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Even tiny exposure to BPA turns offspring into genetic mutants
naturalnews.com - 8-31-10
A recent study published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction further reveals the disruptive nature of bisphenol A (BPA) in gene expression. According to the data, pregnant mice exposed to BPA experience significant genetic changes in their fetal ovaries, indicating that the next generation of their offspring will likely be born with serious genetic defects.
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Natural health movement achieving key victories over HFCS, MSG, GMOs and more
naturalnews.com - 8-31-10
It's hard to see it sometimes, but the natural health community has achieved many important victories over the last few years in exposing the truth about dangerous chemicals and food ingredients. Here are some of the major victories we've collectively achieved:
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Medicine errors 'could harm children'
bbc.co.uk - 8-31-10
Many parents are incapable of giving their children the correct dose of liquid medicines, claim Australian researchers.
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MS activity alters with seasons, US researchers say
bbc.co.uk - 8-31-10
The severity of multiple sclerosis (MS) may change with the seasons, say US researchers.
Brain scans of patients compared with weather patterns at the time showed higher levels of disease activity in the spring and summer.
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Cannabis may relieve chronic nerve pain
bbc.co.uk - 8-30-10
Smoking cannabis from a pipe can significantly reduce chronic pain in patients with damaged nerves, a study suggests.
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Superbugs linked to premature baby deaths
telegraph.co.uk - 8-30-10
Doctors at University College Hospital last month found bacteria on the unit that were resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat infections in very premature babies.
Over six weeks 15 babies were found to be carrying several types of bacteria, 13 of which had bugs resistant to treatment with gentamicin.
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In historic move, Canada to list BPA as 'toxic'
thestar.com - 8-30-10
Canada is in the process of a historic move to add bisphenol-A to its list of toxic substances, Environment Canada confirmed Wednesday.
The chemical used in making plastic has become increasingly controversial since Ottawa promised two years ago it would designate it a toxic substance. Its estrogen-like effects are suspected of creating havoc with hormone levels.
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Drink and obesity behind 60 per cent rise in liver death toll
dailymail.co.uk - 8-30-10
Binge drinking and obesity are fuelling a surge in deaths from liver disease, experts have warned.
The number of lives claimed by damaged, diseased and worn-out livers has soared by 60 per cent in only a decade.
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Americans eat too much meat, not enough fruit, says USDA research
naturalnews.com - 8-30-10
The average U.S. consumer eats significantly too much meat and grain, and not enough fruits or vegetables, according to data form the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Economic Research Service.
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Vitamin D really does prevent cancer, autoimmune diseases
naturalnews.com - 8-30-10
A new study out of Oxford University pinpoints vitamin D deficiency as a culprit in serious illnesses like cancer and autoimmune disorders. According to the report, which was recently published online in the journal Genome Research, genetic receptors throughout the body need adequate vitamin D levels to prevent these and other serious illnesses from developing.
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Prescription painkillers now gateway drugs to hard drug use
naturalnews.com - 8-30-10
Shocking new research out of the University of Buffalo has revealed that popular prescription opioid medications are causing people to become addicted to street drugs. Once addicted, nearly half of patients prescribed opioid pain pills end up transitioning to street drugs like heroin because these drugs are generally cheaper and can be easier to obtain.
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Unveiled: First gene link to common migraine
breitbart.com - 8-30-10
Gene detectives on Sunday announced they had found the first inherited link to common types of migraine, a finding that boosts hopes for new drugs to curb this painful and costly disorder.
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Throat cancer rates soar in men
telegraph.co.uk - 8-29-10
Back in the eighties around 2,600 men were diagnosed with oesophageal cancer every year but now the figure is more than 5,100.
The most dramatic rise was among men in their 50s, as rates increased by 67 per cent over the same period.
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Gentle stroll 'can help boost intelligence'
telegraph.co.uk - 8-29-10
New research has shown that walking "at one's own pace" for 40 minutes, three times a week can improve intelligence.
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Alzheimer's risk 'could be increased by surgery'
telegraph.co.uk - 8-28-10
Patients who undergo major hospital operations could be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, scientists believe.
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Water before meals helps with weight loss, say researchers
naturalnews.com - 8-29-10
Weight loss techniques are a dime a dozen these days, with experts touting all sorts of different diet and exercise regimens as the solution to obesity. But new research set to be presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) offers a simple approach that involves no drugs and has no negative side effects. According to researchers, drinking two glasses of water before each meal will help you to lose more weight.
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Test could predict which mothers will need Caesareans
bbc.co.uk - 8-29-10
A test which could stop women labouring for hours in the hope of a "normal" birth only to end up with a Caesarean section has been developed in Sweden.
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Finland suspends H1N1 vaccines after children suffer narcolepsy from vaccinations
naturalnews.com - 8-28-10
Shortly after Australia banned flu vaccines in children due to an alarming increase in vomiting, fevers and seizures caused by the vaccines (http://www.naturalnews.com/029586_A...), Finland has now suspended H1N1 vaccines due to increased reports of narcolepsy in children and teens. Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder characterized by extreme fatigue and daytime sleepiness. It indicates a serious malfunction of the brain and nervous
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Compounds in berries improve brain function, reverse aging
naturalnews.com - 8-28-10
The aging process involves a steady decline in the brain's ability to guard itself from oxidative stress and inflammation. But new research has found that certain compounds in fruits like blueberries, strawberries and acai berries, not only help the brain to stay in tip-top shape, but they actually help to reverse the damaging effects of aging.
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Deadly fungus spreading across US and Canada
naturalnews.com - 8-28-10
A research study out of Duke University has found that a dangerous mutated form of an airborne fungus called Cryptococcus gattii is spreading across the Northwest United States and some parts of Western Canada. The fungus, which typically only infects people with autoimmune disorders and compromised immune systems, now seems to be infecting healthy people as well, worrying experts.
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Eating more good fats really does reduce your risk of heart disease
naturalnews.com - 8-28-10
Replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats really does lower a person's risk of heart disease, scientists have shown for the first time.
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Breastfeeding Reduces Diabetes, Cancer Risk
foodconsumer.org - 8-28-10
A new study currently published in the American Journal of Medicine has confirmed prior research regarding breastfeeding and diabetes: breastfeeding for at least one month or longer seems to reduce diabetes risk later in life.
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Alzheimer's Disease
health.com - 8-28-10
Treatment with the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba to improve mental functioning is considered experimental.
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Recession may have pushed U.S. birth rate to new low
mercurynews.com - 8-28-10
Forget the Dow and the GDP. Here's the latest economic indicator: The U.S. birthrate has fallen to its lowest level in at least a century as many people apparently decided they couldn't afford more mouths to feed.
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New antibiotics developed from frog skin
telegraph.co.uk - 8-27-10
Scientists have long known that the skin of frogs contains plenty of powerful germ-fighting substances because of the hostile environments they exist in.
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Black rice is the new cancer-fighting superfood, claim scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 8-27-10
Black rice - revered in ancient China but overlooked in the West - could be the greatest 'superfoods', scientists revealed today.
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Miracle mum brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him dead
dailymail.co.uk - 8-27-10
It was a final chance to say goodbye for grieving mother Kate Ogg after doctors gave up hope of saving her premature baby.
She tearfully told her lifeless son - born at 27 weeks weighing 2lb - how much she loved him and cuddled him tightly, not wanting to let him go.
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Cinnamon extract reduces risk of diabetes and heart disease
naturalnews.com - 8-27-10
A recent study headed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified a link between cinnamon intake and reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. According to the research, water-soluble cinnamon extract, which is high in antioxidants, helps to decrease glucose levels in the blood as well as reduce oxidative stress in the body.
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If you use pharmaceuticals, you are polluting the water
naturalnews.com - 8-27-10
Any personal use of pharmaceutical products can lead to dangerous water pollution, even if drugs or cosmetics are applied only to the skin, researchers have found.
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Salmonella hunt hones in on feed sources in egg recall
usatoday.com - 8-27-10
Federal and state investigators have found salmonella enteritidis in two barns at Wright County Egg in Iowa and two positive samples of feed given to young hens at both Wright County and Hillandale Farms.
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Grapefruit 'can help to treat diabetes'... Antioxidant found in the fruit has same benefits as two separate drugs
dailymail.co.uk - 8-26-10
Eating grapefruit could help treat diabetes, a study has found.
Naringenin, an antioxidant which gives grapefruit its bitter taste, can do the same job as two separate drugs currently used to manage Type 2 diabetes, scientists said.
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Drinking soda harms your sperm
naturalnews.com - 8-26-10
Men who drink a liter of cola or more every day have lower sperm counts than men who do not drink cola, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The effect did not appear to come from caffeine.
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Scientists report first evidence berries keep brains young, protect from memory loss
naturalnews.com - 8-26-10
As NaturalNews has reported over the past several years, researchers have found that berries are loaded with health-protective properties. For example, these super foods appear to fight cancer, heart disease, infections and more. Now, for the first time, there's remarkable evidence that people who eat blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may protect their brains from the effects of aging, too.
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FDA uses egg recall to demand more power, authority over food
naturalnews.com - 8-26-10
Following the recall of more than half a billion commercially-produced eggs potentially tainted with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now petitioning the U.S. Congress for more power and authority over food. Margaret Hamburg, FDA chief, recently pressed for laws to be enacted that would permit the agency to take a "preventive approach" in food safety endeavors.
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Broccoli 'boosts' healthy gut
bbc.co.uk - 8-26-10
Extracts of broccoli and banana may help in fighting stomach problems, research suggests.
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In Early Trial, Targeted Therapy Fights Advanced Melanoma
businessweek.com - 8-26-10
By probing deeper into the biological mechanisms that go awry in melanoma, scientists have come up with an experimental drug that has had an effect in a surprising number of patients with advanced melanoma.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome 'may be caused by mouse-related virus'
dailymail.co.uk - 8-25-10
Chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by a rare mouse-related virus, new research suggests.
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Aspirin during pregnancy could prevent pre-eclampsia in thousands of women, says NHS
dailymail.co.uk - 8-25-10
Taking aspirin in pregnancy could save thousands of women from developing a condition that can threaten the lives of both mother and baby, say new NHS guidelines.
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Electromagnetic pulse can be used to disrupt morality in the human brain
naturalnews.com - 8-25-10
The ability to evaluate other people's actions as right or wrong can be disrupted with an electromagnetic pulse to the brain, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Fish oil helps teenage boys fight depression
naturalnews.com - 8-25-10
Japanese researchers have discovered yet another benefit to fish oil -- treatment for depression. According to a study out of the University of Tokyo, teenage boys who eat a lot of oily fish have a 27 percent reduced risk of depression compared to those who eat little oily fish.
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Scientists find natural weight loss secret: clinical trial confirms simple no-diet appetite control method really works
naturalnews.com - 8-25-10
If something sounds too good to be true, the old saying goes, it probably is. But here's an exception: scientists have documented that an all natural appetite-control agent with no side effects really does help people shed excess weight -- and what's more, it's practically free. Scientists just reported the results of a new clinical trial of this weight loss-promoting liquid at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Boston.
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Health: Teens & Text Addiction
cbs3.com - 8-24-10
Teenagers are becoming addicted to texting, according to a new study. In fact experts are saying being hooked on texting can be like being addicted to drugs.
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Help for Alzheimer's: A few berries a day could stop the brain over-ripening
dailymail.co.uk - 8-24-10
Eating a handful of berries a day could help declutter the mind and ward off the mental effects of ageing, experts believe.
It is thought that strawberries, blueberries and other brightly coloured berries trigger a 'housekeeper' mechanism in the brain.
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One daily glass of wine 'can double risk of breast cancer'
dailymail.co.uk - 8-24-10
Middle-aged women who drink just one glass of wine a day could double their risk of a common type of breast cancer, scientists warn.
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Gender-bender chemicals causing early puberty in girls
naturalnews.com - 8-24-10
"Endocrine disrupting" chemicals that mimic or interfere with the body's natural sex hormones are partially responsible for early puberty in girls, according to a study conducted by researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
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Pesticides may be a leading cause of major diseases
naturalnews.com - 8-24-10
Chronic illness is widespread in many industrialized nations like the U.S., and more studies than ever are linking this disease epidemic to pesticide exposure. According to a new database designed to catalog these studies, pesticides are linked to cancer, reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, autism, asthma, birth defects, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases and more.
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Brewed Green and Black Tea Superior to Bottled for Health
emaxhealth.com - 8-24-10
Polyphenols in tea, responsible for the health benefits, are found by researchers to be higher in brewed tea. In some instances, it would take 20 bottles of commercial beverage to get the health benefits of one cup of home brewed green or black tea say researchers.
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Drinking water before meals helps dieting, says study
bbc.co.uk - 8-24-10
Drinking water before meals can help people to lose weight, says a US study.
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Chronic fatigue study points to retrovirus
washingtonpost.com - 8-24-10
A team of scientists released long-awaited evidence Monday that a virus may be playing a role in chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Drugs don't work: Top professor claims five in six new medicines have 'little benefit' to patients
dailymail.co.uk - 8-23-10
Drug companies have been accused of conning the public by hyping up patented medicines with little new to offer while downplaying their potentially harmful side-effects.
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Microbes and Mental Illness
nimh.nih.gov - 8-23-10
Hints that some mental illness may be linked to infectious agents and/or autoimmune processes date back to at least the early 20th Century. In the 21st Century, the field of microbiomics, which is mapping the microbial environment of the human organism, may transform the way we think about human physical and mental development.1 It is already clear that 90% of "our DNA" is microbial, not human. "We" are, in fact, "super-organisms" made up of thousands of species, many of which are being identified for the first time. And there are persistent individual differences in our microbial ecology established early in life.
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Your Health: Got allergies? Maybe it's actually non-allergic rhinitis
usatoday.com - 8-23-10
If you have a drippy or congested nose today, you've got lots of company.
After all, it's late August, and in much of the country, it's hay fever season or, more accurately, ragweed and mold allergy season. But if the symptoms get bad enough to send you to an allergist, you might get a surprise: You might not have allergies at all.
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US scientists' trial brings them 'closer to Ebola drug'
bbc.co.uk - 8-23-10
A drug to treat the Ebola virus is reported to be one step closer after US scientists were given permission to conduct human trials.
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Arthritis protein 'guards against Alzheimer's disease'
bbc.co.uk - 8-23-10
A protein produced in cases of rheumatoid arthritis appears to protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease, US scientists have said.
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New Hope From Millennia-Old Chinese Herbal Medicine
tonic.com - 8-22-10
1,800 year old herbal treatment for digestive problems offers hope for warding off gastrointestinal side effects of chemotherapy.
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Canada survey finds vast majority of people loaded with BPA
naturalnews.com - 8-22-10
A recent report released by Statistics Canada, Canada's official statistical agency, has revealed that more than 90 percent of Canadians are contaminated with bisphenol-A (BPA), a toxic chemical compound used in many plastics and resins. The report is the first of its kind in Canada to verify the extent to which BPA has invaded the bodies of the population at large.
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Feds found Pfizer too big to nail, so they looked the other way on massive fraud
naturalnews.com - 8-22-10
When the world's largest pharmaceutical company was found to have engaged in a massive illegal marketing campaign, federal prosecutors decided the company was too big to punish -- so they let it set up a shell corporation to take the blame.
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FDA uses massive egg recall to push for egg pasteurization
naturalnews.com - 8-22-10
Amid the massive egg recall currently underway over potential salmonella poisoning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working hard to push its pasteurization agenda. The agency recently made an announcement recommending that all grocery stores and restaurants begin stocking pasteurized eggs instead of raw ones.
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Obesity rates higher among minority girls
usatoday.com - 8-22-10
While some research suggests that the incidence of childhood obesity may be leveling off, a new study finds that for certain racial groups the rates may actually be getting higher.
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Binge Drinking Risky with High Blood Pressure
abcnews.go.com - 8-22-10
Binging on alcohol may be especially dangerous for men with high blood pressure, or hypertension, researchers found.
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Second Hand Smoke More Harmful Than People Think
medicalnewstoday.com - 8-21-10
Being exposed to second hand smoke, also known as passive smoking - non-smokers breathing in smoke from lit cigarettes around them - may significantly increase the long-term risk of developing lung disease, such as lung cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), according to a report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The same applies to casual (occasional) smoking.
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Light treatment clears psoriasis as it boosts vitamin D levels
naturalnews.com - 8-21-10
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about 7.5 million Americans suffer from the chronic, autoimmune skin disease called psoriasis that causes irritated, flaky and thick patches of red skin; some forms of psoriasis are also associated with joint pain. Most medical treatment for the often painful and quality-of-life robbing disease center around controlling symptoms with medications like cortisone. But now research just published in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates there's a non-drug way to clear and maybe cure the disease naturally -- exposure to vitamin D boosting UV-B light.
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Depression often comes with brief, milder mania
usatoday.com - 8-21-10
Nearly 40% of Americans with major depression also have brief but recurring episodes of manic behavior, a new study suggests.
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Salmonella worries: Recalled egg total passes half a billion
usatoday.com - 8-21-10
The nationwide effort to pull salmonella-contaminated eggs off the market expanded significantly Friday when a second Iowa egg producer, Hillandale Farms, issued a recall of 170 million of its eggs, according to Associated Press reports. That brings the total amount recalled by two producers to more than half a billion eggs. This makes it "among the largest egg recalls" ever, says Patricia el-Hinnawy, with the Food and Drug Administration.
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Rapid meningitis test can tell if child has brain disease in just ONE HOUR
dailymail.co.uk - 8-20-10
Researchers have developed a groundbreaking test for meningitis and septicaemia that can tell if a child has the deadly diseases within an hour.
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Zinc helps prevent pneumonia in the elderly
naturalnews.com - 8-20-10
A new report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that zinc plays a very important role in health maintenance. In a study of over 600 seniors from 33 different nursing homes in the Boston area, researchers found that seniors with healthy blood levels of zinc are 50 percent less likely to develop pneumonia than those with sub-par levels.
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Light treatment clears psoriasis as it boosts vitamin D levels
naturalnews.com - 8-20-10
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about 7.5 million Americans suffer from the chronic, autoimmune skin disease called psoriasis that causes irritated, flaky and thick patches of red skin; some forms of psoriasis are also associated with joint pain. Most medical treatment for the often painful and quality-of-life robbing disease center around controlling symptoms with medications like cortisone. But now research just published in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates there's a non-drug way to clear and maybe cure the disease naturally -- exposure to vitamin D boosting UV-B light.
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Being angry, competitive may raise your heart risk
usatoday.com - 8-20-10
Hostile people, especially those who are manipulative and aggressive, may be paying a price in terms of heart health, a new study finds.
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Green leafy veg 'may cut diabetes risk'
bbc.co.uk - 8-20-10
A diet rich in green leafy vegetables may reduce the risk of developing diabetes, UK research says.
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Teenagers with unhealthy lifestyles suffer three times as many headaches
telegraph.co.uk - 8-19-10
Youngsters who are overweight, get little exercise or who smoke, were 3.4 times more likely to have frequent headaches than those with no "negative lifestyle factors".
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Psychedelic 'party drugs' like LSD could combat depression and treat cancer, say top scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 8-19-10
LSD could be used to lift depression and treat cancer, doctors said today.
Magic mushrooms and ketamine, a horse tranquilliser turned 'party drug', could also feature in the 'psychedelic psychotherapy' cabinet.
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Peony could ease side-effects for patients enduring chemotherapy
dailymail.co.uk - 8-19-10
It is already a perennial favourite of gardeners the country over. But the peony may soon be giving fresh hope to cancer patients.
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Obesity linked to poor sperm quality
naturalnews.com - 8-19-10
Young men now have a new incentive to stay lean and fit. According to a new report in the journal Fertility and Sterility, overweight young men have poorer sperm quality than their peers of a more healthy weight do.
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Ben & Jerry's 'natural' ice cream filled with unnatural ingredients
naturalnews.com - 8-19-10
Consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling out popular ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's for using artificial and chemically-altered ingredients in its "All Natural" premium ice creams. According to CSPI at least 90 percent of the flavors used in "All Natural" Ben & Jerry's ice cream are not actually natural.
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Palliative care can help cancer patients live longer
usatoday.com - 8-19-10
Doctors have long known that providing palliative care - a comprehensive service that aims to relieve suffering in people with serious illnesses - can improve patients' quality of life and overall medical care.
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Predictive blood test for TB 'a step closer'
bbc.co.uk - 8-19-10
International researchers say they have made a "significant step" towards a predictive blood test for tuberculosis.
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Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia
nytimes.com - 8-18-10
The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Genetically Manipulated Crops: The GMO Catastrophe in the USA. A Lesson for the World
globalresearch.ca - 8-18-10
Recently the unelected potentates of the EU Commission in Brussels have sought to override what has repeatedly been shown to be the overwhelming opposition of the European Union population to the spread of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in EU agriculture. EU Commission President now has a Maltese accountant as health and enviromnent Commissioner to rubber stamp the adoption of GMO. The former EU Environment Commissioner from Greece was a ferocious GMO opponent. As well, the Chinese government has indicated it may approve a variety of GMO rice. Before things get too far along, they would do well to take a closer look at the world GMO test lab, the USA. There GMO crops are anything but beneficial. Just the opposite.
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Scientists discover that radiation causes breast cancer (gee, really?)
naturalnews.com - 8-18-10
Girls who undergo chest radiation as a cancer treatment are significantly more likely to develop breast cancer as little as eight years later, according to a study conducted by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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San Francisco's free 'organic biosolids compost' filled with toxic chemicals
naturalnews.com - 8-18-10
The Food Rights Network (FRN), a nonprofit research group, recently issued a press release explaining the test results from a study of San Francisco's free "organic biosolids compost".These independent tests revealed that the free soil, given to the public by San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission, is loaded with endocrine-disruptive chemicals.
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New study: 85% of Big Pharma's new drugs are "lemons" and pose health risks to users
naturalnews.com - 8-18-10
For years, natural health proponents have been sounding the alarm about the dangers of new drugs being pushed on consumers. But is that a one-sided, inaccurate view? Not at all. In fact, new research now shows the problems with Big Pharma's hugely hyped medications are far worse than most people have even dreamed. Independent reviewers found that about 85 percent of new drugs offer few if any new benefits -- but they carry the risk of causing serious harm to users.
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Artificial meat? Food for thought by 2050
guardian.co.uk - 8-17-10
Artificial meat grown in vats may be needed if the 9 billion people expected to be alive in 2050 are to be adequately fed without destroying the earth, some of the world's leading scientists report today.
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Sugar Beets- Monsanto Wins Again
morphcity.com - 8-17-10
Last Friday a federal judge imposed a nationwide ban on GMO sugar beets and it was overturned the next business day. Sugar beets comprise 50% of the sugar used in US food, and 95% of the sugar beets grown in the US are GMO.
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Invasion of the superbugs: As we run out of weapons to fight them, what you can do to protect yourself
dailymail.co.uk - 8-17-10
A killer bug spreading across the globe like wildfire sounds like something out of a bad sci- fi film. But while this is still the stuff of fantasy, microbiologists are concerned about the news of an enzyme with the potential to convert all bacteria into superbugs resistant to treatment.
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Scientists discover how polyphenols in green tea may protect health of diabetics
naturalnews.com - 8-17-10
Having a cup of tea involves a lot more than meets the eye -- and the taste buds. It turns out that many varieties of teas contain phytochemicals loaded with a host of health benefits. For example, as NaturalNews has previously reported, green tea in particular may help prevent and treat osteoporosis (http://www.naturalnews.com/027194_g...) and research has shown it could fight lung cancer, too (http://www.naturalnews.com/028877_l...).
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Dark chocolate can be good for the heart, study says
bbc.co.uk - 8-17-10
Older women who eat dark chocolate once or twice a week could be lowering their risk of heart failure, says a US study.
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Women beer drinkers 'increase psoriasis risk'
bbc.co.uk - 8-17-10
Women who drink beer regularly are more likely to develop the skin disease psoriasis, a US study suggests.
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Study linking calcium to heart attack risk flawed, says doctor
naturalnews.com - 8-16-10
A recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine claims that people who supplement with calcium are at an increased risk of having a heart attack. But Dr. Steven Joyal, MD, President of Scientific and Medical Affairs at the Life Extension Foundation, says that the study is completely flawed and misleading, and that calcium is a vital nutrient for preventing heart problems.
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Antibiotics on the verge of becoming completely useless
naturalnews.com - 8-16-10
The journal Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published a sobering piece about how antibiotics are becoming wholly ineffective as treatments for infection. According to the report, even the most powerful antibiotics available are largely inadequate at tackling the emerging forms of new and powerful "super" bacteria.
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Dead cow carcasses "resurrected" to produce cloned beef
naturalnews.com - 8-16-10
We already know that cloned beef has entered the food supply both in the United States (http://www.naturalnews.com/023718_f...) and the UK (http://www.naturalnews.com/029411_c...). Now, thanks to revelations from JR Simplot, a U.S. company specializing in the cloning of cows for beef production, we're learning that dead cows are cloned to produce the next generation of beef cattle.
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Superheroes 'poor role models for boys'
bbc.co.uk - 8-16-10
Modern-day superheroes promote a macho, violent stereotype for young boys, according to a US psychologist's study.
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Immune genes 'key in Parkinson's disease'
bbc.co.uk - 8-16-10
The immune system may have a key role in the development of Parkinson's disease, say US researchers.
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CDC Lists Top Food Pathogens
abcnews.go.com - 8-16-10
Surveillance data on foodborne disease outbreaks in 2007 revealed that norovirus and salmonella contamination were the leading causes, with poultry, beef, and leafy greens the most common foods involved, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
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Study: Prayer Actually Heals
newsmaxhealth.com - 8-16-10
Prayer heals when it's close-up and personal, and there's a study to prove it.
It's not just any kind of prayer, but "proximal intercessory prayer," or PIP - when one or more people pray for someone in that person's presence and often with physical contact - that was found by a team of doctors, scientists, and religious experts to have remarkable results in healing some patients.
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Why baby leaves will always give you the best salad days: How that healthy lunch may not be as good as you think
dailymail.co.uk - 8-15-10
If you spend your lunch hour chomping your way through salad in the hope of a health boost, you may not be getting the goodness you want - unless you choose your leaves carefully.
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To remember all you've learned today, take a trip to dreamland: Sleep is the best way to retain memories, researchers find
dailymail.co.uk - 8-15-10
If you want to remember something, sleep on it.
Dreaming helps consolidate our thoughts and make sense of the day's events, researchers say - helping us do better in the future.
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The controversial drug that helped me beat cancer twice - by Gordon Brown's biographer
dailymail.co.uk - 8-15-10
Suzie Mackenzie is a journalist and writer who recently wrote a biography of Gordon Brown. She lives in London with her husband Ian and daughters Florence and Hero. Fifteen years ago, she was diagnosed with the highly invasive skin cancer malignant melanoma. When it recurred five years later, statistics and medical opinion said she would be dead within two years. This is the story of how, ten years later, she is still alive . . .
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Guess where your fluoride comes from? China!
naturalnews.com - 8-15-10
Much of the fluoride added to municipal water supplies across the United States is imported from China, and is contaminated with heavy metals, according to a warning by Bernard Miltenberger, president of the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland.
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Achieving muscle fatigue, not lifting heavy weights, key to building healthy muscle
naturalnews.com - 8-15-10
A new study out of McMaster University says that lifting heavy weights is not the best way to gain healthy muscle mass. Lifting lighter weights until your muscles are tired is better, they say.
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New plastic technology limits toxic outgasing
naturalnews.com - 8-15-10
Researchers have come up with a solution to the problem of plastic outgasing -- or the toxic release of plastic chemicals into food and the environment. The new technology prevents chemical leeching from certain plastics by stopping polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a commonly used plastic chemical, from migrating to the surface of plastics and escaping.
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Troubled childhood linked to heart disease as adult
usatoday.com - 8-15-10
Troubled childhoods can lead to a host of health problems in adulthood, with heart disease as a prime possibility, suggests new research presented today.
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Childhood trauma can shave years off life, research suggests
usatoday.com - 8-15-10
Childhood trauma can cut your life short, according to new research that shows how adversity during childhood can shave a decade or more off your life.
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Sons 'with fond childhood memories of fathers more stable'
telegraph.co.uk - 8-14-10
Researchers spoke to more than 900 men and women aged from 25 to 74 before reaching their conclusion.
Psychology Professor Melanie Mallers, of California State University-Fullerton, who led the research team, said: "Most studies on parenting focus on the relationship with the mother.
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US food crops absorb toxic pharmaceuticals and personal care products from treated wastewater
naturalnews.com - 8-14-10
Several major reports have come out in recent years about the dangers of pharmaceutical drug residues being found in the nation's water supplies. But a new study has shown that major American food crops like soybeans are also absorbing these chemicals, and others, from the treated wastewater that farmers are applying to them.
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Smoking increases stress levels
naturalnews.com - 8-14-10
Many people say they smoke because it helps to take the edge off and reduce their stress levels. But new research has found that smoking induces an opposite effect, increasing stress levels over time rather than calming the nerves.
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Eating well-done meat doubles your risk of developing bladder cancer
naturalnews.com - 8-14-10
You may want to think twice about cooking that meat well-done, according to a new study out of the University of Texas. Researchers there have found that charring meat by frying, barbecuing or otherwise heavily cooking it can lead to the formation of cancer-causing chemicals in the meat.
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Menstrual cramps may alter women's brains
usatoday.com - 8-14-10
Menstrual cramps are often dismissed as a mere nuisance, but new research suggests the monthly misery may be altering women's brains.
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Adult kids' problems still affect parents' mental health
usatoday.com - 8-14-10
Even after they grow up, some kids don't stop giving their parents grief. And new research presented Thursday shows that an adult child with problems has a negative impact on a parent's mental health, even if the family's other kids are successful.
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Obese visit GP more often than smokers, researchers say
bbc.co.uk - 8-13-10
Overweight people are more likely to make frequent trips to their GP than smokers or those who are generally unfit, say Dutch researchers.
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Acetaminophen tied to teen asthma risk
cbc.ca - 8-13-10
Teenagers who take the painkiller acetaminophen monthly may have double the risk of asthma, compared with those who use none, according to a large new study.
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Group: Prop 19 Would Mean Pot-Smoking at Work
nbcbayarea.com - 8-13-10
If marijuana was legal for adults in California, would more people show up at work high? And how would that change the definition of a "smoke break" during work hours?
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Indian Yogi Lives Without Food and Water for Over 70 Years
english.pravda.ru - 8-13-10
Prahlad Jani, an 82 year Indian yogi is used to living with empty stomach. He claims that he receives his energy from space.
At first medics thought him to be a swindler, but when they examined him they were of a different opinion. The unique yogi was placed in a hospital for observation. The first results shocked scientists and now they are trying to find out if other people can be taught to live without food and water.
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Third of WHO advisers on the swine flu epidemic that never was received support from drugs firms
dailymail.co.uk - 8-13-10
A third of the experts advising the World Health Organisation about the swine flu pandemic had ties to drugs firms, it has emerged.
Five of the 15 specialists who sat on the emergency committee had received funding from pharmaceutical giants, or were linked to them through their research.
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Women suffer headaches more than men
telegraph.co.uk - 8-13-10
A leading psychologists has found that women experience chronic pain - including headaches - for longer, more intensely and more often than men.
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Biochemist calls for higher vitamin D recommendations
naturalnews.com - 8-13-10
A plethora of research about the benefits of vitamin D has been flooding the mainstream news for a while now, and Anthony Norman, professor emeritus of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at the University of California, Riverside, believes government recommendations worldwide for the vitamin need to be updated. He and others believe that most adults need between 2,000 and 4,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day, an intake level far higher than what is currently suggested.
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Sen. Harry Reid key player in Big Pharma's control over Washington
naturalnews.com - 8-13-10
Corruption in Washington is nothing new. Lobbyists for special interests have been padding the pockets of amoral politicians for longer than most of us have been alive, and they've been doing so with the help of a controlled media that rarely presents the facts without shrouding them in terms of "left" or "right" in order to confuse people. But as you'll see in this story, the corruption goes far deeper than most people realize, and a perfect example of this is the dishonorable legacy of Nevada Senator and U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. Reid was recently exposed for accepting large sums of money from Big Pharma in order to craft and guide the recently-passed health care bill in Big Pharma's favor.
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Doctors remove pea sprouting in man's lung
usatoday.com - 8-13-10
The doctor confirmed the good news for Ron Sveden once the mass in his left lung came back from the lab: He didn't have cancer. He had a pea sprouting inside his chest.
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India rejects UK scientists' 'superbug' claim
bbc.co.uk - 8-13-10
India has rejected a claim by British scientists that a new superbug, resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics, has entered UK from India.
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Aspirin 'cuts prostate cancer risk by 30%': A tablet a day helps stop killer tumours forming
dailymail.co.uk - 8-12-10
Men who take a low dose of aspirin every day could cut their risk of developing prostate cancer by almost 30 per cent, research shows.
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Identified Gene May Bring on New Superbug
abcnews.go.com - 8-12-10
Some British patients who underwent plastic surgery in South Asia now carry a new gene that has the potential to turn almost any bacteria into an antibiotic-resistant bug, according to an article published today in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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US almond growers achieve court victory in fight against mandatory fumigation
naturalnews.com - 8-12-10
Three years after the USDA destroyed the U.S. raw almond business by forcing almond producers to fumigate or pasteurize their nuts, a significant victory has been achieved that could overturn that onerous regulation. A federal appeals court has ruled that California almond farmers may now challenge the USDA regulation in the courts.
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WHO list reveals flu advisors with financial ties to pharma, vaccine manufacturers
naturalnews.com - 8-12-10
After months of stalling, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally revealed the names of key pandemic advisors who influenced its decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year -- a decision that resulted in a financial windfall for vaccine manufacturers. As you'll see here, that list includes at least five expert advisors received money from vaccine companies.
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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Moving From South Asia to U.S.
nytimes.com - 8-12-10
A dangerous new mutation that makes some bacteria resistant to almost all antibiotics has become increasingly common in India and Pakistan and is being found in patients in Britain and the United States who got medical care in those countries, according to new studies.
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Children with asthma 'twice as likely to need hospital treatment during month of September'
dailymail.co.uk - 8-11-10
Children with asthma are most likely to be admitted to hospital in September than any other time of the year.
Hospital admissions for under-16s in England were 58 per cent higher during that month last year, according to data from the NHS Information Centre.
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Quick and cheap autism test a step closer
telegraph.co.uk - 8-11-10
Researchers at King's College London have designed a computer programme that can analyse the shape of brains and say with 90 per cent accuracy whether they suffer from autism.
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Got a Tattoo? Get a Hepatitis C Test
abcnews.go.com - 8-11-10
The global fad for tattoos, particularly among young people, is growing -- and along with it the risk of acquiring hepatitis C, according to a multinational study.
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Interrogation Advice from CIA Docs Unethical
abcnews.go.com - 8-10-10
Physicians working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) suffered severe ethical lapses in providing advice on enhanced interrogation techniques, two researchers say. House speaker tells reporters she was never told about use of waterboarding.
The doctors merely established threshold exposure limits, rather than taking into account whether the techniques caused mental or physical pain, according to Leonard S. Rubenstein of Johns Hopkins and Dr. Stephen Xenakis of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
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Vitamin D improves overall immune function
naturalnews.com - 8-10-10
A recent study out of the University of Tampere in Finland has found that vitamin D helps to prevent respiratory infections. In the study, supplementing with vitamin D resulted in more than half the participants who took it staying healthy throughout the trial, compared to just over 30 percent in the control group.
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White button mushrooms enhance the immune system to fight infections and cancer
naturalnews.com - 8-10-10
Scientists have long known that certain types of mushrooms have anti-tumor activity. But what about widely available, common white button mushrooms (WBMs)? Known by the botanical name Agaricus bisporus, they are a tasty addition to everything from salads to pizzas -- and, it turns out, they do have powerful health building properties. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) funded studies have shown white button mushrooms enhance the activity of critical cells in the body's immune system.
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Large waist size linked to 'higher risk of death'
bbc.co.uk - 8-10-10
Men and women with large waists are at increased risk of dying young, a US study has found.
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Personality Set for Life By 1st Grade, Study Suggests
yahoo.com - 8-9-10
Our personalities stay pretty much the same throughout our lives, from our early childhood years to after we're over the hill, according to a new study.
The results show personality traits observed in children as young as first graders are a strong predictor of adult behavior.
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Western lifestyle 'to blame for soaring breast cancer rates'
dailymail.co.uk - 8-9-10
Britian's high number of breast cancer cases is being fuelled by the Western lifestyle that encourages women to over-eat, drink too much and exercise too little, say new figures.
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Spinal cord regeneration success in mice
bbc.co.uk - 8-9-10
US researchers have for the first time encouraged substantial regrowth in nerves controlling voluntary movement after spinal cord injury.
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Gene link to meningitis infection
bbc.co.uk - 8-9-10
A set of genes which renders people more prone to meningitis has been pinpointed by researchers.
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Experts warn parents against allowing children to become computer addicts
naturalnews.com - 8-8-10
Before the days of computers, children used to spend a lot more time outdoors. But even since computers first became mainstream, the amount of time children spend on them has drastically increased, causing an increase in illness and anti-social behavioral problems. And experts say parents are to blame.
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Pharmacists, doctors are the new drug dealers who flood the streets with addictive pills
naturalnews.com - 8-8-10
Prescription drug abuse is emerging as the new face of the U.S. drug problem, with unscrupulous pharmacists and doctors taking the place of street pushers or other stereotypical visions of the "drug dealer."
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Vegan diets are not always healthy
naturalnews.com - 8-8-10
Vegetarian or vegan diets are often touted as being healthier than conventional diets, but unless you make a concerted effort to get all your necessary proteins, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, you could be hurting yourself more than you are helping yourself.
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HFCS - the poison that promotes obesity and liver damage
naturalnews.com - 8-8-10
Two new studies have added more reason for concern that high-fructose corn syrup causes significantly more harm to the body than its mere sugar content would suggest.
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S510 - Illegal To Grow, Share, Trade, Sell Homegrown Food
rense.com - 8-7-10
S510 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510 )
"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." It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food." ~ Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower.
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HFCS - the poison that promotes obesity and liver damage
naturalnews.com - 8-7-10
Two new studies have added more reason for concern that high-fructose corn syrup causes significantly more harm to the body than its mere sugar content would suggest.
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Four out of 10 dementia cases 'could be avoided'
dailymail.co.uk - 8-7-10
Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and taking up full-time education helps the brain stave off dementia, according to new research.
Doctors said that eradicating diabetes and depression would also reduce the number of people plagued by the disease.
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Cancer patients quit life-extending drugs in recession
usatoday.com - 8-7-10
In 2009 and 2010, as the economic collapse shuddered across the globe, oncologists in California noticed a troubling trend: Three patients who had had serious tumors under control for as long as eight years reappeared in the clinic with massive cancer regrowth which, in one case, required emergency surgery.
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Read, eat well and keep spirits high to avoid dementia
telegraph.co.uk - 8-7-10
Keeping one's brain active, trying not to become depressed and eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables are the best ways to ward off developing dementia, a study of almost 1,500 volunteers has found.
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Froot Loops contaminated with 2-methylnaphthalene chemical (opinion)
naturalnews.com - 8-7-10
As cereal lovers sat down to enjoy their bowls of Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, Apple Jacks and Corn Pops, they had no idea they were about to eat a petrochemical called
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Birds fuel up on superfoods before long migration flights
naturalnews.com - 8-6-10
Some birds radically change their diets just before their winter migrations, gorging themselves on antioxidant-rich berries to prepare for their long journeys, researchers have found.
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Junk food-addicted rats chose to starve themselves rather than eat healthy food
naturalnews.com - 8-6-10
A diet including unlimited amounts of junk food can cause rats to become so addicted to the unhealthy diet that they will starve themselves rather than go back to eating healthy food, researchers have discovered.
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Prayers really can heal the sick, finds international study
dailymail.co.uk - 8-6-10
The power of prayer really can help to heal the sick, an international study has found - especially if the well-wisher is standing near the person they are praying for.
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Addictive Web use linked to teen depression
usatoday.com - 8-6-10
Teens who spend far too much time on the Internet run the risk of developing depression, a new Australian study suggests.
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No need to delay pregnancy after miscarriage
bbc.co.uk - 8-6-10
Women who have had a miscarriage do not need to wait before trying to get pregnant again, say doctors.
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'Gender bending' chemical in food tins may cut male fertility
dailymail.co.uk - 8-5-10
A 'gender bending' chemical in food and drinks containers could be behind rising male infertility, scientists say.
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New breed of antibiotic that can beat MRSA
dailymail.co.uk - 8-5-10
A family of 'super-antibiotics' capable of beating MRSA and other deadly infections has been created by scientists.
In tests, one of the drugs killed strains of the hospital superbug resistant to antibiotics already in use.
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Key cholesterol genes finding 'may help treatment'
bbc.co.uk/news - 8-5-10
Ninety-five different genes have been identified by an international group of experts which affect cholesterol levels in the blood.
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Modern Western diet leads to allergies in children
naturalnews.com - 8-5-10
A team of researchers from Florence University in Italy have found that the modern Western diet of high-sugar, low-fiber processed foods is contributing to allergies and other problems not seen in those who eat more primitive diets. According to study results, junk foods alter beneficial gut bacteria, which in turn disrupts normal digestive function.
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Cancer cells love high fructose corn syrup
naturalnews.com - 8-5-10
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently conducted a study revealing that cancer cells have a particular liking for refined fructose. In tests, pancreatic cancer cells quickly fed on refined fructose and used it to divide and proliferate rapidly within the body.
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Tocotrienols (rice bran solubles) deliver a powerhouse of plant-based nutrition
naturalnews.com - 8-4-10
Among all the superfoods available today, some are quite well known such as acai and spirulina, but others are lesser known even though they offer remarkable nutritional density. One of these "little known" superfoods is rice bran solubles -- it's a super delicious and highly nutritious superfood that delivers a powerhouse of health supporting nutrients. But to understand why it's so nutritious, you have to first check out the structure of a grain of rice.
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Your state of mind affects your ability to heal
naturalnews.com - 8-4-10
A new study published in the journal Diabetologia has found that one's mental state of mind affects his or her ability to heal from an illness. People with diabetes who develop foot ulcers, for example, can stall proper healing of their condition because they become upset and depressed.
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Lunch meat may cause bladder cancer
naturalnews.com - 8-4-10
A recent study published in the journal Cancer links nitrate-containing cold cut meats to bladder cancer. According to the study, people who eat red meat cold cuts that contain nitrates or nitrites have a nearly 30 percent increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
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Diabetes Diagnosis for Jerry Douthett: Dog Ate Toe
abcnews.go.com - 8-4-10
Most pet owners would be irate if their dog bit off one of their toes, but Jerry Douthett, of Rockford, Mich., is nothing but grateful: this canine feat may have saved his life.
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Iams, Eukanuba pet food recall expanded
philly.com - 8-3-10
Procter & Gamble is expanding a dog and cat food recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because there is the possibility of salmonella contamination.
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Up to 95 percent of infants are vitamin D deficient but only 1 percent get vitamin D supplements
naturalnews.com - 8-3-10
Two studies published in the journal Pediatrics highlight that although vitamin D deficiency is widespread among infants in the United States, most pediatricians remain unaware of the problem.
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Brains that are relaxed are able to learn and remember better
naturalnews.com - 8-3-10
Brains in a state of relaxation are better able to remember new information, according to a study conducted by researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and published in the journal Nature.
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Fit heart can slow brain ageing, US researchers say
bbc.co.uk - 8-3-10
Keeping your heart fit and strong can slow down the ageing of your brain, US researchers say.
A Boston University team found healthy people with sluggish hearts that pumped out less blood had "older" brains on scans than others.
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Low-carb edges low-fat for heart risk factors
reuters.com - 8-3-10
Low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets can be equally effective at helping obese adults shed weight over the longer term, but cutting carbs may have an advantage when it comes to some heart risk factors, a study published Monday suggests.
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Pot brownies under attack
politico.com - 8-2-10
The Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009, which passed the Senate unanimously Friday, includes language that could make the fines and jail time for cooking and distributing pot brownies double those for possessing regular (uncooked) marijuana.
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Spray cleaners pose poison hazard to babies, toddlers
usatoday.com - 8-2-10
Nearly 12,000 children under age 5 go to the emergency room each year because of injuries caused by household cleaning products, according to a study in today's Pediatrics. About 40% of those injuries - or nearly 4,800 cases - are caused by spray bottles, which typically don't have child-resistant caps, according to the study of 267,269 children.
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Herpes virus used to treat cancer
bbc.co.uk - 8-2-10
Doctors say they have used a genetically engineered herpes virus to treat successfully patients with head and neck cancer.
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Lying in at the weekend boosts your brain power, study shows
telegraph.co.uk - 8-2-10
Scientists have discovered that an extra dose of sleep is more than just a luxury - it provides an essential boost to brain power ahead of the working week.
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After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks
nytimes.com - 8-2-10
When Alain Reyes's hair suddenly fell out in a freakish band circling his head, he was not the only one worried about his health. His co-workers at a shipping company avoided him, and his boss sent him home, fearing he had a contagious disease.
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One third of young people suffer from high blood pressure thanks to drinking and lack of exercise
dailymail.co.uk - 8-1-10
More than a third of young people suffer from high blood pressure, according to a survey released today
A worrying 35 per-cent of those aged 16-34 have hypertension, despite the widespread belief that it is an 'old age' problem.
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Sunbeds double the risk of skin cancer for teenagers
dailymail.co.uk - 8-1-10
Teenagers who use sunbeds are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with the most dangerous form of skin cancer as those who have never been to a tanning salon, a study has found.
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Your Health: Hot flashes are still an 'enigma'
usatoday.com - 8-1-10
If menopause has a defining symptom, it's the one-woman heat wave: the hot flash.
But if women of a certain age poll their friends, they'll learn something researchers have now firmly documented: We are not all in this together. Hot flashes are common but not universal. And they are much worse for some women than for others.
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Flu jab linked to fits in under fives: officials
telegraph.co.uk - 8-1-10
Doctors should stock alternative vaccines for under fives who are due to have the seasonal flu vaccine this winter, a letter from the head of immunisation at the Department of Health has said.
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