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Mental illnesses share common DNA roots, study finds
nbcnews.com - 2-28-13
The biggest study yet into genetics and mental health has come up with a stunning result: The five most common mental illnesses -- autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia and major depression -- all have a common genetic root.
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Exercise can't undo sitting all day
upi.com - 2-28-13
Reducing sitting by 90 minutes a day could be more helpful in reducing type 2 diabetes than exercising regularly, British researchers say.
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Thriving cancer's 'chaos' explained
bbc.co.uk - 2-28-13
The way cancers make a chaotic mess of their genetic code in order to thrive has been explained by UK researchers.
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More Evidence That Smoking Raises Breast Cancer Risk
healthday.com - 2-28-13
Cigarette smoking appears to increase the risk of breast cancer, especially when women start smoking early in life, new research indicates.
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Gut Bacteria Help Regulate Blood Pressure
medicalnewstoday.com - 2-27-13
In a new study, US scientists suggest gut bacteria form part of a complex system that maintains the body's blood pressure. They have discovered a specialized odor-sensing receptor normally present in the nose can also be found in blood vessels throughout the body. In the gut, the receptor reacts to small molecules generated by bacteria by raising blood pressure. The study may aid understanding of how antibiotics, probiotics, and changes in diet affect blood pressure.
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Aspirin plus drug reduces stroke risk
upi.com - 2-27-13
Stroke patients or those with a transient ischemic attack who added Plavix to aspirin had less risk of a second stroke, U.S. and Chinese researchers say.
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Animals May Boost Social Interaction in Kids With Autism
healthday.com - 2-27-13
A new study finds that animals may help children with autism connect with other people.
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Countries With More Sugar in Food Supply Have More Diabetes
healthday.com - 2-27-13
It's a common belief that type 2 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar. While it's not nearly that simple, a new study bolsters the connection between the disorder and sugar consumption.
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Zinc may help tap down inflammation
upi.com - 2-26-13
Zinc helps control infections by gently tapping the brakes on the immune response in a way that prevents out-of-control inflammation, U.S. researchers say.
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Bad sleep 'dramatically' alters body
bbc.co.uk - 2-26-13
A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.
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Bad sleep 'dramatically' alters body
bbc.co.uk - 2-26-13
A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.
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More Younger Women Diagnosed With Advanced Breast Cancer: Study
healthday.com - 2-26-13
The number of younger women who have been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer has increased slowly, but steadily, since the 1970s, a new study indicates.
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Iron-Rich Diet Might Ease PMS Misery
healthday.com - 2-26-13
Millions of American women know the pain and emotional tumult of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. But a new study finds that diets full of iron from plant-based sources might help ease the condition.
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Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same
upi.com - 2-25-13
Yams and sweet potatoes are unrelated -- yams are tubers from Africa or Asia, sweet potatoes from the Caribbean or Latin America, a U.S. expert says.
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Healthy Older Women Advised Against Taking Calcium
healthday.com - 2-25-13
Healthy older women should not take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures, according to a final recommendation issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
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Mediterranean Diet Helps Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke: Results of PREDIMED Study Presented
sciencedaily.com - 2-25-13
Results of the PREDIMED study, aimed at assessing the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet in the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. They show that the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or tree nuts reduces by 30 percent the risk of suffering a cardiovascular death, a myocardial infarction or a stroke.
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Lack of sleep 'switches off' genes
telegraph.co.uk - 2-25-13
Getting fewer than six hours' sleep per night deactivates genes which play a key role in the body's constant process of self-repair and replenishment, according to a new study.
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Food Allergies Tied to Impaired Growth in Kids
healthday.com - 2-24-13
Food allergies appear to affect children's growth, a new study suggests.
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Oregon Claims State Ownership Over all Rainwater
worldtruth.tv - 2-24-13
But today, Jackson County, Oregon says it owns YOUR rainwater, and the county has sentenced a man to 30 days in jail and fined him over $1500, for the supposed "crime" of collecting rainwater on his own property.
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Over Two Thirds Of Sunbed Users Concerned They Are Aging Their Skin
medicalnewstoday.com - 2-23-13
Results of a survey by the charity Cancer Research UK show that more than two thirds (68%) of people who use sunbeds are concerned that the practice is aging their skin.
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Childhood Allergies May Be Affected by Race, Genetics
healthday.com - 2-23-13
Race and possibly genetics play a role in childhood allergies, according to a new study.
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Don't tell kids about past drug use, study finds
today.com - 2-22-13
OK, so you smoked a few joints, and maybe even tried something stronger. Youíre thinking that sharing your experiences with your kids will help drive home the anti-drug message. A little bit of the "I know where you are and Iíve been there myself" bonding-with-your-kid approach.
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Toxoplasmosis, from cats, can be severe
upi.com - 2-22-13
Acute toxoplasmosis, an infectious disease carried by cats, may be a much more severe illness than previously understood, researchers in New Zealand said.
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Relationship Worries Can Make You Sick
healthday.com - 2-22-13
Feeling insecure and frequently anxious about your romantic relationship can actually harm your health, new research contends.
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China admits pollution-linked 'cancer villages'
france24.com - 2-22-13
China's environment ministry has acknowledged the existence of "cancer villages", several years after widespread speculation first began that polluted areas were seeing a higher incidence of the disease.
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In U.S., flu vaccine worked in just over half of those who got itIn U.S., flu vaccine worked in just over half of those who got it
reuters.com - 2-21-13
A U.S. government analysis of this season's flu vaccine suggests it was effective in only 56 percent of people who got the shot, and it largely failed to protect the elderly against an especially deadly strain circulating during flu season.
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Drug overdose deaths up for 11th year
upi.com - 2-21-13
For the 11th consecutive year, U.S. drug overdose deaths increased, mostly by opioids -- illegal heroin or painkillers by prescription, health officials say.
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Mosquitoes ignore repellent Deet after first exposure
bbc.co.uk - 2-21-13
The widely used insect repellent Deet appears to be losing its effectiveness against mosquitoes, scientists say.
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Organic Tomatoes Accumulate More Vitamin C, Sugars Than Conventionally Grown Fruit
sciencedaily.com - 2-20-13
Tomatoes grown on organic farms accumulate higher concentrations of sugars, vitamin C and compounds associated with oxidative stress compared to those grown on conventional farms, according to research published February 20 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Maria Raquel Alcantara Miranda and colleagues from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Eating chips once a week could increase prostate cancer risk by a third
telegraph.co.uk - 2-19-13
Fried chicken, battered fish and doughnuts can also have the same effect, they warned. Worse still, the types of tumour linked with consumption of deep fried treats tend to be more aggressive and life threatening, research showed.
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Happiness tends to increase with age
upi.com - 2-19-13
Overall happiness and satisfaction with life tend to increase with age, but a person's well-being depends on when he or she was born, U.S. researchers say.
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Caffeine Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies
sciencedaily.com - 2-18-13
Maternal nutrition is important to a developing embryo and to the health of the child later in life. Supplementing the diet with specific vitamins is known to increase health of the fetus for example folic acid (vitamin B9) reduces the risk of spina bifida. However not everything an adult might consume is beneficial to a developing baby. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine shows that caffeine is linked to low birth weight babies and that caffeine from coffee in linked to increasing length of pregnancy.
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Scientists create 'sixth sense' brain implant to detect infrared light
telegraph.co.uk - 2-18-13
Scientists have created a "sixth sense" by creating a brain implant through which infrared light can be detected.
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Childhood TV addicts more likely to commit crime: study
breitbart.com - 2-18-13
Children who watch excessive amounts of television are more likely to have criminal convictions and show aggressive personality traits as adults, a New Zealand study has found.
"The risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by about 30 percent with every hour that children spent watching television on an average weeknight," co-author Bob Hancox said.
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