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The Truth About Vitamin D
webmd.com - 2-28-10
The hottest topic in medicine isn't the newest drug or the latest surgical device: It's vitamin D.
What brought the simmering debate to a boil was a 2007 study showing that people taking normal vitamin D supplements were 7% less likely to die than those who didn't take the daily supplements.
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Hyping H1N1: Did It Create a Dangerous Flu Fatigue?
aolnews.com - 2-28-10
With the World Health Organization warning yet again this week that the H1N1 virus has yet to reach its peak, a flu season that's milder than average hardly seems that way. Now, the nearly yearlong coverage of H1N1 has left some worried that future influenza outbreaks will be met with ambivalent flu fatigue among the public.
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Shining secret that makes silver precious for your health
dailymail.co.uk - 2-28-10
Before the discovery of antibiotics, surgeons used to stitch wounds with thread woven with silver as they believed it helped to prevent infection.
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Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
health.com - 2-27-10
A popular nutritional supplement - extract of bitter melon - may help protect women from breast cancer, researchers say.
Bitter melon is a common vegetable in India, China and South America, and its extract is used in folk remedies for diabetes because of its blood-sugar lowering capabilities, according to the researchers.
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At Hearing on Radiation, Calls for Better Oversight
nytimes.com - 2-27-10
A dozen witnesses, including representatives of virtually all of the leading professional groups in medical radiation, told a House subcommittee during a hearing Friday that more needed to be done to make sure that radiation continues to help, not harm, patients.
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Long-Time Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis in Young Adults
businessweek.com - 2-26-10
Young adults who used marijuana as teens were more likely than those who didn't to develop schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions, an Australian study found.
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Findings confirm H1N1 flu's toll on pregnant women
reuters.com - 2-26-10
New research from Australia confirms that the HIN1 flu hits pregnant women particularly hard-especially if they have asthma, obesity or diabetes.
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'50,000 people die from malnutrition a year in NHS hospitals,' claim Tories
dailymail.co.uk - 2-26-10
Almost 50,000 Health Service patients a year are dying while suffering from malnutrition in hospitals in England, shocking figures suggest.
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Ancient Egyptian priests 'killed by rich ritual food'
bbc.co.uk - 2-26-10
Lavish banquets offered to ancient Egyptian gods blocked the arteries of priests who took the food home to their families, say UK researchers.
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Study: Preventive mastectomy doesn't benefit most
chron.com - 2-25-10
Breast cancer patients are increasingly having preventive surgery to remove the unaffected breast, but a new study suggests it's not beneficial for the vast majority of women who undergo it.
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Simple test could cut unnecessary antibiotic use
msnbc.msn.com - 2-25-10
If doctors used an existing simple lab test on patients with coughs or flu-like symptoms they would be better able to decide which of them might benefit from antibiotics, scientists said on Thursday.
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The cartons of soup with as much salt as 16 bags of crisps
dailymail.co.uk - 2-25-10
Takeaway and popular brands of soup are overdosing customers with massive levels of salt.
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Study: High-fat diet raises stroke risk in women
usatoday.com - 2-25-10
A moment on the lips, forever on the hips? A bad figure is hardly the worst of it. Eating a lot of fat, especially the kind that's in cookies and pastries, can significantly raise the risk of stroke for women over 50, a large new study finds.
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Are you a sex addict?
cnn.com - 2-25-10
When Jack Rogers first heard media reports of Tiger Woods' multiple extramarital affairs, the first thing he did was say a little prayer for Woods and his wife. The second thing he did was tally up the number of women who claimed to have had sex with the famous golfer.
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Single Men Have Higher Risk of Stroke
webmd.com - 2-25-10
Get married! Be happy! Single and unhappily married men are at increased risk of dying from stroke, suggests a study of more than 10,000 men.
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Extracts of bitter melon 'can block breast cancer'
bbc.co.uk - 2-25-10
Extracts of a fruit grown on tropical vines appears to have breast cancer blocking powers, say researchers.
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Battling Pain: Are Doctors Too Reluctant to Prescribe Opioids?
time.com - 2-24-10
Pain is one of the most common reasons that people end up in the doctor's office. And yet, until 1983, the field of pain management did not have its own medical society; today, the specialty still isn't widely taught in medical schools. For centuries, doctors even debated whether eliminating pain was morally acceptable: would it, for instance, defeat God's purpose in condemning Eve's daughters to suffer in childbirth?
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Date-rape drug use on the rise, U.N. warns
msnbc.msn.com - 2-24-10
Governments around the world must step up their efforts to limit access to "date-rape drugs," sedatives that are secretly added to a person's drink to limit their ability to resist sexual assault and remember it later, a watchdog said Wednesday.
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7 Pregnancy Warning Signs
webmd.com - 2-24-10
Some symptoms during pregnancy are par for the course, but others are cause for alarm. How do you know the difference?
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How dynamite could help destroy prostate cancer
dailymail.co.uk - 2-23-10
A chemical once used as a deadly explosive could be a powerful new treatment for prostate cancer.
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Flightless mosquitoes bred to fight malaria and dengue fever
dailymail.co.uk - 2-23-10
Mosquitoes have been genetically engineered so they cannot fly, in an effort to stop diseases such as malaria and dengue fever from spreading.
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Hospital infections killed 48,000, report shows
msnbc.msn.com - 2-22-10
Pneumonia and blood-borne infections caught in U.S. hospitals killed 48,000 patients and cost $8.1 billion in 2006, according to a report released on Monday.
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Infertility time bomb: IVF children have higher risk of infertility, obesity and diabetes
dailymail.co.uk - 2-22-10
Britain faces an infertility time bomb because a generation of IVF babies may have inherited their parents' inability to conceive, a leading doctor has warned.
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Expert: Using antiretroviral drugs early may curb HIV/AIDS spread
cnn.com - 2-22-10
Antiretroviral drugs that are being used to prolong the lives of patients infected with HIV/AIDS could also be greatly effective in slowing its spread, epidemiologist Brian Williams said.
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AIDS drugs haven't changed HIV risk with anal sex
reuters.com - 2-22-10
The introduction of effective drugs against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has not changed gay men's risk of contracting the virus during a single act of anal sex, new research from Australia shows.
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Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age
breitbart.com - 2-22-10
In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana.
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Diabetes sufferers warned that widely-used drug Avandia can cause heart disease and death
dailymail.co.uk - 2-21-10
The safety of a diabetes drug used by thousands of Britons was called into question again yesterday.
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Analysis: Placebo effect stronger than doctors believed
usatoday.com - 2-21-10
When it comes to the placebo effect, it really may be mind over matter, a new analysis suggests.
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Nap 'boosts' brain learning power
bbc.co.uk - 2-21-10
A nap during the day improves the brain's ability to absorb new information, US scientists claim.
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Singing 'rewires' damaged brain
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-21-10
Teaching stroke patients to sing "rewires" their brains, helping them recover their speech, say scientists.
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'Exciting' advance reported in peanut allergy therapy
cnn.com - 2-21-10
Peanuts are like poison for people who have severe food allergies to them. For some, ingesting even a tiny piece of peanut can trigger a potentially fatal reaction.
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Anti-retrovirals could halt Aids spread in five years
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-21-10
Anti-retroviral treatments (ARVs) could stop the spread of Aids in South Africa within five years, say scientists.
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Sex hormone progesterone to get head injury trial
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-20-10
Natural progesterone, the sex hormone used in the first contraceptive pills, is to be tested on patients with severe head injuries.
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Viruses changed human evolution, study shows
msnbc.msn.com - 2-20-10
Italian scientists said on Friday they had found evidence of how viruses helped change the course of human evolution and said their discovery could help in the design of better drugs and vaccines.
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How Exercise Can Alleviate the Pain of Fibromyalgia
health.com - 2-20-10
A significant body of research shows that, for people with fibromyalgia, exercise can improve their physical and emotional well-being, prevent the muscle wasting that avoiding activity can bring, and for some even alleviate pain. Fibromyalgia sufferers often become less and less active as the pain takes over, scared to do any kind of movement that could make the pain worse. That starts a vicious, debilitating circle.
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Personalised cancer blood test hope
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-20-10
Personalised blood tests which could track whether cancer treatment is working or if the disease has come back have been developed by US researchers.
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Dolphins May Offer Clues to Treating Diabetes
usnews.com - 2-20-10
Fish might be brain food, but it doesn't supply the high levels of fuel needed to keep a dolphin brain functioning. New research adds to evidence suggesting that bottlenose dolphins go into a harmless diabetic state during overnight fasting, thereby maintaining high levels of glucose in the blood. The research, presented at a news briefing February 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, suggests that dolphins may be a good model for studying diabetes and could offer insights into treating the disease in people.
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Denture glue danger prompts Poligrip to remove zinc from its adhesive
dailymail.co.uk - 2-19-10
Millions of people using a popular brand of denture adhesive are being warned it could trigger symptoms such as numbness, difficulties with balance and walking.
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FDA issues warning on 4 common asthma drugs
usatoday.com - 2-19-10
The government is taking steps to curb use of some long-acting asthma drugs taken by millions, issuing safety restrictions Thursday to lower an uncommon but potentially life-threatening risk that asthma could worsen suddenly.
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Personalised cancer blood test hope
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-19-10
Personalised blood tests which could track whether cancer treatment is working or if the disease has come back have been developed by US researchers.
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African gene trawl may provide secrets to long life
reuters.com - 2-18-10
A genetic peek deep into the heart of Africa confirms that Africans have more genetic diversity than Europeans or Asians and provides insights into how to live a long life despite disease and famine.
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Happiness wards off heart disease, study suggests
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-18-10
Being happy and staying positive may help ward off heart disease, a study suggests.
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MRIs, other scans quadrupled in recent years
msnbc.msn.com - 2-17-10
The use of high-tech diagnostic imaging in emergency rooms has quadrupled since the mid-1990s, according to a new government report released Wednesday.
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Prostate cancer breakthrough drug 'to be available next year'
dailymail.co.uk - 2-17-10
A prostate cancer 'wonder pill' could be on the market next year.
Abiraterone hit the headlines two years ago, with stunning trial results in which it shrank tumours in 80 per cent of men whose cancer had spread throughout their body.
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The men behind famous diseases
cnn.com - 2-17-10
Having a disease named after you is a decidedly mixed bag. On the one hand, your scientific developments are forever commemorated.
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Acupuncture could help period pain, researchers say
bbc.co.uk - 2-17-10
Acupuncture may be an effective way of easing severe period pain, a South Korean review of 27 studies suggests.
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FDA Warns of Maalox Mix-up Danger
webmd.com - 2-17-10
At least five "serious adverse events" occurred in people who took Maalox Total Relief thinking it was Maalox antacid, the FDA warns.
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More children have chronic diseases; study cites obesity
usatoday.com - 2-17-10
The rate of chronic disease among children has doubled in the past two decades: More than half of children ages 8 to 14 have had a long-term health problem at some point, such as obesity, asthma, a learning disability or other ailment, a study shows. Researchers studied 5,001 children from 1988 to 2006 and followed each child for six years, according to a paper in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.
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'Malaria and weak bones' may have killed Tutankhamun
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-16-10
The Egyptian 'boy king' Tutankhamun may well have died of malaria after the disease ravaged a body crippled by a rare bone disorder, experts say.
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Key cancer gene 'link to poverty'
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-16-10
There is a genetic explanation for why women from poor backgrounds are less likely to beat breast cancer, Dundee University researchers have said.
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One in Two Children Has Chronic Health Issues
usnews.com/health - 2-16-10
One in every two U.S. children now grapples at some time with a chronic health condition, such as asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or obesity, new research suggests.
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Aspirin May Boost Breast Cancer Survival
usnews.com - 2-16-10
A new study of more than 4,000 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer shows that taking aspirin appears to significantly increase survival and reduce the risk of recurrence.
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Debate over GM eggplant consumes India
reuters.com - 2-16-10
The purple eggplant that Indian shopper Tanuja Krishnan picks out at a Mumbai market stall every week is an unlikely protagonist in a raging debate about whether genetically modified foods should be introduced into India.
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Scientists discover the secret of ageing
ft.com - 2-15-10
One of the biggest puzzles in biology - how and why living cells age - has been solved by an international team based at Newcastle University, in north-east England.
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Taking six 15-minute walks a week 'could cut the pain and stiffness of arthritis'
dailymail.co.uk - 2-15-10
Two strolls and a shellfish supplement a day could cut the pain and stiffness of arthritis by half within six months, new research shows.
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Natural Medicine
blog.seattlepi.com - 2-15-10
Have you resolved to have a new perspective on life in 2010? Here are a few basic but powerful keys to maintaining good spirits throughout the year:
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Preventing Recurrent Strokes Needs Improvement
webmd.com - 2-15-10
One in 12 people who have a stroke will likely soon have another one, and one in four will likely die within one year, according to a new study.
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Your Health: A good night's sleep study for people over 65
usatoday.com - 2-14-10
A good night's sleep is important at any age. But what constitutes a good night's sleep for people over 65?
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Grandparents who care for children 'boost obesity risk'
bbc.co.uk - 2-14-10
Young children who are regularly looked after by their grandparents have an increased risk of being overweight, an extensive British study has suggested.
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HIV illness 'delayed by' herpes drug aciclovir
bbc.co.uk - 2-14-10
A common treatment for herpes can delay the need for HIV drugs in people with both infections, say US researchers.
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Why autistic people often avoid hugs from loved ones
dailymail.co.uk - 2-14-10
Doctors believe they may have discovered why many people with autism don't like to be touched or hugged even by their parents.
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British Lung Foundation offers Valentine's Day sex tips
bbc.co.uk - 2-14-10
People with breathing problems have been offered some timely Valentine's Day advice to help them enjoy a fulfilling love life.
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Ajinomoto brands aspartame 'AminoSweet'
foodbev.com - 2-13-10
Leading aspartame producer Ajinomoto is launching a new initiative that will brand the sweetener AminoSweet.
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Mumps outbreak reaches nearly 2,000 in New York and New Jersey
cnn.com - 2-13-13
Nearly 2,000 people, mostly adolescent and young adult males in Orthodox Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey, have contracted mumps since last summer, according to health officials.
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Scans no help in breast cancer care, study says
msnbc.msn.com - 2-12-10
Expensive extra scans using MRI on breast cancer patients make no difference to the number of patients who have a repeat operation, scientists said on Friday, raising questions about whether the scans are worth it.
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Chicken-flavored pet food recalled
msnbc.msn.com - 2-12-10
Lincoln-based Nature's Variety is voluntarily recalling packages of its chicken-flavored pet food over concerns of salmonella contamination.
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Monsanto 'faked' data for approvals claims its ex-chief
indiatoday.intoday.in - 2-12-10
The debate on genetically modified (GM) brinjal variety continues to generate heat. Former managing director of Monsanto India, Tiruvadi Jagadisan, is the latest to join the critics of Bt brinjal, perhaps the first industry insider to do so.
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USDA sharpens rules for organic milk, meat
msnbc.msn.com - 2-12-10
What makes milk or meat organic? After a drawn-out debate, the Agriculture Department has significantly narrowed the definition to livestock that spend a third of the year grazing on pasture.
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Beware a single espresso: Just one caffeine-packed cup can slow the blood flow to your heart
dailymail.co.uk - 2-12-10
It may be the perfect morning pick-me-up. But a single espresso could be bad for your heart, research suggests.
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Average person suffers 6,284 common ailments in a lifetime
dailymail.co.uk - 2-12-10
For anyone coping with the sniffles today, or nursing a headache, here's a cheerful thought.
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A herbal wonder drug
mb.com.ph - 2-12-10
Nature has been providing man with thousands of herb plants with health benefits and medicinal properties. One of such herb plants is the common garlic widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment.
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Obesity 'often set before age of two'
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-12-10
The "tipping point" that sets children on the way to a lifetime of obesity often occurs before the age of two, say US researchers.
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Health Buzz: Autism Risk Rises With Maternal Age
usnews.com - 2-11-10
A new study suggests that older women are at greater risk of having a child with autism, HealthDay reports. When compared to women giving birth in their mid to late 20s, moms who had babies at age 40 or older had a 50 percent greater risk of having an autistic child, researchers found.
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Analysis: Chocolate may reduce stroke risk
usatoday.com - 2-11-10
Just in time for Valentine's Day, research out this week suggests eating chocolate may have a positive impact on stroke. Don't go buying too many heart boxes just yet, though, say the study authors.
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Obese Children Twice as Likely to Die Before 55
abcnews.go.com - 2-11-10
Obesity in children may pave the way to an early grave, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds.
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Finding God In The Brain
abcnews.go.com - 2-11-10
Researchers report in a new study today that they have found regions of the brain that seem to impact a person's level of spirituality.
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The real-life Sleeping Beauty who snoozes for TWO weeks at a time
dailymail.co.uk - 2-11-10
She is known to her family and friends as 'Sleeping Beauty' - but her life is no fairytale.
Louisa Ball, 15, sleeps for two weeks at a time because she suffers from an incredibly rare disorder.
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Internet 'rewires our brains' and makes teenagers vulnerable to mental illness
dailymail.co.uk - 2-10-10
Young people are losing the ability to concentrate because of the internet, a controversial new study suggests.
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Brain blood vessels clue to MS
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-10-10
More than 55% of multiple sclerosis patients have been found to have constricted blood vessels in their brains, a US study says.
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Strong 'Sweet Tooth' in Kids Tied to Family's Mental Health
usnews.com - 2-10-10
Depression and a family history of alcoholism may play a role in how much of a sweet tooth a child has, new research suggests.
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People admitted to hospital for obesity up 60 per cent in a year
telegraph.co.uk - 2-10-10
The number of people admitted to hospital for obesity shot up almost 60 per cent last year while the number having weight-loss surgery rose 55 per cent, new figures showed.
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Teenage girls 'live on junk food', survey finds
timesonline.co.uk - 2-10-10
Teenage girls are eating a worse diet than they did ten years ago and putting their long-term health at risk, a national nutrition survey suggests.
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Unplanned pregnancy warning to older women over 35
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-9-10
Experts fear older women are ditching contraception in the mistaken belief that they cannot get pregnant past a certain age.
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Anti-depressant linked to breast cancer deaths
dailymail.co.uk - 2-9-10
Women taking a popular anti-depressant at the same time as a drug used to stop breast cancer recurring are more likely to die from the disease, doctors warn.
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'Third-hand smoke' could damage health
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-9-10
Lingering residue from tobacco smoke which clings to upholstery, clothing and the skin releases cancer-causing agents, work in PNAS journal shows.
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Both Parents' Ages Linked to Autism Risk
nytimes.com - 2-9-10
Older mothers are more likely than younger ones to have a child with autism, and older fathers significantly contribute to the risk of the disorder when their partners are under 30, researchers are reporting.
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Is this the cure for osteoporosis? Scientists discover pill that heals brittle bones
dailymail.co.uk - 2-8-10
An easily administered, once-a-day drug that makes brittle bones strong again has been discovered by scientists.
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Mediterranean diet may help prevent dementia, study says
cnn.com - 2-8-10
Eating a diet rich in healthy fats and limiting dairy and meat could do more than keep your heart healthier. It could also help keep you thinking clearly.
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Exercise 'cuts risk of developing painful gallstones'
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-8-10
Doing lots of exercise drastically cuts the risk of developing painful gallstones, UK researchers have found.
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Looking young for your age? Thank the Peter Pan gene
dailymail.co.uk - 2-8-10
Scientists have found a 'Peter Pan gene' that could explain why some people remain baby-faced while others become old before their time.
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Is Fat the New Normal?
webmd.com - 2-7-10
A rise in average body weight may be changing how we see ourselves.
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Daily pill helped cure osteoporosis in mice, rats
reuters.com - 2-7-10
A once-a-day pill helped completely rebuild bone in rodents with severe osteoporosis, a finding that could lead to a new class of drugs to treat the brittle-bone disease in humans, U.S. researchers said.
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Study links sugary soft drinks to pancreas cancer
reuters.com - 2-7-10
People who drink two or more sweetened soft drinks a week have a much higher risk of pancreatic cancer, an unusual but deadly cancer, researchers reported on Monday.
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Lower your heart rate to prevent a heart attack
msnbc.msn.com - 2-6-10
Italian researchers found that having a resting heart rate above 70 beats per minute (bpm) increases your risk of dying of heart disease by at least 78 percent. Follow the tips below to help drop your bpm and improve your odds.
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Premature birth gene clue found
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-6-10
DNA differences which appear to affect the risk of giving birth early have been found by US scientists.
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Airport Body Scanning Raises Radiation Exposure, Committee Says
bloomberg.com - 2-6-10
Air passengers should be made aware of the health risks of airport body screenings and governments must explain any decision to expose the public to higher levels of cancer-causing radiation, an inter-agency report said.
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Curry spice saffron 'could stop you going blind'
dailymail.co.uk - 2-6-10
Test findings suggest the spice reverses age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, the most common cause of blindness in old people.
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Meet Oscar, the cat who knows too much...
dailymail.co.uk - 2-6-10
When a nursing home doctor heard that the resident tabby could sense when a patient was about to die, he was sceptical. But a series of spooky events convinced him the cat might really have special powers.
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Hormone therapy may lower colon cancer risk
msnbc.msn.com - 2-4-10
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can carry serious health risks, but a new study adds to evidence that menopausal women who use the hormones may have lower odds of developing colon cancer.
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The Gift of a Generation: Women's Heart Disease Risk Dropping
abcnews.go.com - 2-4-10
Today would have been Olivia Passanando's birthday. She died from congestive heart failure in 1988 at the age of 69.
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Miracle as girl, 3, recovers from brain tumour after it simply disappears
dailymail.co.uk - 2-4-10
When Liberty Rose Finn's little body could take no more gruelling chemotherapy to fight her inoperable brain tumour, the three-year-old's parents feared the worst.
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'Vegetative state' man responds to questions
cnn.com - 2-4-10
A man presumed to have been in a vegetative state for five years has communicated with the outside world for the first time since suffering severe head injuries in a car crash, researchers said Thursday.
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Republicans Favor Medical Marijuana, Poll Shows
cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com - 2-4-10
Medical marijuana's support among voters in New York State is so solid that even a substantial majority of Republicans favor its legalization, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. The poll found that 71 percent of voters supported medical marijuana, including 55 percent of registered Republicans.
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Canadian Premier's Heart Surgery Plans Raise Questions About Health Care
foxnews.com - 2-4-10
A prominent Canadian politician's decision to undergo heart surgery in the U.S. has touched off a debate about national health care in his own country.
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Do we want brain scanners to read our minds?
telegraph.co.uk - 2-4-10
What nightmare could be worse than being buried alive? Conscious, terrified, but unable to communicate through the impenetrable barrier of a coffin lid and a metre of earth. In the past few days, this ultimate horror has been transformed from the stuff of bad dreams and B movies to two very different front page stories.
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HIV Researchers Solve Key Puzzle After 20 Years of Trying
sciencedaily.com - 2-4-10
Researchers have made a breakthrough in HIV research that had eluded scientists for over 20 years, potentially leading to better treatments for HIV, in a study published January 30 in the journal Nature.
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Flame retardant may affect fertility
msnbc.msn.com - 2-3-10
Having difficulty getting pregnant? Perhaps your sofa is to blame. Or your stereo or carpet or any of the things in your house that contain common flame-retardant chemicals known as PBDEs that a new study suggests may be associated with decreased fertility.
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Dementia costs UK economy £23bn every year - more than cancer and heart disease together
dailymail.co.uk - 2-3-10
One million Britons will be victims of dementia within 15 years, according to a shocking report.
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Marijuana could face strict regulation, big taxes
sfgate.com - 1-3-10
Legislation is in the works at the state capitol that would dramatically change how marijuana is regulated in the state and bring in a good chunk of cash to California's beleaguered state budget.
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Clinicians Need to Be Aware of Patient Use of Herbal Products
modernmedicine.com - 2-3-10
Health care professionals need to be aware of their patients' use of herbal remedies, which can adversely interact with many common cardiovascular medications, according to a review in the Feb. 9 Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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Morbidly obese 'may have missing genes'
news.bbc.co.uk - 2-3-10
A small number of extremely overweight people may be missing the same chunk of genetic material, claim UK researchers.
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Experts say 40 percent of cancers could be prevented
reuters.com - 2-3-10
Forty percent of the 12 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide each year could avert the killer disease by protecting themselves against infections and changing their lifestyles, experts said Tuesday.
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Health Buzz: Study Ties SIDS to Key Brain Chemical
usnews.com - 2-3-10
A new study suggests that sudden infant death syndrome is caused by insufficient levels of a brain chemical that helps control breathing during sleep, HealthDay reports. Researchers looked at levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, and the enzyme trytophan hydroxylase, which makes serotonin, in 35 babies who died of SIDS.
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Vegetative Patients Talk With Brain
webmd.com - 2-3-10
A few patients who appear to be in a persistent vegetative state may in fact be aware of themselves and their surroundings.
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FBI: Unruly Passenger Blames Medical Pot Cookies
cbs3.com - 2-3-10
A San Francisco man claims he was high on a double dose of medical marijuana cookies when he screamed, dropped his pants and attacked crew members on a cross-country flight, forcing its diversion to Pittsburgh, the FBI said Wednesday.
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Low serotonin levels might cause sudden infant death
usatoday.com - 2-2-10
Researchers may have solved the mystery of what makes some babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, which kills more than 2,300 babies a year.
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Herbal medicine is under threat
guardian.co.uk - 2-2-10
Tomorrow, an army of medical herbalists will be demonstrating outside the House of Commons. "What are they going to do," wonders sceptic Adam Rutherford, an editor at the science journal Nature, "wave strands of lavender at MPs?" But Michael McIntyre, chair of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA), has called for the demonstration because, quite frankly, he has had enough.
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Marijuana legalization tops list of YouTube questions for Obama
dailycaller.com - 2-2-10
On Wednesday, January 27, CitizenTube streamed the State of the Union address live on its YouTube site and hosted a Google Moderator series that allowed viewers to submit and vote on questions in response to President Obama's address.
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Childhood asthma in premature babies linked pregnancy bug
usatoday.com - 2-2-10
A common complication during pregnancy may predispose children born prematurely to asthma, a large study reports today.
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Can fish oil help guard against schizophrenia?
reuters.com - 2-2-10
Taking fish oil may help prevent full-blown psychotic illness in at-risk adolescents and young adults, a study released today hints.
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Sunbathing 'boosts men's sex drives': Testosterone levels rise with Vitamin D increase
dailymail.co.uk - 2-2-10
A spot of sunbathing boosts men's sex drive, reveals a new study. Testosterone levels in men's blood rise accordingly with doses of vitamin D. The vital nutrient is produced in the body after exposure to sunlight and can also be obtained from eating oily fish and meat.
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Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home
telegraph.co.uk - 2-1-10
A cat with an uncanny ability to detect when nursing home patients are about to die has proven itself in around 50 cases by curling up with them in their final hours, according to a new book.
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Herbal Remedies Can Cause Cardiac Problems
businessweek.com - 2-1-10
The growing number of Americans who are taking traditional herbal medications for heart problems are unaware of the dangers those treatments pose, a new report says.
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Less Sleep Normal Part of Aging?
www.webmd.com - 2-1-10
Getting less sleep at night may be a normal part of healthy aging and nothing to worry about for most healthy adults.
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Physicians Must Treat 'Transplant Tourists'
abcnews.go.com - 2-1-10
Patients who travel to foreign countries for organ transplants may return with more problems than they left with -- and physicians here have a moral responsibility to treat them, researchers asserted in a transplant journal.
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Daily exercise? No, we're too busy, say Britons as two out of three fail to get 30 minutes a day
dailymail.co.uk - 2-1-10
Two out of three Britons don't get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day, research has revealed
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Your Health: Too much sitting puts the body on idle
usatoday.com - 2-1-10
For decades, scientists have studied exercise. But until recently, they paid little attention to the opposite end of the activity spectrum: the many hours modern humans spend sitting, barely moving at all.
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