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Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
health.usnews.com - 11-30-09
A special, intensive early intervention program for toddlers with autism succeeded in boosting IQ along with children's language and social skills, a new study shows.
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Mushroom 'shrinks cancer tumours by 75 per cent'
dailymail.co.uk - 11-30-09
A mushroom used in Chinese cooking is a potential weapon against cancer, shrinking tumours by up to 75 per cent, a new study has found.
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Marijuana Sales Drive Northern California Economy
scpr.org - 11-30-09
It's boom times for the marijuana trade in Northern California. Rural Humboldt County's economy depends on both the legal and illegal sales of pot, as growers to trimmers to entrepreneurs aim to land quick cash. But some citizens, and the mayor of Arcata, are trying to "rope back in" the business.
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Foods to Help You Feel Better
webmd.com - 11-30-09
Are you feeling down in the dumps? Are you irritated at how often you've been irritable?
Perhaps it's time to look at the foods and drinks you consume to see if they are trashing your mood. Nutrition experts say that the foods you eat can help you feel better -- or feel worse -- in the short-term and the long-term.
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The World Health Organization changes HIV 'drug advice'
bbc.co.uk - 11-30-09
The World Health Organization is changing its advice on HIV drugs, asking that they be given sooner and to breastfeeding mothers with the virus.
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One in five HIV infections caused by medical staff
telegraph.co.uk - 11-30-09
One in five HIV sufferers in Africa was infected by medical staff using dirty needles and clinical equipment, new research has found.
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'Arthritis risk' for middle-aged exercise addicts
bbc.co.uk - 11-30-09
Middle-aged men and women may be risking arthritis if they overdo their exercise regime, research suggests.
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Herbs for stress relief after a day of holiday shopping
examiner.com - 11-29-09
Holiday shopping can be stressful, the lines, the crowds, the choices, and of course the stress of spending money.
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Men and women 'respond differently to danger'
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-30-09
Men and women may respond differently to danger, a brain scan study suggests.
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Study: Cost of treating diabetes to triple by 2034
cnn.com - 11-27-09
The number of Americans with diabetes will nearly double in the next 25 years, and the costs of treating them will triple, according to a new report.
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How walking the dog beats going to a gym: It gives you EIGHT hours of exercise a week
dailymail.co.uk - 11-27-09
For those who are keen to keep fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option.
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Herbal medicine: One of the ways to prevent flu
english.cctv.com - 11-26-09
China has released a TCM prescription to prevent A/H1N1. Honeysuckle and mulberry leaf are on the list. Both of them are common herbal medicines used to treat influenza. But their price has doubled recently.
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US university links exam success to weight loss
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-27-09
How would you feel if you had studied for your university degree but were unable to graduate because you were overweight?
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CJD blood filter call for under-13s
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-26-09
Children under 13 undergoing a blood transfusion should be given specially filtered blood to cut the risk of fatal new variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD), say government scientists.
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Heroin users cost their families £10,000 a year, says report
guardian.co.uk - 11-27-09
The families of heroin and crack users lose an average of £9,741 each year due to theft, lost pay and clearing the user's debts, according to research by the UK Drug Policy Commission
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Dog stroking is good for your health: Patting a four-legged friend helps patients halve number of painkillers they take
dailymail.co.uk - 11-27-09
Stroking a dog can help patients halve the amount of painkillers they take, claim researchers.
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New swine flu cases drop by 45%
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-26-09
The number of new swine flu cases in Northern Ireland almost halved in the last week, according to the latest Department of Health figures.
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One in Four Teenage Girls Have STDs
aolhealth.com - 11-25-09
According to a report just released from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in four teenage girls has or has had a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
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Hormone produced by pregnant women could keep breast cancer at bay
dailymail.co.uk - 11-25-09
A chemical produced naturally in women's bodies during pregnancy offers hope as a powerful breast cancer drug, scientists say.
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MRSA Strain on the Rise in Hospitals
webmd.com - 11-25-09
A potentially dangerous and rapidly spreading strain of the "superbug" MRSA poses a much greater public health threat than previously thought, new research shows.
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Exercise 'no cure' for heavy drinking damage
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-25-09
Exercising may get rid of a hangover, but working-out cannot undo the damage that heavy drinking may cause, the government says.
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Canada's doctors told to stop using swine flu vaccine
bbc.co.uk - 11-25-09
GlaxoSmithKline has advised doctors in Canada to stop using a batch of its swine flu vaccine, amid reports of severe side-effects in some patients.
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Thousands of children may have had swine flu without even knowing
dailymail.co.uk - 11-25-09
Thousands of children may have had swine flu without even knowing it, experts said yesterday.
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Apple-shaped women at double risk of dementia
dailymail.co.uk - 11-25-09
Women who are apple-shaped not only face a greater risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, but could also suffer from dementia.
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Cup of mint tea is an effective painkiller
bbc.co.uk - 11-25-09
A cup of Brazilian mint tea has pain relieving qualities to match those of commercially available analgesics, a study suggests.
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Pets raking in the loot this Christmas, poll finds
msnbc.msn.com - 11-24-09
Dogs across the country can expect some bone-shaped presents under the Christmas tree this year.
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Canada reports 'unusual number' of bad reactions to flu shots
usatoday.com - 11-24-09
Canadian health officials are investigating what caused six severe allergic reactions to the H1N1 vaccine earlier this month, which the World Health Organization calls "an unusual number."
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Certain fertility drugs may pose cancer risk
msnbc.msn.com - 11-24-09
Though the use of fertility drugs does not seem to generally increase uterine cancer risk, a Danish study identified small increases in risk from certain fertility drugs used for longer duration.
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Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
usnews.com - 11-24-09
Among people aged 75 and older, the herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba does not prevent heart attacks, stroke or death, a new study finds.
There is some evidence that the popular herbal remedy might help prevent the leg-circulation problem known as peripheral artery disease, however.
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Doctors' warning on ketamine risk
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-23-09
Doctors have told Newsbeat there's growing evidence the drug ketamine is causing serious bladder problems in some users.
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Bacteria Key to Healthy Skin
webmd.com - 11-23-09
Bacteria normally found on the skin's surface may play a key role in preventing inflammation and disease.
A new study shows that bacteria living on the skin's surface, including staphylococcal types that typically induce inflammation below the skin, actually prevent excessive inflammation after injury to the skin.
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Sugardrop tomato that's sweeter than a peach
dailymail.co.uk - 11-23-09
Tomatoes are hailed as a superfood, packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants that can help prevent cancer.
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Health Care Reform
rasmussenreports.com - 11-23-09
Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That's the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.
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Traffic fumes may cause dementia
naturalnews.com - 11-23-09
A recent German study published in the journal Environmental Research revealed a definitive link between prolonged inhalation of automobile fumes and inflammation of the brain. An analysis of a group of women found that those who lived closest to busy roads were the most likely to develop memory problems and mild cognitive impairment, indicating the potential onset of fume-induced dementia.
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Lead, Tobacco Exposure Linked to ADHD
webmd.com - 11-23-09
Prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke and childhood exposure to lead are linked to increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, a new study shows.
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'Cannabis Cafe' opens for medical pot patients
msnbc.msn.com - 11-23-09
PORTLAND, Ore. - At the newly opened Cannabis Cafe, people sit around taking tokes from a "vaporizer" - a contraption with a big plastic bag that captures the potent vapors of heated marijuana. Glass jars hold donations of dried, milky-green weed, and the cafe serves up meals and snacks for the hungry.
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Scientists make mad cow discovery
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-22-09
Scientists at the University of Leeds say they have made a significant discovery which could help in the treatment of "mad cow disease".
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Support for legalizing marijuana grows rapidly around U.S.
washingtonpost.com - 11-22-09
The same day they rejected a gay marriage ballot measure, residents of Maine voted overwhelmingly to allow the sale of medical marijuana over the counter at state-licensed dispensaries.
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Researcher's labour of love leads to MS breakthrough
theglobeandmail.com - 11-20-09
Elena Ravalli was a seemingly healthy 37-year-old when she began to experience strange attacks of vertigo, numbness, temporary vision loss and crushing fatigue. They were classic signs of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating neurological disease.
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11 Natural Health Boosters You Need Now
living.health.com - 11-23-09
Maybe you take some echinacea when you feel a cold coming on or sip a little chamomile tea to soothe an upset tummy. Smart moves. But which natural health boosters should you take regularly-and when?
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Morphine 'might spread cancer'
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-23-09
Laboratory tests suggest morphine could in fact encourage the spread of cancer, for which it is routinely prescribed to relieve pain from surgery and tumours.
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Lyme disease - the danger that can lie in wait on an innocent country walk
dailymail.co.uk - 11-21-09
Our weather has been warm and wet, the perfect climate for ticks - those blood-feeding parasites - to multiply.
Although vets are aware of the dangers of tick bites to animals, humans are also at risk from Lyme disease - a vicious infection that attacks the immune system and can cause paralysis, encephalitis and meningitis.
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Health reform costs arm and a leg
floridatoday.com - 11-22-09
Are you ready for still-higher health-care costs, higher taxes and more expensive private health insurance?
You didn't think health care "reform" came free, did you?
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Moon's phases ARE linked with epilepsy after all, say scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 11-21-09
Superstitions about the influence of the Moon on the brain and, in particular, on epilepsy and seizures, have been around for centuries, but according to new research there may be something in them after all.
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Get a Mammogram. No Don't. Repeat.
nytimes.com - 11-21-09
The current dispute over mammograms gives many people who've been around since the 1980s a sense of deja vu. Like archeologists arguing endlessly over the same set of bones, cancer specialists, it can seem, have been arguing endlessly over pretty much the same set of data.
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Childhood abuse 'speeds up body's ageing process'
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-21-09
Physical or emotional abuse during childhood could speed up the body's ageing process, US research suggests.
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H1N1: Swine Flu Activity Down in Many States
abcnews.go.com - 11-20-09
It's not time to breathe easy yet, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn -- but the fact remains that flu-like illness accounted for fewer doctor visits this week than it did last week.
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Drinking water does NOT make your skin glow, say nutrition experts
dailymail.co.uk - 11-20-09
It has long been held that eight glasses of water give a glowing complexion. But the advice doesn't hold water. A balanced diet and lots of sunscreen are far more important in keeping the skin healthy and youthful, experts say.
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Fox News Poll: Most See No Upside to Health Care Reforms
foxnews.com - 11-20-09
More Americans continue to oppose the health care reform legislation than support it, according to a Fox News poll released Friday. In addition, half favor banning the use of federal funds for abortions.
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Revealed... the 515 chemicals women put on their bodies every day
dailymail.co.uk - 11-20-09
Women and beauty products - it's a love affair that's been going on for centuries. And no wonder. There's nothing like a new lipstick or favourite perfume to make us look and feel good. Or so we thought...
In fact, according to a new report, most of our favourite cosmetics are cocktails of industrially produced and potentially dangerous chemicals that could damage our health and, in some cases, rather than delivering on their potent 'anti-ageing' promise, are causing us to age faster.
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Condemned to an early death: Rationing body tells liver cancer victims that life-prolonging drug is 'too costly'
dailymail.co.uk - 11-20-09
Liver cancer sufferers are being condemned to an early death by being denied a new drug on the Health Service, campaigners warn.
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New Guidelines: Pap Tests Should Start at Age 21
living.health.com - 11-20-09
Young women should have their first Pap test no sooner than age 21, regardless of when they become sexually active, say new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
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Stockbroker crusades for medicinal marijuana
sun-sentinel.com - 11-20-09
Since 1982, Irvin Rosenfeld has received a free tin of 300 marijuana cigarettes from the federal government every 25 days. And he wants the world to know how it has helped him cope with multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis, a bone disorder that resulted in scores of tumors in his body.
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Baked Fish Beats Fried for Omega-3 Boost
webmd.com - 11-19-09
When it comes to reaping the heart-healthy benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in fish, it often comes down to how you prepare it, a study shows.
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Tribe's resistance could help CJD
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-19-09
Darwinian natural selection could help halt human "mad cow disease", experts say after finding a tribe impervious to a related fatal brain disorder.
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P&G recalls some Vicks spray after bacteria found
reuters.com - 11-19-09
Procter & Gamble Co is voluntarily recalling about 120,000 bottles of Vicks Sinex nasal spray after finding the bacteria B. cepacia in a small amount of the product made at its plant in Gross Gerau, Germany, and sold in the United States.
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For How Long Should You Take Sleeping Pills? Advice on When, and How, to Quit
health.com
Prescription medication can get you through a few sleepless nights and back on track, but experts agree: They're not the best choice for the long-term.
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Phantom smells may be a sign of trouble
msnbc.msn.com - 11-10-09
In an episode of "Mad Men" earlier this season, a character with some major health issues - stroke and dementia - mysteriously smelled oranges while eating chocolate ice cream. Shortly after, the man dies while standing in line at the A&P.
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Late Preterm Births Increasing in U.S.
health.usnews.com - 11-18-09
The percentage of babies born preterm in the United States rose by more than 20 percent from 1990 to 2006, most delivered at the end of the preterm period, federal health officials report.
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Is electro smog causing your headache?
dailymail.co.uk - 11-19-09
Swindon is to become Britain's first Wi-Fi town, but at what cost to its inhabitants' health?
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Senate leader unveils $849 billion health care bill
cnn.com - 11-18-09
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled a sweeping health care bill Wednesday that would expand health insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans at an estimated cost of $849 billion over 10 years.
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U.S. obesity may drive up health care costs
abclocal.go.com/kabc/ - 11-18-09
(KABC) -- According to a report released on Wednesday, if Americans don't start exercising and watching what they eat, by the year 2018, 108 million American adults will be considered obese, and it will put a major strain on the health-care system.
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Herbal blends offer alternatives for tobacco smokers
examiner.com - 11-18-09
The 34th annual Great American Smokeout put on by the American Cancer Society starts November 19th. This countrywide event was created to encourage smokers to quit for a day. This event is a stepping stone for smokers that are concerned about the serious health risks associated with tobacco.
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Drug firms raise prices in face of health reform
msnbc.msn.com - 11-16-09
Even as drug makers promise to support Washington's health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation's drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years.
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Poll: Majority of adult Americans don't want H1N1 shot
cnn.com - 11-18-09
More than half of all adult Americans say they don't want to get the H1N1 flu vaccine, according to a new national poll.
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Health news: A berry good way to fight cancer and a new drug to treat gout
dailymail.co.uk - 11-17-09
Health stories from around the world this week include how raspberries may help in the battle against cancer and the first new gout treatment in more than 40 years...
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Why the U.S. Gets a D on Preterm Birth Rates
time.com - 11-17-09
For the second straight year, the U.S. earned dismal marks in its effort to reduce the national rate of premature births. The March of Dimes, which issues an annual state-by-state report card on the problem, gave the U.S. an overall D on Monday.
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Toxic toys? Health group finds high lead levels
msnbc.msn.com - 11-17-09
Children's toys carrying the Barbie and Disney logos have turned up with high levels of lead in them, according to a California-based advocacy group - a finding that may give consumers pause as they shop for the holiday season.
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Marijuana proven effective in treating different types of cancers
ukiahdailyjournal.com - 11-16-09
The demonized killer weed is turning out to be anything but that. As myths about this ancient herb are dispelled, scientists are using it to treat everything from chemotherapy-induced nausea to different cancers.
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society responds to AMA's revised opinion on Medical Marijuana
examiner.com - 11-17-09
Last week the American Medical Association AMA made the historical recommendation to move medical marijuana off of Schedule 1. Multiple Scleroisis is one of the maladies for which the legalization of medical marijuana is currently advocated. As new data is revealed on the effects of marijuana as a treatment tool for MS the position of the society continues to evolve.
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Common herbal medicine may prevent acetaminophen-related liver damage, says Stanford researcher
eurekalert.org - 11-17-09
A well-known Eastern medicine supplement may help avoid the most common cause of liver transplantation, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Eggplant Cures Skin Cancer
naturalnews.com - 11-17-09
An ingredient in common eggplant has been shown to cure cancer. The eggplant extract is a phytochemical called solasodine glycoside, or BEC5. Dr. Bill E. Cham discovered it, after hearing of a folk medicine cure from Australian farmers.
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Meditation 'eases heart disease'
bbc.co.uk - 11-17-09
Heart disease patients who practise Transcendental Meditation have reduced death rates, US researchers have said.
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Ketamine drug use 'harms memory'
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-17-09
Frequent use of ketamine - a drug popular with clubbers - is being linked with memory problems, researchers say.
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Rising obesity will cost U.S. health care $344 billion a year
usatoday.com - 11-16-09
If Americans continue to pack on pounds, obesity will cost the USA about $344 billion in medical-related expenses by 2018, eating up about 21% of health-care spending, says the first analysis to estimate the future medical costs of excess weight.
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Blood supply not affected by H1N1
usatoday.com - 11-16-09
Except for scattered cancellations of high school blood drives because of high absenteeism, the H1N1 pandemic doesn't seem to have had much of an impact on the nation's blood supply.
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5 Ways Vaporizers Improve Your Health
clevelandleader.com - 11-16-09
Herbal vaporizers can help change our lives in a variety of ways. All of which are healthy, natural and good for the environment.
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Sex infections still rising, especially in teens
msnbc.msn.com - 11-16-09
WASHINGTON - Sexually spread diseases continue to rise, with reported chlamydia cases setting yet another record in 2008, government health officials said Monday.
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Heart patients lacking vitamin D more likely to be depressed
cnn.com - 11-16-09
People with heart disease and similar conditions who don't have enough vitamin D are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts with adequate levels of the "sunshine vitamin," according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando. This link seems to be even stronger in the winter.
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Plastic chemicals 'feminise boys'
bbc.co.uk - 11-16-09
Chemicals in plastics alter the brains of baby boys, making them "more feminine", say US researchers.
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How up to 80,000 people get cancer every year because they drink too much, eat too much, and don't exercise enough
dailymail.co.uk - 11-16-09
Almost 80,000 patients diagnosed with cancer each year could have avoided the disease by adopting a healthier lifestyle, figures show.
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Boomers see views relaxing on marijuana
washingtonpost.com - 11-16-09
Smoking pot isn't what it used to be for Joe Lee, a 62-year-old vintage-record dealer in Rockville. Back in the late 1960s, as an art student in Baltimore, he kept his landlord in a constant state of suspicion, with clouds of marijuana smoke poorly masked by clouds of incense.
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Gut disorder 'blamed on leaks'
bbc.co.uk - 11-16-09
Genetic defects leading to a leaky gut are a key cause of the inflammatory disorder ulcerative colitis, UK research suggests.
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Study Raises Questions About Cholesterol Drug's Benefit
nytimes.com - 11-15-09
For patients taking a statin to control high cholesterol, adding an old standby drug, niacin, was superior in reducing buildup in the carotid artery to adding Zetia, a newer drug that reduces bad cholesterol, according to a new study.
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Iowans Turning To Marijuana For Ailments
wcco.com - 11-15-09
Some Iowans acknowledge they are not waiting for a state board's recommendation whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
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Study Raises Questions About Cholesterol Drug's Benefit
nytimes.com - 11-15-09
For patients taking a statin to control high cholesterol, adding an old standby drug, niacin, was superior in reducing buildup in the carotid artery to adding Zetia, a newer drug that reduces bad cholesterol, according to a new study.
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Iowans Turning To Marijuana For Ailments
wcco.com - 11-15-09
Some Iowans acknowledge they are not waiting for a state board's recommendation whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
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Food Poisoning May Hurt for Life
abcnews.go.com - 11-15-09
Episodes of food poisoning may have serious long-term consequences -- including kidney failure or mental retardation -- particularly among children, researchers say.
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Supplements for Depression: What Works, What Doesn't
living.health.com - 11-15-09
The multibillion-dollar market for dietary supplements is filled with products that claim to boost mood or improve depression. Some products are even billed as an alternative to prescription antidepressants.
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Report: Bill would reduce senior care
washingtonpost.com - 11-15-09
A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending -- one of the biggest sources of funding for President Obama's proposed overhaul of the nation's health-care system -- would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions of others, according to a government evaluation released Saturday.
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Healing Herbal Teas
gainesville.com - 11-14-09
For thousands of years, plants have provided people with a virtual pharmacopoeia of soothing restoratives and simple home remedies. Mint leaves, for instance, were used by the ancient Babylonians to treat digestive disorders as far back as 1800 C.E. From the Middle Ages through the late 19th century, home-grown herbs served as both food seasonings and staples of the family medicine cabinet.
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In Celebration of National Diabetes Month: Dealing With Type 2
living.health.com - 11-15-09
Last winter, after being in denial for years, a battery of standard tests revealed that I had type 2 diabetes, sky-high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. What's more, I had a heart murmur, my coronary arteries were starting to narrow, and my heart was showing early warning signs of disease. I mentioned some of this in my blog about meditation last year, but I confess I didn't come clean about just how serious things had become.
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Protect your heart with fresh garlic
cnn.com - 11-13-09
I think it's safe to say that you'll never need to use garlic to repel an old-school vampire. Plus, 21st-century vamps are so cute that I'm not sure I'd want to repel any of them. (I'm looking at you, True Blood Bill.)
But here's a new garlic discovery I hope you will make use of: Researchers have discovered why freshly crushed garlic protects your heart.
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Interview With Traditional Chinese Doctor Hu Naiwen
theepochtimes.com - 11-14-09
Throughout history, mankind has been searching for ways to extend one's longevity. Modern medicine, nutrition, and improved hygiene have been credited with extending the lifespan of people across the globe. However, there are still many diseases and ailments that modern medicine can't touch.
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The Science of Food Cravings
abcnews.go.com - 11-14-09
For Cari Banks, one of the hardest things to say no to is food. "I could eat half a pack of Oreos and milk and consider it nothing," she said. "I would eat it, pretty much without thinking."
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Health timebomb hits baby boomers: Over-60s suffer more illnesses caused by bad diet and lack of exercise
dailymail.co.uk - 11-14-09
They were the first to enjoy free health care, and had the time of their lives in the Swinging Sixties. But the post-war 'baby boomers' are now paying the price. Today's 60-year-olds are the first modern generation to be less healthy than their immediate predecessors.
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In Historic Shift, the American Medical Association Sees Value in Marijuana
alternet.org - 11-14-09
The country's largest physician group, the AMA, has reversed its long-held position that marijuana has no medical worth.
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Study Links BPA in Plastics to Erectile Dysfunction
health.com/health - 11-11-09
Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in hard, clear plastic used to make everything from baby bottles to food packaging, may increase the risk of erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems in male factory workers exposed to large amounts of the substance, according to a study conducted in China.
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First U.S. marijuana cafe opens in Portland
reuters.com - 11-13-09
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - The United States' first marijuana cafe opened on Friday, posing an early test of the Obama administration's move to relax policing of medical use of the drug.
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FDA questions alcoholic energy drinks' safety
msnbc.msn.com - 11-13-09
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is challenging makers of alcohol-infused energy drinks to prove their beverages are safe, citing complaints that the products can cause risky behavior and injury.
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Fat-dissolving procedure carries infection risks
msnbc.msn.com - 11-13-09
NEW YORK - French researchers are calling into question the safety of a cosmetic procedure that offers to melt away fat without surgery, exercise or pills.
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FDA OKs new drug for heavy periods
msnbc.msn.com - 11-13-09
WASHINGTON - Federal health officials have approved a new drug as the first non-hormonal treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.
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How a bar of dark chocolate a day could cut your stress levels
dailymail.co.uk - 11-13-09
A small bar of dark chocolate a day helps keep stress at bay, say researchers. It cuts levels of stress hormones and rebalances other chemicals in the body during times of high anxiety, a study found.
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Dementia drug use 'killing many'
bbc.co.uk - 11-12-09
Needless use of anti-psychotic drugs is widespread in dementia care and contributes to the death of many patients, an official review suggests.
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Studies suggest overweight kids are coronary time bombs
cnn.com - 11-12-09
Russell Pate was driving through a neighborhood one late afternoon when he noticed something odd.
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Slideshow: What Your Nails Say about Your Health
webmd.com - 11-12-09
Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep reading to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.
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Cigarette Smoking's Decline Levels Off
webmd.com - 11-12-09
The prevalence of adult American cigarette smokers, which dropped below 20% in 2007, leveled off in 2008, the CDC says in a new report.
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Risks: 5 Pathogens Linked to Risk for Stroke
nytimes.com - 11-12-09
Many strokes cannot be explained by known risk factors like high blood pressure and smoking, and scientists have speculated that infection could play a role.
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Retiring 'is new lease of life'
bbc.co.uk - 11-10-09
Researchers looked at 15,000 employees over the best part of a decade, and found they felt up to 10 years younger within months of retirement.
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Chemical restraints killing dementia patients
guardian.co.uk - 11-12-09
As many as many as 144,000 people suffering from dementia are being given anti-psychotic drugs unnecessarily, according to a review ordered by the Department of Health.
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Cancer protein 'can be disarmed'
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-12-09
Scientists have found a way to disarm a protein thought to play a key role in leukaemia and other cancers.
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AMA urges clinical studies of marijuana
foodconsumer.org - 11-11-09
In a meeting in Houston on Tuesday, the AMA voted to urge the changing of marijuana from a Schedule 1 controlled substance, the same category as heroine, cocaine and methamphetamine, so that access to the herb would be easier for scientific studies.
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Va. teen suffers rare illness after swine flu shot
msnbc.msn.com - 11-11-09
A 14-year-old Virginia boy is weak and struggling to walk after coming down with a reported case of Guillain-Barre syndrome within hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu.
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Plastic Bottle Chemical Tied to Male Infertility
abcnews.go.com - 11-11-09
While environmental groups have sounded the alarm about the presence of bisphenol-A, or BPA, in products such as infant formula, baby bottles and other plastics, a new study provides some of the first evidence that the chemical can be harmful to humans, linking it to sexual dysfunction in men in high doses.
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Air pollution takes a toll on young lungs
msnbc.msn.com - 11-11-09
New parents already have plenty of potential hazards to worry about, from flame-retardants in footed pajamas to hormone-disruptors in breast milk. A new study now adds air to the list of environmental concerns.
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Pfizer drug studies fudged, report says
msnbc.msn.com - 11-11-09
Analysis of a dozen published studies testing possible new uses for a Pfizer Inc. epilepsy drug found that reporting of the results was often fudged, indicating the medicine worked better than internal company documents showed.
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Michigan's cannabis college is quite a joint
washingtontimes.com - 11-11-09
Nearly a year after voters in this economically disadvantaged state overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative approving the consumption of medicinal marijuana, a new trade school has opened its doors to educate aspiring growers.
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Cervical cancer wiped out by pioneering use of 'amazing' osteoporosis drugs
dailymail.co.uk - 11-10-09
Cervical cancer can be destroyed by drugs used to treat breast cancer and osteoporosis, a study suggests. In results described as 'amazing' by researchers, one of the treatments eliminated the cancer in 11 out of 13 cases.
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Can music players damage hearing?
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-9-09
If you want to continue listening to your favourite music in 10 or 15 years time, the advice from health professionals is to turn the volume down.
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Diets Are a Drag but Low-Fat Diets Can Boost Your Mood
abcnews.go.com - 11-10-09
Research has shown that shedding pounds tends to put people in a good mood, but a new study finds that if they're cutting back on carbohydrates, these good vibes may be short-lived.
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Antibiotic overuse could threaten medicine
msnbc.msn.com - 11-10-09
LONDON - Overuse of antibiotics in Europe is building widespread resistance and threatening to halt vital medical treatments such as hip replacements, intensive care for premature babies and cancer therapies, health experts say.
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Evidence still fuzzy on cell phones, cancer
cnn.com - 11-10-09
In the year since a U.S. cancer researcher's warning drew wide attention, more evidence is emerging that long-term cell phone use is associated with cancer, but there's still not a definitive explanation or proof of cause and effect.
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Retiring makes you ten years younger: Aches and pains just melt away, say experts
dailymail.co.uk - 11-10-09
If you're coming up to retirement from a stressful job and fear it might prove an anti-climax, stop worrying now.
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Just say no -- to mixing pot, booze and 911
sltrib.com - 11-10-09
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon police have charged a man with drunken driving after he called 911 to report his marijuana as stolen but the dispatcher couldn't understand him because he was vomiting while on the road.
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Dr. Cannabis? American Medical Association urges review of marijuana prohibition
examiner.com - 11-10-09
The American Medical Association recently made an unprecedented call for America to rethink marijuana prohibition laws, urging a "review" of the drug's status as a Schedule I drug.
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Drug 'shrinks lung cancer tumour'
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-10-09
Scientists have identified a drug which may offer hope to patients with a particularly lethal form of lung cancer.
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Could tomato pips protect you from a heart attack?
www.dailymail.co.uk - 11-9-09
A syrup extracted from tomato pips is the latest treatment for preventing blood clots.
As well as cutting the risk of heart attacks and stroke, the food supplement may have advantages over a standard drug treatment, low-dose aspirin.
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Why do I sweat so much at night?
www.dailymail.co.uk - 11-9-09
Dr Martin Scurr has been treating patients for more than 30 years and is one of the country's leading GPs. Here he tackles night sweats and Tietze's syndrome.
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Pumpkin seed oil may help with urinary issues
irishtimes.com - 11-10-09
WHILE PUMPKINS don't receive much attention in Ireland, they can be found all over the place in the US at this time of the year. Having been carved up as Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, they will soon appear as pumpkin pies for the traditional Thanksgiving dessert at the end of November.
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Cancer recurs in 'dense' breasts
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-9-09
Women treated for breast cancer are at a higher risk of a relapse if they have "dense" breasts, say researchers.
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A sweet herbal treat packing a healthy punch
mayonews.ie - 11-9-09
Elecampane is a herb that may be unfamiliar to some, but it is one that I would not want to do without - it is extremely useful in the treatment of most types of coughs and colds and even helps with asthma. It is found wild throughout Europe and extends as far as southern Siberia and northwest India.
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Is it a food allergy or food intolerance?
msnbc.msn.com - 11-8-09
You can't drink milk because it gives you an upset stomach. Whenever you eat shrimp, your skin starts to itch. Are you allergic? Intolerant? Is there a difference? If you're like most of the population, you may have no clue.
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AIDS is top cause of death for young women
msnbc.msn.com - 11-9-09
GENEVA - In its first study of women's health around the globe, the World Health Organization said Monday that the AIDS virus is the leading cause of death and disease among women between the ages of 15 and 44.
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Is the swine flu shot as safe as regular vaccine?
msnbc.msn.com - 11-9-09
Even as millions of Americans clamor to a hard-to-find swine flu shot, many viewers and readers expressed worries about risks from the new vaccine. Others wondered how soon they would be immune to the virus after being vaccinated.
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Obesity is the cause of many types of cancers, US researchers say
independent.co.uk - 11-9-09
Over 100,000 types of cancers are caused by excess body fat, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, which Thursday released comprehensive data on cancer cases in the United States and reaffirmed its message that people should maintain a normal body weight and remain physically active throughout life.
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Can't lose weight? Don't blame your metabolism!
www.dailymail.co.uk - 11-9-09
It's easy to say it's your body's fault you're chubby. But, it's a big fat lie...
For those who struggle to lose weight, it has always made sense to blame a slow metabolism.
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Teenage obesity link to future MS
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-9-09
A 40-year study of 238,000 women found those who were obese at 18 had twice the risk of developing MS compared to women who were slimmer at that age.
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Vitamin E can help your new hip last longer
dailymail.co.uk - 11-3-09
A vitamin found in avocados could transform hip replacement surgery, enabling one replacement to last a lifetime.
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Maine is 5th State with Legal Marijuana Dispensaries
testcountry.com - 11-8-09
Voters have approved a referendum which makes Maine the 5th state to allow retail marijuana dispensaries.
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Eight cups of tea a day are good for you, says nutrition expert
dailymail.co.uk - 11-7-09
Drinking up to eight cups of tea a day offers 'significant health benefits', according to a new expert report.
Britain's favourite drink can help fight heart disease, improve brain power and lead to longer lives, the study has shown.
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'Seafarers' disease' scurvy on rise among children due to lack of vitamin C in diet
www.dailymail.co.uk - 11-7-09
Scurvy is making a comeback among England's children.
Caused by a lack of vitamin C, the potentially fatal disease was a scourge of pirates and sailors in the heyday of the British Empire, but was thought to be largely a thing of the past.
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Shame of Britain's cancer death rates: Toll is 20% higher than Europe and getting worse
dailymail.co.uk - 11-6-09
Cancer patients in Britain are far more likely to die than those in the rest of Europe - and the gap is getting wider, research suggests.
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Want to quit smoking? Switching to mild cigarettes will NOT improve your chances
dailymail.co.uk - 11-6-09
Smokers who hope to kick the habit by first switching to a low-tar or mild brand of cigarette may actually find it harder to quit, researchers said today.
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As new evidence links mobile phones to a greater risk of tumours, could using one cost your child their life?
dailymail.co.uk - 11-3-09
Mobile phones, just how did we live without them? At about 80 million, there are now more mobiles than people in the UK. But since the Nineties, when their use became more widespread, there have been nagging doubts about their safety.
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Calif. medical pot shops abound, despite order
www.msnbc.msn.com - 11-6-09
SEBASTOPOL, Calif. - A surge in medical marijuana in California has left communities trying to regulate or ban the drug. This wine country town has welcomed a dispensary as a strong source of tax revenue during the recession.
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Marijuana: The new performance enhancing drug
opensports.com - 11-6-09
The sports world was shocked late this week as the news that San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum is facing a misdemeanor marijuana charge after being pulled over by a Washington State patrolman Thursday.
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Animals need to be closely watched for flu
msnbc.msn.com - 11-6-09
GENEVA - Some pigs, turkeys and household pets have become infected with the H1N1 flu, but the pandemic virus does not yet appear to be spreading quickly among animals, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
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Babies Cry With an Accent, Study Finds
abcnews.go.com - 11-5-09
Think newborns just eat, sleep and wail the same way across the world? That's not so, according to a new study which found that babies cry with an accent within the first week of life.
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Child obesity 'is levelling off'
news.bbc.co.uk - 11-3-09
Forecasts of a huge rise in obesity among children in England have been significantly downgraded following a new analysis of data.
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Obesity causes 100,000 U.S. cancer cases a year
msnbc.msn.com - 11-5-09
WASHINGTON - Obesity causes more than 100,000 cases of cancer in the United States each year - and the number will likely rise as Americans get fatter, researchers said on Thursday.
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Chill: A little stress may help you live longer
msnbc.msn.com - 11-5-09
Here's a statement you never hear: "I'm so stressed out - it's awesome!" But the fact is, certain pressure-filled situations - say, the occasional public-speaking gig or cramming for an exam - can be good for your health.
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Why boys are turning into girls
telegraph.co.uk - 11-5-09
Here's something rather rotten from the State of Denmark. Its government yesterday unveiled official research showing that two-year-old children are at risk from a bewildering array of gender-bending chemicals in such everyday items as waterproof clothes, rubber boots, bed linen, food, nappies, sunscreen lotion and moisturising cream.
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Research shows herbal formula helps in heart and lung disease
examiner.com - 11-4-09
Pulmonary hypertension which can lead to congestive heart failure may be a thing of the past according to new research.
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Pet cat in U.S. catches swine flu
msnbc.msn.com - 11-4-09
WASHINGTON - A 13-year-old Iowa cat has been infected with swine flu, veterinary and federal officials said Wednesday in what is believed to be the first confirmed case of the H1N1 virus in a feline in the United States.
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Med, nursing schools teaching alternative care
msnbc.msn.com - 11-4-09
Future doctors and nurses are learning about acupuncture and herbs along with anatomy and physiology at a growing number of medical schools. It's another example of how alternative medicine has become mainstream. And it's often done with Uncle Sam's help.
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Some Lip Gloss May Promote Cancer
abcnews.go.com - 11-4-09
Spring is here, legs have been reacquainted with the razor and women are buying lots of shimmery lip gloss on impulse.
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Smoking mums have 'problem kids'
bbc.co.uk - 11-3-09
Smoking during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of having a child with behavioural problems, according to UK and US researchers.
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Locally-growing moringa tree key in fight against malaria
nation.co.ke - 11-4-09
A malaria treatment derived from a locally-growing shrub is one of only a few herbal cures being presented at the ongoing international conference in Nairobi.
The tree, moringa oleifera, commonly known as horseradish or mlonge in Kiswahili, is competing alongside malaria medicines developed by some of the world's best scientists with the backing of global pharmaceutical giants.
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Low cholesterol may ward off prostate cancer
msnbc.msn.com - 11-3-09
A new study suggests that men may be able to lower their risk of getting the most aggressive form of prostate cancer by keeping their cholesterol in a healthy range.
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Can Marijuana Help Kids with Autism?
momlogic.com - 11-03-09
As the mother of an autistic child, Marie Myung-Ok Lee is navigating uncharted territory as she struggles to manage her son's condition. She has bravely come forward to share her son's battle with this mysterious disorder, and to discuss how medical marijuana has brought them both back from the brink of despair.
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TV exposure may be associated with aggressive behavior in young children
eurekalert.org - 11-2-09
Three-year-old children who are exposed to more TV appear to be at an increased risk for exhibiting aggressive behavior, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
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Aspirin 'only for heart patients'
bbc.co.uk - 11-3-09
The use of aspirin to ward off heart attacks and strokes in those who do not have obvious cardiovascular disease should be abandoned, researchers say.
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After all the fuss, public option would cover few
msnbc.msn.com - 10-31-09
WASHINGTON - What's all the fuss about? After all the noise over Democrats' push for a government insurance plan to compete with private carriers, coverage numbers are finally in: Two percent.
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House health bill totals $1.2 trillion
msnbc.msn.com - 11-2-09
WASHINGTON - The health care bill headed for a vote in the House this week costs $1.2 trillion or more over a decade, according to numerous Democratic officials and figures contained in an analysis by congressional budget experts, far higher than the $900 billion cited by President Barack Obama as a price tag for his reform plan.
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What does one TRILLION dollars look like?
pagetutor.com
We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.
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More insurers paying for alternative remedies
msnbc.msn.com - 11-2-09
Acupuncture, not pain pills that "make me loopy," is what Cynde Durnford-Branecki wants for her aching back, and a treatment costs her only a $20 copayment.
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Just how safe are herbal medicines?
telegraph.co.uk - 11-2-09
Herbal remedies made from plant leaves, bark, berries, flowers, and roots have been used to heal illnesses, diseases, and psychological disorders for centuries.
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Common antibiotics tied to birth defects
msnbc.msn.com - 11-2-09
CHICAGO - Researchers studying antibiotics in pregnancy have found a surprising link between common drugs used to treat urinary infections with birth defects. Reassuringly, the most-used antibiotics in early pregnancy - penicillins - appear to be the safest.
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SIMPLE SECRET OF A HEALTHY HEART
dailyexpress.co.uk - 11-2-09
GENTLE exercise can dramatically cut the danger of an early death from heart disease, according to new research.
Just 30 minutes of jogging or cycling three times a week has amazing results for people with heart problems - the UK's biggest killer - a study has found.
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Depression link to processed food
bbc.co.uk - 11-2-09
Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests. What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish actually had a lower risk of depression, the University College London team found.
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On the quiet, the US is legalising marijuana
timesonline.co.uk - 11-1-09
You know things are shifting in America when Fortune magazine, the bible for business journalism, runs a cover story titled "Is pot already legal?".
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DANGERS OF FIZZY DRINKS
express.co.uk - 11-1-09
SOFT drinks with artificial sweeteners could cause kidney damage, according to new research.
Just two colas or sodas a day were found to double the risk of a faster-than-average decline in kidney function, -scientists said. However, this problem was not linked to drinks that had been sweetened with sugar.
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