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Is It Time to Ditch the Daylight Saving Time Switch?
businessweek.com - 10-31-10
Not turning the clocks back an hour in the fall would offer a simple way to improve people's health and well-being, according to an English expert.
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Metformin causes vitamin B12 deficiency
naturalnews.com - 10-31-10
Long-term use of the popular diabetes drug metformin (originally marketed as Glucophage) may cause patients to develop a steadily worsening vitamin B12 deficiency, Dutch scientists have found.
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Miniature livers 'grown in lab'
bbc.co.uk - 10-31-10
Scientists have managed to produce a small-scale version of a human liver in the laboratory using stem cells.
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Strength of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Varies Widely
news.health.com - 10-30-10
Bottles of the popular cholesterol-lowering supplement red yeast rice almost always list 600 milligrams of rice as the sole ingredient. But different brands of capsules contain widely varying amounts of the active ingredient that fights cholesterol, a new study suggests.
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High BPA levels don't swim well with sperm
msnbc.msn.com - 10-30-10
Exposure to a chemical found in food packaging and other plastics, BPA, can reduce the quality of men's semen, according to the findings of a five-year study and one of the few involving humans rather than animal models.
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Sleep deprived? How it affects you may be in your genes
usatoday.com - 10-30-10
Why is it that two people can be equally sleep-deprived, and yet the next day one person ends up feeling more tired and listless than the other?
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Experts say efforts to beat malaria may backfire
bbc.co.uk - 10-30-10
Efforts to eradicate malaria in some countries may be counter-productive, an international team of researchers suggest.
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Left wing liberals are born not bred
telegraph.co.uk - 10-29-10
Researchers have discovered that the "liberal gene" opens you up to new ideas and alternative lifestyles - and could influence your belief in left wing politics.
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The real 28 Days Later? Deadly virus jumps from monkey to scientist in lab
dailymail.co.uk - 10-29-10
A new deadly virus strain has 'jumped' from an infected monkey colony at a U.S. laboratory to a human, according to researchers.
Scientists said it was very unusual for this type of virus to move between species and warranted further study.
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Many doctors still prescribe drugs instead of effective therapies for chronic back, neck pain
naturalnews.com - 10-29-10
There are many alternative ways to treat back and neck pain apart from drugs that studies have shown to be effective. But many doctors continue to prescribe drug treatments to their patients anyway, according to new research out of Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC).
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Pancreatic cancer takes 20 years to grow into detectable tumors - here's how to halt it today
naturalnews.com - 10-29-10
New research published in the journal Nature reveals that pancreatic cancer takes 20 years to grow to the point where it is diagnosed by conventional medical doctors. This was determined by sequencing the DNA of cancer tumor cells from deceased patients. Because cancer mutations occur in growing tumors at a known rate, scientists were able to map the timing of the development of full-blown pancreatic cancer tumors.
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Q&A: Vitamin D gets its turn in the supplements spotlight
usatoday.com - 10-29-10
Studies suggesting vitamin D, known for its crucial role in building bone, plays a role in preventing a host of ailments such as cancers, heart disease, stroke and even diabetes, are coming fast and furious. There are also indications it may help boost immune function.
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It's true: Menstruation does affect women's emotions
usatoday.com - 10-29-10
Hormone levels at certain phases of the menstrual cycle affect women's emotional responses, finds a new study.
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Bisphenol-A now linked to male infertility
telegraph.co.uk - 10-29-10
A controversial chemical used for decades in the mass production of food containers and baby bottles has been linked to male infertility for the first time.
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Mind control over computers becomes a reality
telegraph.co.uk - 10-28-10
The device has enabled people to move a cursor around a screen and also fade and brighten images using just their brain.
The instructions are enough to play a simple computer game and could eventually allow brain damaged individuals to communicate with the outside world.
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We're all carrying 100 genes linked to diseases such as cancer
dailymail.co.uk - 10-28-10
Each of us carries up to 100 of the genes responsible for diseases such as cancer and diabetes, a study has found.
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Placebo fraud rocks the very foundation of modern medical science; thousands of clinical trials invalidated
naturalnews.com - 10-28-10
You know all those thousands of clinical trials conducted over the last few decades comparing pharmaceuticals to placebo pills? Well, it turns out all those studies must now be completely thrown out as utterly non-scientific. And why? Because the placebos used in the studies weren't really placebos at all, rendering the studies scientifically invalid.
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Testicular cancer risk 'greater' for tall men
bbc.co.uk - 10-28-10
Taller men may have a higher risk of getting testicular cancer, say experts in the United States.
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Lethal pancreatic cancer 'grows for decades'
bbc.co.uk - 10-28-10
Pancreatic cancer may lurk in the body for many years before patients fall ill, US scientists say.
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Think hand sanitizers protect you against germs? Think again
naturalnews.com - 10-27-10
Worried about catching a cold or the flu? Just slather on some hand sanitizer and you will be fine, say experts. But a new report has some different things to say. According to "germ experts", alcohol-based hand sanitizers only kill certain germs for up to two minutes before drying up and becoming useless. And a recent study out of the University of Virginia (UV) revealed that alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not reduce the overall number of cold and flu cases, either, suggesting they are ineffective.
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Study: New virus 'jumps' from monkey to scientist
usatoday.com - 10-27-10
A never-before detected strain of virus that killed more than one-third of a monkey colony at a U.S. lab appears to have 'jumped' from the animals to sicken a human scientist, researchers report.
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Caffeine and Alcohol Drink Is Potent Mix for Young
nytimes.com - 10-27-10
Mixing alcohol and caffeine is hardly a new concept, but a rash of cases involving students and others who landed at hospitals after drinking beverages that combine the two in a single large can has alarmed college and health officials around the country.
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Don't stop taking St John's wort - it really does help depression
dailymail.co.uk - 10-26-10
Am I worried about the latest 'finding' that the herb St John's wort - commonly used to treat mild depression - is useless?
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Could delaying chemotherapy HELP patients fight cancer?
dailymail.co.uk - 10-26-10
Dance teacher Anne -Harrison is just as fearful about -cancer as the rest of us. When the 45-year-old was diagnosed with -ovarian -cancer in 2008, she thought her world was -falling apart.
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Taking prescription drugs could cost you your job
naturalnews.com - 10-26-10
Drug abuse in the U.S. is hardly limited to illegal street narcotics; millions of Americans take prescription medications that can severely impair their judgment and ability to work, and some employers are beginning to take notice. Recently, a woman was let go from her assembly-line position at an automotive parts company because she was taking hydrocodone, a powerful painkilling narcotic, for her back pain.
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Research shows that walking can protect your memory down the road
naturalnews.com - 10-26-10
One of the greatest fears associated with growing older is the thought of memory problems -- including the mind-robbing nightmare of Alzheimer's Disease. But there appears to be a natural way to help protect yourself from dementia that involves nothing more complicated that putting on your walking shoes and sticking to a walking program. New research just published in the October 13, 2010, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, strongly indicates that walking just six miles per week may protect aging brains from growing smaller and, in turn, preserve memory in old age.
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New polio vaccine more effective in reducing disease
bbc.co.uk - 10-26-10
A new vaccine against the polio virus has helped reduce the number of cases by more than 90%.
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Study: Alzheimer's risk spikes 157% with heavy smoking
usatoday.com - 10-26-10
Heavy smoking in midlife more than doubles your odds of developing Alzheimer's disease, a Kaiser Permanente study said Monday.
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Patients' anger after they are unable to opt out of swine flu vaccine despite fears of side effects
dailymail.co.uk - 10-25-10
Patients' groups have expressed anger over this year's seasonal flu jab programme because people are unable to opt out of having the swine flu vaccine.
The H1N1 vaccine will be the dominant of three flu strains included in the shot, meaning millions of elderly and vulnerable patients will get it automatically.
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Inexpensive dietary supplement helps to prevent birth defects
naturalnews.com - 10-25-10
Many medical professionals recommend that pregnant women take folic acid--also known as vitamin B9--as part of a prenatal supplement regimen designed to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. But new research out of the U.K. suggests that taking inositol along with folic acid will greatly decrease the chances that a baby will be born with spina bifida.
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Seasonal flu death estimates grossly overestimated
naturalnews.com - 10-25-10
Every year as flu season approaches, health authorities begin their chorus of warnings about the dangers of getting the flu. As part of their campaign to drum up support for the annual flu vaccine, it is common to hear about the 36,000 people who die every year from flu-related illness. But is this statistic even accurate? According to a recent announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no.
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Skin cancer fears may lead to lack of vitamin D
usatoday.com - 10-25-10
People with a genetic predisposition to basal cell carcinoma- the most common form of skin cancer- may trade one health risk for another, a new study suggests.
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Taste buds in lungs discovery could ease asthma
bbc.co.uk - 10-25-10
The discovery of "taste receptors" in the lungs rather than on the tongue could point the way to new medicines for asthma, it is suggested.
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Bees' tiny brains beat computers, study finds
guardian.co.uk - 10-25-10
Bees can solve complex mathematical problems which keep computers busy for days, research has shown.
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Dads hooked on junk food risk giving diabetes to their children
dailymail.co.uk - 10-24-10
Men who eat junk food could be condemning their future children to diabetes, a study suggests.
Prospective fathers should keep an eye on their diet in the same way as mothers-to-be, it implies.
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Carrots and cruciferous vegetables prevent breast cancer
naturalnews.com - 10-24-10
It is safe to assume that most people are aware of breast cancer's existence, but many lack practical knowledge about how to go about preventing it through nutrition. However, a new study out of Boston University adds to the growing body of literature about the anti-cancer properties of vegetables, particularly cruciferous ones like carrots, collard greens, cabbage and broccoli.
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The FDA is failing at its responsibility to protect U.S. consumers from unsafe chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products, the Cancer Prevention Coalition has charged.
naturalnews.com - 10-24-10
The FDA is failing at its responsibility to protect U.S. consumers from unsafe chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products, the Cancer Prevention Coalition has charged.
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How I cured diabetes in five steps, and why one-third of U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050
naturalnews.com - 10-24-10
First it was Fast Food Nation. Now it's Diabetic Nation. That's because fast food leads to diabetes, and America is now drowning in both. A new report by the CDC says that by 2050, one-third of American adults will be diabetic.
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Can Alzheimer's be transmitted in humans through blood transfusion?
medicaldaily.com - 10-23-10
Researchers have found that Alzheimer's may be transmitted in humans through blood, but further investigations needs to be done as the initial study was done on mice.
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French cancer patient wakes up 14 hours after being pronounced dead
telegraph.co.uk - 10-23-10
A French woman pronounced "very certainly clinically dead" confounded doctors by waking up 14 hours later and declaring "I had a wonderful sleep".
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Hormones in meat cause young girls to reach puberty sooner
naturalnews.com - 10-23-10
Girls who eat a diet higher in meat reach puberty significantly earlier than girls who eat less meat, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Brighton and published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.
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Carrots and cruciferous vegetables prevent breast cancer
naturalnews.com - 10-23-10
It is safe to assume that most people are aware of breast cancer's existence, but many lack practical knowledge about how to go about preventing it through nutrition. However, a new study out of Boston University adds to the growing body of literature about the anti-cancer properties of vegetables, particularly cruciferous ones like carrots, collard greens, cabbage and broccoli.
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Scorpion sting 'heart bypass aid'
bbc.co.uk - 10-23-10
An ingredient in a scorpion's sting could be used to stop heart bypasses failing, researchers say.
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Making things hard to read 'can boost learning'
bbc.co.uk - 10-23-10
Difficult-to-read fonts make for better learning, according to scientists.
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Diabetes to double or triple in U.S. by 2050: government
reuters.com - 10-23-10
Up to a third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected on Friday.
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New cancer cases rise four per cent topping 250,000 a year
dailymail.co.uk - 10-22-10
The number of cancer cases has increased by four per cent, according to figures out today, with 9,500 more patients being diagnosed.
In 2008 almost 5,000 more men (4 per cent) and 4,500 women (3.7 per cent) in England were told they had the condition compared to 2007. The total number of new cases topped a quarter of a million.
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Why modern life DOES cause cancer: The fascinating research which backs what we all feared
dailymail.co.uk - 10-22-10
Cancer is often regarded in our society as a natural, if grim, part of the human -condition - a dark shadow that hangs over our health.
This is hardly surprising, given that one in three people develop cancer at some stage in their lives, with the disease ultimately responsible for a quarter of all deaths in Britain.
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Nonstick cookware chemical causes ADHD in children
naturalnews.com - 10-22-10
A chemical used in nonstick cookware increases children's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study conducted by researchers from Boston and Harvard Universities and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
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Anxiety can be treated with herbs and nutrients, says new research
naturalnews.com - 10-22-10
Who hasn't felt anxious before a test, or after some personal upset or accident? But sometimes anxiety can become chronic. And ongoing feelings of apprehension, fear or nervousness can rob people of their quality of life and even negatively impact their health. According to the American Psychological Association, panic disorder is an especially serious type of anxiety that is experienced by one out of every 75 people in the U.S. -- they can feel like they are having a heart attack, breathing difficulties, blacking out or even dying.
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Gene linked to depression 'fixed' in mice
bbc.co.uk - 10-22-10
Gene therapy in mice appears to be able to "correct" a gene defect strongly linked to depression in people.
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Aspirin 'helps protect against bowel cancer'
bbc.co.uk - 10-22-10
A daily aspirin tablet may help prevent bowel cancer, a study suggests.
Oxford University found it cut cases by a quarter and deaths by more than a third in a review of 14,000 patients.
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Bedroom chemicals 'raise child's allergy risk by up to 180%'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-21-10
Children are up to three times more likely to develop conditions like asthma and hayfever due to chemicals found in some wall paints and cleansers.
Researchers from Karlstad University in Sweden found youngsters had up to 180 per cent greater risk of developing allergies if they were exposed to chemicals known as PGEs in their bedrooms.
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97 percent of men survive prostate cancer even without treatment
naturalnews.com - 10-21-10
If none of the men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer were ever treated, 97 percent of them would still survive the disease, according to a study conducted by Swedish researchers and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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Take garlic oil to maintain a healthy heart
naturalnews.com - 10-21-10
Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., including among those with diabetes who often eventually die from some form of cardiovascular illness. But a new study out of China Medical University in Taiwan has found that garlic oil prevents cardiomyopathy, the most common type of heart disease responsible for diabetes-related deaths, and may help to prevent heart disease from ever forming at all.
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ADA study confirms dangers of fluoridated water, especially for babies
naturalnews.com - 10-21-10
Advocates of fluoridated water insist that the chemical additive is good for teeth, but actual science routinely shows otherwise, including a new study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association confirming fluoride as a toxic substance that actually destroys teeth, particularly those of developing young children and babies.
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Monarch butterflies use medicinal plants to treat diseases in their offspring
naturalnews.com - 10-21-10
What happens when animals get sick in the wild -- do they just fight off disease by themselves? It seems they may actively treat themselves, and their sick offspring, with natural therapies. If that sounds like a far-fetched idea, listen up. Although few studies have been conducted on self-medication by animals, researchers from Emory University in Atlanta theorize the practice may be far more widespread than humans have realized. In fact, they've just discovered that monarch butterflies use medicinal plants to treat their offspring for disease.
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Thyroid cancer patients turned into walking dirty bombs after drinking radioactive poison as cancer therapy
naturalnews.com - 10-21-10
My, you look glowing today! Cancer patients who receive radiation of their thyroid glands by being given radioactive iodine are highly radioactive for up to a week following their release from the hospital -- and they end up irradiating not just hospital rooms but also other patients, friends and family members. Radiation levels are so high in these people that they have set off radiation alarms designed to detect terrorist threats, says a congressional report.
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Why clenching your fists can help you through painful moments
dailymail.co.uk - 10-20-10
People facing unpleasant tasks from drinking medicine to passing on bad news could ease these painful moments by simply tensing their muscles.
A study published in the Consumer Research journal, found that clenching your fists temporarily boosts your self-control and willpower.
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Why men are twice as likely to become alcoholics - drinking sparks more pleasure in male brains
dailymail.co.uk - 10-20-10
Men are twice as likely as women to become alcoholics and now scientists believe they know why.
Researchers from Columbia and Yale universities studied the underlying biology of how drinking affects the brain. They found that consuming beer and wine on a night out gave men a far greater 'pleasure rush' than women.
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Flame retardants alter thyroid hormones in pregnant women
naturalnews.com - 10-20-10
Ubiquitous flame retardant chemicals appear to alter levels of thyroid hormones in the bodies of pregnant women, with potentially severe consequences for their infants, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Berkeley and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
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Is asthma just a symptom of vitamin D deficiency?
naturalnews.com - 10-20-10
Low vitamin D levels may make asthmatic children significantly more likely to suffer from severe attacks, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and published in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.
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Chocolate compounds fight high cholesterol
naturalnews.com - 10-20-10
Chocolate has received a lot of attention for being a treasure trove of nutritional goodness. Polyphenols in cacao beans are linked to promoting heart, brain, and liver health, which has sparked renewed interest in chocolate as a medicinal food. And a new study adds to the growing list of benefits, showing that chocolate polyphenols also help to lower bad cholesterol.
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Pfizer Hormones Almost Double Breast Cancer Death Risk in Study
businessweek.com - 10-20-10
Pfizer Inc.'s hormones, once used by millions of women to ease menopause symptoms, almost doubled the death risk from breast cancer, a U.S. study found.
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Many plastic products contain other harmful chemical toxins besides BPA
naturalnews.com - 10-19-10
Much of the concern surrounding plastic products these days is centered around bisphenol-A (BPA), a plastics chemical that numerous studies have found disrupts proper hormonal function and interferes with proper sexual development, among other things. But phthalates, another type of plastics chemical, are also highly dangerous, and are found in all sorts of consumer products that contain plastic and rubber components.
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No more formaldehyde fumes: researchers create a toxin-free wood adhesive from soy
naturalnews.com - 10-19-10
Although many products widely used today -- including furniture, flooring and cabinets -- look as if they are made of solid wood, they are actually manufactured from composites consisting of wood pieces bonded together with petroleum-based adhesives. Unfortunately, these adhesives are usually loaded with the toxic chemical formaldehyde. In fact, if you've ever walked into a new house or furniture store and felt your eyes and throat burn, your discomfort was most likely due to formaldehyde vapors emitted from composite wood materials. And not only can exposure to the formaldehyde fumes in these products cause respiratory, eye, nose and throat irritation, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns it may cause lung, nasopharyngeal and other cancers, too.
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Obesity costs U.S. $168 billion, study finds
usatoday.com - 10-19-10
Nearly 17% of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity, according to new research that suggests the nation's weight problem may be having close to twice the impact on medical spending as previously estimated.
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Violent images 'boost teenage aggression'
bbc.co.uk - 10-19-10
Repeated viewing of violent scenes in films, television or video games could make teenagers behave more aggressively, US research suggests.
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Vitamin B12 link to Alzheimer's backed by study
bbc.co.uk - 10-19-10
Evidence is mounting that levels of vitamin B12 may be connected to the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
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Osteoporosis drugs to carry fracture risk warning in US
bbc.co.uk - 10-19-10
US regulators are warning patients that drugs used to protect brittle bones may increase fracture risk in rare cases.
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Musty odor sparks another Tylenol recall
reuters.com - 10-19-10
A moldy odor has again stricken Johnson & Johnson's Tylenol, and the company is recalling another lot of the over-the-counter painkiller.
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Surgery on Wrong Patients, Surgical Sites Persists, Study Finds
businessweek.com - 10-19-10
Patients undergoing surgery still risk falling victim to stunning medical mistakes, ranging from an operation on the wrong surgical site to undergoing surgery intended for another patient, a new study finds.
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Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalization
edition.cnn.com - 10-18-10
Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders told CNN Sunday she supports legalizing marijuana.
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Social Networks Make Rare Diseases Not so Hard to Find
abcnews.go.com - 10-18-10
It was the middle of winter in 2009 when Margie Walsh doubled over in pain. Her husband whisked her away to the emergency room, and so began the seemingly endless process of CAT scans and PET scans, X-rays and blood work.
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Vitamin A pill 'could save the sight of millions as they get older'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-18-10
A drug based on vitamin A could prevent millions from going blind as they get older, doctors believe.
The treatment was able to stop the most common cause of blindness in old age during trials.
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States linking prescription databases, fight abuse
breitbart.com - 10-18-10
Dozens of states already operating databases that can be searched for signs of prescription drug abuse will begin knitting them together next year into what could become a coast-to-coast network.
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Texting, talking while driving kills thousands every year
naturalnews.com - 10-18-10
A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health is one of the first of its kind to analyze the effects of driving while talking on a mobile phone or "texting". According to the findings, roughly 16,000 people died between 2001 and 2007 due to mobile phone-related traffic accidents.
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Why McDonald's Happy Meal hamburgers won't decompose - the real story behind the story
naturalnews.com - 10-18-10
It's always entertaining when the mainstream media "discovers" something they think is new even though the natural health community has been talking about for years. The New York Times, for example, recently ran a story entitled When Drugs Cause Problems They Are Supposed to Prevent (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/h...). We've been covering the same topic for years, reporting on how chemotherapy causes cancer, osteoporosis drugs cause bone fractures and antidepressant drugs cause suicidal behavior.Texting, talking while driving kills thousands every year
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Want a low-cost, gym-free exercise? Try climbing stairs
usatoday.com - 10-18-10
Lindy Goss says she is the anti-jock.
The mother of three daughters and wife of a golf coach has zero interest in hitting the gym or a golf ball.
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American Heart Association revises CPR guidelines
usatoday.com - 10-18-10
The American Heart Association (AHA) today issued new guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, making rapid chest compressions the mainstay of basic life support for bystanders trying to revive people whose hearts have stopped.
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Swine flu jab linked to rare nerve disease
telegraph.co.uk - 10-18-10
Experts are carrying out studies to examine a possible association between the vaccine and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a condition which attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis and even death
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Ben & Jerry's dropping 'All Natural' label
naturalnews.com - 10-17-10
Specialty ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has decided to drop the "All Natural" label from its entire line of ice cream products after pressure from consumer groups and the public about the company's use of unnatural ingredients. Ben & Jerry's, which is now owned by Unilever, uses ingredients like corn syrup and maltodextrin that together constitute at least 90 percent of the product, a fact that many say renders it nearly "All Unnatural".
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Warning: Do not eat plant fertilizer
naturalnews.com - 10-17-10
It provides hallucinogenic feelings of euphoria similar to cocaine, methamphetamines and ecstasy, and has become a popular new recreational drug on the party scene because it is not technically illegal. The drug is mephedrone, also known as "plant food" because it is the same ingredient used in the little plant food packets that come with flower bouquets, and it is highly deadly.
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It's About Time to Check the Fine Print on Your Health Plan
nytimes.com - 10-17-10
This is the time of year when your employer allows you to make changes to your benefits package - most importantly, to your health insurance. You may even have already received your gigantic packet of plan descriptions and sign-up forms by now.
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Do the dangers of codeine outweigh the benefits?
independent.co.uk - 10-17-10
Scientists have raised serious concerns about the widespread use of one of the world's most common painkillers after studies showing that codeine may be unsafe, ineffective and potentially addictive for the millions of people who take it regularly.
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Feds oppose Calif. Prop 19 to legalize marijuana
boston.com - 10-16-10
Attorney General Eric Holder is warning that the federal government will not look the other way, as it has with medical marijuana, if voters next month make California the first state to legalize pot.
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How remembering to eat your celery could halt memory loss
dailymail.co.uk - 10-16-10
A taste for celery is one that many people never acquire, but scientists have just given them a reason to eat it.
They have discovered that a chemical found in high concentrations in celery - and in peppers - could halt memory loss as we get older.
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This is your brain on friends
usatoday.com - 10-16-10
Close friends trigger a stronger brain response than strangers, even if you have more in common with some of the strangers, a new study finds.
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Regence Blue Shield customers notified of skyrocketing rates
nwcn.com - 10-16-10
Ralph Nilssen's five beautiful kids are about to get more expensive. Regence Blue Shield sent him a letter saying rates are going up - way up.
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Swimming pool chemicals linked to cancer, lung disease
naturalnews.com - 10-16-10
Frequent use of swimming pools, especially indoor ones, can lead to long-term health problems, say three new studies published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. According to the reports, chemical disinfection byproducts that form in pools -- and in the air surrounding them -- can potentially cause both lung damage, asthma and cancer.
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Army finds simple blood test to identify mild brain trauma
usatoday.com - 10-16-10
The Army says it has discovered a simple blood test that can diagnose mild traumatic brain damage or concussion, a hard-to-detect injury that can affect young athletes, infants with "shaken baby syndrome" and combat troops.
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Meditation reduces depression, fatigue, anxiety in MS patients
usatoday.com - 10-16-10
A new Swiss study reports that a form of meditation known as mindfulness may help patients with multiple sclerosis.
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Watermelon 'lowers blood pressure'
telegraph.co.uk - 10-15-10
Amino acids found in the fruit improved the performance of arteries and lowered blood pressure in each of nine subjects with prehypertension, researchers reported.
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Cancer caused by modern man as it was virtually non-existent in ancient world
telegraph.co.uk - 10-15-10
Researchers looking at almost a thousand mummies from ancient Egypt and South America found only a handful suffered from cancer when now it accounts for nearly one in three deaths.
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Why retirement can be bad for you... or at least your memory
dailymail.co.uk - 10-15-10
Staying in work when you are older can help stave off memory loss, research suggests.
Those who remain in employment in their 60s have better memories than those who retire early, a study showed.
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An 'Unprecedented' Bat Die-Off Could Devastate U.S. Agriculture
dailyfinance.com - 10-15-10
Most people don't love bats, but like good health, you'll realize that you miss them after they're gone. Experts believe many species of bats may vanish pretty soon, and their disappearance could bring profound and long-term changes not only to the environment but also to agriculture, landscaping and gardening across North America.
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New FDA regulations to destroy small organic farms
naturalnews.com - 10-15-10
A proposed law to bring farms more directly under FDA supervision could be the death of small organic farms, natural food advocates have warned.
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Why patents on seeds and animals result in monopolistic control over the entire food chain
naturalnews.com - 10-15-10
When mankind is permitted to steal from nature and claim it as their own, only disaster awaits. And that is exactly what is happening around the world with crop seeds and animals, as biotechnology companies slice and dice genetic characteristics from natural sources and create new, patented plants and animals. The end result is total control of the entire food supply by a few wealthy companies.
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GM flax contamination now detected in 35 countries
naturalnews.com - 10-15-10
Since the Flax Council of Canada (FCC) first announced that genetically modified (GM) flaxseed not approved for human consumption had been detected in Europe, reports of such contamination have surfaced in a total of 35 countries.
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Federal judge lets 20 states' health-care lawsuit move forward
washingtonpost.com - 10-15-10
A federal judge ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought by 20 states challenging the health-care overhaul law can move forward.
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Memory booster pill: Hope for elderly who suffer 'senior moments'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-14-10
A pill that prevents so-called 'senior moments' is being developed by British doctors. Taken later in life, it could put an end to forgetting where the car keys are, or not being able to remember names.
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Terminal cancer patients routinely exploited by high-profit screening scams even as death approaches
naturalnews.com - 10-14-10
Want to know the disturbing truth about the greed-driven cancer industry? I've written about it using blunt language here on NaturalNews, and awareness is spreading. People are sick of pinkwashing nonsense, and they're wising up to the fundraising "run for the cure" scams that only funnel more money into corrupt, Pharma-dominated cancer non-profits.
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Corn Jumps to Two-Year High on Signs U.S. Supplies to Trail Use
businessweek.com - 10-14-10
Corn prices surged to a two-year high on concern that global demand for livestock feed, food and fuel made from the grain will outpace falling production in the U.S., the world's biggest grower.
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Revealed: how seed market is controlled by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow & DuPont
theecologist.org - 10-14-10
Since the mid-1990s just five biotech giants - Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont - have bought up more than 200 other companies between them to dominate our access to seeds.
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Cholesterol levels controlled by the brain, not merely by diet, researchers discover
naturalnews.com - 10-14-10
Cholesterol levels are not just affected by what you eat, but also by a hunger-regulating hormone released by the brain, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and published in the journal Nature Neruoscience.
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Treat tinnitus with pine bark
naturalnews.com - 10-14-10
A new study out of Chieti-Pescara University in Italy has found that extract from the bark of French maritime pine trees is effective at treating tinnitus, a hearing condition that can cause severe ringing, hissing, and rushing noises. Research indicates that pine bark extract, which is rich in antioxidants, helps to improve blood flow to the ear and thus eliminate tinnitus symptoms.
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Researcher warns: watching medical TV shows can make you feel sick
naturalnews.com - 10-14-10
According to a new study out of the University of Rhode Island (URI), watching a lot of television can be bad for your health. And, no, this isn't more research about how being a couch potato and munching on junk food while watching the boob tube is unhealthy. Instead, this study zeroes in on the heavy dose of medical content in doctor-centered dramas like "House", "Grey's Anatomy" and "E.R.", as well as the evening news. It turns out, according to study author Yinjiao Ye, assistant professor of communications studies at URI, TV exposure to information about health risks and diseases that are supposedly lurking around every corner can lead people to worry about their bodies and wonder whether it's even possible to protect their own health.
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Testosterone may help women with heart failureTestosterone may help women with heart failure
usatoday.com - 10-14-10
A small new study is the latest to suggest that testosterone may boost the health of women with heart failure, without causing serious side effects.
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Dogs alert diabetes patients when blood sugar is off
usatoday.com - 10-14-10
There was a time when Ashley Bogdan, 13, worried much more than a girl in middle school should have to.
She worried that her diabetes could cause her to collapse before she could inject the insulin that stabilizes her. She worried about the long-term effect on her parents, who awoke to check on her often each night to ensure she hadn't gone into diabetic coma while sleeping.
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Prostate cancer urine test nears
bbc.co.uk - 10-14-10
British scientists have moved a step closer to developing a simple urine test to identify men at risk of getting prostate cancer.
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Love can ease pain, say brain researchers
bbc.co.uk - 10-14-10
Love hurts, at least according to many a romantic songwriter, but it may also help ease pain, US scientists suggest.
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Hispanics Outlive Whites and Blacks in U.S.
nytimes.com/ - 10-14-10
Hispanics in the United States can expect to outlive whites by more than two years and blacks by more than seven, government researchers say in a report that is the first to calculate Hispanic life expectancy in the nation. The report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the strongest evidence yet of the "Hispanic paradox" - longevity for a population with a large share of poor, undereducated members.
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Walking 6 to 9 Miles a Week May Help Save Memory
businessweek.com - 10-14-10
Walking about six miles a week appears to protect against brain shrinkage in old age, which in turn helps stem the onset of memory problems and cognitive decline, new research reveals.
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Animals Said to Have Spiritual Experiences
news.discovery.com - 10-13-10
Animals (not just people) likely have spiritual experiences, according to a prominent neurologist who has analyzed the processes of spiritual sensation for over three decades.
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Antidepressant 'ineffective and potentially harmful'
telegraph.co.uk - 10-13-10
They discovered that reboxetine, marketed as Edronax by Pfizer, was no more effective at countering major depression than a placebo sugar pill, after studying all available data on the drug.
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Cannabis should be sold in shops alongside beer and cigarettes, doctors' journal says
telegraph.co.uk - 10-13-10
An editorial in the British Medical Journal suggested that the sale of cannabis should be licensed like alcohol because banning it had not worked.
Banning cannabis had increased drug-related violence because enforcement made "the illicit market a richer prize for criminal groups to fight over".
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Botox cures 12-year-old boy of 20 crippling migraines a month
dailymail.co.uk - 10-13-10
Left bed-bound by up to 20 migraines a month, 12-year-old Harvey Jacobs has found an unlikely cure - Botox.
His mother Sue, 39, heard claims that the wrinkle treatment could put an end to the crippling headaches and arranged for her son to have the procedure eight weeks ago.
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Older women on hormones more likely to get kidney stones
usatoday.com - 10-13-10
Kidney stones should be added to the list of health problems linked with hormone pill use after menopause, according to an analysis of landmark government research that first raised alarms about the products.
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Diet to combat cancer: Olive oil, cheese and, yes, even cake can protect you
dailymail.co.uk - 10-12-10
The anti-breast cancer diet is unique in that it has been -scientifically proven to -combat breast cancer - and will make you lose weight.
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Even animals and insects recognize the healing power of medicinal plants
naturalnews.com - 10-12-10
While mainstream medicine largely continues to deny the inherent healing capacity of natural plants and herbs, the insect world is abuzz with activities that confirm the plant world to be nature's medicine cabinet. According to a new study published in the journal Ecology Letters, the Monarch butterfly routinely uses medicinal plants to help its offspring resist disease and infection.
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Get your children away from the TV - Physical fitness makes smarter brains
naturalnews.com - 10-12-10
Want to raise healthy and smart children? Then don't allow them to be couch potatoes. Exercise, it turns out, does more than benefit the body and overall health -- physical fitness builds smarter brains in youngsters, too.
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Persistent exposure to light at night may lead to weight gain: study
news.xinhuanet.com - 10-12-10
Exposure to too much light at night may lead to obesity, even without changing physical activity or eating more food, according to a new study based on a research on mice.
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Autism linked to jaundice in newborns, study finds
msnbc.msn.com - 10-12-10
Newborn babies who develop jaundice, a common liver problem that turns their skin and eyes yellow, are at greater risk for autism, according to Danish researchers who studied all children born in that country during a 10-year period.
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Treatments for vision loss are in sight
usatoday.com - 10-12-10
Taina Rosario was only 12 when Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare immune condition, robbed her of her vision.
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Could Excess Computer, TV Time Harm Kids Psychologically?
businessweek.com - 10-12-10
Pre-teens who spent more than two hours a day in front of the TV or computer were at greater risk of having psychological problems than youngsters averaging less screen time, even if the kids also tended to be physically active, new research finds.
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Can Herbal Supplements Treat Anxiety?
health.com - 10-11-10
Herbal supplements containing kava or passionflower appear to be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of anxiety, a new review of existing research suggests.
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CDC: Achy Joints on the Rise in U.S.
health.com - 10-11-10
More than 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. have arthritis or other joint-damaging conditions, and the ongoing obesity epidemic may be partly to blame, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Deaf people 'can develop super-vision'
telegraph.co.uk - 10-11-10
Scientists believe the brain adapts to the loss of hearing by rewiring itself to enhance sight.
Parts of the brain that normally locate sound can learn to do the same job using vision instead.
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Chinese mushroom found to have powerful anti-aging benefits
naturalnews.com - 10-11-10
The cordyceps mushroom is back in the spotlight again, except this time for its anti-aging properties. Researchers from Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc., and LifeGen Technologies have found that Cordyceps sinensis (Cs-4), a traditional Chinese mushroom, is a powerful anti-aging food with the ability to improve energy metabolism, decrease fatigue, bolster endurance levels and lengthen lifespan.
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Increase energy and lengthen lifespan with amino acids
naturalnews.com - 10-11-10
Amino acids are important and vital components in maintaining health and vitality because they are the building blocks of proteins. Naturally present in many foods, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) provide the energy the body needs to function properly. And a new study has found that supplementing with BCAAs not only increases overall energy levels, but also appears to lengthen lifespan as well.
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'Pear-shaped' genes uncovered
bbc.co.uk - 10-11-10
The parts of our DNA which may influence body shape, including the classic "apple" or "pear" shape in women, have been revealed.
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Mobile phone companies urged to display safety warnings more prominently
telegraph.co.uk - 10-10-10
Mobile phone companies have been urged to display health warnings about the risks from radiation more prominently by pressure groups and scientists.
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Bacterial gunk walks on surfaces, scientists find
chron.com - 10-10-10
The non-technical word for a biofilm is gunk.
Biofilms - communities of bacteria that band together for protection - gum up pipes, accumulate on ship's hulls and slime the ice machine.
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B vitamins cut risk of lung cancer by 50 percent
naturalnews.com - 10-10-10
A higher daily intake of B vitamins may decrease lung cancer risk, according to a study conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Chemotherapy destroys brain tissue, cognitive function
naturalnews.com - 10-10-10
New research out of Indiana University adds to the growing list of harmful side effects caused by chemotherapy. According to scientists, the chemical cancer treatment destroys gray matter in the brain associated with cognitive function and memory.New research out of Indiana University adds to the growing list of harmful side effects caused by chemotherapy. According to scientists, the chemical cancer treatment destroys gray matter in the brain associated with cognitive function and memory.
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Obesity costs society $73 billion just in lost productivity
naturalnews.com - 10-10-10
The societal costs of obesity are typically thought of in terms of the health care costs associated with treating obesity related disease. But a new study has found another cost that has not often been considered: lost productivity. According to researchers from Duke University, obese workers costs society more than $73 billion a year in lost productivity.
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Three-fourths of Americans obese or overweight by 2020, says alarming report
naturalnews.com - 10-10-10
America is already on the verge of drowning in sick-care bankruptcy, but the situation is about to get even worse. According to a new study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, three-fourths of Americans will be obese or overweight by 2020. That puts America in first place for the world competition to see which nation can create the most obese population.
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Diet not enough: Exercise, support drops more weight
usatoday.com - 10-10-10
An intensive diet and exercise plan can melt away the pounds if dieters get the counseling and support they need to stick with it, new research shows - backing up what some successful dieters have known for years.
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Lifestyle Intervention Helps Even Most Obese
medpagetoday.com - 10-10-10
Even the most severely obese adults derived important clinical benefits from a lifestyle intervention that combined dietary restriction with either six or 12 months of physical exercise, a yearlong randomized study showed.
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Three cups of tea a day 'can protect against heart attacks'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-9-10
Drinking just three cups of tea a day can protect against heart attacks and stroke, claim researchers.
A new review shows regular drinking of either black or green tea can reduce the risk of heart problems by 11 per cent.
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Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder caused by virus? Get ready for honeybee vaccines
naturalnews.com - 10-9-10
A group of biologists claims they've found the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder -- the devastating but mysterious phenomenon of rapidly disappearing honeybees. According to their research, published in PLoS One, the population collapse is caused by the combination of a virus and a fungus (Iridovirus and Microsporidian).
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Fruit and vegetable carotenoids protect women from breast, ovarian cancer
naturalnews.com - 10-9-10
Achieving good health and avoiding disease involves eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods on a regular basis, particularly those that together provide the full spectrum of phytonutrients that each contribute to a different aspect of good health. Unfortunately, many people are not getting the variety of nutrients they need to stay healthy, including a third of American women that do not consume even the minimal recommendations of fruits and vegetables, which contain important carotenoids that support breast and ovarian health.
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Prevent heart disease with quality multivitamins
naturalnews.com - 10-9-10
Taking quality multivitamins is a great way to supplement one's diet with high doses of nutrients that are often lacking in modern-day food. And a new study out of Sweden has found that women who take multivitamins help to reduce their overall risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack.
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Green tea compounds found to help halt leukemia
naturalnews.com - 10-9-10
An extract from green tea may slow the progression of the most common form of leukemia, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic and presented at the annual meeting of the "American Society of Clinical Oncology."
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Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's Disease
anh-usa.org - 10-8-10
How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lot - as this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimer's or is worried about it.
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Limit families to two children to save the planet: doctor
telegraph.co.uk - 10-8-10
Professor John Guillebaud will tell a conference of GPs that a non-rigid guideline should be introduced in Britain that says 'a two child maximum is the greatest contribution anyone can make to a habitable planet for our grandchildren'.
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Half of anorexia sufferers 'develop eating disorder by age of 10'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-8-10
More than half of anorexia sufferers develop their eating disorder by the age of ten, according to new research.
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Many "All Natural" Foods Are Actually Heavily Processed
food.change.org - 10-8-10
As far as food manufacturers go, ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry's is actually pretty progressive. The company combats climate change through various campaigns, supports family farmers, and sources the paper for its containers from sustainably managed forests. Plus, Phish Food is hands down the most delicious ice cream ever. But the company's ice cream is not made from "all-natural" ingredients, and both Ben and Jerry finally stopped claiming that it is.
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Fruit and vegetable carotenoids protect women from breast, ovarian cancer
naturalnews.com - 10-8-10
Achieving good health and avoiding disease involves eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods on a regular basis, particularly those that together provide the full spectrum of phytonutrients that each contribute to a different aspect of good health. Unfortunately, many people are not getting the variety of nutrients they need to stay healthy, including a third of American women that do not consume even the minimal recommendations of fruits and vegetables, which contain important carotenoids that support breast and ovarian health.
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Men better than women at sweating during exercise - study
bbc.co.uk - 10-8-10
The adage "men perspire, women glow" is correct, according to Japanese researchers, who found men are much more efficient at sweating.
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Arthritis on the Increase; Obesity Partly to Blame
webmd.com - 10-8-10
Nearly 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and 21 million people say the disease limits their physical activities, the CDC says.
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Gender bending chemicals in plastics 'raises risk of prostate cancer'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-7-10
A gender-bending chemical found in babies' bottles may raise their odds of prostate cancer in later life, scientists have warned.
In experiments, newborn rats fed bisphenol A, a building-block of many commonly-used plastics, were more likely to develop pre-cancerous cells as they aged.
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The humble red onion could be the answer to reducing bad cholesterol
dailymail.co.uk - 10-7-10
It is usually overlooked in preference for the larger, more flavoursome white variety.
But the humble red onion could help prevent heart disease, researchers claim.
They have discovered that the vegetable - commonly used in Mediterranean and Indian cuisine - helps remove bad cholesterol from the body, which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
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Bad news: St John's wort won't cure anxiety. Good news: passion flower will!
dailymail.co.uk - 10-7-10
If you rely on St John's wort to take the edge off the stresses and strains of modern life, take a deep breath before reading on.
The popular herbal remedy does nothing to ease anxiety, scientists said last night.
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After Growth, Fortunes Turn for Monsanto
nytimes.com - 10-7-10
Monsanto, the giant of agricultural biotechnology, has been buffeted by setbacks this year that have prompted analysts to question whether its winning streak of creating ever more expensive genetically engineered crops is coming to an end.
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X-rays can cause childhood leukemia
naturalnews.com - 10-7-10
New findings by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health reveal that X-rays can significantly increase children's risk of developing leukemia. Having even one X-ray, they say, can moderately increase the risk of developing certain kinds of leukemia, calling into question the overall safety of X-rays.
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Strict diet two days a week 'cuts risk of breast cancer by 40 per cent'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-7-10
A strict diet for two days a week consisting solely of vegetables, fruit, milk and a mug of Bovril could prevent breast cancer, scientists say.
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A genuine 'elixir of life' - at least for mice
telegraph.co.uk - 10-7-10
The cocktail of amino acids - building blocks of proteins - was found to increase the lifespan of mice by 12 per cent.
Researchers believe it may also benefit humans, especially the elderly or sick.
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Cancer groups ignore chemicals, food additives as culprits in disease
naturalnews.com - 10-6-10
October is breast cancer awareness month, which means pink ribbons and literature about getting mammograms litter the landscape even more than they normally do during the rest of the year. But many women who have survived the disease are questioning the role environmental chemicals play in contributing to breast cancer, and wondering why groups like Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society (ACS) -- groups that claim to be doing everything possible to find a cure -- have nothing to say about it.
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You don't have to hurt as you age! Eat broccoli and avoid arthritis
naturalnews.com - 10-6-10
Over 21 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from the most common form of arthritis -- osteoarthritis. Primarily associated with growing older, the condition is marked by the wearing away of cartilage, the cushioning between the bones in the joints. As osteoarthritis gets worse, the cartilage disappears and bone rubs on bone, producing pain and swelling. Mainstream medicine offers symptomatic relief -- but no cure -- with medications including liver damaging acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen which, long term, can cause ulcers and bleeding; some NSAIDs may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, too.
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How Continuous Chest Compression saves lives
seattletimes.nwsource.com - 10-6-10
Imagine that you are walking down a city street and a person collapses in front of you. He is having a heart attack, and he needs instant assistance. What are you going to do?
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Marijuana Memory Loss Tied to Cannabis Composition
cbsnews.com - 10-5-10
When it comes to causing short-term memory loss, a new study finds that not all strains of marijuana are created equal.When it comes to causing short-term memory loss, a new study finds that not all strains of marijuana are created equal.
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Female Sexual Dysfunction -- Medical Fiction?
abcnews.go.com - 10-5-10
Many doctors have critiqued the over-medicalization of female sexual dysfunction by the pharmaceutical industry, but journalist Ray Moynihan, author of "Sex, Drugs, and Pharmaceuticals", goes so far as to argue that drug-makers helped to create the disorder.
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Eat raw ginger to ease the pain of aching muscles
dailymail.co.uk - 10-5-10
Ginger could help muscle pain caused by exercise.
A new study shows taking a small amount of the spice every day reduces the strain on muscles after a workout.
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'Free radicals' could protect heart
telegraph.co.uk - 10-5-10
'Free radicals', molecules in the blood thought to be bad for the body, might actually protect the heart from disease, experts have found.
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Sugary sports drinks often mistaken as healthy: Study
foodnavigator-usa.com - 10-5-10
Many children and parents mistakenly associate sugary sports drinks with a healthy lifestyle, claim researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth).
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Junk food as 'addictive as drugs'
telegraph.co.uk - 10-5-10
A diet of burgers, chips, sausages and cake will programme your brain into craving even more foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, according to new research.
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Vitamin D Levels Studied In Breast Cancer Survivors
turnto23.com - 10-5-10
Sunlight is the primary source of vitamin D for most people, and while dark skin offers better protection from ultraviolet light, it also means lower levels of the vitamin in darker-skinned people.
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Kids Have Taste for Fats and Sugars
medpagetoday.com - 10-5-10
For kids in the U.S., almost half of their daily energy intake comes from 'empty calories' -- foods such as soda and pizza that have little nutritional value, researchers say.
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Calcium and vitamin supplements reduce breast cancer risk
naturalnews.com - 10-5-10
Taking vitamin and calcium supplements may reduce women's risk of breast cancer by as much as 40 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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How the heat from a laptop can 'toast' the skin on your thighs
dailymail.co.uk - 10-4-10
Balancing your laptop on your knees could cause permanent discolouration of the skin and, in rare cases, cancer, doctors have warned.
The heat generated by the computers can cause a nettle sting-like rash - a condition named 'toasted skin syndrome'.
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How a walnut 'could stop you cracking under the strain'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-4-10
They have already been credited with helping reduce cholesterol.
But it appears walnuts may help the body deal with stress and reduce blood pressure too.
According to research, those with high levels of bad cholesterol had lower blood pressure in stressful situations when they had been on a diet rich in walnuts for three weeks.
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Doctor admits that most MDs know nothing about nutrition, health
naturalnews.com - 10-4-10
Most people probably assume that their doctors know everything there is to know about health because, after all, they went through many years of medical school. But according to a recent New York Times piece written by a doctor, most medical schools teach few, if any, courses in nutrition, and most students graduate and become doctors with no sense of how nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining good health.
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Dark chocolate prevents damage from strokes
naturalnews.com - 10-4-10
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University believe they have discovered a biochemical pathway by which a chemical naturally found in dark chocolate can help protect the body from strokes.
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Calcium and vitamin supplements reduce breast cancer risk
naturalnews.com - 10-4-10
Taking vitamin and calcium supplements may reduce women's risk of breast cancer by as much as 40 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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Personality disorders raise risk of ulcers
dailymail.co.uk - 10-3-10
Personality may be a key to who develops stomach ulcers, writes Roger Dobson.
According to research, those with a personality disorder are up to five times more likely to develop a peptic ulcer.
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Brain plaques do not cause Alzheimer's (we've been lied to for 20 years)
naturalnews.com - 10-3-10
Turning 30 years of established Alzheimer's dogma on its head, researchers are now increasingly rejecting the theory that sticky plaques in the brain are responsible for the mental degeneration caused by the disease.
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Most of the world's rivers threatened by pesticides, pollution
naturalnews.com - 10-3-10
The vast majority of the world's rivers are threatened by pollution, pesticide runoff and destructive species, say researchers from The City College (CCNY) of The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Wisconsin and seven other institutions. And not only is the integrity of the world's water at heightened risk, but so are countless aquatic species that rely on the threatened habitats for survival.
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Most of the world's rivers threatened by pesticides, pollution
naturalnews.com - 10-3-10
The vast majority of the world's rivers are threatened by pollution, pesticide runoff and destructive species, say researchers from The City College (CCNY) of The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Wisconsin and seven other institutions. And not only is the integrity of the world's water at heightened risk, but so are countless aquatic species that rely on the threatened habitats for survival.
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Feds deploy mobile X-ray fleet to radiate, scan Americans
naturalnews.com - 10-3-10
The encroaching Big Brother nightmare has escalated even further with a recent announcement that the U.S. government has purchased mobile X-ray vans to scan people and vehicles at sporting events, road stops and even at random. The initiative is part of alleged counter-terror efforts that include improving the ability to detect bombs, weapons and other contraband that may potentially be used in a terrorist attack.
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Study Shows Monsanto Roundup Herbicide Link to Birth Defects
globalresearch.ca - 10-2-10
A major new scientific study has confirmed growing conviction that the world's most widely used chemical herbicide, Monsanto Corporation's Roundup is toxic and a danger to human as well as animal organisms.
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Poor kidney function related to strokes and heart disease
telegraph.co.uk - 10-2-10
In the first study, researchers from Taiwan and the US found that a low fluid rate through the kidneys was linked to a higher risk of stroke in later life.
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Watching medical dramas like House 'are not good for your health'
dailymail.co.uk - 10-2-10
Watching TV medical dramas such as House, E.R and Grey's Anatomy, could be doing you more harm than good.
Although these popular programmes - which often focus on unusual and rare conditions - were found to increase health awareness they also made viewers more fearful about their own well-being.
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Can pomegranate juice put a halt to middle-aged spread?
dailymail.co.uk - 10-2-10
It can help prevent cancer, is good for your heart and can even boost your sex life.
If that wasn't enough to tempt you to drink some, it is now claimed that pomegranate juice can also help shift middle-age spread
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Behavior rewards make ADHD drugs obsolete
naturalnews.com - 10-2-10
Rewarding hyperactive children for good behavior and discouraging unwanted behavior works on the same areas of the brain as drugs like Ritalin, according to a study conducted by researchers from Nottingham University and published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
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All conventional prostate cancer treatments harm quality of life
naturalnews.com - 10-2-10
All major prostate cancer therapies reduce men's quality of life through increased urinary incontinence and hampered sexual function, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and published in the Journal of Urology.
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Drastic lifestyle changes are best treatment for diabetes, obesity
naturalnews.com - 10-2-10
A new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has found that making considerable lifestyle and dietary changes are highly effective at improving the health of diabetes patients, as well as preventing of cardiovascular illness. Getting regular exercise and eating better, say researchers, are once again the best routes to take when combating disease, rather than simply take medication.
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Most Canadians, Americans skipped H1N1 vaccine last year
naturalnews.com - 10-2-10
Despite all the scare tactics, fear mongering, and pseudoscience about the alleged importance of being vaccinated, a new report from Statistics Canada has revealed that 60 percent of Canadians decided against getting an H1N1 influenza vaccine last year. Even the World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration of a stage 6 pandemic was not enough to convince most Canadians to get the shot.
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Exercise may cut endometrial cancer risk 30%Exercise may cut endometrial cancer risk 30%
usatoday.com - 10-2-10
Women who regularly work up a sweat exercising have a 30% lower risk of developing endometrial cancer, a new study says.
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Plant said to boost mood, quell hunger gets pharm attention
usatoday.com - 10-2-10
For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan to sell it over-the-counter worldwide.
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Nearly One in 10 Americans Depressed, Study Reveals
myfoxny.com - 10-1-10
Nearly one in 10 Americans is depressed, and one in 30 meet the criteria for major depression, with the rate higher among the unemployed and those who can't work, a study said Thursday.
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5 toxics that are everywhere: Protect yourself
cnn.com - 10-1-10
A growing body of research is linking five chemicals -- among the most common in the world -- to a host of ailments, including cancer, sexual problems and behavioral issues.
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Study: Smoking Pot May Ease Chronic Pain
news.health.com - 10-1-10
People with chronic pain who aren't getting enough relief from medications may be able to ease their pain by smoking small amounts of marijuana, a new study suggests.
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Chemical pesticides linked to ADHD in children
naturalnews.com - 10-1-10
Exposure to pesticides may be one of the causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study conducted by researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
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Synthetic HRT linked once again to causing breast cancer
naturalnews.com - 10-1-10
A Canadian Cancer Society study has discovered what many other studies from around the world have found: that synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Researchers observed that among women who had stopped taking HRT drugs, there was a 10 percent decrease in breast cancer compared to women still taking the drugs.
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IVF 'increases the chance of having a baby boy'
bbc.co.uk - 10-1-10
Women using IVF to get pregnant should be aware that they will be more likely to have a boy than a girl, say experts.
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Male infertility gene discovered
bbc.co.uk - 10-1-10
A faulty gene could help explain some cases of unexplained male infertility, according to research.
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