopulate. And the company recently released millions of these GM mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands to see what would happen -- and they did so without proper approval or announcement -- prompting outrage by experts and the public over the unknown consequences of conducting such an irresponsible experiment.
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FDA Pulls Darvon and Companion Drug Due to Heart Risks
consumer.healthday.com - 11-20-10
The opioid-based painkillers Darvon and Darvocet are being withdrawn from the U.S. market because they've been linked to serious and potentially deadly heart rhythms, federal officials said Friday.
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Facebook Heartbreak Leads to Man's Asthma Attacks
abcnews.go.com - 11-20-10
Asthmatics beware: What you see on Facebook could leave you breathless.
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Girl Survives Deadly Medicine-Resistant Fungal Infection
abcnews.go.com - 11-19-10
Teen With Leukemia Holds on for Life While Doctors Experiment on Treatment.
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The drugalyser: new weapon in the clampdown on drug driving
telegraph.co.uk - 11-19-10
A new handheld "drugalyser" that detects substance abuse in under two minutes could become the latest weapon the clampdown on drug driving.
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A light on at night can put you in a dark mood
dailymail.co.uk - 11-19-10
Sleeping with the light on could leave you feeling low the next day, scientists have warned.
They say that a night-light - however dim - may affect the structure of the brain, raising the odds of depression.
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Bee resin takes the sting out of painful mouth ulcers
dailymail.co.uk - 11-19-10
British scientists have created a gel treatment for mouth ulcers that uses a mixture of resin and wax used by honey bees to sterilise their hives.
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Senate bill S 510 vote imminent - procedural vote passes 74-25
naturalnews.com - 11-19-10
U.S. Senate Bill S 510 is now on the Senate floor where a vote is expected shortly. Yesterday, the Motion to Invoke Cloture passed on a vote of 74-25 (see how they voted, below), sending the bill forward for a final vote perhaps as early as today.
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DEET chemical now being found in municipal water supplies
naturalnews.com - 11-19-10
The Minnesota Department of Health is conducting an investigation into the popular insect repellant N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), in response to concerns over its prevalence in groundwater, rivers and lakes that serve as drinking water sources.
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Young girls now reaching puberty at age seven
naturalnews.com - 11-19-10
An increasing number of U.S. girls are now reaching puberty as young as the age of seven, according to a study conducted by researchers from Cincinnati's Children's Hospital and published in the journal Pediatrics.
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Mental Illness Hit 1 in 5 U.S. Adults in Past Year
consumer.healthday.com - 11-19-10
A new survey finds that 20 percent of U.S. adults -- over 45 million people -- experienced mental illness in the past year.
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Smarten Up About Antibiotics, CDC Urges
consumer.healthday.com - 11-19-10
Knowing when to take antibiotics -- and when not to -- can help fight the rise of deadly "superbugs," say experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Brain cancer 'trojan attack' hope
bbc.co.uk - 11-19-10
A tiny capsule could help smuggle anti-cancer drugs past a barrier designed to protect the brain from attack.
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Cough syrup gives clue to breast cancer drug dose
bbc.co.uk - 11-19-10
Giving breast cancer patients cough syrup might tell doctors how well they will respond to a vital drug.
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E. coli O157 linked to heart risk
bbc.co.uk - 11-19-10
Catching the most dangerous strain of E. coli could increase the risk of blood pressure and heart problems years later, say researchers.
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The intelligent plasters that turn purple if wound is not healing properly
dailymail.co.uk - 11-18-10
Scientists have created a hi-tech dressing that changes colour if the wound underneath becomes infected - thanks to a dye that can monitor changes in the body's pH levels.
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A vision of the future: Lasers the new way to tackle cataracts
dailymail.co.uk - 11-18-10
Some 300,000 men and women undergo a 45-minute procedure each year, in which a clouded lens is replaced with a clear, artificial one, making it one of the most common operations in the UK.
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The Alzheimer's room: 1950s look helps patients recall memories of the good old days
dailymail.co.uk - 11-18-10
There is a gramophone, a manual typewriter and some black and white photographs dotted about.
The phone is made of Bakelite and much of the furniture in the room dates from the 1950s.
This 'time-warp' room has been created at a care home and, despite appearances, represents the very latest in caring for residents with Alzheimer's.
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Monsanto sees "right time" for GMO wheat
reuters.com - 11-18-10
Monsanto Co could start field testing genetically modified wheat within one to two years, but remains cautious about future commercialization, according to one of the company's top wheat technology executives.
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Joggers who revive through energy drinks 'putting their health at risk'
telegraph.co.uk - 11-18-10
Joggers are putting their health at risk by trying to revive themselves after exercise with high-caffeine energy drinks, a study has warned.
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Obsession with killing microorganisms is dangerous for humans and planet, scientist warns
naturalnews.com - 11-18-10
Using products with antimicrobial chemicals must be a great way to protect your health. After all, you're killing loads of germs while you wash your body and clean your house -- and that's a good thing, right? Not according to biologist and engineer Rolf Halden of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. In fact, he's sounding the alarm these commonly used chemicals aren't safe for human health and the environment. What's more, they don't even work better than plain soap and water.
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Diet makes all the difference with pancreatic cancer risk
naturalnews.com - 11-18-10
What you eat plays a critical role in determining whether or not you develop cancer, indicates a new report published in the journal Nature. Pancreatic cancer takes nearly 20 years to develop in the body, but its onset, growth, and spread is largely determined by the types of food a person eats, and whether or not those foods feed or starve the cancer cells.
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Teens carry 30 percent more BPA than adults
naturalnews.com - 11-18-10
Teenagers carry 30 percent more of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies than older adults, according to a study conducted by researchers from Statistics Canada.
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We're still too low on fruit, vegetable consumption
usatoday.com - 11-18-10
Kids and adults still aren't eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables, despite years of encouragement from their parents and nutrition professionals, a new report says.
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Experts on aging ponder best way to reduce disabilities
usatoday.com - 11-18-10
How to make that wish a reality for aging Baby Boomers will be one of dozens of health issues that aging experts will address at the 65th annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America beginning Friday in New Orleans.
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Medicare Panel Endorses Vaccine for Prostate Cancer Patients
consumer.healthday.com - 11-18-10
Provenge extends survival by about four months on average, costs $93,000 per individual
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Kidney zap lowers blood pressure
bbc.co.uk - 11-18-10
A short blast of radio waves to the kidneys can help control high blood pressure in patients who do not respond to medication, a study shows.
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Late in Life, an Agonizing Choice Over Surgery
nytimes.com - 11-17-10
Forgoing a potentially life-saving medical procedure may be easier at age 94 than age 54, but for my patient George Pollack it was a wrenching decision anyway. Suffering from a severe foot ulcer that would not heal, he was told his only chance of a cure was a partial amputation of his leg. Even then, there were no guarantees.
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Can mindfulness help manage pain and mental illness?
cnn.com - 11-17-10
Mindfulness is becoming more integrated into psychological therapy in the United States. Therapists have found uses for it for everything from post-traumatic stress disorder to eating disorders to anxiety. And its effectiveness for stress reduction and other benefits have been supported in scientific studies.
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Britain has highest rates of dangerous superbug in Europe: research
telegraph.co.uk - 11-17-10
Britain has the highest proportion of a dangerous 'super-strain' of the hospital bug Clostridium difficile in Europe, according to a new study.
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Middle aged women who enjoy a couple of glasses of wine a day 'have a healthier old age'
dailymail.co.uk - 11-17-10
A couple of glasses of wine a day in mid-life could make women healthier in old age, research suggests.
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Study: BPA destroys sperm
naturalnews.com - 11-17-10
Results from a five-year trial on the effects of bisphenol-A (BPA) in human males has revealed that the popular plastics chemical destroys sperm. One of the few BPA studies involving humans, the trial sheds more light on the obvious harm BPA causes on male reproduction, and the need to immediately remove the chemical from from all products.
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European support for GMOs continues to plummet
naturalnews.com - 11-17-10
Europeans are growing weary of all the pro-GMO (genetically-modified organism) propaganda being spewed by multinational biotechnology companies like Monsanto, and polls now show that strong support for GMOs has reached a low of roughly five percent. In other words, somewhere in the vicinity of 95 percent of Europeans now view GMOs with skepticism, while the majority perceive them as outright unsafe and lacking any supposed benefits.
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Gaining Weight Raises Risk of Heart Disease
consumer.healthday.com - 11-17-10
Study finds that for every 8.8 pound increase, the risk for narrowed heart arteries rises about 50 percent.
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Energy Drinks May Fuel College Kids' Alcohol Use
consumer.healthday.com - 11-17-10
College students who routinely consume highly caffeinated energy drinks are at significantly higher risk for becoming alcohol-dependent, new research suggests.
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Garlic 'remedy for hypertension'
bbc.co.uk - 11-17-10
Garlic may be useful in addition to medication to treat high blood pressure, a study suggests.
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Placenta 'has key role' in determining pregnancy length
bbc.co.uk - 11-17-10
The placenta may play a key role in determining the gestation period of humans and other mammals, according to a new study.
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Antibiotics often unnecessary for kids' ear infections
usatoday.com - 11-17-10
Ear infections are the No. 1 reason kids get antibiotics, costing the country $2.8 billion a year. Yet a new analysis suggests that most of the 8 million kids who see a doctor for ear infections each year don't need antibiotics.
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Preventable Harms Common for Older Hospital Patients
medpagetoday.com - 11-17-10
About 14% of hospitalized Medicare patients suffered harms deemed "clearly or likely preventable" in a one-month study, a report from the Department of Health and Human Services said
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1 in 3 cancer patients die in hospitals after aggressive care
msnbc.msn.com - 11-16-10
One third of U.S. patients dying of cancer end up getting costly but futile treatment in hospitals, when hospice care to ease their suffering would be more appropriate, researchers reported on Tuesday.
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Love Chocolate? So Does Your Heart
webmd.com - 11-16-10
Good news for women who love chocolate: Frequently eating chocolate was associated with a lower risk for atherosclerosis, as well as for hospitalization and premature death from heart disease or heart failure.
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Men get cancer more than women because of poor lifestyles
telegraph.co.uk - 11-16-10
Figures show that men are 14 per cent more likely to develop the disease than their female counterparts in England.
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How a daily walk can beat 24 illnesses
dailymail.co.uk - 11-16-10
It takes only 30 minutes a day but could cut your risk of falling victim to up to two dozen illnesses, including dementia and cancer.
Taking the time for a brisk daily walk could also have other major health benefits by slowing down the rate at which our bodies deteriorate with age.
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The fast-food industry's $4.2 billion marketing blitz
grist.org - 11-16-10
So $4.2 billion vs. $6.5 million. That means that for every $1 the industry spends haranguing Americans to eat stuff like Burger King's 2,500-calorie Pizza Burger, about a tenth of a penny gets spent urging folks to eat their spinach.
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Chocolate prices could skyrocket as cocoa farmers leave business
naturalnews.com - 11-16-10
The era of cheap chocolate may soon come to an end as many cocoa farmers in West Africa -- which represents the largest cocoa-growing region in the world -- continue to leave the business. Pest problems, low pay, and a difficult growing cycle, have together taken much of the incentive out of growing cocoa, sending many natives to the city centers for better opportunities.
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Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
naturalnews.com - 11-16-10
The memory and mind-destroying disease known as Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are often seen as terrifying consequences of aging that strike out of the blue -- and supposedly little can be done to prevent or treat these horrible conditions. But while Big Pharma has consistently failed to come up with drugs that halt or reverse cognitive decline, at least for long, research into natural therapies continues to provide tangible evidence that much can be done to fight dementia using exercise, diet and supplements.
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Study: Placebo improves sex life for women
usatoday.com - 11-16-10
Many are constantly searching for the key to more satisfying sex, but a recent study suggests that finding that key may be easier than we think.
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5 myths about the flu
usatoday.com - 11-16-10
In a new survey by Consumer Reports, only 30% of respondents were "very confident" that this year's flu shot is safe.
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Early 'Pot' Use May Harm Brain More: Study
consumer.healthday.com - 11-16-10
People who started smoking marijuana at a young age did much worse on tests of executive brain function than those who started smoking when they were older, a new study shows.
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Steep Co-Pays May Cause Some to Abandon Prescriptions
consumer.healthday.com - 11-16-10
In these tough economic times, even people with health insurance are leaving prescription medications at the pharmacy because of high co-payments.
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Obesity's link to sense of smell
bbc.co.uk - 11-16-10
People who are overweight have a greater sense of smell for food, a study has found.
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Homeopathy works - but it is talking, not tinctures that helps patients
telegraph.co.uk - 11-15-10
Homeopathy can reduce the symptoms of disease, but it is the consultations not the remedies which are responsible, a new study has found.
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When Big Ag Attacks: Government-Sponsored Pesticide Propaganda
theatlantic.com - 11-15-10
The White House garden may be green and unsullied by agricultural chemicals, but Obama's United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just forked over $180,000 to fund an agribusiness-backed smear campaign against the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides," which includes the "Dirty Dozen," a list of the foods most commonly found to have pesticide residue.
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Smiling helps prevent aging, wrinkles
naturalnews.com - 11-15-10
The old adage that it takes more muscle power to frown than to smile may finally be put to rest, at least in terms of how using those muscles affects the aging process. According to Heike Hoefler, a German fitness trainer, actively working facial muscles by smiling helps to reduce wrinkles, lines, and other appearances of aging.
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Scientists develop GMO plant that produces pharmaceutical drugs
naturalnews.com - 11-15-10
Splicing and dicing natural plant compounds and patenting them for profit may be a thing of the past for drug companies, at least in terms of them having to do it manually in a laboratory. It might seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has actually developed a way to genetically engineer plants that are programmed to create pharmaceutical drugs instead of their natural healing compounds.
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When Romance and Allergies Don't Mix
consumer.healthday.com - 11-15-10
The course of true love may not run smoothly for some people with highly sensitive allergies, experts say, since kissing or other intimate contact can pose risks for sometimes serious reactions.
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Among Cell-Phone Junkies, Rash on the Rise
consumer.healthday.com - 11-15-10
If you're an incessant cell phone user and a mysterious rash appears along your jaw, cheek or ear, chances are you're allergic to nickel, a metal commonly used in cell phones.
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Brain Organizes Itself for Introspection as Children Age: Study
consumer.healthday.com - 11-15-10
As children mature, increased synchronization between specific areas of the brain alter how they view themselves and others, a new study suggests.
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Bereavement 'raises risk of dangerous heart changes'
bbc.co.uk - 11-15-10
Recently-bereaved people have heart rhythm changes which may make some of them more vulnerable to health problems, say researchers.
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AHA: Vitamin D Levels Tied to Fatal Stroke in Whites, But Not Blacks
medpagetoday.com - 11-15-10
Vitamin D deficiency does not appear to confer an increased risk of fatal stroke among blacks -- in contrast to findings among white populations, according to an analysis of U.S. population data.
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Job strain 'raises risk of heart problems in women'
bbc.co.uk - 11-15-10
Women with high job strain have a 40% increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those in less demanding posts, a US study suggests.
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S 510 is hissing in the grass
foodfreedom.wordpress.com - 11-14-10
"If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public's right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one's choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God." -Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower.
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Adults may not be spreading whooping cough: study
reuters.com - 11-14-10
Children largely spread whooping cough among themselves, so blanket vaccination campaigns targeting teens and adults may be a waste of time, according to a study that looks at how social patterns affect disease transmission.
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The Battle for the Future of Health Care Reform: How It Will Impact You
abcnews.go.com - 11-14-10
Thousands of Americans renewing their health insurance plans will see new benefits kick in, under the health care reform law passed this year. But the future of the controversial law remains in limbo as it faces challenges from the incoming Congress led by the Republicans, and in state capitals and courtrooms around the country.
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Heartbeat of fetus synchronizes with mom's
naturalnews.com - 11-14-10
Researchers have discovered that the heartbeat of a mother and fetus synchronize when the woman breathes rhythmically, and are using this finding to push more medical interventions into the birth process.
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New research: traditional deliveries for breech babies often safer than C-sections
naturalnews.com - 11-14-10
About 4 percent of babies about to be born are in the "breech position" -- meaning their feet or buttocks are positioned to be delivered first instead of their heads. Mainstream medicine has long seen this as a virtually mandatory reason to use an operation known as a Caesarian section (C-section) for breech births which involves, literally, cutting the mother open to remove the infant. In fact, after a large international study published in 2000 emphasized surgery was the most cautious approach to breech births, C-sections soon became the "only way" for those deliveries in hospitals.
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Dog wakes up family, saving it from toxic smoke
usatoday.com - 11-14-10
Jennifer DeStefani' is lucky she was watching a friend's dog last Saturday.
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Prescription drug addiction fueled by doctors' efforts to treat pain
usatoday.com - 11-14-10
Though doctors are trained to "do no harm," their power to write prescriptions for narcotics plays a major role in pain pill addiction.
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McDonald's and PepsiCo to help write UK health policy
guardian.co.uk - 11-13-10
The Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald's and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg's, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease, the Guardian has learned.
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Middle class children suffering rickets
telegraph.co.uk - 11-13-10
Middle class children in the south of England are suffering from the '17th century disease' rickets as parents cover them in sunscreen and limit time outside in the sunshine, a leading doctor has warned.
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Caffeine May Trigger Gout Attacks
webmd.com - 11-13-10
An extra jolt or two of caffeine may trigger a gout attack in people with the painful and often disabling arthritic condition, preliminary research suggests.
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Cutting umbilical cord too soon 'could harm baby'
dailymail.co.uk - 11-13-10
Doctors and midwives should stop clamping babies umbilical cords immediately after birth and wait for a few minutes instead, according to experts.
They said waiting for three minutes could allow more blood to flow to the baby and reduce the risk of iron deficiency and anaemia in newborns.
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USDA says to eat more cheese while also supposedly working to fight obesity
naturalnews.com - 11-13-10
The government often has an interesting way of contradicting its own efforts and wasting money in the process. Marketers at an organization called Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which is run and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have been working in overdrive to promote higher cheese consumption in the U.S. But while they do this, the USDA itself and other government officials are simultaneously urging people to be cautious of fatty products like cheese because they say these foods promote obesity.
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Common foot problems can be inherited, research shows
usatoday.com - 11-13-10
A new study confirms that two common and often painful foot disorders can be inherited.
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Social Class May Affect Outcome of Depression Treatment
healthday.com - 11-13-10
Depression treatments appear to be less effective in helping poor and working class patients function at work, a new study finds.
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Age Could Affect How Well Cancer Patients Cope
healthday.com - 11-13-10
Those under 40 report more widespread pain and financial difficulties than their elders, study finds
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Food wrappers leach harmful chemicals into food
naturalnews.com - 11-12-10
Man-made chemicals are all over the place in today's environment, and many of them regularly come into direct contact with the food supply. A new study out of the University of Toronto has found that one of the primary sources of exposure to perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs), toxic chemical endocrine disruptors (EDs) used in many consumer products, is food wrappers.
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Do Daydreams Bum You Out?
abcnews.go.com - 11-12-10
Whether in line at the supermarket or sitting in traffic on the highway, the human mind is prone to wander at the slightest sign of boredom.
But daydreaming may not be as harmless as it seems: according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science, a wandering mind is often an unhappy one.
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Acne can double suicide risk
telegraph.co.uk - 11-12-10
People with severe acne can be up to twice as likely to try to kill themselves as their peers, say medics.
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U.S. doctors still too cozy with drug industry: report
reuters.com - 11-12-10
The team at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital did a national survey of 1,900 primary care doctors in 2009 about their contacts with drug companies.
They found 84 percent reported some type of relationship with drug companies, compared with 94 percent in 2004.
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Cat's Delicate Lapping Defies Gravity: Study
abcnews.go.com - 11-12-10
A cat's delicate lapping does not scoop up water but uses inertia to create kind of a backward waterfall, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.
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Chocolate protects the heart 'by tackling high blood pressure'
dailymail.co.uk - 11-12-10
Dark chocolate has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the heart in numerous studies, and now scientists know why.
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Honeybee collapse due to toxic combination of pesticide chemicals
naturalnews.com - 11-12-10
Researchers from Dundee University, Royal Holloway and University College London are set to carry out a £1.5 million ($2.3 million) study into whether continuous exposure to a cocktail of pesticides is interfering with the brains and nervous systems of bees and other pollinators, possibly explaining their recent drastic decline.
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Broccoli nutrient halts growth of cancer tumors
naturalnews.com - 11-12-10
A chemical naturally occurring in broccoli may actually block the development of tumors in people with a certain genetic trait, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Food at Norwich in the United Kingdom.
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Monsanto pressing for GMO sugar beet ban to be lifted
naturalnews.com - 11-12-10
Sugar beet farmers from across the country are bemoaning the court ruling from last October that barred any further plantings of genetically-modified (GM) sugar beets until proper safety studies have been completed. But according to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, Monsanto spin doctors and industry groups have been busy petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow limited, self-monitored plantings of the crop in order to avoid what they say will be the devastation of the domestic sugar market.
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Birth control pills may have caused 30-year-old's stroke
usatoday.com - 11-12-10
Women who use birth control pills are warned about their possible side effects.
Doctors say the risks are small, but they can happen. A young Hastings, Minn., woman may be proof.
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Soy chemicals may lower risk for invasive breast cancer
usatoday.com - 11-12-10
The more isoflavone-containing soy products a young woman eats, the lower her odds for developing invasive breast cancers, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Philadelphia.
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Happiness Is a Focused Mind
healthday.com - 11-12-10
If you want to be happy, try to stay focused.
New research shows that when people's minds drifted from the task or activity at hand, they reported being less happy than when they were fully engaged in whatever they were doing.
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Second State Bans Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks
nytimes.com - 11-11-10
Washington on Wednesday became the second state to ban energy drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine amid rising concern that the beverages are dangerous.
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Healthy Weight or Healthy Mind? Psych Drugs Can Pile on Pounds
health.com - 11-11-10
Katie's temper tantrums and emotional outbursts became uncontrollable when she was 5 years old. After diagnosing her with Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), doctors placed her on risperidone, an antipsychotic drug used to treat irritability and aggression in autistic children.
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Stress Over Money, Work, Economy Top the List for Americans
abcnews.go.com - 11-11-10
In a new survey by the American Psychologial Association, nearly 75 percent of Americans say they are stressed to the max. And experts say the 2010 Stress in America survey points to a looming national health crisis. Among the respondents' top concerns: money (76 percent), work (70 percent) and the economy (65 percent).
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Sugary Drinks Linked to Gout
abcnews.go.com - 11-11-10
Here in the home of Coca-Cola, researchers reported that consumption of fructose-sweetened sodas was significantly associated with newly diagnosed gout in the Nurses' Health Study.
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Dementia sufferers to increase by 70 per cent within 20 years
telegraph.co.uk - 11-11-10
The number of elderly people with dementia will increase by 70 per cent to more than 1 million in the next 20 years, according to official projections.
As England's population ages, soaring numbers of people will die in nursing homes with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, a report for the NHS has found.
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How lead gets into urban vegetable gardens
sciencecentric.com - 11-11-10
One common mitigation approach is to build a raised bed and fill it with freshly composted, low-lead soil from elsewhere, right? Maybe not, according to researchers studying the mysterious case of the lead contamination found within raised beds in community gardens in the Boston communities of Roxbury and Dorchester.
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Many drivers are literally asleep behind the wheel, study finds
naturalnews.com - 11-11-10
A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that nearly half of all drivers have dozed off or fallen asleep while driving at least once in their lives. In fact, according to the data, most drivers that are not under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, speeding, texting, or engaged in some other distracting activity in their cars, are most likely not fully awake.
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Developing world warned of 'obesity epidemic'
bbc.co.uk - 11-11-10
Developing countries should act now to head off their own "obesity epidemic", says a global policy group.
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Surgeons Call for Gentler Hysterectomy
women.webmd.com - 11-10-10
Two-thirds of hysterectomies performed in the United States involve abdominal surgery, even though there is a growing consensus that less invasive procedures are generally safer with quicker recovery times.
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Common painkillers could be linked to male reproductive disorder
guardian.co.uk - 11-10-10
The use of mild painkillers, such as paracetamol, in pregnancy - previously considered harmless to the baby in the womb - could be a major factor in the rise of male reproductive disorders, according to a study.
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Chemotherapy survivors face huge risk of death for decades after
naturalnews.com - 11-10-10
Survivors of childhood cancers are significantly more likely to die prematurely from all causes than adults in the general population, according to a study conducted by researchers from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Eating apples helps prevent heart disease
naturalnews.com - 11-10-10
A new study presented at the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition has revealed yet another amazing health benefit gained by eating apples. According to research out of the University of Michigan Health System, eating apples and apple products reduces oxidative stress in the body, boosts heart function and health, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
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Many doctors still in bed with Big Pharma
naturalnews.com - 11-10-10
The cozy relationship between doctors and drug companies has received a lot of attention recently as numerous reports have exposed widespread corruption between the two groups. But a new study has found that, despite making promises to clean up their act, many doctors continue to accept gifts and cash from Big Pharma.
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Dying cancer patients subjected to expensive, meaningless cancer screening tests
naturalnews.com - 11-10-10
Earlier this year, NaturalNews reported the kind of story that almost seems too far-fetched to be true. According to a study by University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) researchers that was published in the American Journal of Public Health, unneeded, expensive mammograms are regularly pushed on elderly women who are incapacitated and dying from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, especially if the patients still have assets of $100,000 or more (http://www.naturalnews.com/028095_m...).
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TSA accused of sexual molestation of passengers and pilots
naturalnews.com - 11-10-10
When I recently wrote about opting out of the TSA's naked body scanners and then being patted down by a TSA agent, that pat-down was conducted by the agent using the back of his hand (http://www.naturalnews.com/030100_n...). As of today, that technique is no longer in place. The TSA's new guidelines call for agents to use their "palms and fingers" to "probe" your body for hidden weapons. This means TSA agents will now be feeling up your crotch, palming your breasts and fingering your testicles as part of their increasingly humiliating "X-rated pat down" technique.
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Dutch sniff cards to help find cannabis plantations
bbc.co.uk - 11-9-10
Around 30,000 Dutch households are to receive marijuana-scented scratch cards in a bid to uncover illegal urban cannabis plantations.
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Controlling Computers with Your Mind
nih.gov - 11-9-10
Scientists used a brain-computer interface to show how the activity of just a few brain cells can control the display of pictures on a computer screen. The finding sheds light on how single brain cells contribute to attention and conscious thought.
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Children with ADHD Symptoms at Higher Risk of Obesity
health.com - 11-9-10
Children with symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for obesity in adulthood, a new study claims.
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Adderall Abuse Alters Brain, Claims a Young Life
abcnews.go.com - 11-9-10
Kyle Craig, a musician, athlete and high-achieving student at Vanderbilt University, was the only one who saw the train coming.
His family affectionately called him "strong, large and in charge," but in just one year, Kyle lost his social confidence and became increasingly paranoid in an almost imperceptible downward spiral that deceived nearly everyone.
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Don't pop a pill, press your face
dailymail.co.uk - 11-9-10
Stress, insomnia, digestive problems, joint pain, menopausal flushes and memory loss: all of these are common conditions that can be hard to treat, leaving sufferers in despair.
Some turn to complementary therapies such as reflexology, which works by stimulating pressure points on the feet that correspond with particular parts of the body.
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Quarter of children with sleep problems being medicated with psych drugs
naturalnews.com - 11-9-10
One in four children with difficulty sleeping is given a psychoactive drug, according to a study conducted by researchers from Hasbro Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's University/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Case University School of medicine.
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Higher US drug spending has not improved health
naturalnews.com - 11-9-10
Healthcare spending in the U.S. is higher than that of most other developed nations -- totaling roughly $7,290 per person -- but the added costs have not translated into better care or quality of life. According to two new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, higher spending on drugs does not equal better health, and can actually spur doctors to over-prescribe drugs to patients who do not need them.
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Monsanto candidates win election
naturalnews.com - 11-9-10
Washington, D.C., is a hotbed of political lobbyists whose primary goal is to sway politicians to do their bidding. Multinational biotechnology giant Monsanto is one such lobbyist with a Political Action Committee (PAC) that spends hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to buy off candidates to support its agenda. And in the most recent U.S. election cycle, most of the company's funded candidates won their races.
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Laptop computers cook your testicles
naturalnews.com - 11-9-10
Is something burning, or are you just computing again? New research published in the medial journal Fertility and Sterility (Nov 2010) reveals that laptop computers can roast a man's testicles to the point where sperm production (and quality) starts to drop.
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Mobile phones may soon diagnose for STDs
naturalnews.com - 11-9-10
Young people already use their mobile phones to share their most personal details with those in their social circles, but a new project out of the U.K could take cell phone "intimacy" to a whole new level. According to a recent Guardian report, researchers are in the process of developing a new technology that allows users to put a urine or saliva sample on a small chip and insert it into their mobile phone to test for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).
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Family health history a powerful, underused tool
usatoday.com - 11-9-10
Make Grandma spill the beans: Uncovering all the diseases that lurk in your family tree can trump costly genetic testing in predicting what illnesses you and your children are likely to face.
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Eating red meat may boost risk of esophageal cancer, stomach cancer
foodconsumer.org - 11-8-10
Eating lots of red meat may increase risk of esophageal cancer and stomach cancer, a new study published in the Oct 26, 2010 issue of American Journal Gastroenterology suggests.
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Why Has Childhood Bipolar Disorder Become an Epidemic?
healthland.time.com - 11-8-10
When a young child's behavior problems go beyond mere toddler tantrums, parents face bleak choices about how to treat them. Should they seek psychiatric or psychological help? Should the child be put on medication or some other behavioral treatment? Should he or she be labeled with a psychiatric illness like bipolar disorder?
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Bedtime Texting Bad for SleepBedtime Texting Bad for Sleep
abcnews.go.com - 11-8-10
Kids who send text messages or use the Internet right before bed may suffer poorer sleep at night as well as mood and cognitive problems during the day, according to results of a pilot study.
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Need some blood? Soon you could grow your own as British scientists hail skin-cell breakthrough
dailymail.co.uk - 11-8-10
Patients could be treated with blood made from their own skin after a startling breakthough by scientists.
The prospect of 'growing your own blood' may mean the end of the need for endless donations by strangers to keep supplies topped up.
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Gene research finds clues to AIDS survival
boston.com - 11-8-10
For decades, they lived a mystery: Why were they able to survive with the AIDS virus, free of symptoms and the need for potent drugs, while so many others with the same germ turned deathly ill?
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Scientists discover new value in wisdom teeth that could one day save your life
naturalnews.com - 11-8-10
A new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals an interesting new medical fact about wisdom teeth. Far from being a useless annoyance, wisdom teeth actually hold valuable tissues inside them that are capable of creating therapeutic stem cells. In the event that a person needs them, such stem cells could be used to regrow needed tissues and organs or to treat debilitating diseases.
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Statin drugs cause liver damage, kidney failure and cataracts, says BMJ
naturalnews.com - 11-8-10
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs significantly increase a person's risk of cataracts, muscle weakness, liver dysfunction and kidney failure, according to a study in the British Medical Journal.
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While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales
nytimes.com - 11-7-10
Domino's Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies.
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The Truth About Kale
webmd.com - 11-7-10
Move over Popeye and make room for the "queen of greens," kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.
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Black raspberries prevent colorectal cancer in mice
msnbc.msn.com - 11-7-10
Compounds found in black raspberries are effective in preventing colorectal cancer tumors in mice, according to a new study.
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Monounsaturated Fats Boost 'Good' Cholesterol
foxnews.com - 11-7-10
The monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, nuts and avocados can help boost a person's "good" cholesterol levels when added to an overall diet that curbs "bad" LDL cholesterol, a study published Monday suggests.
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APA president advises against new body scanners
aviationblog.dallasnews.com - 11-7-10
Allied Pilots Association president Dave Bates is suggesting that American Airlines pilots go through a pat-down search by Transportation Security Administration personnel rather undergo the repeated radiation from the "advanced imaging technology" body scanners used at many airports.
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Spending more on drugs may not mean better care
usatoday.com - 11-7-10
Higher levels of drug spending don't necessarily translate into better quality care for Medicare patients, a new study has found.
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Older white Americans sicker than British peers
usatoday.com - 11-7-10
New research suggests that middle-aged and older white Americans are sicker than their counterparts in the United Kingdom but they still manage to live as long as the Brits, thanks to doctors and drugs.
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Cancer vaccine allows body to kill tumours
telegraph.co.uk - 11-6-10
Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered how tumour cells protect themselves from the body's natural defences.
By turning off this process, they believe that the body would cure itself of the disease.
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Food tastes better if you have worked for it
telegraph.co.uk - 11-6-10
The conclusion comes from research that found food actually tastes better if you feel that you have worked for it.
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Dyslexia breakthrough as gene link between right and left-handedness and reading difficulties is found
dailymail.co.uk - 11-6-10
A genetic variant has been discovered that appears to link handedness and reading ability.
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A loaf of wheat bread may soon cost $23 due to skyrocketing food price inflation
naturalnews.com - 11-6-10
Within a decade, a loaf of wheat bread may cost $23 in a grocery store in the United States, and a 32-oz package of sugar might run $62. A 64-oz container of Minute Maid Orange Juice, meanwhile, could set you back $45.71. This is all according to a new report released Friday by the National Inflation Association which warns consumers about the coming wave of food price inflation that's about to strike the western world.
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Eating peanuts while pregnant may raise kid's allergy risks
usatoday.com - 11-6-10
Women who eat peanuts during pregnancy may be putting their babies at increased risk for peanut allergy, a new study suggests.
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Study: Researchers Crack the Mystery of AIDS Immunity
healthland.time.com - 11-6-10
Bruce Walker, an AIDS researcher at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, has long been trying to understand why some people with HIV can remain untreated for decades and never progress to AIDS. On Nov. 4, Walker and colleagues published research that helps explain these HIV controllers: genetic variations that change key proteins in their immune systems.
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Drinking beetroot juice boosts healthy brains in older adults by increasing blood flow
dailymail.co.uk - 11-5-10
Drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the brain, according to researchers - a finding that holds great promise for combating the progression of dementia.
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Obesity is contagious among friends, study suggests
usatoday.com - 11-5-10
The more obese friends you have, the more likely you are to become obese, a new study suggests. This confirms previous research that gaining weight may be socially contagious.
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Vitamin E linked to increased risk of some strokes
bbc.co.uk - 11-5-10
Taking vitamin E could slightly increase the risk of a particular type of stroke, a study says.
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Kids' use of electronic media at night linked to problems
usatoday.com - 11-4-10
More than half of children who use electronic media before bedtime may have mood or learning problems during the day, a preliminary study of 40 young people suggests.
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Eye implant breakthrough: scientific advances towards blindness cure
telegraph.co.uk - 11-4-10
Three blind patients had their sight partly restored after scientists developed an eye implant in a breakthrough that is being called "a significant advance". Below are other examples of scientific breakthroughs in the race to cure blindness.
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Why does your child have a mystery tummy ache? From fructose!
naturalnews.com - 11-4-10
Here's a common scenario: a young child or even a teenager complains of a tummy ache. But he or she has no fever or few other symptoms. So the doctor says there's nothing wrong with the youngster, other than maybe a little gas. So the little kid or adolescent is suspected of faking a stomach problem to stay out of school. However, a new study just unveiled at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 75th Annual Scientific meeting held recently in San Antonio, Texas, may have a simple explanation for all those mysterious tummy aches many children swear they have. The culprit? Intolerance to fructose.
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Conventional drug treatments don't really help teenage depression
naturalnews.com - 11-4-10
Teenagers who take drugs like Prozac for depression may not experience any long-term improvement, says a new study published in the journal Archives of Adolescent Psychiatry. According to the study, roughly 50 percent of youth who experience some short-term relief end up relapsing with five years, and the drug works no better than placebo at relieving depression symptoms.
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Gulf still loaded with chemicals, but FDA says seafood safe to eat
naturalnews.com - 11-4-10
Not even six months after the first reports about the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made headlines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joined together with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to announce that virtually all Gulf seafood is now safe to eat. Independent tests, however, continue to show that Gulf waters are still highly contaminated, and that many sea creatures are still dying from exposure to both oil and toxic oil dispersant chemicals.
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Study: Brain 'energy crisis' may spark Parkinson's
usatoday.com - 11-4-10
Parkinson's disease may stem from an energy crisis in the brain, years before symptoms appear.
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Autism brain secrets revealed by scan
bbc.co.uk - 11-4-10
Differences in the brain structure of people carrying an "autism gene" may offer clues to how the condition develops, say US scientists.
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Drug 'could reduce stroke damage'
bbc.co.uk - 11-4-10
Blocking a molecule which stops brain cells working properly after a stroke could help people recover better.
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Prop 19 results: Marijuana legalization defeated
politico.com - 11-3-10
Proposition 19, a closely-watched ballot initiative that could legalize recreational marijuana in California - and perhaps set a trend for the rest of the nation - has been defeated.
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New drug may halt and even reverse effects of Alzheimer's Disease, study suggests
telegraph.co.uk - 11-3-10
Early trials of Kiovig have shown that the new treatment had a significant stabilising effect on people with the degenerative disease - halting the shrinkage of the brain and maintaining memory and speed of thought.
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Protect your liver with curry spice
naturalnews.com - 11-3-10
A powerful compound in curry known as curcumin may play an important role in liver health, according to a new study out of Saint Louis University (SLU). Researchers observed that curcumin seems to help fight and prevent damage caused by liver fibrosis, a chronic liver disease that typically leads to cirrhosis, liver failure, and portal hypertension, as well as the eventual need for a liver transplant.
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Aspartame causes premature births
naturalnews.com - 11-3-10
Regular consumption of artificial sweeteners by pregnant women may increase their risk of premature birth, according to a study funded by the European Union and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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Four years after Clinton's victory over sugary drinks in public schools, they're more widely available than ever
naturalnews.com - 11-3-10
It was only four years ago that, with much fanfare, former President Bill Clinton announced the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. This project was supposed to drastically reduce junk food and soda availability in public schools.
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Cats can make owners happier, healthier and gentler
usatoday.com - 11-3-10
Why do 33% of the households in the USA have cats? And how do you explain why there are 16 million more pet cats than dogs?
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Implanted chip 'allows blind people to detect objects'
bbc.co.uk - 11-3-10
A man with an inherited form of blindness has been able to identify letters and a clock face using a pioneering implant, researchers say.
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China quarantine bureau rejects U.S. corn cargo
reuters.com - 11-2-10
China's quarantine bureau confirmed on Tuesday it had discovered traces of an unapproved genetically modified organism (GMO) in a U.S. corn cargo and had refused it entry into China.
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Airport body scanners 'could give you cancer', warns expert
dailymail.co.uk - 11-2-10
Full body scanners at airports could increase your risk of skin cancer, experts warn.
The X-ray machines have been brought in at Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow.
But scientists say radiation from the scanners has been underestimated and could be particularly risky for children.
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Leaked trade agreements and hidden dangers of S 510: Corporations plan to end normal farming
foodfreedom.wordpress.com - 11-2-10
Canada's National Farmers Union wants the Canada-EU trade deal scrapped. US farmers face the same assault by agribusiness and the biotech industry under S 510.
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The perils of taking experimental cancer drugs
reuters.com - 11-2-10
Trying a new, experimental cancer drug may offer a glimpse of hope for very sick patients, but often does more harm than good, a new study shows.
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Olive oil provides amazing liver protection
naturalnews.com - 11-2-10
You may want to drizzle a little extra olive oil on your next salad, according to findings from a new study out of the University of Monastir in Tunisia and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Researchers there found that extra virgin olive oil provides powerful antioxidant protection against toxins that cause oxidative stress and damage to the liver.
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Exercise May Help Beat the Common Cold
businessweek.com - 11-2-10
There may not be a cure for the common cold, but people who exercise regularly seem to have fewer and milder colds, a new study suggests.
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Green tea doesn't protect against breast cancer, study finds
usatoday.com - 11-1-10
Although some research has suggested that drinking green tea might help protect women from breast cancer, a new, large Japanese study comes to a different conclusion.
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Eating almonds can help to fight off viruses
telegraph.co.uk - 11-1-10
A new study has revealed that naturally occurring chemicals found in the skin of the nut boost the immune system's response to such infections.
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Huge increase in rickets among ethnic groups due to vitamin D deficiency
naturalnews.com - 11-1-10
http://www.naturalnews.com/030238_vitamin_D_rickets.html
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Potato chips, fries linked to cancer
naturalnews.com - 11-1-10
When potato products are fried in oil at high temperatures, they produce a chemical called acrylamide that can cause cancer. And a new study in the British Journal of Cancer adds to the mounting evidence against the chemical, showing that acrylamide is associated with a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women.
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Kids' use of electronic media at night linked to problems
usatoday.com - 11-1-10
More than half of children who use electronic media before bedtime may have mood or learning problems during the day, a preliminary study of 40 young people suggests.
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Leisure-time exercise 'reduces depression risk'
bbc.co.uk - 11-1-10
People who take regular exercise during their free time are less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety, a study of 40,000 Norwegians has found.
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Sleep loss 'worse for extroverts'
bbc.co.uk - 11-1-10
Outgoing people appear to suffer worse from the effects of lack of sleep, US army researchers suggest.
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Alcohol 'more harmful than heroin' says Prof David Nutt
bbc.co.uk - 11-1-10
Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet.
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