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Antibiotic resistance a "catastrophic threat": UK medical chief
reuters.com - 3-10-13
Antibiotic resistance poses a catastrophic threat to medicine and could mean patients having minor surgery risk dying from infections that can no longer be treated, Britain's top health official said on Monday.
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Salt linked to immune rebellion in study
bbc.co.uk - 3-10-13
The amount of salt in our diet could be involved in driving our own immune systems to rebel against us, leading to diseases such as multiple sclerosis, early laboratory findings suggest.
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CDC Warns Of SARS-Related Virus From Middle East
miami.cbslocal.com - 3-10-13
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new warning to state and local health officials about a virus that is related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and appeared for the first time in September 2012.
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Study: Even ancient mummies had clogged arteries
hosted.ap.org - 3-10-13
Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever study of mummies searching for the condition.
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Whole Foods: Products will carry GMO labeling
myfoxdc.com - 3-8-13
Whole Foods says all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018.
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Even for sperm, there is a season
nbcnews.com - 3-8-13
Autumn is the time of year most associated with bumper crops of new babies, and that may be because human sperm are generally at their healthiest in winter and early spring, according to a new study from Israel.
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Diabetes Costs The US $245 Billion A Year Says New Report
medicalnewstoday.com - 3-8-13
Diagnosed diabetes cost the United States an estimated $245 billion in 2012, according to new research released by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) this week. The new figure represents a 41% rise in five years. In 2007, when the cost were last estimated, it came to $174 billion.
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Salt linked to immune rebellion in study
bbc.co.uk - 3-8-13
The amount of salt in our diet could be involved in driving our own immune systems to rebel against us, leading to diseases such as multiple sclerosis, early laboratory findings suggest.
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'Violent Behavior' Occurs in Many Adult Sleepwalkers, Study Finds
healthday.com - 3-8-13
Adults don't always outgrow sleepwalking, and among those who don't, 58 percent may become violent and sometimes injure either themselves or their sleeping partner, a new study shows.
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Petroleum Jelly Tied to Vaginal Infection Risk in Study
healthday.com - 3-8-13
Women who use petroleum jelly vaginally may put themselves at risk of a common infection called bacterial vaginosis, a small study suggests.
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Weight Loss May Prevent, Treat Osteoarthritis in Obese Patients
sciencedaily.com - 3-8-13
Weight loss may prevent and significantly alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis, a progressive disease of the joints known as "wear and tear" arthritis, according to a literature review appearing in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).
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Study: Bee Venom Kills HIV
usnews.com - 3-8-13
Bees could hold the key to preventing HIV transmission. Researchers have discovered that bee venom kills the virus while leaving body cells unharmed, which could lead to an anti-HIV vaginal gel and other treatments.
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Processed meat 'early death' link
bbc.co.uk - 3-7-13
Sausages, ham, bacon and other processed meats appear to increase the risk of dying young, a study of half a million people across Europe suggests.
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Piling on Pounds When Younger May Lead to Enlarged Heart Later
healthday.com - 3-7-13
Carrying around excess body weight, particularly in early adulthood, can result in a dangerously enlarged heart later in life, a new study finds.
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Breath Test Could Detect And Diagnose Stomach Cancer
medicalnewstoday.com - 3-6-13
A simple test that analyzes the chemical signature of a patient's exhaled breath could help diagnose stomach cancer, according to new research by scientists from Israel and China reported online in the British Journal of Cancer this week.
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Causes of U.S. death for those under 50
upi.com - 3-6-13
The major U.S. causes of death for those age 50 and younger are unintentional injuries, drug overdose, non-communicable diseases and homicide, researchers say.
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Poor sleep linked to heart failure, Norwegian study says
bbc.co.uk - 3-6-13
People who have trouble drifting off to sleep may be at increased risk of heart failure, researchers say.
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Salty Diet Might Help Trigger MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis
healthday.com - 3-6-13
Eating lots of foods loaded with salt may do more than raise your blood pressure: Researchers report that it could also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, where the body's immune system mistakenly mounts an attack upon some part of the body.
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43,381 Viruses Found in Sewage, Many Unknown to Scientists
zen-haven.com - 3-6-13
Sewage samples obtained by scientists in Pittsburgh, Barcelona and Addis Ababa were found to contain 43,381 viruses — of which only 3,000 are currently charted by mainstream scientists.
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More bad news about superbug infections, CDC says
nbcnews.com - 3-5-13
There’s more evidence that untreatable or tough-to-treat infections from a rare but deadly superbug are on the rise in U.S. hospitals, ratcheting up concerns about stopping the spread before it gets worse, health officials said.
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Mid-life optimism linked to healthier cholesterol
reuters.com - 3-5-13
U.S. researchers found better levels of "good cholesterol" and other markers of heart health in the blood of middle-aged study subjects with a sunny outlook on life.
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Higher sugar = higher type 2 diabetes
upi.com - 3-5-13
Although obesity predisposes people to type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers suggest sugar may also have a direct, independent link to diabetes.
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Vitamin D may help prevent Alzheimer's
upi.com - 3-5-13
Vitamin D may help prevent Alzheimer's
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Eye-Tracking Tool Might Quickly Spot Stroke
healthday.com - 3-5-13
The key to correctly diagnosing when a case of dizziness is just vertigo or a life-threatening stroke may be surprisingly simple: a pair of goggles that measures eye movement at the bedside in as little as one minute, a new study contends.
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Green Tea Extract Interferes With the Formation of Amyloid Plaques in Alzheimer's Disease
sciencedaily.com - 3-5-13
Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a new potential benefit of a molecule in green tea: preventing the misfolding of specific proteins in the brain.
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Study Points to Declining Life Span for Some U.S. Women
wsj.com - 3-5-13
A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can't explain.
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Shelf Life Of Blood Nearer 3 Than 6 Weeks, Study
medicalnewstoday.com - 3-4-13
Blood banks consider six weeks to be the standard shelf life of blood for use in transfusion. Now a new small study from the US adds further evidence to suggest this timescale should be shortened to three weeks, because after that red cells in stored blood lose their ability to deliver oxygen where it is most needed.
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HIV baby 'cured' by treatment
bbc.co.uk - 3-4-13
A baby girl in the US born with HIV appears to have been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, doctors say.
The Mississippi child is now two-and-a-half years old and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.
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Drugs May Help Relieve Restless Legs Syndrome
healthday.com - 3-4-13
People suffering from restless legs syndrome may find some relief by taking one of several drugs approved to treat the condition, a new review confirms.
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Most Kids With Autism Overcome Language Delays, Study Finds
healthday.com - 3-4-13
Severe language delays early in the life of a child with autism can be overcome, especially if a child exhibits nonverbal intelligence.
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Herbal Viagra actually contains the real drug
upi.com - 3-3-13
Several "herbal remedies" for erectile dysfunction sold online actually contain the active ingredient from Viagra.
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Colorado medical-marijuana businesses have declined by 40 percent
denverpost.com - 3-3-13
Michael Lee is not a man who gives up easily.
When he opened his doors in 2005 as what he believes to be the first medical-marijuana dispensary in the state, he didn't know if police would come right through them and haul him off to jail.
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5 Hotel Health Risks You Didn't Know About 5 Hotel Health Risks You Didn't Know About 5 Hotel Health Risks You Didn't Know About
huffingtonpost.com - 3-3-13
Let's face it: Traveling can bring out the inner germaphobe in even the most adventurous of us, and for good reason. There are lots of health risks encountered in your hotel room that you won't necessarily find at home, from mold to industrial cleaning product residue. Didn't even cross your mind 'til now? Well, fear not -- more and more hotels are offering solutions, so your next hotel stay can be cleaner and safer than ever before.
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Deadly breast cancers are rising in young women
usatoday.com - 3-3-13
At a time when the USA is making progress overall against cancer, a new study suggests a worrisome rise in the number of young women diagnosed with advanced, incurable breast cancer.
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'Rapid response' operation carried out within 24 hours of suffering a mini-stroke cuts risk of another episode by a third
dailymail.co.uk - 3-3-13
Patients who have suffered a mini-stroke are now being offered ‘rapid-response’ surgery to prevent the condition worsening and leading to a full stroke.
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Queen admitted to hospital suffering from symptoms of gastroenteritis
telegraph.co.uk - 3-3-13
The Queen has been admitted to hospital in London after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace said today. All official engagements for this week will be either postponed or cancelled as a precaution, the Palace added.
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Sitting Less Reduces Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
medicalnewstoday.com - 3-2-13
People at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can reduce the risk by sitting less and moving around more frequently, rather than exercising regularly.
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Pot can be detected in blood a month later
upi.com - 3-2-13
U.S. researchers said cannabinoids -- psychoactive compounds of marijuana -- can be detected in the blood of daily pot smokers during a month of abstinence.
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Skin cancer 'able to fight off body's immune system'
bbc.co.uk - 3-2-13
A deadly form of skin cancer is able to fend off the body's immune system, UK researchers have found.
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1 in 8 Adults May Have Sensitive Teeth
healthday.com - 3-2-13
If you sometimes get a jolt of pain in your mouth when you drink or eat something hot or cold, you're not alone: A new survey of U.S. dental offices finds that one in eight people has over-sensitive teeth.
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Plastics Chemical BPA Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids
healthday.com - 3-2-13
Children exposed to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) may run a higher risk of developing asthma, a new study suggests.
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