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A 'cascade' of brain activity as people die could explain near death experiences
telegraph.co.uk - 5-31-10
Mysterious near death experiences may be caused by a surge of electrical activity in the brain moments before it dies, it has been claimed.
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Men's skin cancer death rate doubles over 30 years
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-31-10
The rate of men dying from the deadliest form of skin cancer has doubled over the past three decades.
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Acupuncture may trigger natural painkillers
boston.com - 5-31-10
Acupuncture can relieve pain, but how the ancient technique works is still something of a mystery. A new study in mice pinpoints a natural painkiller that may be a clue.
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Risk of Miscarriage Linked to Antidepressants
health.usnews.com - 5-31-10
Women who take a certain class of antidepressants during pregnancy may increase their risk of having a miscarriage by 68 percent, Canadian researchers report.
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New injection 'could offer hope to thousands brittle bone disease sufferers'
telegraph.co.uk - 5-29-10
A new twice yearly injection could offer hope to thousands of brittle bone disease sufferers.
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Today's college kids lack empathy
msnbc.msn.com - 5-29-10
College students today are less likely to "get" the emotions of others than their counterparts 20 and 30 years ago, a new review study suggests.
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Phoenix-area hospitals fight highly toxic 'supergerm'
azcentral.com - 5-29-10
Maricopa County health officials have confirmed that a relatively new, extremely toxic strain of bacteria has been found in hospitals and other health-care facilities in the Valley.
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Creative minds 'mimic schizophrenia'
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-29-10
Creativity is akin to insanity, say scientists who have been studying how the mind works.
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Skin Color Affects Ability to Empathize with Pain
health.com - 5-29-10
Humans are hardwired to feel another person's pain. But they may feel less innate empathy if the other person's skin color doesn't match their own, a new study suggests.
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Popular diet drug 'can potentially cause serious liver damage'
telegraph.co.uk - 5-29-10
Although they described the problem as rare, they warned dieters to look out for symptoms which can include itching, yellow eyes or skin, or a loss of appetite.
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Grilling this weekend? Some spices may play role in reduced cancer risk
usatoday.com - 5-29-10
Researchers report that adding certain spices to your burgers before tossing them on the grill this summer will not only add to the flavor of the meat, but they can also cut the risk of cancer long associated with the cooking of beef.
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Link between tanning beds, melanoma grows stronger
usatoday.com - 5-28-10
Strong evidence now links tanning beds to melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that afflicts nearly 69,000 Americans a year.
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Professionals 'more likely to drink than those in working class jobs'
telegraph.co.uk - 5-28-10
Middle class professionals who relax with a bottle of wine in the evening are now more likely to drink to excess than those in working class jobs, according to official figures.
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Want to add two years to your life? Move to a village: Country dwellers are outliving townies
dailymail.co.uk - 5-27-10
Perhaps it's the fresh air, or the wide open spaces in which to exercise.
Whatever it is, living in a village appears to be good for you.
According to an official report villagers are likely to live more than two years longer than town dwellers.
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Rheumatoid arthritis 'on the rise in women'
bbc.co.uk - 5-27-10
One of the most common forms of arthritis is on the rise among women in the US, according to a study.
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U.S. women still prefer the pill, sterilization for contraception
usatoday.com - 5-26-10
A growing percentage of U.S. women are using intrauterine devices, or IUDs, but the pill and female sterilization still lead the contraceptive pack, as they have for nearly a quarter of a century, government researchers reported Wednesday.
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Vitamin D: Why You Are Probably NOT Getting Enough and How That Makes You Sick
huffingtonpost.com - 5-26-10
What vitamin may we need in amounts up to 25 times higher than the government recommends for us to be healthy?
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The yoghurt cure: Probiotics are good for our digestion. But they can also combat flu, allergies and bad breath
dailymail.co.uk - 5-25-10
Most of us know something about the good bacteria (probiotics) in our stomachs, thanks to advertising.
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Bottled water contains more bacteria than tap water
telegraph.co.uk - 5-25-10
Bottled water contains more bacteria than tapwater, with some brands found to harbour levels 100 times above permitted limits, according to new research.
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Want to beat tinnitus? Try meditating for 20 minutes
dailymail.co.uk - 5-25-10
When John Snow developed a whistling sound in his right ear, his GP blamed an infection that had left his eardrum inflamed and partly blocked his hearing.
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Cut Back on Sodas to Lower Blood Pressure
webmd.com - 5-25-10
Cutting back on sugary sodas and other sweet beverages may help lower blood pressure, according to new research in Circulation.
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9/11 link to rise in male foetal death rate, study says
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-25-10
The stress caused by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center may have led to an increase in miscarriages of male foetuses, US researchers say.
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Rare Disorder Has People Convinced They Smell Bad
health.usnews.com - 5-25-10
New research sheds light on a rare but disabling psychiatric disorder known as olfactory reference syndrome (ORS), where sufferers are convinced that they emit horrible smells and, as a result, often isolate themselves or even attempt suicide.
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Toxic chemicals from supermarket labels 'seep through packaging and contaminate food'
telegraph.co.uk - 5-24-10
A "highly toxic" chemical in the glue on supermarket labels can seep through packaging and contaminate food, a study has shown.
The chemical, which is in the highest toxicity category because it poses a "particularly severe risk to health", is found in high levels on some of the sticky labels placed on packages of fresh meat, vegetables, tubs of sauce and other foodstuffs.
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Study: Many Sunscreens May Be Accelerating Cancer
aolnews.com - 5-24-10
Almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives, according to an evaluation of those products released today.
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Allergies 'slash risk of cancer': They help to boost immune system, say experts
dailymail.co.uk - 5-24-10
Allergy sufferers are far less likely to contract cancer than everyone else, say scientists.
They believe that adverse reactions stimulate the immune system, helping to ward off other potentially fatal conditions.
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Step lively! More steps a day cuts metabolic syndrome risk
usatoday.com - 5-24-10
Walk a little, and your body will thank you. Walk a lot, and it will really thank you.
That's the message of a new study that links taking more steps in a day to a lower risk of an extremely common condition known as metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
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UK's child mortality rate falls behind other countries
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-24-10
The UK is lagging behind other high income countries on cutting child mortality, international figures show.
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Female-to-Male HIV Transmission Risk Doubles During Pregnancy
health.usnews.com - 5-24-10
Men in a relationship with an HIV-positive woman face double the risk of becoming infected themselves when their partner is pregnant, new research reveals.
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Parents of kids with autism not more likely to divorce, study suggests
cnn.com - 5-22-10
Emerson Donnell III had heard that 80 percent of marriages that include a child with autism end in divorce. And he felt certain it would happen to him.
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Overdone it? Take ginger to ease your aches and pains
dailymail.co.uk - 5-21-10
Eating ginger can help ease muscle pain caused by heavy exercise, research suggests.
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Infertility Drugs Raise Autism Risk?
abcnews.go.com - 5-21-10
Children whose mothers took fertility drugs were almost twice as likely to have autism, according to a new study.
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For cancer survivors, yoga may boost energy and aid sleep
cnn.com - 5-21-10
Cancer survivors often feel fatigued and have trouble sleeping for months -- or even years -- after their last chemotherapy or radiation session. Now, a new study shows that yoga can help them sleep better, feel more energized, and cut back on sleeping medications.
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Handful of pistachios could destroy cholesterol
telegraph.co.uk - 5-21-10
The nuts are full of antioxidants that protect cells from damage by harmful chemicals, called 'free radicals'.
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Statins: The side effects 'are worse than feared'
dailymail.co.uk - 5-21-10
The side effects of statins can be far worse than previously thought, a study suggests.
For the first time, the level of harm posed by the cholesterol-lowering drugs has been quantified by researchers.
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Why pot bellies are linked to Alzheimer's and dementia
dailymail.co.uk - 5-20-10
Having a 'pot belly' in middle age raises the risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia in later life, warn researchers.
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Breathable chocolate that could curb your cravings goes on sale
dailymail.co.uk - 5-20-10
Chocoholics, the answer to your prayers may be here - a way to enjoy chocolate without any of the calories.
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Water on the brain: Grey matter literally shrinks without hydration
dailymail.co.uk - 5-20-10
Failing to drink enough water can make your grey matter shrink, making it harder to think, experts have warned.
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Daily probiotic yogurt drink 'can help protect young children against infections'
telegraph.co.uk - 5-19-10
Youngsters who started the day with the yogurt drink were almost 20 per cent less likely to suffer an infection, including ear and sinus infections, than their classmates.
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More Often Than Not, Brain Injuries Lead to Depression
news.health.com - 5-18-10
People who experience serious head injuries often require days-if not weeks-of medical care to get back on their feet. For most of them, the mental aftershocks will last long after they've checked out of the hospital.
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Beetroot juice boosts stamina by making muscles 'more efficient'
dailymail.co.uk - 5-18-10
Beetroot juice is known to boost stamina and now scientists have worked out why.
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Marijuana Fuels a New Kitchen Culture
nytimes.com - 5-18-10
EVEN preschool teachers unwind with a round of drinks now and then. But in professional kitchens, where the hours are long, the pace intense and the goal is to deliver pleasure, the need to blow off steam has long involved substances that are mind-altering and, often enough, illegal.
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Viagra could double risk of hearing loss
reuters.com - 5-18-10
A new US study suggests men who take Pfizer's Viagra (sildenafil) or similar drugs for erectile dysfunction may double their chances of hearing impairment, bolstering a Food and Drug Administration warning from 2007 about this side effect.
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People Happier, Less Stressed After Middle Age
webmd.com - 5-18-10
People are happier, less stressed, and feel better about themselves after age 50, new research indicates.
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Get Your Government Hands Off My Marijuana
huffingtonpost.com - 5-18-10
Few phrasings have encapsulated the need for marijuana legalization better than this: "You can hold people accountable for their actions and not put the blame on what's in their body."
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'Sausage not steak' increases heart disease risk
bbc.co.uk - 5-18-10
Eating processed meat such as sausages increases the likelihood of heart disease, while red meat does not seem to be as harmful, a study suggests.
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On trial, the once-a-day pill that could slash cancer risk
dailymail.co.uk - 5-17-10
Hundreds of Britons are to test a one-a-day 'polypill' designed to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
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Urinary tract infections are becoming increasingly hard to treat because of emerging resistance to current antibiotic drugs, experts warn.
dailymail.co.uk - 5-17-10
A technology originally developed by the U.S. military for night vision could soon help young women cut their risk of developing breast cancer.
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Urinary tract infections 'resistant to antibiotics'
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-17-10
Urinary tract infections are becoming increasingly hard to treat because of emerging resistance to current antibiotic drugs, experts warn.
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Not all thyroid cancers need treatment: study
reuters.com - 5-17-10
People with papillary thyroid cancer that hasn't spread beyond the thyroid gland appear to have good outcomes regardless of whether or not they are treated, new research shows.
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Smallpox demise linked to spread of HIV infection
bbc.co.uk - 5-17-10
The worldwide eradication of smallpox may, inadvertently, have helped spread HIV infection, scientists believe.
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Long conversations on mobile phones can increase risk of cancer, suggests 10-year study
dailymail.co.uk - 5-16-10
Prolonged use of mobile phones over many years could increase the risk of cancer, scientists have found.
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Found: genes that let you live to 100
timesonline.co.uk - 5-16-10
SCIENTISTS have discovered the "Methuselah" genes whose lucky carriers have a much improved chance of living to 100 even if they indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle.
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U.S. Clears a Test of Bioengineered Trees
nytimes.com - 5-16-10
Federal regulators gave clearance Wednesday for a large and controversial field test of genetically engineered trees planned for seven states stretching from Florida to Texas.
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Pregnant women warned of antidepressants danger to their unborn child
dailymail.co.uk - 5-15-10
Women who use antidepressants while pregnant are being warned by health chiefs about the risks to their unborn child.
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DNA clue to life at high altitude
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-15-10
The ability of Tibetans to live on the "roof of the world" may be down to their DNA, US researchers say.
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Business Group Joins Suit on Health Law
nytimes.com - 5-15-10
With the aim of depoliticizing a largely Republican assault, the leading lobbying group for small businesses has joined officials from 20 states in their legal challenge to the new health care law.
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A good reason NOT to use LSD...
Arcata Police report rash of bad LSD trips
imes-standard.com - 5-15-10
A recent rash of what appear to be bad acid trips has caught the attention of the Arcata Police Department, which is warning people who may use the drug.
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Feds tell court they can decide what you eat
wnd.com - 5-14-10
Attorneys for the federal government have argued in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Iowa that individuals have no "fundamental right" to obtain what food they choose.
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Researchers Trying To Track Third World Infections In U.S.
abcnews.go.com - 5-14-10
Researchers and legislators are trying to determine just how far some obscure but deadly third world diseases have penetrated into the United States.
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Eating cheese every day benefits immune system of elderly
telegraph.co.uk - 5-14-10
Eating a piece of cheese every day is good for the immune system of elderly people, according to a new report.
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Want to live to see 100? Then be nice to friends and family
dailymail.co.uk - 5-14-10
Having a close network of family and friends could be your passport to a long and healthy life.
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Quality Child Care Leads to Smarter Teens
webmd.com - 5-14-10
The effects of early child care may be more long-lasting than commonly believed, according to a new study.
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Being a 'cougar' can send a woman to an early grave
telegraph.co.uk - 5-13-10
Experts warn that settling down with a 'toy boy' can reduce a woman's life expectancy.
However, older men with younger wives appear to live for longer.
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Why the Pill is a passion killer: It may have sparked a sexual revolution, but a new study says the Pill has an ironic side-effect
dailymail.co.uk - 5-13-10
When I was a teenager, every girl I knew was on the Pill. Obtaining the discreet paper bag of little foil packets from the local Family Planning Clinic was a rite of passage as important as learning to drive.
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Sugar drops 'ease baby jab pain'
bbc.co.uk - 5-13-10
Babies should be given something sugary before a jab to reduce pain, Canadian researchers say.
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Caffeine Reduces on-the-Job Mistakes
webmd.com - 5-13-10
Bleary-eyed shift workers appear to make fewer mistakes on the job when they consume caffeine, such as a cup of coffee or a caffeinated energy drink, researchers report.
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Medical-marijuana insurance a growing business
bizjournals.com - 5-13-10
Here comes another signpost on the medicinal marijuana industry's road to legitimacy: insurance.
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Overprescribed indigestion drugs put millions of patients at risk of side-effects
telegraph.co.uk - 5-12-10
Patients who are prescribed expensive indigestion drugs unnecessarily are risking serious side-effects, researchers warn.
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Unborn children at risk as 'majority of pregnant women not getting enough vitamin D'
dailymail.co.uk - 5-12-10
Pregnant woman are not getting enough vitamin D, according to new research.
While taking prenatal vitamins does raise vitamin D levels in mothers-to-be, the study suggested higher doses are needed for many women.
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Food Allergies Less Common Than Believed, Study Says
nytimes.com - 5-12-10
A new report, commissioned by the federal government, finds the field is rife with poorly done studies, misdiagnoses and tests that can give misleading results.
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Mother's phone call 'can be as soothing as a hug'
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-12-10
The working mother who cannot be at home to cuddle a distraught child can relax - her voice on the phone soothes as much as a hug, a study suggests.
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Food allergy diagnosis 'an inexact science'
cnn.com - 5-11-10
Heidi Bayer knows all too well that diagnosing food allergies isn't clear-cut.
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Memo to boss: 11-hour days are bad for the heart
reuters.com - 5-11-10
People working 10 or 11 hours a day are more likely to suffer serious heart problems, including heart attacks, than those clocking off after seven hours, researchers said on Tuesday.
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Henna tattoos linked to leukaemia risk
telegraph.co.uk - 5-11-10
Henna tattoos, which have become popular with holiday-makers as they travel through Asia and the Middle East, have been linked to higher rates of leukaemia.
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Flagging libido. Gout. Heart attacks. They used to be male problems. So why are so many women getting 'men's' diseases?
dailymail.co.uk - 5-11-10
Kay McCaw was under unbearable pressure. She was going through a divorce, selling her home and working 16 hours a day.
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Take Vitamin D With Largest Meal
webmd.com - 5-11-10
Taking your vitamin D supplement with the largest meal of the day may boost its absorption substantially, according to a new study.
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Stronger evidence pollution damages heart: report
reuters.com - 5-11-10
The evidence is stronger than ever that pollution from industry, traffic and power generation causes strokes and heart attacks, and people should avoid breathing in smog, the American Heart Association said on Monday.
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Third of plants and animals 'at risk of extinction'
telegraph.co.uk - 5-11-10
One third of plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, a UN report is expected to conclude this week.
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For Nut Benefits, More Is Better
online.wsj.com - 5-10-10
More research backing up the cholesterol-lowering benefits of eating nuts indicates that for most people, consuming two handfuls of nuts a day appears to work better than one.
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Babies May Know Right From Wrong From the Beginning
parentdish.com - 5-10-10
Parents spend a lot of time teaching their children to know the difference between right and wrong. The truth is, Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom writes in the New York Times Magazine, babies may have already figured it out.
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Woman unable to recognise voices gives new insights into the human brain
telegraph.co.uk - 5-9-10
A 62-year-old woman is providing new insights into how the human brain works after becoming the first person to be diagnosed with a condition that leaves her unable to recognise voices.
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Breast cancer gene clue discovery
bbc.co.uk - 5-9-10
Five genetic clues to why some women have a family history of breast cancer have been identified by UK researchers.
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FDA investigating E. coli in Arizona after lettuce recall hits 23 states
usatoday.com - 5-9-10
Federal investigators are looking at a farm in Yuma, Ariz., as a possible source of a widespread E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce, according to the distributor.
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Southeastern Youngsters Most Likely to be Overweight
abcnews.go.com - 5-9-10
Youngsters living in the southeastern United States are the most likely to be overweight or obese, while those from the far West are most likely to be thin, according to a new study that found considerable variability in children's weight by state and region.
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Migraines... headaches you were born to have - and the best cure may be a cup of coffee or two
dailymail.co.uk - 5-9-10
An Egyptian medical scroll dated 1500 to 3000BC is the first known mention of a migraine, and throughout the centuries they have been one of the least understood but most common diseases.
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Meningitis C vaccine 'wears off in early teens'
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-8-10
Three-quarters of children vaccinated against meningitis C lose their protection against the disease by their early teens, research suggests.
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Coffee and sodas not tied to colon cancer
reuters.com - 5-8-10
You can keep on chugging coffee without worrying about whether your java will increase your risk of colon cancer, according to new research.
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New blood fat heart disease link
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-7-10
A type of blood fat different from cholesterol may play a key role in heart disease, a study suggests.
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Tumor Cells in Blood Affect Breast Cancer Survival
businessweek.com - 5-7-10
The number of circulating tumor cells in the blood of metastatic breast cancer patients directly affects their survival, new research has found.
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Romaine Lettuce Recall Linked to Rare E. Coli Strain
abcnews.go.com - 5-7-10
Federal officials announced a multistate recall of shredded romaine lettuce sold to wholesalers, restaurants and in "grab and go" packages after least 19 people fell ill from an uncommon strain of E. coli that is not always included in laboratory tests for infections.
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Americans "bombarded" with cancer sources: report
reuters.com - 5-7-10
Americans are being "bombarded" with cancer-causing chemicals and radiation and the federal government must do far more to protect them, presidential cancer advisers said on Thursday.
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Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans
nytimes.com - 5-6-10
Neanderthals mated with some modern humans after all and left their imprint in the human genome, a team of biologists has reported in the first detailed analysis of the Neanderthal genetic sequence.
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New hope for HIV vaccine efforts
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-6-10
US researchers say they are a step closer to understanding why some people have natural protection against HIV.
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Women under 50 'face work stress risk'
bbc.co.uk - 5-6-10
Stress at work raises the risk of heart disease for women under 50, a study of more than 12,000 nurses suggests.
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Shifting portrait of U.S. mothers
chron.com - 5-6-10
U.S. mothers of newborns today are more likely to be older, better-educated, foreign born, unmarried or a minority than their counterparts of less than two decades ago, according to a report released today.
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Spouse of dementia sufferer 'six times more likely' to develop same condition
telegraph.co.uk - 5-5-10
Spouses of dementia sufferers are six times more likely to develop the condition themselves, researchers have found, suggesting the stress of looking after them may be a factor.
A study of elderly couples from America has found that where one partner has dementia and the other is their primary carer, the spouse is at increased risk of developing the condition
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Broccoli could stop breast cancer spreading by targeting stem cells
dailymail.co.uk - 5-5-10
Broccoli could hold the key to preventing and even treating breast cancer, claim scientists.
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Cancer risks prompt doctors to try to lower imaging scan radiation
www.usatoday.com - 5-5-10
Doctors are exploring ways to reduce the amount of radiation exposure from medical imaging tests in light of renewed concerns about the cancer risk, according to research presented at a radiology conference this week.
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Lack of sleep 'linked to early death'
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-5-10
Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned.
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Magnets could be new drug-free treatment for depression: research
telegraph.co.uk - 5-4-10
A study has found that people who had magnets applied to their head to activate certain parts of the brain were more likely to report their depression lifting than those treated with a similar device without a magnet.
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Why men shouldn't rely on the prostate cancer test - by the doctor who devised it
dailymail.co.uk - 5-4-10
While I was working in cancer research more than 40 years ago, I was looking for a clue which might lead to a new treatment for cancer. That's when I discovered a unique protein. This was what is called an antigen - and this antigen is found only in the prostate gland.
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Are your headaches caused by flat feet? Doctors say countless suffer from the problem
dailymail.co.uk - 5-4-10
Country walks or strolling through Central London used to be Rachel Smith's favourite way of relaxing at weekends.
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'Long-term harm' of too much TV for toddlers
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-3-10
The more TV a toddler watches, the higher the likelihood they will do badly at school and have poor health at the age of 10, researchers warn.
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New hope for chronic pain sufferers
telegraph.co.uk - 5-3-10
Chronic pain affects one in seven of us, but developments in treatment could be life-transforming.
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Men suffer depression in silence as GPs 'only trained to spot condition in women'
dailymail.co.uk - 5-3-10
Huge numbers of men are suffering in silence from depression because GPs are only trained to spot the condition in women, a charity has warned.
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The depression epidemic: We've got more freedom, wealth and opportunity... so why are so many women unhappy?
dailymail.co.uk - 5-3-10
A few years ago, just before she was due to return to work after the Christmas break, 40-year-old Kirsty Barr made an emergency appointment with her GP.
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Your Health: Strokes can be prevented
usatoday.com - 5-3-10
Don't have a stroke.
It's excellent advice, given that stroke is the nation's third-leading killer and a major cause of serious, long-term disability in adults. And it's advice you can act on today, even as scientists continue to study the reasons why nearly 800,000 in the USA have "brain attacks" each year.
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Recall of Kids' Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, Benadryl
children.webmd.com - 5-3-10
Manufacturing defects have led to the recall of 43 child and infant liquid formulations of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl by McNeil, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
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Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe
guardian.co.uk - 5-3-10
Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.
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Fears over legal high: Herbal blend four times more potent than THC
redding.com/news - 5-2-10
Sitting behind a glass case on the counter of Less Smoke Shop on Eureka Way in Redding is a marijuana alternative that is potent, won't show up on drug tests and is perfectly legal.
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Nasal spray makes men more sensitive
msnbc.msn.com - 5-2-10
It is a common experience for many men: A girlfriend or wife starts crying out of nowhere and suddenly the guys are being accused of being insensitive.
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Why a good night's sleep could be the key to a healthy and long life
dailymail.co.uk - 5-2-10
Getting a good night's sleep could be a lifesaver.
Those of us who manage between six and eight hours of shut-eye a night are more likely to live longer and have better health, a study has found.
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'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health'
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-2-10
Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim.
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America's First Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine
theatlantic.com - 5-1-10
Last Thursday the Food and Drug Administration approved Provenge for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Provenge is the first therapeutic vaccine to be approved in the U.S. for cancer treatment, ushering in what may be a new era in immune-based cancer treatments. Approval marks the successful conclusion of a 20-year odyssey with some remarkable twists and turns.
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Health freedom alert: Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill
naturalnews.com - 5-1-10
Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this recent action by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is one of the most insidious: While no one was looking, he injected amendment language into the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) that would expand the powers of the FTC (not the FDA, but the FTC) to terrorize nutritional supplement companies by greatly expanding the power of the FTC to make its own laws that target dietary supplement companies.
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Experts warn roller coasters can cause ear damage
news.bbc.co.uk - 5-1-10
The twists and turns of a roller coaster ride can leave you breathless - but US doctors warn it could also cause temporary hearing loss.
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World's first prostate cancer 'vaccine'
telegraph.co.uk - 5-1-10
Called Provenge it works by encouraging the body's immune system to fight tumours.
Unlike traditional vaccines it is not designed to protect men from developing the cancer but rather help those already in an advanced stage of the disease.
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Adult mortality rate down dramatically, study of past 40 years shows
washingtonpost.com - 5-1-10
The global mortality rate for adults has fallen by about 1 percent a year for the past 40 years, with huge differences opening up between countries and regions over that period, according to a new study.
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