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'Lifeless' prion proteins are 'capable of evolution'
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-31-09
Scientists have shown for the first time that "lifeless" prion proteins, devoid of all genetic material, can evolve just like higher forms of life.
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Tarantula shoots sharp hairs into owner's eye
msnbc.msn.com - 12-31-09
A creepy case of a man who got tarantula hairs stuck in his eye has doctors advising people to wear eye protection when handling the eight-legged pets.
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7 Women's Autoimmune Problems Doctors Miss
living.health.com - 12-31-09
Ashley Price felt terrible. She was tired, dizzy spells came and went, dark splotches popped up on her chest for no reason, and she'd gained 50 pounds in two years.
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Children more likely to catch swine flu, study suggests
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-31-09
Children are twice as likely as adults to catch swine flu, according to a joint UK-US study.
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Parents warned on children's safety risk from alcohol
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-30-09
Parents in England are being warned not to under-estimate the "dangerous consequences" of under-age drinking.
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H1N1 Swine Flu Not So Catchy
webmd.com - 12-30-09
H1N1 swine flu is less catchy than previous pandemic flu bugs, a household study finds.
The study looked at 216 two- to six-person households in which one family member came down with a confirmed case of 2009 H1N1 swine flu.
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25 Years in Peptic Ulcers: From Chronic to Curable
abcnews.go.com - 12-30-09
In 1984, 33-year-old Barry Marshall, frustrated by responses to his work, ingested Helicobacter pylori, and soon developed stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting -- all signs of the gastritis he had intended to induce.
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Ginkgo doesn't work: Are there better ways to save your brain?
cnn.com - 12-30-09
Ginkgo biloba has failed -- again -- to live up to its reputation for boosting memory and brain function. Just over a year after a study showed that the herb doesn't prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new study from the same team of researchers has found no evidence that ginkgo reduces the normal cognitive decline that comes with aging.
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Use Herbal Remedies for Headaches
naturalnews.com - 12-30-09
Headaches are one of the most common ailments people experience. It is estimated that 50 million people seek medical attention for headaches every year in the US alone and over $500,000,000 is spent annually on headache medicine. There are many herbal remedies for headaches that can help you without taking chemical based medicines.
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Psychologists: Those in power more apt to 'moral hypocrisy'
usatoday.com - 12-30-09
The moral compass of some public figures clearly went awry in 2009. Now new research better explains why some in the public eye don't think like the rest of us.
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Drums test positive for anthrax
concordmonitor.com - 12-29-09
Anthrax has been found in two African drums used during community drum circles at the University of New Hampshire that were attended this month by a young woman who has since been diagnosed with the gastrointestinal strain of the disease - the first such case reported in the United States.
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Scientists discover how wild mushroom cancer drug works
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-29-09
Scientists have discovered how a promising cancer drug, first discovered in a wild mushroom, works.
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Music therapy 'may help cut tinnitus noise levels'
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-29-09
Individually designed music therapy may help reduce the noise levels experienced by people who suffer from tinnitus, say German researchers.
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Putting pot in every chicken
chicagotribune.com - 12-29-09
Any slacker living over his parents' garage can make pot brownies. Gourmet chefs are taking the art of cooking with marijuana to a higher level.
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Pressure rises to stop antibiotics in agriculture
businessweek.com - 12-28-09
The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat.
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Disinfectants 'train' superbugs to resist antibiotics
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-28-09
Disinfectants could effectively train bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, research suggests.
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More herbicide use reported on genetically modified crops
csmonitor.com - 12-28-09
A report has found that farmers are using more herbicides on genetically engineered soybeans, corn, and cotton because of resistant weeds.
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Feeling chilly? Boost circulation...with some chilli
dailymail.co.uk - 12-27-09
If the freezing temperatures are leaving you with painfully sore fingers and toes, some circulation-boosting herbs might be just what you need. Medically proven to enhance blood flow, they will help to keep warm blood pumping to where you need it that much longer.
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Minute organs in the ear can alter brain blood flow
bbc.co.uk - 12-27-09
Minute organs hidden deep within the ear appear to directly alter blood flow to the brain, scientists have revealed.
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Study blames two genes for aggressive brain cancer
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-27-09
Scientists have discovered two genes that appear responsible for one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer.
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Mistletoe, a new branch of cancer treatment
dailymail.co.uk - 12-26-09
For years, it's been the perfect excuse for secret admirers to steal a kiss with the object of their desire.
But research suggests mistletoe could do much more than just ignite Christmas passions.
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Troubleshooters that block cancer
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-25-09
Scientists have shown how a family of "limpet-like" proteins play a crucial role in repairing the DNA damage which can lead to cancer.
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New Strain Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria Emerging In US Hospitals
medicalnewstoday.com - 12-25-09
A new study reports a surge in drug-resistant strains of a dangerous type of bacteria in US hospitals: Acinetobacter strikes patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and others and often causes severe pneumonias or bloodstream infection, some of which are now resistant to imipenem, an antibiotic that is reserved for last-line treatment.
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What Doctors and Patients Have to Lose Under ObamaCare
online.wsj.com - 12-24-09
Democrats are touting the American Medical Association's endorsement of President Obama's health plan. But there's an important reason why the American College of Surgeons and 18 other specialty groups are opposed.
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'Molecular switch' could prevent Huntington's disease
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-24-09
A "molecular switch" that can prevent Huntington's disease from developing has been found in mice.
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Teen Marijuana Use Might Have Lasting Effects on Mood, Anxiety
businessweek.com - 12-24-09
Marijuana use among teens may trigger neurological changes in the developing brain that lead to increased anxiety and stress levels that could persist into adulthood, new animal research suggests.
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Chinese herbal product linked to cancer
upi.com - 12-24-09
Researchers in Taiwan recommend closely monitoring patients who have used a Chinese herbal product that may increase urinary tract cancer risk.
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Dogs, Cats Can Get Swine Flu, Too
abcnews.go.com - 12-24-09
A dog in suburban New York City is the first in the nation confirmed to be carrying the same strain of swine flu that is infecting humans, experts told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
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Ouch! We really CAN feel the physical pain of others
dailymail.co.uk - 12-24-09
For most of us the expression 'feeling someone else's pain' is simply a way of saying we sympathise with their sadness or discomfort.
But there are some who don't just have an emotional reaction to another's agony - they feel genuine physical pain as well, researchers have found.
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Do hearts have memories? Transplant patient gets craving for food eaten by organ donor
dailymail.co.uk - 12-24-09
A transplant patient has developed an insatiable craving for junk food - after receiving a new heart from a teenager with a taste for fatty snacks.
David Waters is the latest example of an extraordinary phenomenon which sees some transplant recipients take on the characteristics of the donor.
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Fruits, Leafy Greens Are Good for the Eyes
webmd.com - 12-24-09
Green leafy vegetables and colored fruits may affect visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Science.
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Alzheimer's 'associated with reduced risk of cancer'
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-24-09
Alzheimer's disease is associated with a reduced risk of cancer and vice versa, a study suggests.
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How to avoid common cancer-causing agents
msnbc.msn.com - 12-23-09
Recently, the American Cancer Society (ACS) published its first position statement on environmental cancer-causing agents, calling attention to the need for more research on the full impact of all the chemicals floating around in our environment.
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Obesity more deadly than previously thought
telegraph.co.uk - 12-23-09
A study of one million father and son pairs found that being overweight may increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 82 per cent.
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Low hormone levels in pregnancy linked to hard birth
bbc.co.uk - 12-23-09
Expectant mums who are low in a hormone made by the thyroid gland in the neck are more likely to struggle in labour, findings suggest.
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Certain aromas create feelings of fullness
msnbc.msn.com - 12-22-09
Anti-hunger aromas that make one feel full could help fight the global obesity epidemic, scientists now suggest.
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Nestle made misleading drink health claims: FDA
reuters.com - 12-22-09
Swiss food giant Nestle made misleading claims about the health benefits of some children's beverages, U.S. regulators said in letters released on Tuesday.
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Silicone Based Chemical in Pizza Huts Cheese is Polymethylsiloxane
xmb.stuffucanuse.com - 12-22-09
Pizza Hut cheese is not just cheese, its silicone!
In this issue, writer John Bunting details how Pizza Huts cheese supplier Leprino Foods uses a silicone-based industrial chemical in the patented manufacturing of Pizza Cheese
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Elderly patients 'over-treated' for high blood pressure
bbc.co.uk - 12-22-09
Elderly patients are being treated too aggressively for high blood pressure, researchers claim.
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Sex intervention combats malaria
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-22-09
Scientists believe it may be possible to combat malaria by interfering with the sex lives of the mosquitoes which spread the disease.
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Teen birth rate rises in 2007 for second year in a row
nydailynews.com - 12-22-09
More babies were born to teen mothers in 2007 than the previous year, making it the second year in a row that the teen birth rate has seen an increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics.
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Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer Do Not Take Tamoxifen for Prevention
professional.cancerconsultants.com - 12-22-09
Researchers from the University of Michigan have reported that women at high-risk of breast cancer understand the risks and benefits of tamoxifen [Nolvadex] prevention, but only 6% choose to take it.
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New York Medicaid program used $92 million for improper payments: auditse
nydailynews.com - 12-22-09
New York's Medicaid program squandered $92 million in overpayments, billing errors and waste, three new audits found.
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Frankincense may bear the gift of healing
irishtimes.com - 12-22-09
Frankincense is an aromatic resin obtained from trees belonging to the genus Boswellia. These trees grow in India, northern Africa and the Middle East.
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Does cold weather REALLY make arthritis worse?
dailymail.co.uk - 12-21-09
A common misconception about arthritis is that it is an inevitable part of ageing. In fact, while osteoarthritis (OA) - the most common form of the disease - does tend to affect older people, it is not caused by ageing and it does not affect everyone.
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Wise men, afterall: Myrrh may lower bad cholesterol
usatoday.com - 12-21-09
The resin of trees in the Middle East - known as myrrh - may help lower "bad" cholesterol, new research suggests.
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The one-off, one-hour treatment that can cure blindness
dailymail.co.uk - 12-21-09
Early symptoms of wet AMD can be as terrifying as they are debilitating - faces are blurred, blind spots appear in the centre of vision and straight lines seem to waver. If left untreated, patients can lose their sight within three months.
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Meeting Terminal Patients' Spiritual Needs Improves Quality of Life
abcnews.go.com - 12-21-09
Those with advanced cancer who felt their spiritual needs were met by their medical team had more than a three-fold greater chance of getting hospice care than those who felt their needs weren't supported, according to Dr. Tracy Balboni of Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
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Some hazelnuts recalled for salmonella
msnbc.msn.com - 12-21-09
Whole Foods Market is recalling organic raw hazelnuts, also known as filberts, that were sold in bulk in its stores in California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
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Cervical cancer link to early sex
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-21-09
Having sex at an early age has been linked with double the risk of developing cervical cancer.
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New Study Admits the Obvious: Swine Flu is Overhyped
naturalnews.com - 12-21-09
An international team of researchers, headed by Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard School of Public Health, released a preliminary report that suggests a milder "pandemic" than the early reports in Mexico were made out to be. The 4% death rate attributed to H1N1 in March and April was found to have been a misleading estimate.
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OMG - Autism Jumps 57% in Four Years!
tucsoncitizen.com - 12-20-09
From an article on WebMD, the CDC reported on December 18th that Autism Disorders increased by 57% in just four years. What the heck is going on?
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Stem cell therapies for hearts inching closer to wide use
cnn.com - 12-20-09
If you've just had your first heart attack, doctors may one day be able to reverse the damage done with stem cell therapy.
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Protect Yourself Against CO Poisoning
abcnews.go.com - 12-20-09
Even after 14 years, Cheryl Burt still recalls the labored breathing of her 16-month-old son, Zach. She says she felt helpless to save him as he died in his sleep of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Study: Fat hormone leptin may help prevent Alzheimer's
usatoday.com - 12-20-09
High blood levels of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite, may guard against Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.
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Parents 'misled' by food nutrition labels
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-19-09
Nine out of 10 mothers questioned in a British Heart Foundation (BHF) survey misunderstood the nutrition information on children's foods.
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Skeletal fluorosis: Recent reports from India
fluoridealert.org - 12-19-09
Skeletal fluorosis is a bone disease caused by excessive consumption of fluoride. In India, the most common cause of fluorosis is fluoride-laden water derived from borewells dug deep into the earth
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GM wheat is on its way
guardian.co.uk - 12-19-09
Five years after letting their biotech wheat research program wither, Monsanto recently revealed plans to resurrect it.
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Use, misuse of alcohol and marijuana influenced by common set of genes
dnaindia.com - 12-19-09
A new study has found that use and misuse of alcohol and marijuana can be traced to common set of genes.
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Whisky hangover 'worse than vodka', study suggests
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-19-09
Drinking whisky will result in a worse hangover than vodka, according to research by US scientists.
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Slideshow: 27 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health
pets.webmd.com - 12-18-09
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Eating our way to nirvana
bbc.co.uk - 12-18-09
As the decade draws to a close, hopes that just eating a bit more broccoli will help banish disease appear to be waning - and some are urging a rethink of how we approach the many messages about diet and disease.
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Early treatment hope for tinnitus
bbc.co.uk - 12-18-09
Research has raised the possibility of successfully treating the ear-ringing disorder tinnitus soon after its onset.
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CDC: People in sunny states happiest, New York least
usatoday.com - 12-18-09
People in sunny, outdoorsy states -Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida - say they're the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why.
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1 in 110 children have autism, study finds
msnbc.msn.com - 12-18-09
About 1 in 110 children have autism, according to the government's latest estimate released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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More people could have 'mad cow disease' than previously thought
guardian.co.uk - 12-18-09
More people may be incubating variant CJD, the human version of so-called "mad cow disease", than was previously thought, according to scientists who today report an unusual case of the disease. All those tested worldwide since 1994 when the first cases were identified have been MM homozygous.
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Smoking just 15 cigarettes harms your DNA, finds cancer study on gene mutation
dailymail.co.uk - 12-17-09
Smokers experience one mutation to their DNA for every 15 cigarettes they smoker, according to a study that mapped out the genetic blueprint of a lung cancer patient.
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Horny Goat Weed: Herbal Viagra used by Chinese for 2,000 years
sify.com - 12-17-09
Horny Goat Weed, which for centuries has been hugely popular as a garden plant, is said to be highly valued in China where for 2,000 years it has been used as an aphrodisiac.
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CJD victim 'had different gene'
bbc.co.uk - 12-17-09
A 30-year-old man thought to have died in January from vCJD belonged to a genetic group that had not shown any signs of the disease, scientists say.
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Dude, they're putting pot in more than brownies
apnews.myway.com - 12-17-09
Any slacker living over his parents' garage can make pot brownies. Gourmet chefs are taking the art of cooking with marijuana to a higher level.
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Looks may buy happiness, but only in the city
msnbc.msn.com - 12-17-09
A new study has actually proven that the women's magazines were right - so long as you live in the city. But if you're a country girl, it's more of a case of "pretty is as pretty does."
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Scientists crack 'entire genetic code' of cancer
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-17-09
Scientists have unlocked the entire genetic code of two of the most common cancers - skin and lung - a move they say could revolutionise cancer care.
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Life expectancy reaches 78 yrs in U.S.
topnews.us - 12-17-09
According to the federal health officials the average life expectancy has almost reached 78 years in the United States.
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Study: Airport Noise Increases Risk of Strokes
time.com - 12-17-09
Living under a flight path can seriously damage your health. German researchers have discovered that people who are exposed to jet noise have a substantially increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease.
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32 accused of $60M in Medicare fraud in 3 states
usatoday.com - 12-17-09
Federal agents arrested 26 suspects in three states Tuesday, including a doctor and nurses, in a major crackdown on Medicare fraud totaling $61 million in separate scams.
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The bespoke cancer 'cure': Patients could get specially tailored drugs after British scientists decode damage to DNA
dailymail.co.uk - 12-17-09
Scientists have unlocked the DNA secrets of two of the deadliest forms of cancer.
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Spices May Prevent Breast Cancer
webmd.com - 12-16-09
A new study suggests that compounds found in black pepper and curry powder help halt the growth of stem cells that give rise to breast cancer.
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Did Loud Music Kill British Teen?
abcnews.go.com - 12-16-09
British teenager Tom Reid visited a nightclub the day after enrolling in college. It seems the loud music he heard there may have killed him.
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Obesity warning as children eat up to 6,000 calories on Christmas Day
dailymail.co.uk - 12-16-09
Young children can take in nearly four times their daily recommended intake of calories on Christmas Day, research reveals.
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Ancient herbal mint remedy is effective, safe pain reliever, new study finds
naturalnews.com - 12-16-09
Brazilian mint, known to botanists by its Latin name Hyptis crenata, has long been used by traditional healers in Brazil to treat pain and discomfort from a variety of ailments, including stomach aches, fevers, flu and headaches.
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Hormone that curbs hunger may guard against Alzheimer's
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-16-09
High levels of a hormone that controls appetite appear to be linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, US research suggests.
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Marijuana Legalization Could be put to California Voters
cbsnews.com - 12-15-09
Advocates for legalizing and taxing marijuana in California say they have gathered enough signatures to put the issue to voters.
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Anti-depressants 'up stroke risk'
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-15-09
Post menopausal women who take anti-depressants face a small - but statistically significant - increased risk of a stroke, research suggests.
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15,000 will die from CT scans done in 1 year
msnbc.msn.com - 12-14-09
Radiation from CT scans done in 2007 will cause 29,000 cancers and kill nearly 15,000 Americans, researchers said Monday.
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Cannabis mouth spray reduces pain in cancer patients by a third
dailymail.co.uk - 12-14-09
Cancer patients who used a cannabis mouth spray had their pain levels reduced by a third, researchers said today.
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Marijuana Use No Longer Dropping Among U.S. Teens
health.usnews.com - 12-14-09
Fewer teenagers are using methamphetamine, but reductions in marijuana use have stalled and abuse of prescription drugs remains high, U.S. health officials report.
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Acupuncture Blog Chicago: Chinese Medicine Has Alot To Offer During Flu Season
gather.com - 12-14-09
Did you know that Tamiflu, a drug used to treat flu symptoms, is derived from Star Anise, an anti-viral plant that has been used by Oriental medicine herbalists for centuries?
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Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
health.usnews.com - 12-14-09
Here's good news for people who can't start their morning without a cup or two of java: Coffee and tea consumption may decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Secret documents detail Monsanto's seed business domination amid antitrust fears
finance.yahoo.com - 12-13-09
Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found.
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Heart attack chemical detected in cocaine users
guardian.co.uk - 12-13-09
Nearly half of all cocaine users are testing positive for a potentially fatal chemical caused by mixing the drug with alcohol
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Want to boost your IQ? Then get online for an hour a day
dailymail.co.uk - 12-13-09
Despite worries about the damaging effects of the digital age on brain development, surfing the internet can, in fact, increase IQ and boost memory in adults, scientists have found.
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Body clock link to heart disease
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-13-09
Scientists have raised the possibility that cardiovascular disease is linked to disturbances in the body's 24-hour clock.
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Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control
organicconsumers.org - 12-12-09
Bayer has admitted it has been unable to control the spread of its genetically-engineered organisms despite 'the best practices [to stop contamination]'(1). It shows that all outdoors field trials or commercial growing of GE crops must be stopped before our crops are irreversibly contaminated.
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Men should wake up and drink the coffee
dailymail.co.uk - 12-12-09
A daily cup of coffee has been revealed as the latest weapon in the battle against prostate cancer - the most common form of cancer in men, with 35,000 diagnoses and 10,000 deaths a year.
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Menopause Causes Cholesterol Jump, Study Shows
health.com - 12-12-09
Doctors have known for years that a woman's risk of developing heart disease rises after menopause, but they weren't exactly sure why.
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Exercise 'no aid' for period pain
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-12-09
Exercise does not help to alleviate period pain, despite it being commonly recommended for women with monthly symptoms, say researchers.
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The marigold miracle that saved my sight
dailymail.co.uk - 12-11-09
As a retired optician, Harry Marsland knew better than most how serious it was when he was diagnosed with an untreatable eye condition. But his tale of despair has turned into an astonishing story of recovery - thanks to the marigold plant.
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Study: Moderate drinking ups risk of breast cancer return
cnn.com - 12-11-09
Breast cancer survivors who have just a few alcoholic drinks per week are more likely than women who drink little or no alcohol to see their breast cancer return, according to research presented today at an annual meeting of breast cancer specialists.
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Drunk? Coffee Won't Get You Sober
webmd.com - 12-11-09
Gulping down coffee won't sober you up if you're drunk, but it may make you awake enough to be dangerous, new research suggests.
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Bone Drugs May Beat Back Breast Cancer
health.usnews.com - 12-10-09
Bone-building drugs used by tens of millions of women to fight osteoporosis also cut the risk of breast cancer, suggesting the drugs may play a dual role in keeping women healthy.
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Alcohol link to breast cancer recurrence
bbc.co.uk - 12-10-09
Women who have had breast cancer should stick to three alcoholic drinks or less a week to reduce the chance of the disease returning, researchers suggest.
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Can grape juice help bring back your memory?
dailymail.co.uk - 12-10-09
Drinking purple grape juice can reduce or even reverse memory loss, scientists claim.
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Marijuana Is Now a Personal Matter for Czechs
online.wsj.com - 12-10-09
The interim Czech government, led by chief statistician-turned- Prime Minister Jan Fischer, early this week took a step towards making casual marijuana smoking a less worrisome affair.
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Power line pollutants pose health risks
msnbc.msn.com - 12-10-09
High voltage power lines in Sweden trap cancer-causing pollutants in their electric fields, according to a new study, potentially raising health risks for people who live beneath them.
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Researchers Questions Tamiflu's Effectiveness
abcnews.go.com - 12-10-09
There's not enough evidence to conclude that the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) has any benefit for the complications of influenza in otherwise healthy patients.
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Britain is failing on strokes, dentistry and hospital beds... while paying GPs more than any other developed country
dailymail.co.uk - 12-10-09
Family doctors in Britain are the most highly paid in the developed world even though this country languishes well below the average in international healthcare league tables.
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Mozart's music may help preemies gain weight
msnbc.msn.com - 12-10-09
A group of Israeli doctors have plunged into this long-running debate with a small study that found the soothing sounds of the 18th century composer may help premature babies grow faster.
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General Mills Will Reduce Sugar in Kids' Cereal
abcnews.go.com - 12-9-09
General Mills - the maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs - plans to reduce the amount of sugar in its cereals marketed to children.
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Britain, the sick man of Europe: Heart and cancer survival rates among worst in developed world
dailymail.co.uk - 12-9-09
British health care is little better than that of former Communist countries, which spend a fraction of the billions poured into the NHS.
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WHO: Smoking kills 5 million every year
usatoday.com - 12-9-09
Tobacco use kills at least 5 million people every year, a figure that could rise if countries don't take stronger measures to combat smoking, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
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Poll majority: Legalize marijuana
blog.seattlepi.com - 12-9-09
A new national poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion shows that two-thirds of Americans believe the "War on Drugs" is a failure. A majority of those polled agreed that marijuana should be legalized.
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Heart attacks fall after smoking ban, report says
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-9-09
The number of people suffering heart attacks has reduced since the smoking ban in Wales began, a report by the chief medical officer has found.
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Researchers: Tamiflu may not benefit otherwise healthy people
usatoday.com - 12-8-09
British researchers say there is little evidence Tamiflu stops complications in healthy people who catch the flu, though public health officials contend the swine flu drug reduces flu hospitalizations and deaths.
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Exercise Can Benefit Men With Prostate Cancer
abcnews.go.com - 12-8-09
As little as 15 minutes of physical activity a day can substantially cut death rates in men with prostate cancer, new research hints.
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Researchers discover a hidden skin sense in patients who can't feel pain
msnbc.msn.com - 12-8-09
The human body may be equipped with a separate sensory system aside from the nerves that gives us the ability to touch and feel, according to a new study.
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A Makeover for Food Labels
well.blogs.nytimes.com - 12-8-09
Nearly two decades ago, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, requiring packaged foods to carry a detailed nutrition facts label.
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Antidepressant Found to Alter Personality
usnews.com - 12-8-09
Medications frequently prescribed for depression may not lighten a person's mood until they brighten his or her personality. A new study suggests that the antidepressant medication paroxetine, or Paxil, fights depression most effectively when it first modifies two personality traits that predispose people to this mood disorder.
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Swine Flu Pandemic May Be Less Severe Than Expected
health.usnews.com - 12-8-09
A new joint American-British study suggests that the impact of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic during the autumn-winter flu season will be less severe than had been feared.
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Now, medicinal plants to take root in city schools
timesofindia.indiatimes.com - 12-7-09
With the intention of taking students back to grandmother's remedies and to the wonders of ayurvedic/herbal medicines, the directorate of social forestry will introduce the concept of herbal gardens in various schools across the state from early 2010.
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CDC: Pet frogs source of salmonella outbreak
msnbc.msn.com - 12-7-09
Pet frogs are being blamed for a national salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 48 people.
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Does smoking marijuana make men infertile?
boston.com - 12-7-09
With medical marijuana use on the rise, more researchers are studying the connection between cannabinoids, the active chemical components in marijuana, and the brain. Few have tackled the question of marijuana use and fertility.
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Trends in complementary and alternative medicine
examiner.com - 12-7-09
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in their recent November, 2009 newsletter entitled: Focus on Research and Care, reports:
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Cancer Rates Continue to Fall in the U.S.
online.wsj.com - 12-7-09
Cancer diagnoses and deaths continued to decline in the U.S., according to the latest available data, helped by efforts to reduce risk, provide early detection and develop therapies.
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Coffee could help cut prostate cancer risk, says study
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-7-09
Drinking coffee could help to cut the risk of advanced prostate cancer, a US study suggests.
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Loneliness makes cancer 'more likely and deadly'
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-7-09
Fresh evidence adds weight to suggestions that loneliness makes cancer both more likely and deadly.
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Hope for cystic fibrosis sufferers as cancer drug is found to repair almost a third of lung damage
dailymail.co.uk - 12-7-09
Lung damage caused by cystic fibrosis has been repaired by a cancer drug in a breakthrough that offers hope to tens of thousands.
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CAMPAIGN TO SAVE HERBAL MEDICINE LAUNCHED
communitynewswire.press.net - 12-7-09
Campaigners are calling on the Government to prevent herbal medicines disappearing from the high street when an EU ban comes into place in April 2011.
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How stress over staying thin leaves 1 in 3 women with hair loss
www.dailymail.co.uk - 12-6-09
The stresses of modern life have left one in three women over the age of 25 suffering from hair loss, research has revealed.
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Cannabis grower used government loan to set up marijuana farm
telegraph.co.uk - 12-6-09
Stephen Duxbury's misuse of taxpayers money came to light when police raided his Merseyside home and found an illicit crop worth at least £6,400.
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DNA snafu turns some kids into nonstop eaters
msnbc.msn.com - 12-6-09
Some children get severely obese because they lack particular chunks of DNA, which kicks their hunger into overdrive, researchers report.
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H1N1 Swine Flu symptoms have many people turning to natural remedies
examiner.com - 12-6-09
In the US, only two products have been approved for the treatment of H1N1 symptoms, and five vaccines to prevent swine flu symptoms in the first place; but this is not necessarily the case in other countries, nor does it keep people from using other products, such as herbal remedies; it only keeps those products from openly claiming to treat symptoms of swine flu. Two different press releases on December 3rd underscore these points.
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Likely cause of drug-resistant epilepsy revealed
news.bbc.co.uk - 12-6-09
Experts believe they have uncovered the root cause of "stubborn" epilepsy that fails to respond to drug treatment.
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Forget aspirin, now you can have a nice cup of tea instead
dailymail.co.uk - 12-5-09
It is the traditional British solution for soothing away worries. But now it seems a nice cup of tea may have health benefits beyond stress relief.
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Distrustful of swine flu vaccine, many go for herbal remedies
arabnews.com - 12-5-09
Fears both about swine flu and the safety of the vaccine against it have sent Saudi housewives rushing back to traditional remedies in the hope of protecting their families.
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Study: Web-addicted teens more likely to self-harm
usatoday.com - 12-4-09
A survey of Chinese adolescents found that teens who are addicted to the Internet are twice as likely to harm themselves as other teens.
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Decrease in smoking extends life span, but obesity may curb gains
cnn.com - 12-3-09
Although fewer people are smoking -- and therefore less likely to die from cigarette-related causes -- the obesity epidemic may negate any gains in life span, according to a new study.
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Marijuana Eases Spasticity in MS Patients
webmd.com - 12-4-09
Marijuana extracts may reduce spasticity symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis, a new study shows.
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Centre housing rare herbs in need of care & promotion
timesofindia.indiatimes.com - 12-4-09
For those spending huge bucks on some key medicinal compounds used for easing cardiac problems and other ailments, all they need to do is to visit the Fragrance and Flavour Development Centre (FFDC)-- a ministry of MSME body-- located at Fazalganj that sources various medicinal plants and herbs to commercial sector of the city. What's more, any person interested in growing them in his garden can also approach the centre for saplings and expert guidance.
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Lower birth weight puberty link
bbc.co.uk - 12-4-09
Further evidence has emerged that babies who are small at birth are more likely to start puberty early.
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No Increase in Brain Tumors Seen From Cell Phones
health.usnews.com - 12-3-09
Whether cell phones cause brain cancer has been a subject of ongoing debate, but a new study confirms previous evidence suggesting that they don't.
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Breastfeeding May Reduce Diabetes Risk
webmd.com - 12-3-09
There is more evidence that breastfeeding benefits moms as well as their babies.
Breastfeeding was shown to significantly lower a woman's risk for developing metabolic syndrome in a study reported today by researchers with Kaiser Permanente.
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Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
health.usnews.com - 12-3-09
Add colorectal cancer to the list of malignancies caused by smoking, with a new study strengthening the link between the two.
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Study: Childhood lead exposure causes permanent brain damage
usatoday.com - 12-3-09
Childhood exposure to lead can cause permanent brain damage, a new study has found.
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Natural relief for PMS symptoms
dailylobo.com - 12-3-09
As many as 90 percent of all women deal with various degrees of premenstrual syndrome, ranging from moderate to severe aches, pains, bloating and emotional stress during their reproductive years. Reports show that as many as 40 percent have symptoms that are distressing enough to interfere with their daily lives.
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Herbal meds fight brain illness
sciencealert.com.au - 12-3-09
Evidence is building to support the use of alternative medicines in preserving our mental capabilities and warding off Alzheimer's disease, according to research from Swinburne University of Technology.
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Why women live so much longer than men (And, no, it's not because they have an easier life!)
dailymail.co.uk - 12-2-09
In the battle of the sexes, women have always played the ultimate long game - by outliving men.
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Recalled cat food sickens 21 cats
msnbc.msn.com - 12-1-09
A Missouri company said Tuesday its recalled dried cat food has sickened 21 cats and the pet food was distributed in multiple states in the South and along the East Coast.
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Half of World's ICU Patients Have Infections: Study
abcnews.go.com - 12-1-09
Half of all patients in intensive care units around the world have infections, and more than 70 percent are being given antibiotics -- a trend that could help more drug-resistant superbugs emerge, researchers reported on Tuesday.
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2009 California Legal Manual
(Medical Marijuana Law)

safeaccessnow.org
This exhaustive legal manual gives you the nuts and bolts of medical marijuana law in California: becoming a patient and caregiver, legal defense, and organizing for successful court solidarity among other useful items.
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Rapidly mutating influenza viruses threaten family pets
sfgate.com - 12-1-09
Just in case you weren't panicking enough over the swine flu, it turns out that the virus that causes it, H1N1, can make dogs, cats and ferrets sick, too.
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Mammogram Radiation May Put Some Women at Risk
abcnews.go.com - 12-1-09
Low-dose radiation from mammograms and chest X-rays may increase the risk of breast cancer in young women who are already at high risk because of family history or genetic susceptibility, Dutch researchers said on Tuesday.
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Down Syndrome Births Rise in U.S., CDC Reports
abcnews.go.com - 12-1-09
The number of U.S. babies born with Down syndrome has increased by nearly one-third over the last three decades, despite the large number of women choosing to end those pregnancies, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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How I cured myself of diabetes: A woman reveals how transforming her life boosted her health
dailymail.co.uk - 12-1-09
Janet Ginnings is everything one might imagine a celebrity hairdresser would be: confident, glamorous and with a client list that includes Elle Macpherson and Sadie Frost.
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Even hairless Sphynx cats give patients that warm, fuzzy feeling
usatoday.com - 12-1-09
Pam Moore concedes that if someone is accustomed to long-haired cats, a Sphynx can be off-putting at first. But after a Sphynx curls up in the lap of one of her patients, Moore, a registered nurse at J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit in Muscle Shoals, Ala., says the animal brings about a transformation in the human. "They bring so much peace and happiness to the patients," she says.
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How to Dry Herbs and Make Relaxing Herbal Tea
naturalnews.com - 12-1-09
It is well documented that drinking herbal teas can benefit health as well as contribute to a feeling of relaxation. Herbs can be used fresh or dried. Drying them at home will generally mean cheaper and fresher herbal tea than teas that are shop bought.
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