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Remedies: Herbal Ear Drops for Infections
well.blogs.nytimes.com - 12-31-10
More than a third of American adults, and more than one in 10 children, use some form of complementary or alternative medicine, according to a government report.
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Golden retriever could be key to treating muscular dystrophy
telegraph.co.uk - 12-31-10
A Brazilian dog that carries the genetic mutation that causes muscular dystrophy but appears to be immune to the disease could hold the key to finding a cure for it, scientists believe.
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Hundreds of herbal products to be outlawed across EU in early 2011
naturalnews.com - 12-31-10
The global effort to outlaw herbs, vitamins and supplements is well under way, and in just four months, hundreds of herbal products will be criminalized in the UK and across the EU. It's all part of an EU directive passed in 2004 which erects "disproportionate" barriers against herbal remedies by requiring them to be "licensed" before they can be sold.
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Mediterranean diet may prevent diabetes, heart disease, depression
foodconsumer.org - 12-31-10
It takes more than physicians to treat a patient with multiple chronic diseases like diabetes mellitus and heart disease. A new trial suggests a nurse who acts like a coordinator for the health care intended for a patient can help improve the outcomes dramatically.
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Medicare Bound to Bust as First Boomers Hit 65
cbsnews.com - 12-31-10
Medicare is in big trouble. Starting Jan. 1, 10000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years. As Sharyl Attkisson reports, if things don't change, Medicare could be bankrupt by 2017.
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'Hair Of The Dog' No Hangover Cure, Say Experts
businessweek.com - 12-31-10
During this season of good cheer and abundant holiday parties, hangovers are not uncommon. And while folk remedies abound, the only things that are truly helpful in curing the misery of a hangover the morning after are time and fluid replacement, experts say.
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Anesthesia Induces Coma, Not Sleep
abcnews.go.com - 12-31-10
As a 20-year-old college student, Mark Rosen was once given general anesthesia for chest surgery but was far from knocked out.
"I knew something was wrong, feeling them cutting," he told ABCNews.com in a 2008 interview. "I remember wanting to push away but you're paralyzed. You can't move, you can't open your eyes - the fright of being locked in."
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Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Multiple Sclerosis
webmd.com - 12-30-10
What Is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
MS is a chronic disease that damages the nerves in the spinal cord and brain, as well as the optic nerves. Sclerosis means scarring, and people with MS develop multiple areas of scar tissue in response to the nerve damage. Depending on where the damage occurs, symptoms may include problems with muscle control, balance, vision, or speech.
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Human exposure to BPA grossly underestimated
naturalnews.com - 12-30-10
People in the United States are probably exposed to levels of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) at levels far higher than previously believed, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Missouri and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
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Organic lawn care works, but many still don't utilize it
naturalnews.com - 12-30-10
A recent report published in the journal HortTechnology has revealed that, despite literally being green, grass and lawn care management techniques are far from being "green" in the environmental sense. Even though organic lawn care techniques exist and work just as well, if not better than, conventional methods, most homeowners and professional lawn care companies continue to use toxic chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers instead.
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Steroid use among police officers a widespread problem
naturalnews.com - 12-30-10
Professional athletes are not the only prominent members of society with major drug problems. According to a recent report by AOL News, as many as 25 percent or more of police officers are regularly take steroid drugs, which has led to a rise in the number of assaults and other cases of "roid rage" occurring against citizens by those in law enforcement.
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Ambulance fees increasing across USA
usatoday.com - 12-30-10
When a Gig Harbor, Wash., Fire & Medic One ambulance speeds toward a hospital, medics are focused on saving lives, not money, says Medical Division Chief Paul Berlin.
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Carbon monoxide poses a real, and needless, threat
usatoday.com - 12-30-10
Beware a "silent killer" making the rounds during this winter's cold snap.
Carbon monoxide poisoning, one of the leading causes of accidental poisoning in the USA, appears to have taken the lives of two people and sickened three others Tuesday in a Baltimore row house and sent another young family in Bridgeport, Conn., to the emergency room.
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Delaying Sex Might Strengthen Marriage
consumer.healthday.com - 12-30-10
Having sex early in a relationship may lead to less satisfying marriages because couples can fail to develop important skills to communicate well and resolve conflicts, new research suggests.
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Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight - TED Video
ted.com - 12-29-10
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened -- and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.
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For Cholesterol Control, Experts Urge More Than Meds
consumer.healthday.com - 12-29-10
Advances in medical science have made it easier than ever to lower dangerous cholesterol levels.
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Many Parents Frown on Kids' Internet Use, Survey Says
consumer.healthday.com - 12-29-10
Many American parents view television and the Internet with the same concern and are using similar methods to limit their children's use of both mediums, suggests a new survey.
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Hearing Loss Rising Among Teen Girls, Study Finds
consumer.healthday.com - 12-29-10
Over the last two decades hearing loss due to "recreational" noise exposure such as blaring club music has risen among adolescent girls, and now approaches levels previously seen only among adolescent boys, a new study suggests.
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So Young and So Many Pills
online.wsj.com - 12-29-10
More than 25% of Kids and Teens in the U.S. Take Prescriptions on a Regular Basis
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Are you OLD beyond your years? Take these easy tests to discover your TRUE body age
dailymail.co.uk - 12-28-10
No matter how young you feel, your face will give you away - that's according to a recent survey which found the average woman looked four years older than her actual age.
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Unearthing Prehistoric Tumors, and Debate
nytimes.com - 12-28-10
When they excavated a Scythian burial mound in the Russian region of Tuva about 10 years ago, archaeologists literally struck gold. Crouched on the floor of a dark inner chamber were two skeletons, a man and a woman, surrounded by royal garb from 27 centuries ago: headdresses and capes adorned with gold horses, panthers and other sacred beasts.
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A Doctor in Iraq, Watching a Faith Healer at Work
nytimes.com - 12-28-10
The question took me aback, as it would any American psychiatrist wary of self-disclosure. But this was Iraq, where religion is central to people's lives and identities. So after a slight pause, I responded with a halfhearted affirmative to the mullah I had come to see.
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Monsanto to fight potential lawsuit by organic farmer whose land ruined by GMOs
naturalnews.com - 12-28-10
Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh recently had his organic certification status pulled by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) because his organic wheat field was contaminated by a nearby genetically-modified (GM) canola field. And after Marsh threatened to sue the GM farmer for the incident -- which has cost Marsh his entire business, by the way -- Monsanto, the owner of the GM canola, came out and said it would legally back the GM farmer "in any way [it] could."
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Junk science alert: researchers declare alternative therapies dangerous to children based on scant evidence
naturalnews.com - 12-28-10
The headline emblazoned across a new British Medical Journal (BMJ) press release proclaims this alarming warning: Complementary medicines can be dangerous for children! But when you look at the proof that's supposedly been found documenting life-threatening dangers of complementary and alternative therapies, guess what? It simply isn't there.
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With food safety bill, U.S. government will spend nearly $1 million per person to prevent food-borne illness deaths
naturalnews.com - 12-28-10
The recently-passed Food Safety Modernization Act, which was passed in order to prevent food-borne illness deaths in the USA, will cost $1.4 billion over the first five years. But nobody thinks about the economics of the issue. How many people are we going to save by spending this $1.4 billion, even assuming it works?
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Size of Key Brain Region Linked to Size of Your Social Network
consumer.healthday.com - 28-28-10
The size of your amygdala, an almond-shaped portion of the brain involved in emotions, may be as strong a marker for having rich and varied social relationships as how many "friends" you have on Facebook, researchers say.
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Epilepsy Found to Be More Common in U.S. Than Thought
consumer.healthday.com - 28-28-10
A new study suggests that one of every 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their life.
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Low vitamin D could put infants at risk for respiratory infection, wheezing
emaxhealth.com - 12-28-10
Low levels of vitamin D in newborns are found to increase the risk of respiratory infections and wheezing, but not asthma, suggests researchers and found in a large cohort study.
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Early births pose new health risks for newborns
sfgate.com - 12-28-10
The number of women giving birth early - often for no medical reason - has increased dramatically during the past two decades, altering the way we bear children and posing new health risks, experts say.
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Obama enacts end-of-life plan that drew 'death panel' claims
msnbc.msn.com - 12-27-10
When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.
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Shock: Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson favors marijuana legalization
rawstory.com - 12-27-10
Count this among the 10 things nobody ever expected to see in their lifetimes: 700 Club founder Pat Robertson, one of the cornerstone figures of America's Christian right movement, has come out in favor of legalizing marijuana.
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Oil of oregano fights harmful bacteria, cancer
naturalnews.com - 12-27-10
A new report out of the University of Arizona (UofA) says that oil of oregano is a powerful nutrient for fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cancer. Sadhana Ravishankar, a food microbiologist at UofA, discovered that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, exhibits powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, not only when consumed but also when applied to foods.
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Twenty-five percent of patients end up in worse shape after surgery than they were before
naturalnews.com - 12-27-10
A new study published in the British Journal of Surgery has found that surgical operations are not always beneficial to patients. According to study data, roughly 14 percent of patients end up with more physical and emotional pain after their surgeries than before them, and about 25 percent experience an overall decrease in strength a year after the procedure.
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Most patients believe their doctors are in league with Big Pharma
naturalnews.com - 12-27-10
A new Consumer Reports survey has found that the vast majority of patients on prescription drug medications believe that drug companies have too much influence over their doctors. Roughly half of those interviewed believe that their doctors are so influenced by Big Pharma that they would deliberately write a drug prescription even if a better, safer, non-drug option was available.
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Crops absorb pharmaceuticals from sewage sludge spread on farmlands
naturalnews.com - 12-27-10
Agricultural crops can absorb pharmaceuticals found in the water used to irrigate them or the sewage sludge used to fertilize them, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Toledo-Ohio and published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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Study: Men are less healthy and have a shorter life span than women
usatoday.com - 12-27-10
As a general rule, men take lousy care of their health.
They shrug off injuries. They hate going to the doctor for anything. They pay little heed to warning signs for major health issues.
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Have an Allergy-Free Holiday and a Happier New Year
consumer.healthday.com - 12-27-10
For allergy sufferers at holiday time, the best gift of all may be relief from respiratory symptoms, an expert suggests.
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The First Holiday Without Them -- Coping With Loss
abcnews.go.com - 12-26-10
There will be no Christmas tree this year for Christine Hebert, and no decorations, as it just doesn't feel right to celebrate the holidays the way she used to since her husband, Leon, died last March of lung cancer.
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Grocery stores erect fake "farmer's markets" in parking lots to trick shoppers
naturalnews.com - 12-26-10
Grocery stores across the country have begun appropriating the term "farmer's market" as a way to appeal to more environmentally and socially conscious consumers.
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Health organizations urge more sun exposure, less sunscreen
naturalnews.com - 12-26-10
Seven U.K. health organizations, including Cancer Research U.K. and the National Osteoporosis Society, recently made a joint announcement that the population needs to get more sun. Reversing decades of warnings about the supposed dangers of sun exposure, the groups now cooperatively agree that humans need regular sun exposure without sunscreen in order to maintain adequate blood levels of vitamin D.
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Oil of oregano fights harmful bacteria, cancer
naturalnews.com - 12-26-10
A new report out of the University of Arizona (UofA) says that oil of oregano is a powerful nutrient for fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cancer. Sadhana Ravishankar, a food microbiologist at UofA, discovered that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, exhibits powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, not only when consumed but also when applied to foods.
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Global flu warning after UK hit
bbc.co.uk - 12-26-10
Northern hemisphere countries are being told by health experts to brace themselves for flu outbreaks.
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How nagging partners really can give you heartache
dailymail.co.uk - 12-25-10
It is a warning to bear in mind if the Christmas dinner causes family tensions to boil over.
For research has shown that -nagging from a partner significantly increases the risk of suffering angina.
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Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs
naturalnews.com - 12-24-10
Wikileaks continues to rock the political world by shedding light on conspiracies, corruption and cover-ups. The latest batch of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveals what can only be characterized as a U.S.-led conspiracy to force GMOs onto European countries by making those countries pay a steep price if they resist.
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Hershey's brings non-GMO confections to Europe, but not to US
naturalnews.com - 12-24-10
The Hershey Company is expanding its confectionery market to Europe. And the company plans to reformulate its Europe-destined products to be free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in order to meet demand and to comply with the non-GMO requirements of Asda, the U.K. subsidiary of Wal-Mart that will be Hershey's exclusive retailer in the U.K. However, Hershey's has no intentions of changing any of its U.S. formulas, all of which are tainted with GM ingredients, say reports.
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Eco-bulbs 'a health hazard for babies and pregnant women due to mercury inside'
dailymail.co.uk - 12-25-10
Energy-saving light bulbs were at the centre of a fresh health scare last night after researchers claimed they can release potentially harmful amounts of mercury if broken.
Levels of toxic vapour around smashed eco-bulbs were up to 20 times higher than the safe guideline limit for an indoor area, the study said.
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Vermont drafts food sovereignty resolution to protect health, food freedom
naturalnews.com - 12-24-10
In response to the recent passage of "food safety" bills S. 510 and corresponding H.R. 2751, the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty has drafted its own resolution called "The Vermont Resolution for Food Sovereignty." Crafted to declare and protect the food and health freedom rights of all Vermont citizens, the resolution is essentially a warning to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it does not have jurisdiction over the food choices of the People of Vermont.
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Can You Become Addicted to Ambien?
health.com - 12-24-10
Ambien is infamous for causing people to sleepwalk, raid their refrigerators, or even go for a drive-without remembering any of it the following morning.
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Test can predict which pregnant women will have life threatening condition
telegraph.co.uk - 12-24-10
Scientists have developed a life-saving test that can predict which women with high blood pressure in pregnancy will go on to have complications.
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Skip the sweets and just go nuts
usatoday.com - 12-24-10
There's nothing like a naked nut.
Or so say dietitians. While nuts, a classic holiday treat, are often found this time of year buried deep in a pecan pie, nestled in cookies or hidden within the creamy center of a chocolate bonbon, the healthiest way to eat them is in the raw, says Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center.
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Maybe Scrooge Couldn't Help Being Hard-Hearted
consumer.healthday.com - 12-24-10
Hard-hearted Scrooge may not have been able to help being so mean.
That's because affluent people, despite their generally higher level of education, are less able to read the emotions of others, a new study suggests.
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Lousy Mood? It Will Improve in a Couple of Decades
abcnews.go.com - 12-23-10
Tired of hearing your brain is going to be mush by the time you're old and grey? Well, here's some good news. Your emotions, or how you deal with them, will get better. At least some of them.
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Happiness is a short Christmas 'wish list'
telegraph.co.uk - 12-23-10
Those who want the latest gadgets and technology tend to be more unhappy than those who are satisfied with what they already own.
Psychologists have warned that "wanting lots of stuff" can be bad for our sense of happiness and wellbeing as it suggests you have a need that will never be satisfied.
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A gene that could explain why the red mist descends
telegraph.co.uk - 12-23-10
The team of researchers have found a genetic mutation in the brain that may contribute to violently impulsive behaviour under the influence of alcohol.
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Exercise, vitamin D tied to fewer falls
reuters.com - 12-23-10
Vitamin D supplementation and exercise may help prevent older men and women from falling, suggests a new review of 54 studies by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF).
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Canada passes Codex food law that permits police to trespass, seize private property without warrant
naturalnews.com - 12-23-10
The Canadian Parliament recently passed its own form of legislation S. 510, the draconian U.S. "food safety" bill that threatens to eliminate the freedom to grow, sell and buy clean food. Bill C-36, deceitfully branded by the Canadian mainstream media as a "consumer protection" law, is actually part of the larger CODEX Alimentarius food tyranny plan. It eliminates the law of trespass and allows Canadian police to invade private property and confiscate whatever they wish without a warrant.
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Leaked reports reveal US threatened EU to accept GMOs
naturalnews.com - 12-23-10
The European Union (EU) has been largely resistant to adopting genetically-modified organisms (GMO), and rightly so considering their threat to human health and to the environment. But recently-released leaked cables have revealed that Bush Administration-appointed, former U.S. Ambassador to France Craig Roberts Stapleton threatened the EU with retaliation years ago if it did not comply with the interests of U.S. biotechnology giants like Monsanto.
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Going natural, more Americans choose herbal Chinese medicine
xinhuanet.com - 12-23-10
While the world is turning to green energy, there is a trend in the United States to take "green medicine."
"Green medicine," which refers to herbal and Chinese medicine, has become another choice for Americans to keep them healthy, said Dr. Simon Barker, President of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.
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Older people who eat healthy diets 'lead longer lives'
bbc.co.uk - 12-23-10
Older people who follow healthy diets may live longer, a study suggests.
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Placebo Effect Is Real, Not Attempt to Deceive
medpagetoday.com - 12-23-10
The placebo effect works -- even when the patient knows it's a placebo -- demonstrating that it is a 'ritual of medicine' and not an attempt to fool patients, according to the results of a small randomized clinical trial.
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Cambridge University students injected with ketamine
telegraph.co.uk - 12-22-10
The University of Cambridge has paid students £250 to be injected with the nightclub drug ketamine as part of a research project.
The experiments, carried out by the Department of Psychiatry, were designed to investigate treatment methods for schizophrenia.
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Why an orange is better than popping vitamin pills
telegraph.co.uk - 12-22-10
Its unique mix of antioxidants work much more effectively together than they do separately, found researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah.
Antioxidants slow ageing of cells, protect against cancer and could help ward off heart disease, although the evidence for the last is contested.
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Magnesium prevents diabetes
naturalnews.com - 12-22-10
Eating a diet high in magnesium may significantly lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and published in the journal Diabetes Care.
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Simple manure replacing toxic chemicals as fertilizer of choice
naturalnews.com - 12-22-10
Long the standard used in supposed "science-based" agriculture, chemical fertilizers have largely become the norm in modern farming. But these synthetic and man-made varieties are becoming increasingly more expensive and difficult to obtain, which is driving many farmers back to good, old-fashioned animal manure.
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Congress sticks it to U.S. farmers with passage of food safety bill that will actually cause fresh produce to be more dangerous
naturalnews.com - 12-22-10
When witnessing such a moment in history when the federal government greatly expands its power over an entire industry, it's important to understand the Law of Unintended Consequences. Virtually everything bad that happens after a bill gets passed is due to this Law of Unintended Consequences.
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Most People Regain Happiness After Job Loss
consumer.healthday.com - 12-22-10
As million of workers have discovered in recent years, losing a job is upsetting and unsettling and can reduce even the most stoic to tears.
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Test for early Alzheimer's 'seems possible'
bbc.co.uk - 12-22-10
UK experts say they may have found a way to check for Alzheimer's years before symptoms appear.
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Psoriasis And Obesity Linked
medicalnewstoday.com - 12-21-10
In the April 2011 issue of JAMA journal, Archives of Dermatology, a study will be printed connecting psoriasis to metabolic syndrome elements highlighting obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and high total cholesterol and triglycerides as linked features.
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EPA Complicit in Colony Collapse Disorder?
greenchipstocks.com - 12-21-10
The humble honey bee is getting its fair share of buzz this year - which doesn't bode particularly well for the species, or American agriculture as a whole.
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'Chocolate cure' for persistent cough
telegraph.co.uk - 12-21-10
They have isolated a naturally-occuring substance in cocoa that they say stops the "root cause" of the irritating condition.
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How egg yolk and soya bean oil finally got me pregnant!
dailymail.co.uk - 12-21-10
There's no way of knowing for certain what made the difference with our fourth and final attempt at IVF.
Whether it was the -acupuncture, the -hypnotherapy, the steroids, the vitamins, the blood thinner or a curious white bag of egg yolk and soya bean oil that was fed intravenously into my arm, I don't know.
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Baldness drug Propecia 'risking men's sexual health'
bbc.co.uk - 12-21-10
Young men could be risking their sexual health by taking the world's best selling anti-baldness drug, claim some doctors.
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Vitamin D found to protect against obesity-induced cancer
naturalnews.com - 12-21-10
Higher levels of vitamin D appear to protect women against obesity-related cancer of the uterus, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and published in the journal Comprehensive Cancer Research.
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S 510 Fake Food Safety bill passed by Senate in late-night sneak attack on small farmers and food freedom
naturalnews.com - 12-21-10
The infamous S.510 "food food safety bill" was passed by the US Senate last night in a sneaky, last minute voice vote. All Senators voted for it, Republicans and Democrats alike. Not a single U.S. Senator -- not even Coburn -- objected to its passage.
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Guidelines Eased for Patients With Irregular Heartbeats
consumer.healthday.com - 12-21-10
Leading U.S. cardiac experts have relaxed the recommendations for strict heart rate control in patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to strokes.
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Echinacea No Cure for the Common Cold, Study Finds
consumer.healthday.com - 12-21-10
The herbal remedy echinacea, believed by many to cure colds, is no better than a placebo in relieving the symptoms or shortening the duration of illness, a new study finds.
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Whole-Fat Dairy Products May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study
consumer.healthday.com - 12-21-10
New research suggests that whole-fat dairy products -- generally shunned by health experts -- contain a fatty acid that may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Not Caused by XMRV Virus, Study Finds
webmd.com - 12-21-10
Chronic fatigue syndrome is not caused by the virus XMRV, according to new research.
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Food Safety Sneak Attack! Passed by Unanimous Consent
farmwars.info - 12-20-10
How many times does Congress have to stick it to us before we realize that this body politic has no other function than to obey its corporate masters? If you think that you are being represented by these crooks, liars and thieves, then think again. The "Food Safety" bill is alive and has taken so many twists and turns to end up on the verge of becoming law of the land that nobody in his or her right mind could possibly believe that they are not going to cram this garbage down our collective throat no matter what.
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Breastfeeding 'could make boys more intelligent'
telegraph.co.uk - 12-20-10
Researchers found that children who were predominantly breastfed for six months did better in mathematics, reading, writing and spelling. The effect was strongest in boys.
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Obesity causes loss of $73 billion in work productivity each year in USA
naturalnews.com - 12-20-10
Lost worker productivity due to obesity-related health problems costs U.S. businesses $73 billion per year, according to a study conducted by researchers from Duke University and the National University of Singapore, and published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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Vitamin D found to protect against obesity-induced cancer
naturalnews.com - 12-20-10
Higher levels of vitamin D appear to protect women against obesity-related cancer of the uterus, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and published in the journal Comprehensive Cancer Research.
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Keeping Holiday Drinking in Check May Counter Cancer
consumer.healthday.com - 12-20-10
Though holiday partying often includes alcohol consumption, cancer experts are urging partiers to partake moderately.
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Kroger recalling select pet foods in 19 states
chicagotribune.com - 12-20-10
The Kroger Co. is recalling select packages of pet food in 19 states, saying the products might contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.
The company said in a statement Saturday it is recalling select bags of Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, as well as Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food and Kroger Value Cat Food. The products carry expiration dates of Oct. 23 and 24, 2011.
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Flu-Shot Demand Droops; Prices Fall
online.wsj.com - 12-20-10
Drugstores, supermarkets and some doctors' offices are slashing prices or offering other kinds of deals on flu vaccine this year amid weaker-than-expected demand.
Last fall, hordes of worried parents, pregnant women and others drove demand for a limited supply of H1N1 flu vaccine as the swine-flu pandemic spread across the country, eventually infecting an estimated 61 million people in the U.S. and killing more than 12,000.
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Scientists find gene clue to 130 brain diseases
breitbart.com - 12-20-10
Scientists on Sunday said they had discovered a bouquet of proteins that play a critical role in the development of more than 130 brain diseases.
Their study also highlights a surprising link between these disorders -- including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's -- and the evolution of human behaviour, they said.
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Scientists study possible link between tree deaths, Lyme disease
mercurynews.com - 12-19-10
During the past 15 years, an invasive plant disease has left a patchwork of dead and dying trees in California's majestic coastal forests. But the loss of trees is changing more than just panoramic views: The number of ticks that can carry a disease that causes painful joint swelling, fatigue and even neurological damage is growing -- a result of the gaps created in the forest when trees die, a recent study found.
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Probable carcinogen hexavalent chromium found in drinking water of 31 U.S. cities
washingtonpost.com - 12-19-10
The study, which will be released Monday by the Environmental Working Group, is the first nationwide analysis of hexavalent chromium in drinking water to be made public.
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More than a million Europeans sign petition to stop GMO approvals
naturalnews.com - 12-19-10
The European Union (EU) has typically been far slower than the U.S. to approve the plantings and use of genetically-modified organisms (GMO). But even the few crops that it has sanctioned have been met with opposition from many concerned Europeans. According to a recent Reuters report, a group of European campaigners has presented a petition to the European Commission with over a million signatures opposing the approval of any more GM crops.
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Food prices rise sharply - and there's more to come
sfgate.com - 12-19-10
Grocery prices grew by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation this year, outpaced only by costs of transportation and medical care, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Smokers and fat patients thrown off NHS waiting lists
telegraph.co.uk - 12-19-10
Patients' groups described the tactics as an "appalling scam" to enable NHS bosses to claim waiting times are far shorter than they are, simply by denying a place in the queue to many of those referred for surgery.
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Mistletoe can help kiss goodbye to cancer side effects
dailymail.co.uk - 12-19-10
According to folklore, mistletoe 'magic' may seal romance, bestow fertility and bring peace to warring spouses.
The plant has also been credited with the power of healing - an attribute currently being harnessed by a new outpatient unit at the independent Raphael Medical Centre in Kent, which offers integrated cancer care.
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Kids with ADHD symptoms at higher risk of obesity
usatoday.com - 12-19-10
Children with symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are at increased risk for obesity in adulthood, a new study claims.
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Drug helps clear lung mucus in cystic fibrosis patients
bbc.co.uk - 12-19-10
The build up of sticky mucus in the lungs of some cystic fibrosis patients could be prevented using medication, a study has suggested.
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Junk food fan? Drinking tea could keep the pounds at bay
dailymail.co.uk - 12-18-10
Drinking tea may prevent weight gain caused by a junk food diet.
Researchers found regular consumption of tea also suppressed damaging changes in the blood linked to fatty foods that can lead to type 2 diabetes.
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American-made drywall poses risks to health and property, lawsuits claim
rawstory.com - 12-18-10
Two years after thousands of Americans learned that defective Chinese drywall had contaminated their houses, a new group of homeowners say they are experiencing similar problems-but their homes are built with drywall made in the United States.
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Vision breakthrough: eye exercises improve elders' vision in two days to see as well as college kids
naturalnews.com - 12-18-10
For decades, some natural health advocates have claimed you could actually enhance and improve vision (and sometimes get rid of your glasses) by "training" your eyes to see better. Sound like impossible pie-in-the-sky promises or even quackery? Now there's mainstream scientific evidence to back up the idea that you can have better sight through eye "exercise". Research funded by a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging has just demonstrated that elderly adults can quickly improve their vision with perceptual training.
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Woman who cannot feel fear may help in treating PTSD
bbc.co.uk - 12-18-10
A woman who cannot feel afraid because of a missing structure in her brain could help scientists discover treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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New guidance on vitamin D recommends midday sunshine
bbc.co.uk - 12-18-10
New health advice recommends short spells in the sun - without suncream and in the middle of the day.
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HIV 'Cure' Risky and Impractical
abcnews.go.com - 12-18-10
When Victor Maldonado heard German researchers claim they had cured a man of HIV with a bone marrow transplant, he said his reaction was "guarded optimism."
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Obama Health Care Law Should Be Completely Thrown Out, States Lawyer Says
bloomberg.com - 12-18-10
The Obama administration's health- care reform should be thrown out because it overreaches the federal government's authority, opponents argued in a Florida lawsuit three days after a judge in Virginia ruled part of the law unconstitutional.
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Google explores the human body with HTML5
content.usatoday.com - 12-17-10
Google has just soft-launched its latest browser experiment, the Google Body Browser, which is basically Google Earth for the human body.
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Amsterdam's pot "coffee shops" could go up in smoke
travel.usatoday.com - 12-17-10
A new ruling by Europe's highest court may help pave the way for a ban on foreign tourists buying marijuana at free-wheeling "coffee shops" in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities.
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Vitamin D: why are so many people deficient?
telegraph.co.uk - 12-17-10
Vitamin D is a group of chemicals that the body needs for good health.
In particular it helps maintain healthy bones due in part to its role in aiding calcium absorption.
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Eating lunch at your computer could make you fat: Snacking at your keyboard boosts your appetite later on
dailymail.co.uk - 12-17-10
Many of us are guilty of absent-mindedly reaching for a Danish pastry with one hand while tapping on the computer keyboard with the other.
Now scientists have revealed that eating at your desk makes you far more likely to snack later in the day.
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Seaweed extract found to prevent H1N1 infection
naturalnews.com - 12-17-10
New research published in the journal PLoS ONE has found that a red seaweed-based compound known as Carrageenan is an effective treatment against the common cold, viruses and even H1N1 influenza. The substance works by binding directly to viruses and preventing them from attaching to cells and spreading throughout the body.
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Drink your sleep troubles away: tart cherry juice helps beat insomnia
naturalnews.com - 12-17-10
Millions of Americans have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, resulting in excessive fatigue and even more serious consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): "Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression...it is also responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents."
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Weight gain seems to change the brain's response to food
usatoday.com - 12-17-10
Most people probably find drinking a milkshake a pleasurable experience, sometimes highly so. But apparently that's less apt to be the case among those who are overweight or obese.
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Kids Under 12 Drink Caffeine Every Day
myfoxny.com - 12-17-10
As many as 75 percent of American children consume caffeine daily, which is leading to sleep problems among the biggest consumers of caffeine, a study published Thursday in the Journal of Pediatrics found.
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Liposuction, Laxatives: Military Struggles to Make Weight
abcnews.go.com - 12-16-10
Like many in the U.S. Marine Corps, Gunnery Sgt. Torres, 34, looks like the model of a great build. For 15 years, his career has been defined by ruck marches, long runs, and physical demands of deployment. And for many years Torres body built to keep up his strength.
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Many asthma sufferers 'have garden MOULD growing on their lungs'
dailymail.co.uk - 12-16-10
A common garden mould that causes an allergic reaction in asthmatics actually grows in many sufferers' lungs, scientists have found.
The discovery was made during research into the impact of the mould Aspergillus fumigates on asthmatics. The funghi is usually found in soil and compost heaps.
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We're living longer... but not healthier: Children born today will suffer an extra year of disabilities than those born three decades ago
dailymail.co.uk - 12-16-10
Living longer is not necessarily a bed of roses – it may mean more years spent struggling with disability, researchers say.
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Hitting five-a-day fruit and vegetable target 'would save 15,000 lives'
dailymail.co.uk - 12-16-10
At least 33,000 lives could be saved each year if the nation ate more healthily, claim researchers.
Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day would by itself prevent 15,000 early deaths, ­including 7,000 from coronary heart disease, almost 5,000 from cancer and more than 3,000 from stroke.
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"Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
cbsnews.com - 12-16-10
There's good news about good cholesterol: A new study in the Archives of Neurology by Columbia University reveals that having high levels of "good" HDL cholesterol may reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease by 60 percent.
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Omega-3s are incredibly potent anti-inflammatory supplements
naturalnews.com - 12-16-10
Omega-3 fatty acids are "incredibly potent" anti-inflammatories, which may explain why they have been linked with lowered rates of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-San Diego and published in the journal Cell.
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FDA Panel Calls for Safety Review of Mercury in Dental Fillings
consumer.healthday.com - 12-16-10
U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers urged the agency to take a new look at data that may indicate potential safety problems with dental fillings that include mercury.
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Listeria warning to cancer patients
bbc.co.uk - 12-16-10
Advice for pregnant women on avoiding soft cheeses and certain other foods should be extended to cancer patients, according to public health experts.
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Can't learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists
telegraph.co.uk - 12-15-10
The brain can learn a new word in less than 15 minutes, according to scientists, whose finding will rob many of the excuse that they can't learn a foreign language.
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Germany bans cultivation of GM corn
naturalnews.com - 12-15-10
The German government has banned the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) corn, calling it "a danger to the environment."
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Scans prove that acupuncture induces clear metabolic brain changes that eliminate pain
naturalnews.com - 12-15-10
New research adds more evidence proving that acupuncture is effective at reducing and eliminating pain. Presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the new findings include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans that clearly show a positive change in the metabolic activity of patients' brains receiving acupuncture treatment.
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Group urges NIH to require public disclosure of medical researchers' industry connections
naturalnews.com - 12-15-10
Industry-funded investigators and researchers that are also on the payroll of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) often go unnoticed because no rule exists requiring them to make such information public. But in an effort to increase transparency, honesty, and full disclosure within the medical community, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) is urging the NIH to include public disclosure requirements in its Final Rule on the issue.
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U.S.: More teens smoke marijuana than cigarettes
usatoday.com - 12-15-10
More high school seniors this year used marijuana than smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to government data released Tuesday.
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Clue to brain power of fighter pilots
bbc.co.uk - 12-15-10
Fighter pilots may owe their ability to perform under pressure to the way their brains are wired-up, scans suggest.
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Beauty sleep concept is not a myth, says study
bbc.co.uk - 12-15-10
The idea of people needing "beauty sleep" has acquired some scientific backing, according to a Swedish study.
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Many Brain Tumor Patients Turn to Alternative Therapies
businessweek.com - 12-15-10
About 40 percent of patients with incurable brain tumors use alternative therapies in addition to conventional treatments, finds a new study.
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More Obesity Among Poorer Women But Not Poorer Men In America
medicalnewstoday.com - 12-15-10
Contrary to what many people think, poorer American males are not more likely to be obese than their richer counterparts; but adult females nearer the poverty levels are, according to a new report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics. Rates of adult male obesity are fairly similar throughout all income levels, the authors reveal, with a slight increase among higher income men.
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Doctors Claim HIV-Positive Man Cured by Stem Cell Transplant
foxnews.com - 12-15-10
There's an estimated 33 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, and now doctors believe one of them may have been cured of the virus after receiving a stem cell transplant in 2007, the medical journal Blood reported.
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Unique brain scan tracks disease
google.com - 12-15-10
A unique brain scan study has tracked the course of Alzheimer's disease in an individual patient from early development to death.
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Low Vitamin D Levels Common in Breast Cancer
webmd.com - 12-15-10
More than half of women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels, British researchers report.
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Pregnancy Depression Impacts Stress Hormones of Babies
emaxhealth.com - 12-15-10
Depression during pregnancy has many health implications, including a new effect seen in babies born to depressed mothers. Research from the University of Michigan School of Medicine has found that these babies have higher levels of stress hormones, decreased muscle tone, and other neurological and behavioral differences.
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Leukaemia researchers 'switch off faulty stem cells'
telegraph.co.uk - 12-14-10
Leukaemia research has taken a "critical step forward", say British scientists, after they managed to turn off faulty stem cells that trigger the disease.
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Moms who don't breastfeed have much higher risk of type-2 diabetes
naturalnews.com - 12-14-10
Mothers who do not breastfeed their infants may be significantly increasing their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and published in the American Journal of Medicine.
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Sunscreen chemicals absorbed into body, found in 85 percent of human milk samples
naturalnews.com - 12-14-10
Before you apply creams, lotions, cosmetics and sunscreens to your skin, it might be a good idea to find out what's really in them. What's more, you need to know those ingredients aren't necessarily just coating the outside layers of your skin.
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Women's health goals unmet in USA, report finds
usatoday.com - 12-14-10
The United States has failed to reach almost every goal set for women's health, a new report says.
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Oxycontin, similar drugs up fracture, heart attack risk
cnn.com - 12-14-10
Doctors are increasingly turning to Oxycontin and similar painkillers to treat arthritis and other conditions in older people, but the drugs may not be as safe as once thought.
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Scientists Discover Substance That Causes Pain
health.com - 12-14-10
The human body produces a substance similar to capsaicin - which makes chili peppers hot - at sites of pain, and blocking production of this substance can ease pain, a new study shows.
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What's Good for Heart May Also Be Good for Brain
consumer.healthday.com - 12-14-10
Sticking to a heart-healthy lifestyle may also ward off Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study that suggests that raising "good" cholesterol levels can help prevent the brain disorder in older people.
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Health Reform Law
consumer.healthday.com - 12-14-10
A federal judge ruled Monday that the new U.S. health-care reform law is unconstitutional, saying the federal government has no authority to require citizens to buy health insurance.
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UK among Europe's unhealthiest nations, report suggests
bbc.co.uk - 12-14-10
The UK is one of the unhealthiest nations in Europe when it comes to certain factors, data suggests.
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Scan detects womb cancer even before symptoms appear
dailymail.co.uk - 12-13-10
A test that can detect womb -cancer in women months or even years before they show any symptoms has been developed by British doctors.
The ultrasound scan can pick up the first signs of tumours in patients who feel perfectly healthy.
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Gene research gives hope for women with endometriosis
bbc.co.uk - 12-13-10
Researchers have identified two genetic variants that increase the risk of women developing endometriosis.
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Single tobacco may contain 70 chemicals that cause cancer
emaxhealth.com - 12-13-10
Quit smoking while there is time. Even one cigarette can cause an immediate damage to the smoker's health as one tobacco may contain seventy chemicals that cause cancer.
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Want to lose weight? Get out of depression
sify.com - 12-12-10
Improving your mood might be the link to losing those extra pounds, suggests a new study.
The new study cites past surveys that show having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more - classified as obese - increases a person's risk of depression by 50 percent to 150 percent.
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Pregnant Cancer Patients Shouldn't Delay Treatment, Speed Birth
bloomberg.com - 12-12-10
Pregnant women who are diagnosed with breast cancer shouldn't delay treatment or hasten delivery to avoid exposing the baby to chemotherapy, doctors said.
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Could I be depressed even though I don't cry? (...and all the other questions you ever wanted to ask about depression)
dailymail.co.uk - 12-12-10
A GP, usually the first port of call for someone suffering depression, may prescribe anti-depressants.
However, the latest NICE guideline for treating depression is to use them alongside cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a talking treatment that focuses on current problems rather than the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past.
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13 Million Packages of Rolaids Recalled
abcnews.go.com - 12-12-10
Johnson & Johnson recalled over 13 million packages of Rolaids antacids Thursday after reports that metal and wood particles were found in the products.
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Mainstream media agrees that food safety bill will do nothing to improve food safety
naturalnews.com - 12-12-10
A recent editorial in Forbes magazine online slams the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "Food Safety Modernization Act" for being a huge waste of taxpayer money, and an effort that will do absolutely nothing to actually improve food safety. What it will do, says the article, is run small- and medium-sized food operations out of business, raise food prices, and essentially give the FDA unlimited power over the food supply.
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Principle of astrology proven to be scientific: planetary position imprints biological clocks of mammals
naturalnews.com - 12-12-10
Mention the word "astrology" and skeptics go into an epileptic fit. The idea that someone's personality could be imprinted at birth according to the position of the sun, moon and planets has long been derided as "quackery" by the so-called "scientific" community which resists any notion based on holistic connections between individuals and the cosmos.
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US life expectancy continues to plummet, but not because of inadequate health care
naturalnews.com - 12-12-10
A new report published in the journal Health Affairs says the U.S. has dropped to 49th place in overall life expectancy among the nations of the world. The report blames the nation's failing health care system and lack of universal health coverage as the culprit. But the true causes of America's poor health include things like its broken food system, overuse of chemical pesticides, and dependence on pharmaceutical drugs -- all of which are poisoning the population and the environment, and lowering lifespans.
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Stray Breast Tumor Cells in Early Chemo Could Be Bad Sign
consumer.healthday.com - 12-12-10
High levels of breast cancer tumor cells circulating in the blood during the first round of chemotherapy are a sign that the patient may not do well in the long run.
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Cycling just five hours a week 'could damage a man's fertility'
dailymail.co.uk - 12-11-10
Cycling for at least five hours a week can affect a man's fertility, according to researchers.
Previous studies have shown that professional cyclists are likely to suffer lower sperm counts and poor semen quality.
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Wholegrains reduce stroke by as much as drugs: research
telegraph.co.uk - 12-11-10
Eating more whole-grain bread, rice and oats could be as effective at drugs at reducing the risk of stroke, research by Aberdeen University has found.
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Leaked reports reveal US government pushing hard for GMOs in Africa
naturalnews.com - 12-11-10
Information obtained from several WikiLeaks reports exposes a potential U.S. government plot to thrust genetically-modified organisms (GMO) on the continent of Africa. According to verbiage found in the leaked messages, it appears that the recent creation by the Pentagon of AFRICOM, a U.S. military command post headquartered in Africa, was at least in part done for the purpose of securing access to the continent's natural resources, as well as establishing a GMO foothold there.
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GMO canola contaminates majority of land on organic farm
naturalnews.com - 12-11-10
Just as many in the natural health community have been saying for years, a recent report out of Australia explains that genetically-modified organisms (GMO) are fully capable of spreading to and contaminating nearby non-GMO and organic crop fields. In the first case of its kind in Australia, an organic farmer may sue the creator of a variety of GMO canola that has invaded his fields and contaminated at least two-thirds of them.
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Obama's Evergreen Revolution a ploy to push GMOs
naturalnews.com - 12-11-10
The Obama Administration is working towards a second "Green Revolution" in agriculture known as the "Evergreen Revolution". This sequel to prior agriculture industrialization efforts in India in the mid-20th century is being heralded by some as the next step in sustainable food production for the populations of the world. But a closer look reveals that one of the primary thrusts of the initiative is to push GMOs both in India and around the world.
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Poor nations face 'greater hospital infection burden'
bbc.co.uk - 12-11-10
The fight against malaria and TB in the developing world should not obscure the problems poor countries face with hospital infections, experts say.
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Slow protein clearance 'clue to Alzheimer's'
bbc.co.uk - 12-11-10
Scientists suggest people with Alzheimer's disease clear a damaging protein from their brains more slowly than those who are healthy.
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40 Million in U.S. Driving Drunk or Drugged
businessweek.com - 12-11-10
Despite massive efforts to curb drunk driving, some 30 million Americans are driving drunk and another 10 million are driving drugged each year, federal officials report.
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Certain Drug Combinations May Beat Back Aggressive Breast Cancer
businessweek.com - 12-11-10
Combinations of targeted therapies for an especially aggressive type of breast cancer could potentially usher the majority of affected patients into remission, researchers at a major breast cancer meeting said Friday.
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U.S. Life Expectancy Down
webmd.com - 12-10-10
Overall U.S. life expectancy dropped a tenth of a year to 77.8. It's down by a fifth of a year in white men and women but up to 70 years for black men -- an all-time high.
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Starfish could provide non-sticky cure for asthma and arthritis, say marine scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 12-10-10
Starfish may soon provide an unlikely treatment for inflammatory conditions such as asthma and arthritis, according to marine scientists.
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Sick care systems unaffordable to governments of the world
naturalnews.com - 12-10-10
The British health care system will become "unaffordable" within the next few decades if the obesity epidemic is not somehow stemmed, warned government advisor David Hunter of Durham University.
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Slow protein clearance 'clue to Alzheimer's'
bbc.co.uk - 12-10-10
Scientists suggest people with Alzheimer's disease clear a damaging protein from their brains more slowly than those who are healthy.
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Estrogen-Only Hormone Therapy May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk for Some
businessweek.com - 12-10-10
In a finding that seems to counter the prevailing wisdom that any form of hormone replacement therapy raises the risk of breast cancer, a new look at some old data suggests that estrogen-only hormone therapy might protect a small subset of postmenopausal women against the disease.
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History of aspirin
telegraph.co.uk - 12-9-10
More than 100 years after the invention of aspirin it is being used to treat an increasingly wide-ranging set of conditions. Here is a history of how the drug was created.
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Number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks rises
telegraph.co.uk - 12-9-10
The number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment on the NHS has risen by 15 per cent since it was scrapped as a target, new figures show.
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Eating purple fruit could fend off Alzheimer's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
telegraph.co.uk - 12-9-10
Eating purple coloured fruit such as blueberries could help ward off Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's because it soaks up harmful iron compounds, new research suggests.
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Blood test can predict heart attacks years in advance
telegraph.co.uk - 12-9-10
A simple blood test can predict if someone is going to have a heart attack up to six years before it occurs, researchers have said.
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Antibiotics largely pass through body unabsorbed and pollute environment
naturalnews.com - 12-9-10
A Virginia Tech researcher and her colleagues recently discovered that the vast majority of common antibiotic drugs end up passing through the body without breaking down and metabolizing. In fact, up to 90 percent of most antibiotics are not absorbed by the body, and end up being discharged into the natural environment where they cause antibiotic resistance genes and "superbugs" to emerge.
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Urgent: Democrats attempting to pass Food Safety Act by hiding it inside appropriations bill HR 3082
naturalnews.com - 12-9-10
In a last-ditch effort to resurrect S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, House Democrats are effectively hiding approval of the bill inside another bill -- HR 3082, an appropriations bill meant to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Study finds money contaminated with BPA
naturalnews.com - 12-9-10
A new test conducted by the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has revealed that the plastics chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is most likely lurking in your wallet. According to the findings, nearly every dollar bill tested in the multi-state analysis revealed BPA contamination, likely from BPA-laden receipts that rub off onto the cash.
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S 510 Food Safety bill is still alive and may unleash a new army of FDA agents
naturalnews.com - 12-9-10
The U.S. government wants to know where your greenhouse is. Under Senate Bill 510 -- which is now back in the hands of the U.S. Senate after the House hid an amendment in an appropriations bill and passed it last night -- American food producers would be required to register their facilities with the U.S. government. The feds, it seems, want a database of food growers so they know who to target for surprise inspections (show me your papers!).
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Holiday binge busted: Try kale chips
usatoday.com - 12-9-10
'Tis the season - to be snacking! As soon we've managed to scrape off the stuck-on bits at the bottom of the turkey roasting pan, we're back on the feed train, a 31-day grazing tour of cheese balls, eggnog fountains and chip-and-dip platters.
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As medical marijuana proliferates, pot prices decline
usatoday.com - 12-9-10
Recreational users of marijuana are seeing price cuts on the street thanks to the growing number of states that have approved the drug for medicinal use.
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Certain Formulations of Omega-3s Might Help With Depression
consumer.healthday.com - 12-9-10
Omega-3 fatty acids may help alleviate depression but only when a particular type of fatty acid called DHA is used in the right ratio with another fatty acid known as EPA, a new study suggests.
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Ventilator patients helped by music says study
bbc.co.uk - 12-9-10
Playing music to hospital patients on ventilators helps them to breathe more easily, findings show.
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Church-goers tend to be happier people
msn.com - 12-8-10
Religious people are more satisfied with their lives than nonbelievers, but a new study finds it's not a relationship with God that makes the devout happy. Instead, the satisfaction boost may come from closer ties to earthly neighbors.
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It's not just girls: Boys are now hitting puberty a year earlier, finds study
dailymail.co.uk - 12-8-10
Boys are on a faster track to puberty reaching the milestone an average year earlier than their fathers' generation, a study has found.
A study in Bulgaria found boys today start to develop at 12 years old, while those in the 1970s began changing when they were aged 13.
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Effects of Stress on Your Skin
webmd.com - 12-8-10
Stress can wreak havoc on your health. It has been linked to a number of health problems, including depression and anxiety, sleep disorders, headache, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and more. Stress can affect your skin by aggravating skin problems, such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and hives. Stress can also affect your hair and nails. It can be a vicious cycle, with stress causing skin problems and skin problems causing stress.
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Pomegranates prevent infections
naturalnews.com - 12-8-10
Pomegranates have been found to be one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world, and a new Israeli study has demonstrated the fruit's amazing ability to fight and prevent infection. Researchers discovered that patients with kidney disease who are undergoing dialysis can considerably reduce their likelihood of infection by drinking just a few cups of pomegranate juice a week.
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U.S. war veterans being killed with high-dose psychiatric drugs
naturalnews.com - 12-8-10
Questions are being raised over whether a widely prescribed anti-psychotic drug may be contributing to the deaths of traumatized U.S. war veterans.
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TSA workers, experts worry about radiation exposure
usatoday.com - 12-8-10
When investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's workplace safety team visited a dozen airports in 2003 and 2004, what they found was disturbing - at least to federal airport workers.
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Half of Europeans overweight: report
cbc.ca - 12-8-10
More than half of adults in the European Union are overweight or obese, according to a new report.
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12 Surprising Sources of Caffeine
health.com - 12-7-10
Overworked and sleep-deprived, more people are using caffeine as an energy crutch than ever before, experts say. That's not all bad: In fact, 250 milligrams of caffeine per day-that's two to three cups of joe-wakes up the brain, improves concentration, relieves stress, and may also help you live longer.
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Quarter of over 50s 'cheat on their partner'
telegraph.co.uk - 12-7-10
A quarter of over 50s cheat on their partner, according to a survey which paints a picture of them as a generation of "silver swingers".
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Thrill-Seeking Gene Can Lead to More Sex Partners
abcnews.go.com - 12-7-10
SUNY Scientists Find Longer DRD4 Gene Can Lead to Double Risk for Promiscuity, Infidelity.
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The bacteria timebomb in your home
dailymail.co.uk - 12-7-10
Most of us never give a second thought to how long we've had that old -chopping board - or those pillows, even that hairbrush.
But while they may all look clean and serviceable enough, these seemingly innocent household items can actually harbour potentially harmful bacteria if used too long, regardless of how often they're cleaned.
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California judge orders illegal GMO sugar beet crops destroyed
naturalnews.com - 12-7-10
For the first time in history, a judge has ruled that an illegally-planted, genetically-modified (GM) crop be destroyed. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of California ruled back in August that all future plantings of GM sugar beets cease until the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a valid environmental impact statement (EIS) proving the crop's safety. However, the USDA recently violated this ruling and permitted Monsanto to plant the crops anyway, spurring Judge White to order that they be destroyed.
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Food allergy guidelines urge doctors to be thorough
usatoday.com - 12-7-10
Doctors should take a thorough medical history when they suspect a patient might have a food allergy, according to the first-ever clinical guidelines for diagnosing and managing such allergies, made public today. The guidelines include a list of the most useful tests to determine the nature of the allergy.
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Could Cell Phones Raise Odds for Behavioral Woes in Kids?
consumer.healthday.com - 12-7-10
Children exposed to cell phones in the womb and after birth had a higher risk of behavior problems by their seventh birthday, possibly related to the electromagnetic fields emitted by the devices, a new study of nearly 29,000 children suggests.
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Cancer cells can be burned up with magnetic pulses
telegraph.co.uk - 12-6-10
Scientists have found they can surround cancer cells with tiny particles of iron oxide that vibrate when in a magnetic field, causing the cells to heat up.
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Artificial 'nano-food' could soon show up at a store near you
naturalnews.com - 12-6-10
The scientific community has once again caught food-tampering fever. Recent reports indicate that food scientists are busy developing nanoparticle-modified (NM) food that could one day end up on your dinner plate -- and you may never even know about it. By shifting around nanoparticles, food scientists say that fat-free foods can taste like full-fat foods, and they can be programmed to digest more slowly--two changes that some say may help reverse the obesity epidemic.
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Surgeons receive millions from Big Pharma to promote medical devices in journals
naturalnews.com - 12-6-10
Medical professionals commonly write articles for popular medical journals that endorse specific drugs or medical devices. But a new study has found that most fail to disclose the fact that they are receiving direct compensation from Big Pharma for such endorsements, which is often to the tune of millions of dollars.
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Celebrity-branded perfumes loaded with toxic petrochemicals
naturalnews.com - 12-6-10
Even high-end perfumes are made with cocktails of dangerous and untested chemicals that may produce problems from allergies to hormone disruption, a study by the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has found.
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Gene Therapy Corrected Rare Bleeding Disorder: Study
consumer.healthday.com - 12-6-10
Using gene therapy, German researchers report that they managed to "correct" a malfunctioning gene responsible for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, a rare but devastating childhood disorder that leads to prolonged bleeding from even minor hits or scrapes, and also leaves these children vulnerable to certain cancers and dangerous infections.
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Study offers hope of 'repairing' MS damage
bbc.co.uk - 12-6-10
Scientists have identified a way of prompting nerve system repair in multiple sclerosis (MS).
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New hope for children with relapsed leukaemia
telegraph.co.uk - 12-5-10
A new treatment for children who relapse with a type of leukaemia has been found to improve survival rates dramatically.
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County sues farmer for growing too many crops
naturalnews.com - 12-5-10
A Georgia farmer is being sued by the county for growing too many vegetables on his land, in a case local food critics say is indicative of the backwardness of many local zoning laws.
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CDC and EPA caught withholding truth about toxic drinking water
naturalnews.com - 12-5-10
A recent story from The Washington Post reveals that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knowingly dragged their feet on releasing an important report about the dangers of contaminated drinking water supplies. And top officials are now trying to justify this reprehensible action by claiming the agencies were only acting out of a human instinct that is "slow to admit error."
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Industry, government push GMO oranges as solution to pest problem
naturalnews.com - 12-5-10
Problem, reaction, solution: that's the name of the game in the U.S., and it's how sweeping changes that would otherwise never happen end up coming to pass. Currently, a widespread pest problem among citrus plants known as "greening" allegedly threatens the continued existence of orange fruit production, and the only way to fix it, say some, is to genetically-alter orange trees to resist the pest.
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Tanned women live longer (as long as you sunbathe sensibly), say scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 12-4-10
Women who regularly sunbathe live longer, a leading cancer specialist has claimed.
Hakan Olsson says his research shows the health benefits of exposure to sunlight 'far outweigh' the danger of skin cancer.
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Why quitting smoking actually improves your mood, say scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 12-4-10
Many smokers reach for a cigarette to help ease their anxiety during stressful periods.
However, American researchers have found that quitting smoking makes people happier, and the effect lasts for as long as they manage to kick the habit.
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Dementia is the brain mangling memories in the first place
telegraph.co.uk - 12-4-10
Dementia is not about forgetting things, it's not remembering them properly in the first place, new research suggests.
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Coca leaves first chewed 8,000 years ago, says research
bbc.co.uk - 12-4-10
Peruvian foraging societies were already chewing coca leaves 8,000 years ago, archaeological evidence has shown.
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Bird songs lend therapeutic powers to hospital patients
naturalnews.com - 12-4-10
Children who listen to recordings of bird songs behave more calmly when receiving medical treatment, according to those behind a new project at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, England.
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Eight-hundred percent increase in weight-loss surgeries since 2003
naturalnews.com - 12-4-10
The number of weight-loss (bariatric) surgeries in the United Kingdom has increased 800 percent over the course of five years, according to the National Health Service (NHS) Information Center.
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Canadian biotech company pushes USDA to approve GMO apples
naturalnews.com - 12-4-10
Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), a British Columbian biotechnology company, is petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a genetically-modified (GM) variety of apple that the company says does not brown after being sliced. The company licensed the technology from Australian researchers who have already used it in potatoes to eliminate the browning enzyme. The current request marks the first time a company has sought approval for GM apples.
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Study: School vending machines undermine student nutrition
usatoday.com - 12-4-10
The contents of school vending machines contribute to bad eating habits and poor nutrition, a new study shows.
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Research Finds Not All HIV Affects Immune System Same Way
consumer.healthday.com - 12-4-10
In some cases, virus has mutations that keep it from killing immune cells, study finds.
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Common Epilepsy Drug Taken During Pregnancy Might Raise Spina Bifida Risk
consumer.healthday.com - 12-4-10
Pregnant women with epilepsy who are taking carbamazepine (Tegretol) to control seizures may be at a slightly increased risk of having an infant with spina bifida, a new study finds.
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Special Report: A day without genetically altered orange juice
reuters.com - 12-3-10
For many Americans, few things seem more wholesome than a glass of fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice, the original "natural food." As former beauty queen Anita Bryant chirped more than four decades ago, in what remains a fondly remembered tagline: "A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine."
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Why pregnant women should avoid diet sodas
naturalnews.com - 12-3-10
Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened soft drinks are more likely to give birth prematurely, according to a study conducted by researchers from researchers from the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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Radiation scientists agree TSA naked body scanners could cause breast cancer and sperm mutations
naturalnews.com - 12-3-10
The news about the potential health dangers of the TSA's naked body scanners just keeps getting worse. An increasing number of doctors and scientists are going public with their warnings about the health implications of subjecting yourself to naked body scanners. These include Dr Russell Blaylock (see below) as well as several professors from the University of California who are experts in X-ray imaging.
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Lifestyle Key to Preventing Stroke, Guidelines Say
consumer.healthday.com - 12-3-10
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk for first-time stroke by 80 percent, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
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Miscarriage 'raises heart risk'
.bbc.co.uk - 12-3-10
Having multiple miscarriages increases the risk of a heart attack later in life, according to researchers.
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Omega 3 Rich Foods Protect Seniors From Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
medicalnewstoday.com - 12-3-10
Seniors whose diets are rich in omega 3 fatty acids have a significantly lower risk of developing AMD (age-related macular degeneration) compared to other people of the same age, scientists revealed in the journal Ophthalmology. Good sources of Omega 3s are cold water oily fish, such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring and salmon, as well as several types of shellfish.
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NASA: Life in Space? Not Quite, but Life That Thrives on Arsenic
abcnews.go.com - 12-2-10
Life in space? Not quite. But to scientists in the arcane field of astrobiology, it's still pretty cool.
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NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
nasa.gov - 12-2-10
NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.
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Excess weight shortens lifespan
cnn.com - 12-2-10
Being overweight or obese may take years off your life, even if you don't have heart disease or cancer, according to a new study of nearly 1.5 million people.
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Snoring, Sleep Problems May Signal Heart Risk
news.health.com - 12-2-10
People who snore loudly, have difficulty falling asleep, or often wake up feeling tired may have more to worry about than dozing off at work. A new study suggests they may also be at increased risk of developing heart disease and other health problems down the road.
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Slideshow: The Truth About Cat People and Dog People
pets.webmd.com - 12-2-10
Are you a cat person or a dog person? The answer may say a lot about your personality. A survey developed at the University of Texas at Austin found that some stereotypes about cat and dog lovers may be true, and you may be a lot more like your furry friend than you ever realized. Browse our gallery to see where you stand - and how other Americans divide into cat people vs. dog people.
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Feeling angry? Why a spoonful of sugar sweetens your mood
dailymail.co.uk - 12-2-10
The next time you are nearing the end of your tether, consider some time out with a chocolate bar.
High sugar levels can help control aggression and prevent loss of temper, researchers have found.
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How eating oily fish can prevent you going blind
dailymail.co.uk - 12-2-10
A diet rich in oily fish could hold the key to preventing blindness among thousands of the elderly, research has found.
The omega-3 group of fatty acids, found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and fresh tuna, may help protect against the most common form of sight loss among older people, it suggests.
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S 510 Food Safety bill now dead in the water due to blue slip mistake
naturalnews.com - 12-2-10
It is now being revealed that US Senators slipped up in a big way when passing the Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday: They added what are effectively "new taxes" into the bill, and according to the U.S. Constitution, only the House of Representatives can initiate legislation requiring new taxes.
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Broccoli extracts prevent stomach disorders
naturalnews.com - 12-2-10
Extracts from broccoli and plantain may help boost the stomach's defenses against infection, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool in collaboration with Scottish and Swedish researchers, and published in the journal Gut.
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Working With Pesticides May Affect Memory and More
consumer.healthday.com - 12-2-10
Being exposed to pesticides over a long period of time might be linked to dementia, a new study of agricultural workers suggests.
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Aging With HIV a New Reality for Many Over 50
consumer.healthday.com - 12-2-10
The number of older infected people keeps growing, bringing unique challenges.
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Index finger length prostate cancer clue
bbc.co.uk - 12-2-10
The length of a man's fingers can provide clues to his risk of prostate cancer, according to new research.
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Tests for H.I.V. Reach a Record
nytimes.com - 12-2-10
The number of American adults tested for H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, reached a record high in 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
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7 Foods That Cause Acid Reflux
health.com - 12-1-10
When it comes to acid reflux, there are certain foods that are almost universally problematic.
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High levels of natural plant antioxidant alpha-carotene are associated with fewer deaths from all causes
naturalnews.com - 12-1-10
Picture this: a chemical is discovered that has amazing health-protecting powers. In fact, if a person consumes enough of the potent life guarding compound, his or her chances of dying from heart disease, cancer or any other reason will plummet for many, many years into the future. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030574_alpha-carotene_antioxidants.html#ixzz16pwbEnSc
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Top ten lies about Senate Bill 510
naturalnews.com - 12-1-10
The Food Safety Modernization Act looks like it's headed to become law. It's being hailed as a "breakthrough" achievement in food safety, and it would hand vast new powers and funding to the FDA so that it can clean up the food supply and protect all Americans from food-borne pathogens.
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Top ten lies about Senate Bill 510
naturalnews.com - 12-1-10
The Food Safety Modernization Act looks like it's headed to become law. It's being hailed as a "breakthrough" achievement in food safety, and it would hand vast new powers and funding to the FDA so that it can clean up the food supply and protect all Americans from food-borne pathogens.
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Confusing Labeling Found on Many Nonprescription Kids' Meds
consumer.healthday.com - 12-1-10
The admonishment to parents to carefully follow the directions on the labels of over-the-counter kids' medicines may be futile, new research suggests.
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HIV Report Says 200,000 Americans Unaware They're Infected: Why?
cbsnews.com - 12-1-10
More than 25 years into the epidemic, Americans are reasonably well informed about HIV/AIDS. But a new report reveals that a shocking number of Americans remain in the dark about one very important question:
Am I infected?
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