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Chocolate Protects Against High Blood Pressure, Stroke
abcnews.go.com - 3-30-10
Willy Wonka may have been on the right track -- chocolate may be a sweet way to control blood pressure and thus protect the heart, according to a report from German researchers.
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Scientists Say F.D.A. Ignored Radiation Warnings
nytimes.com - 3-30-10
Urgent warnings by government experts about the risks of routinely using powerful CT scans to screen patients for colon cancer were brushed aside by the Food and Drug Administration, according to agency documents and interviews with agency scientists.
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Can a pill cure Bashful? As Britons pop ever more tablets, how drugs companies are turning personality traits into ailments
dailymail.co.uk - 3-30-10
Ten years ago, if you described shyness or restless legs as a bona fide illness, people would have laughed. But these conditions are just part of an epidemic of newly-invented illnesses sweeping Britain. And we take them so seriously we're prepared to swallow handfuls of strong and sometimes harmful pills.
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Don't blame your genes...change them!
dailymail.co.uk - 3-30-10
A family is crowding round the new-born baby; mother is smiling but exhausted. Someone says: 'He's got his mum's eyes.' another chips in: 'Look at those legs - he's going to be a rugby player like his dad.'
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The toxic timebomb: Researchers say gender-bending chemicals are rife but are they just the tip of the iceberg?
dailymail.co.uk - 3-30-10
DEMENTIA: Lead increases the risk of dementia, a study in the U.S. Journal of Epidemiology found.
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Sex infection gonorrhea risks becoming "superbug"
reuters.com - 3-30-10
The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea risks becoming a drug-resistant "superbug" if doctors do not devise new ways of treating it, a leading sexual health expert said.
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Your Health: Can pain be predicted?
usatoday.com - 3-29-10
When it comes to pain, we are not the same. One baby cries for hours over every vaccination; another sleeps through her shots and when she gets a little older gets up grinning from every skinned knee.
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The GRAIN attraction: How you can make the most of health-boosting alternatives to wheat
dailymail.co.uk - 3-29-10
With millet, buckwheat, quinoa and rye now available in supermarkets, wheat is no longer the main grain. These are nutrient-packed and have key health benefits.
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Pill-popper nation: Prescriptions soar as we pick up more than 16 EACH every year
dailymail.co.uk - 3-29-10
Britain has become a nation of pill-poppers who turn to tablets to cure every ill, official figures show.
We each pick up more than 16 prescriptions a year on average, twice as many as 20 years ago, Department of Health data reveals.
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Chemical 'nips cancer in the bud'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-29-10
A chemical cocktail may be able to destroy growths in the gut which have the potential to become colon cancers, say scientists.
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Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction
cnn.com - 3-29-10
Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive.
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Optimism can boost your immunity
msnbc.msn.com - 3-28-10
Optimism doesn't just boost your mood. According to new research, a glass-half-full attitude also strengthens the immune system.
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Researchers Take 'First Step': Use Tiny Worms to Unlock Keys to Herbal Medicines
oea.umaryland.edu - 3-28-10
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), writing in the science journal PLos ONE, have developed a biologic method to tease out which compounds from herbal medicines and medicinal herbal mixtures produce their reputed medicinal benefits.
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New Jersey's first legally grown marijuana will be harvested this fall
nj.com - 3-28-10
If all goes according to plan, New Jersey's first legally grown marijuana plants will be harvested this fall from greenhouses, where they will have been growing for months under the gaze of cameras and security guards. The plants will be dried, packaged and readied for purchase at six licensed facilities by thousands of registered patients who have debilitating illnesses.
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Crunch your chances of cancer with an apple a day
dailymail.co.uk - 3-28-10
Eating apples regularly may reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer, according to new research in Poland and reported in the European Journal Of Cancer Prevention.
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Arizona lawmakers are debating tax on medical marijuana
azcentral.com - 3-27-10
Proposed legislation that would tax medical marijuana - if voters legalize it this fall - narrowly passed the state Senate on Thursday thanks to a split among Republicans.
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Beta-blockers 'cut cancer spread'
bbc.co.uk - 3-26-10
Blood pressure drugs may be able to reduce the ability of breast cancer to spread around the body, researchers have told a European conference.
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Up to a third of breast cancer cases could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, researchers claim.
dailymail.co.uk - 3-26-10
Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and the disease progresses slower, according to a new study.
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Thirty per cent of breast cancer 'is caused by obesity'
dailymail.co.uk - 3-26-10
Up to a third of breast cancer cases could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, researchers claim.
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Legal-Marijuana Advocates Focus on a New Green
nytimes.com - 3-25-10
Perhaps only in California could a group of marijuana smokers call themselves fiscal realists.
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Study of gay men in the District finds 14% are HIV positive
washingtonpost.com - 3-25-10
More than 14 percent of gay men in the District are HIV positive, almost five times as high as the overall rate for the city's adults and teenagers, according to a snapshot of the community released Thursday by the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration.
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This Is the Future of the Fight Against Cancer
gizmodo.com - 3-25-10
Look close. You may be staring at the end of cancer. Those tiny black dots are nanobots delivering a lethal blow to a cancerous cell, effectively killing it. The first trial on humans has been a success, with no side-effects:
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Medicated Bath Products to Blame for Worsening Water Pollution
foxnews.com - 3-25-10
Bracing morning showers and soothing bedtime soaks were blamed late Wednesday for increased water pollution due to medicated soaps and shampoos.
In a study unveiled at a National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, scientists said they have zeroed in on a major source of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) that are an ever-worsening environmental concern.
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Dogs suffer cancer after ID chipping
wnd.com - 3-25-10
Do implanted microchips cause cancer in dogs and cats?
That's the question owners are asking after highly aggressive tumors developed around the microchip implants of two dogs, killing one and leaving the other terminally ill.
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Regulated or Not, Nano-Foods Coming to a Store Near You
aolnews.com - 3-25-10
For centuries, it was the cook and the heat of the fire that cajoled taste, texture, flavor and aroma from the pot. Today, that culinary voodoo is being crafted by white-coated scientists toiling in pristine labs, rearranging atoms into chemical particles never before seen.
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Baby Sling Recall Fallout: What's the Best Way to Tote an Infant?
usnews.com - 3-25-10
The recall of one million baby slings after the deaths of three babies is a strong reminder that just because a baby product appears in mainstream stories like Target, Wal-Mart, and Burlington Coat Factory-all of which sold the recalled slings made by Infantino-doesn't mean it's been safety tested.
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Facebook 'linked to rise in syphilis'
telegraph.co.uk - 3-25-10
The virus has increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular, because it has given people a new way to meet multiple partners for casual sexual encounters.
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Contact lenses packed with vitamin E could help save the sight of millions of people with glaucoma
dailymail.co.uk - 3-25-10
Contact lenses packed with vitamin E could help save the sight of millions of people with glaucoma, research suggests.
Glaucoma - one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness - is usually treated with eye drops.
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Gender-bender chemicals 'putting everyone at risk'
dailymail.co.uk - 3-25-10
Millions of people have been contaminated with potentially dangerous gender-bending chemicals from food packaging, drinks cans and baby bottles, a study shows.
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X-rays 'can miss many fractures', warn doctors
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-25-10
X-rays fail to spot up to nearly a third of fractures in the bones of the hip and pelvis, research suggests.
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Swine Flu Virus Not So New, Study Finds
abcnews.go.com - 3-25-10
The H1N1 swine flu virus may have been new to humanity in many ways but in one key feature its closest relative was the 1918 pandemic virus, researchers reported on Wednesday.
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D.C. in the Weed(s)
nbcwashington.com - 3-24-10
Medical marijuana users in the District may not have to go to a clinic or a doctor's office to get their dose; they may be able to go into their backyard.
D.C. Council is thinking of adding a provision to the new medical marijuana bill that would allow some users to grow plants for their own use. They'd likely be limited to two plants per home.
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California poised to vote on legalizing marijuana for nonmedical use
seattletimes.nwsource.com - 3-24-10
Fourteen years after California decided marijuana could be used as medicine and ignited a national movement, the state is likely to vote on whether to take a decisive step into the vanguard of drug liberalization: legalizing the weed for fun and profit.
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Top U.S. psychiatrist calls for ethics cleanup
msnbc.msn.com - 3-24-10
American psychiatrists need to break away from a "culture of influence" created by their financial dealings with the drug industry, the head of the National Institute of Mental Health said in a leading medical journal.
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Snacking on walnuts 'helps to prevent prostate cancer'
dailymail.co.uk - 3-24-10
A handful of walnuts a day could help keep prostate cancer at bay.
Snacking on the nuts can cut the size of tumours and slow their growth, research shows.
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Breast screening 'fails to cut cancer deaths': Thousands could be enduring needless surgery
dailymail.co.uk - 3-24-10
Breast cancer screening makes little difference to death rates and may lead to needless treatment, a study has found.
Women given mammograms and those who had none had remarkably similar chances of survival.
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Agony of the very unlikely addicts: Thousands of over-60s are hooked on tranquillisers that have turned them into virtual zombies
dailymail.co.uk - 3-23-10
Four times a day, Keith Andrew dutifully swallows the tranquillisers prescribed by his GP.
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Chocolate? Now that is a tasty new treatment
dailymail.co.uk - 3-23-10
Once regarded as a health sin, chocolate is now being hailed as a superfood because of the high levels of health-boosting antioxidants it contains.
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MS patients push for new treatment testing
usatoday.com - 3-23-10
Under intense pressure from patients, some U.S. doctors are cautiously testing a provocative theory that abnormal blood drainage from the brain may play a role in multiple sclerosis - and that a surgical vein fix might help.
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'Good fat' cuts heart risk by a fifth, study shows
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-23-10
Replacing saturated fats with healthier options can cut the risk of heart disease by a fifth, a US study says.
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CDC: Babies Don't Get Enough Vitamin D
webmd.com - 3-22-10
As few as one in five formula-fed babies and one in 20 breastfed babies are getting as much vitamin D in their diets as the nation's leading pediatricians' group now calls for, the CDC says.
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10 states line up to sue over health bill, Florida AG says
cnn.com - 3-22-10
Ten states plan to file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health care reform bill, Florida's attorney general announced Monday.
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Half of New York Voters Support Medical Marijuana: Poll
nbcnewyork.com - 3-22-10
A new poll reports half of New York voters support legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The Siena Research Institute shows 50 percent back legalization, while 41 percent are opposed and 9 percent say they don't have enough information.
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Down syndrome patients could unlock mysteries of aging
usatoday.com - 3-22-10
In 1950, when Marybeth Solinski was born, a diagnosis of Down syndrome was practically a death sentence.
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6 natural remedies that really work
msnbc.msn.com - 3-22-10
Over the past century, Americans have embraced modern pharmaceutical science and the lifesaving medicines it has produced. In the process, we've relegated to folklore the cures our grandparents relied on. As it turns out, that trove is rich with effective remedies. In fact, even modern medicine relies on plants more than many of us realize, says Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD, senior attending pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital and chief editor of publications for the Natural Standard Research Collaboration, which evaluates scientific data on herbs.
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Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
news.health.com - 3-22-10
Massage can reduce anxiety, but no better than a cheaper approach - simply relaxing while listening to soft, soothing music.
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'Man with the golden arm' saves 2million babies in half a century of donating rare type of blood
dailymail.co.uk - 3-22-10
An Australian man who has been donating his extremely rare kind of blood for 56 years has saved the lives of more than two million babies.
James Harrison, 74, has an antibody in his plasma that stops babies dying from Rhesus disease, a form of severe anaemia.
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Lung cancer gene found in non-smokers
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-22-10
A gene that could help explain why some non-smokers develop lung cancer has been pinpointed by US researchers.
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Nanotech robots deliver gene therapy through blood
reuters.com - 3-21-10
U.S. researchers have developed tiny nanoparticle robots that can travel through a patient's blood and into tumors where they deliver a therapy that turns off an important cancer gene.
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Why tangy fruit could stop you gaining weight
dailymail.co.uk - 3-20-10
The secret to staying slim may lie in a tangy fruit.
The juice of the blood orange stops mice piling on weight when fed a high-fat diet, research shows.
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Lesser-known C-diff a bigger hospital threat than MRSA?
usatoday.com - 3-20-10
As one superbug seems to be fading as a threat in hospitals, another is on the rise, a new study suggests.
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Fast food, frighteningly slow decay: Mother keeps McDonald's Happy Meal for a whole year... and it STILL hasn't gone off
dailymail.co.uk - 3-19-10
Glancing at the two McDonald's Happy Meals pictured here, you may feel they look pretty much identical.
Astonishingly, however, this is the same meal, photographed 12 months apart.
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Omega-3 may help prevent bowel cancer
privatemdlabs.com - 3-19-10
Consumption of a purified form of omega-3 fatty acid may reduce the number and size of precancerous polyps in individuals genetically predisposed to bowel cancer, according to a new study.
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Ayurveda and herbal medicines can do wonders
merinews.com - 3-19-10
Ayurvedic Medicinal herbs, herbal medicines, spices, natural herbs are all mentioned in Ayurveda (the Indian text) and Unani science long time back. These Ayurvedic herbs can work wonder for mankind if judiciously used.
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Kids Not Only Obese, They're Extremely Obese
webmd.com - 3-19-10
Extreme obesity has reached ''alarming'' levels among children, according to a new study that looked at the weights and heights of more than 710,000 children aged 2 to 19.
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Brain stimulation a 'promising therapy' for epilepsy
bbc.co.uk - 3-18-10
Deep brain stimulation is a promising therapy for epilepsy, US researchers from Stanford University have said.
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Hypnotherapy 'can help' irritable bowel syndrome
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-18-10
Greater use of hypnotherapy to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would help sufferers and might save money, says a gastroenterologist.
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The 'ice ball' therapy that wipes out breast cancer cells
dailymail.co.uk - 3-17-10
A method of destroying breast tumours by surrounding them with ice could offer hope of a safe non-surgical cure for the disease, research suggests.
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Impotence 'strong predictor' of heart attacks
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-17-10
Impotence is a strong predictor of heart attack and death among high-risk patients, German researchers have said.
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Breakthrough as cancer drug saves the eyesight of two patients with rare genetic condition for the first time
dailymail.co.uk - 3-16-10
A drug more commonly used to treat breast and lung cancer has been used to save the sight of two patients, doctors revealed today.
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Women More Likely to Die After Heart Attack
webmd.com - 3-16-10
In a study of more than 3,500 people admitted to the hospital for a heart attack, women were far less likely than men to get angiography to visualize heart artery blockages or angioplasty to open up blocked arteries.
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Age likely a factor in colon cancer chemotherapy
reuters.com - 3-16-10
Older patients with colon cancer are less likely to receive chemotherapy after surgery than younger people but have fewer serious side-effects when they do get the treatment, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
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Epidemic of Skin Cancer in the U.S.?
webmd.com - 3-16-10
When people think about skin cancer, often it's melanoma, the deadliest form, that comes to mind. But a new study suggests that nonmelanoma skin cancers, already the most common form of cancer in the United States, appear to be on the rise.
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Bananas could be key to stopping spread of Aids, say scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 3-16-10
Bananas may hold the key to powerful new treatments that protect against the Aids virus.
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The 'toxic fat' that can strangle your organs and how to shed it
dailymail.co.uk - 3-16-10
David Smith looked at the photo of himself holding his newborn daughter, Emma, and winced. The former rugby player had weighed in at a respectable 15st for his 6ft 2in frame, until a ruptured Achilles tendon had forced him to leave the Army. He'd since slowly piled on the pounds and now, 12 years later, weighed nearly 20st.
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Medical Marijuana User Sues After Being Fired
foxnews.com - 3-16-10
A Great Falls man who says he was wrongly fired from his job for using medical marijuana has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against his former employer.
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Marijuana arrest in Edgewater: If only the owner hadn't invited the cops in...
blogs.westword.com - 3-16-10
Of late, the metro area has seen numerous arrests at home marijuana grows where the owners claimed to be licensed medical marijuana providers but appeared to have exceeded the approved number of plants -- just like Highlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz, who may be on the way to a plea deal after showing off his harvest to 9News.
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Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers in the Millions and Rising
businessweek.com - 3-16-10
The incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer has steadily increased since the 1990s, making it by far the most common form of cancer, affecting more people than all other cancers combined, two new studies find.
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Can the Sunshine Vitamin Ease Fibromyalgia Pain?
health.com - 3-15-10
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because when sunlight hits skin, the body produces this vitamin, essential for strong, healthy bones. (That's the reason your mother told you to slurp down your vitamin D-fortified milk.)
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Onion Cream Treats New Stretch Marks
webmd.com - 3-15-10
A moisturizing cream whose active ingredient is extract of onion can help take the redness out of new stretch marks.
New stretch marks were also softer and smoother in 54 women who used the cream for three months, says Zoe Draelos, MD, a consulting professor of dermatology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
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Gum disease 'linked to early births'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-15-10
Successful treatment for gum disease cuts the risk of pregnant women giving birth early, US research suggests.
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No quick drug fix for high diabetes risk
bbc.co.uk - 3-15-10
Two key treatments do not halt diabetes in people with early signs of the disease, a large study has found.
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Diabetes Heart Treatments May Cause Harm
nytimes.com - 3-14-10
Three aggressive treatment strategies doctors had expected would prevent heart attacks among people with Type 2 diabetes and some who are the verge of developing it have proved to be ineffective or even harmful, new studies show.
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Having children is good for you: But stop at two... any more could be fatal!
dailymail.co.uk - 3-13-10
Having children is good for your health - as long as you stop at two.
A study of more than 1.5million men and women found that becoming a parent has a clear effect on the chances of developing conditions from cancer and heart disease to becoming an alcoholic or dying in a car crash.
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Why yo-yo blood pressure may be a stroke warning
dailymail.co.uk - 3-13-10
Doctors are missing signs that people are at risk of stroke because they are ignoring 'yo-yo' blood pressure readings, experts have warned.
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Why yo-yo blood pressure may be a stroke warning
dailymail.co.uk - 3-13-10
Doctors are missing signs that people are at risk of stroke because they are ignoring 'yo-yo' blood pressure readings, experts have warned.
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NIH panel: Women need chance to avoid repeat C-section
usatoday.com - 3-13-10
Too many pregnant women who want to avoid a repeat cesarean delivery are being denied the chance, concludes a government panel that urged doctors to rethink litigation-spurred policies that have swung the pendulum back toward the days of "once a C-section, always a C-section."
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Women on birth control pill may live longer
usatoday.com - 3-13-10
Women who took the birth control pill beginning in the late 1960s lived longer than those never on the pill, a new study says.
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Obese drinkers face liver 'double whammy'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-13-10
Drinkers who are overweight face a "double whammy" impact on their liver, research suggests.
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Too many patients get invasive heart tests
msnbc.msn.com - 3-11-10
A troublingly high number of U.S. patients who are given angiograms to check for heart disease turn out not to have a significant problem, according to the latest study to suggest Americans get an excess of medical tests.
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Animal suicide sheds light on human behavior
msnbc.msn.com - 3-11-10
Whether it's a grieving dog, a depressed horse or even a whale mysteriously beaching itself, there is a long history of animals behaving suicidally, behavior that can help explain human suicide, says newly published research.
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Va. passes 1st bill banning health care mandate
msnbc.msn.com - 3-11-10
Virginia's General Assembly is the first in the nation to approve legislation that bucks federal health care reforms by banning mandatory health insurance coverage.
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Why chocolate is better for you than blueberries and low-fat food won't help you slim: The diet myths that could be ruining your health
dailymail.co.uk - 3-11-10
Blueberries are known as a superfood, due to their high level of anti-oxidants (molecules thought to help protect us from cancer- causing free radicals). But that does not mean they are superior to other fruits.
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Unborn babies respond to mother's mood while she watches a movie, scientists say
dailymail.co.uk - 3-11-10
Pregnant women planning a night at the cinema might want to steer clear of tear-jerkers.
Scientists have discovered that unborn babies respond to their mother's mood while she is watching a movie - and become quiet and still if the film is sad.
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Marijuana bill secures wide margin
concordmonitor.com - 3-11-10
The New Hampshire House yesterday voted 214-137 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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Food product recall jumps by 1.7M pounds
usatoday.com - 3-11-10
The recall of products containing a potentially salmonella-tainted flavoring ingredient ballooned this week with the addition of 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products from a Houston firm.
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End the misery of period pain in just 90 seconds
dailymail.co.uk - 3-10-10
Every year, thousands of women undergo a hysterectomy to treat debilitating heavy periods. Maria Hulburd, 51, a railways depot manager from Worthing, West Sussex, had a new 90-second procedure to solve the problem.
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Virus that 'kills off' prostate cancer cells: Volunteer patients injected with 'tame' bug
dailymail.co.uk - 3-10-10
Scientists have discovered a virus they hope could be used as a weapon against prostate cancer.
They have injected six volunteer patients with the 'tame' virus - and found it killed off cancer cells while sparing normal tissue.
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What's Really in Your Food?
health.msn.com - 3-9-10
Ever wonder what's actually in a McDonald's Chicken McNugget? Turns out, the "chicken" alone contains seven ingredients. And that's before you even get to the breading. Sadly, many of our favorite foods (especially fast foods) weren't merely crafted in kitchens, they were also designed and perfected in labs.
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U.S. herpes rates remain high - CDC
reuters.com - 3-9-10
About 16 percent of Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital herpes, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.
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After 200 years, one of the world's rarest flowers gets a new lease on life
dailymail.co.uk - 3-9-10
It lived through the Battle of Trafalgar, survived the reign of Victoria and escaped unharmed from a Blitz bomb.
So it's going to take more than a harsh British winter to stop one of the world's rarest camellias from bursting into flower.
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There's a cracking idea! Eggs are a superfood... and eating one a day could help you lose weight
dailymail.co.uk - 3-9-10
Eggs should be considered a 'superfood' because they can boost health and tackle obesity, researchers will claim today.
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Prion Found to Damage Brain Arteries
nih.gov - 3-8-10
Scientists investigating how prion diseases destroy the brain have observed a new form of the disease in mice that doesn't cause the sponge-like brain deterioration typically seen in these disorders. Instead, they found damage to brain arteries that resembled a disease related to human Alzheimer's disease.
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Nicotine builds up slowly in the brain
msnbc.msn.com - 3-8-10
Nicotine builds up gradually in smokers' brains rather than spiking after each puff, according to a study that might help point to new ways to help people quit smoking.
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Illegal 'smart drugs' bought online by teenagers before exams could have catastrophic effect on their health
dailymail.co.uk - 3-8-10
Josh has an exam and, like most of the other boys at his prestigious public school, he's keen to put his best foot forward. He's eaten breakfast and dressed smartly, but before he sets off for class, he reaches for a white pill and pops it into his mouth.
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K2, Spice Gold, and Herbal 'Incense'
webmd.com - 3-8-10
K2, Spice Gold, and dozens of other currently legal "herbal incense" products are spiked with powerful designer drugs -- and they don't show up in drug tests.
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Does It Work? Can Sage Help With Night Sweats?
irishtimes.com - 3-8-10
A number of different plants are called sage, but the one of most medicinal interest is common sage, or Salvia officinalis. This plant is native to the Mediterranean region, but now widely grown as a kitchen and medicinal herb. Its light purple flowers also make it attractive in gardens.
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Women who drink wine 'less likely to gain weight'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-8-10
Women can enjoy a tipple and stay slim, according to a study that shows moderate drinkers gain less weight than teetotallers.
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Vitamin D deficiency is why you get flu and other infections
foodconsumer.org - 3-7-10
A new study led by researchers at the University of Copenhagen has confirmed that vitamin D plays an important role in activating immune defenses against infectious diseases like flu.
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The Popeye factor: How supermarket fluorescent lights boost the nutrients in spinach
dailymail.co.uk - 3-7-10
Supermarket fluorescent lights boost spinach's nutritional value, scientists have found.
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How fit are your children? Today's youngsters put to the test as studies reveal children in the Fifties exercised more
dailymail.co.uk - 3-7-10
As studies reveal that children in the Fifties took more exercise, we kit out four volunteers with pedometers to see just how today's youngsters fare.
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Growing Soda Habit Leads to Early Grave for Thousands of Americans, Study Finds
abcnews.go.com - 3-6-10
Six thousand deaths over the last decade could have been avoided if Americans drank less soda and sugary beverages, according to an analysis from the University of California, San Francisco.
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Salmonella in Flavoring Triggers Recall
webmd.com - 3-6-10
Thousands of processed food products may have been contaminated with salmonella, the FDA today announced.
Fifty-six products have been recalled. The list is expected to grow, Jeffrey Farrar, the FDA's associate commissioner for food protection, said at a news conference.
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UN warns HIV/Aids leading cause of death in women
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-6-10
HIV has become the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide, the UN programme on HIV/Aids says.
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Sex infection frankness is 'key to long relationship'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-6-10
Young people think frank conversations about their sex lives signal that a relationship will last, says a survey.
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Idle chit chat can make you unhappy
telegraph.co.uk - 3-6-10
Having a profound conversation can boost happiness levels, but trivial chatter can be depressing, scientists say.
Psychologists investigated whether happy and unhappy people differed because of the types of conversations they engaged in
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Vitamin pills 'are useless within a week of opening'
dailymail.co.uk - 3-5-10
Vitamin supplements stored in a kitchen cupboard could become useless in just one week because of the humid environment, experts said yesterday.
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What you need to know about movie popcorn and other movie snacks
webmd.com - 3-5-10
For many a moviegoer, the popcorn and candy are part of the whole cinematic experience. But they may derail your diet if you go overboard.
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DNA test 'could predict most effective diet'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-5-10
A simple DNA test may predict whether someone is more likely to lose weight on a low fat or a low carbohydrate diet, say US researchers.
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Could germs be making you fat?
reuters.com - 3-5-10
It could be that certain bacteria cause inflammation that can affect appetite as well as inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn's disease and colitis, the researchers reported in the journal Science.
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The migraine zapper that can head off pain at the press of a button
dailymail.co.uk - 3-4-10
Millions of migraine sufferers could have their headaches nipped in the bud by a magnetic 'pain-zapper'.
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Fitness May Boost Kids' Grades
news.health.com - 3-4-10
Fit bodies may bring kids better test scores in school, a new study finds.
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Herbal Viagra saves underperforming bull from slaughterhouse!
news.oneindia.in - 3-3-10
Viagra came to the rescue of an under-performing four-year-old bull, Boris, who was all set to make it to the abattoir.
But farmer Dave Joyce used Viagra to help enhance Boris' sex drive at Heronsbrook Farm, Solihull, West Midlands.
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Child seizure study finds oldest drug works best
reuters.com - 3-3-10
A large-scale comparative test of three anti-epilepsy drugs found the oldest was best for treating childhood absence epilepsy, in which youngsters often stare into space for up to 20 seconds many times a day.
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Aspirin a day may HARM your health and 'does not cut heart attack risk in worried well'
dailymail.co.uk - 3-3-10
Healthy people were warned yesterday against taking an aspirin a day in an attempt to prevent heart attacks or strokes.
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Four cups of coffee a day 'could protect the heart'
dailymail.co.uk - 3-3-10
Drinking four cups of coffee a day may protect the heart, scientists said yesterday.
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Slight increase in home births reverses 15-year decline
usatoday.com - 3-3-10
After a steady 15-year decline, the percentage of U.S. babies not born in a hospital rose slightly in 2005 and remained stable in 2006, according to a government report released Wednesday.
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Human gut microbes hold 'second genome'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-3-10
The human gut holds microbes containing millions of genes, say scientists.
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FDA enforcing truth-in-advertising claims with 17 food companies
washingtonpost.com - 3-3-10
In an unusually broad crackdown on deceptive labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified 17 food companies, including major brands such as Gerber and Nestle, that they have violated federal laws by making false or misleading claims on their product packaging.
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Let men decide on prostate screening, cancer society says
cnn.com - 3-3-10
Most men 50 and older should seriously consider the potential risks of treatment before deciding whether to be screened for prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday in revised guidelines.
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Asthma advances
pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com - 3-2-10
23 million Americans, 7 million of those children, struggle with asthma. The statistics are sobering. Every day in the United States, 30,000 people have an asthma attack. 40,000 miss school or work because of the disease, emergency rooms see 5,000 asthma patients; 1,000 of those will actually be admitted to the hospital and 11 people will die. Every day. It's one of the country's most common, and most costly diseases.
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Immune Therapy Cracks Egg, Peanut Allergies
webmd.com - 3-2-10
An experimental treatment in which children with food allergies are fed tiny amounts of the very food to which they're allergic is allowing some kids with peanut allergies to enjoy peanut butter and some with egg allergies to eat scrambled eggs.
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Eczema cream that could be making your skin worse
dailymail.co.uk - 3-2-10
Many family doctors are routinely prescribing a treatment for the skin condition eczema that can make the symptoms worse, according to a new survey.
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Tap water contaminant 'castrates' frogs
usatoday.com - 3-2-10
An herbicide that contaminates the tap water consumed by millions of Americans has been found to produce gender-bending effects in male frogs, "chemically castrating" some and turning others into females, a study shows.
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Low-fat, Mediterranean and low-carb diets 'help heart'
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-2-10
Three diets - Mediterranean, low-fat and low-carbohydrate - are equally effective in helping reverse blocked arteries, say Israeli researchers.
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Fruit juice cancer warning as scientists find harmful chemical in 16 drinks
dailymail.co.uk - 3-1-10
Fruit juices drunk by millions of children each day could contain a harmful chemical linked to cancer, scientists have warned.
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DEA Marijuana Seizures Nearly Double
mainjustice.com - 3-1-10
The total amount of marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration nearly doubled from 1,539 metric tons in fiscal 2008 to 2,980 metric tons in last year.
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Can Peanut Allergy Be Cured by ... Eating Peanuts?
time.com - 3-1-10
In 2008, Gideon Lack of King's College London published a startling study comparing the rate of peanut allergies in children in London with those in Tel Aviv. The study of 10,000 Jewish children, which appeared in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that kids in the U.K. were almost 10 times as likely to have a peanut allergy as their peers in Israel, says Lack.
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Gene test aid to cancer treatment
news.bbc.co.uk - 3-1-10
Scientists have developed a gene test which predicts how well chemotherapy will work in cancer patients.
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