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Huntington's disease is twice as common as thought as stigma stops sufferers seeking help
dailymail.co.uk - 6-30-10
At least twice as many people have the incurable brain illness Huntington's disease as previously thought, according to medical experts.
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Do IVF children suffer birth defects? Largest ever study is launched to find out
dailymail.co.uk - 6-30-10
More than 100,000 test-tube babies are to have their health tracked amid fears they are at higher risk of heart disease and diabetes in old age.
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Morning-after pill could save women with fibroids from pain and infertility
dailymail.co.uk - 6-30-10
The morning-after pill could free millions of women from the misery of fibroids, research suggests.
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Obesity and Kids: A Growing Problem, a Family Affair
medscape.com - 6-30-10
Over the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled for adults and tripled for kids. Two thirds of all adults in this country are either overweight or obese. Not even toddlers are escaping the problem. The 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data revealed that nearly one third of all US children over the age of 2 years are overweight or obese.
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Lives destroyed by happy pills: As our use of antidepressants DOUBLES in a decade, experts say thousands are being given dangerous drugs they don't need
dailymail.co.uk - 6-29-10
Clare Morgan was going through a rocky patch: her long-standing relationship had hit difficulties and she was struggling financially. But the self-described 'optimist' felt she was managing to cope.
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Airport body scanners deliver radiation dose 20 times higher than first thought, warns expert
dailymail.co.uk - 6-29-10
They say that the low level beam does deliver a small dose of radiation to the body but because the beam concentrates on the skin - one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the human body - that dose may be up to 20 times higher than first estimated.
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Scientists develop blood test that can detect Down's in unborn babies
dailymail.co.uk - 6-29-10
A cheap, safe blood test that can tell a woman if she is pregnant with a Down's syndrome baby is being developed by scientists.
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Entertaining emotions: TV may be teaching us to overreact
usatoday.com - 6-29-10
Marcie Fenster knows the reality TV shows she watches are purely for entertainment. She doesn't take them seriously and knows they're not that real.
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'Old swingers' at high risk of sex infections
bbc.co.uk - 6-29-10
Partner-swapping swingers could be bringing sexually transmitted infections into the general population, Dutch researchers warn.
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Pregnant drinking 'affects sperm'
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-29-10
Women who drink during pregnancy may be damaging the future fertility of their sons, research suggests.
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Obesity Rate Swells in 28 States
webmd.com - 6-29-10
Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, with the No. 1 ranking going to Mississippi, where 33.8% of adults are obese, according to a new report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010."
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Exploding gas bubbles could destroy cancer
telegraph.co.uk - 6-28-10
Exploding gas bubbles injected into the blood stream could provide a new way of destroying cancer cells in the body.
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Egg screening test 'predicts genetic problems'
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-28-10
A new egg screening technique, which doctors hope will boost the success rate of IVF, can predict genetic problems in 90% of cases, research shows.
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Nitrate content 'behind benefits of beetroot juice'
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-28-10
The nitrate content of beetroot juice helps lower blood pressure, research has shown.
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FDA seeks less use of antibiotics in animals to keep them effective for humans
washingtonpost.com - 6-28-10
The Food and Drug Administration urged farmers on Monday to stop giving antibiotics to cattle, poultry, hogs and other animals to spur their growth, citing concern that drug overuse is helping to create dangerous bacteria that do not respond to medical treatment and endanger human lives.
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Test to predict menopause age a step nearer
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-27-10
Doctors are a step closer to accurately predicting the age at which a woman will hit the menopause.
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Chocolate could help treat high blood pressure
telegraph.co.uk - 6-27-10
Just a chunk of chocolate a day could have the same effect on high blood pressure as half an hour of exercise, new research suggests.
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From bedbound to Spelbound: Five years ago the troupe's leader was so ill that he couldn't lift a can of Coke
dailymail.co.uk - 6-27-10
When Spelbound won Britain's Got Talent with a breathtaking acrobatic display earlier this month, the 13-strong troupe from Ashford, Middlesex, were immediately hailed as future Olympic medallists.
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Kellogg recalls four cereals after some report nausea
usatoday.com - 6-27-10
Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereals because an unusual smell and flavor from the packages' liners could make people ill, the company said Friday.
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Study uncovers new diabetes genes
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-27-10
Twelve new genes linked with type 2 diabetes have been found in a study into the differences in people's DNA and their risk of having the condition.
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Scientists find way to predict timing of menopause
reuters.com - 6-27-10
Iranian scientists say they have developed a way of using a simple blood test to predict accurately when women will reach the menopause, offering the chance for women to plan for family and career far in advance.
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Health Buzz: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California
health.usnews.com - 6-26-10
Whooping cough is being declared an epidemic in California, with state health officials saying the infection has sickened 910 children since January, four times the number of confirmed cases this time last year, the Los Angeles Times reports. The number could climb to more than 1,500 cases as local health departments continue to investigate.
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Plastics Chemical BPA May Be Tied to Ovarian Cysts
news.health.com - 6-26-10
There may be more troubling news about the ubiquitous plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA): Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have higher levels of the chemical in their bloodstream, a study finds.
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Will Huge TV Show Inspire Real-Life Obese Teens?
news.health.com - 6-26-10
Mia Procida, 14, will be starting her eighth summer at Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pa. at about the same time a new television show, called Huge, premieres on the ABC Family network on Monday, June 28th. Starring Nikki Blonsky and Hayley Hasselhoff, the show portrays the adventures and misadventures of seven teens attending a weight-loss camp a bit like Procida's.
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British children 'getting fatter at twice the rate of American youngsters'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-26-10
Researchers found that British children were spending double the amount on sugary products, snacks and treats as those living in the United States.
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Nearly 1 in 5 older women are going childless
usatoday.com - 6-26-10
More women today are childless: Nearly one in five end their childbearing years without having a baby, compared with one in 10 just 30 years ago. That's true for all racial and ethnic groups and for most education levels, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census data for women ages 40 to 44.
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High Cholesterol Risks: Top 2 Dangers
webmd.com - 6-26-10
A lot of people don't take the risks of high cholesterol very seriously. After all, one out of five people have high cholesterol. A staggering 50% of Americans have levels above the suggested limit. Could something so common really be a serious health risk?
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Diabetic girl, 6, has life saved four times a WEEK by dog which knows when she needs insulin
dailymail.co.uk - 6-25-10
Like most children, Rebecca Farrar adores her family's dog - but the six-year-old diabetic has a particularly special reason.
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Physical touch affects emotional mood
telegraph.co.uk - 6-25-10
Researchers found that the physical touch of your surroundings directly affects the way you view the outside world, especially other people.
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CDC: Few Americans meet salt guidelines
usatoday.com - 6-25-10
Most U.S. adults should eat less than a teaspoon of salt each day, but a new government report says just 1 in 18 meet that goal.
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Reusable grocery bags found to be full of bacteria
washingtonpost.com - 6-25-10
A reminder to shoppers who use reusable grocery bags: Don't forget to wash them after you've emptied them.
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Botox May Affect Ability to Feel Emotions
webmd.com - 6-25-10
Botox injections may do more than smooth your wrinkles and limit your facial expressions. These popular injections may also dampen your ability to feel emotions. The study findings appear in the journal Emotions.
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Dangerous Cup o' Joe? Aphrodisiac Coffee Receives FDA Warning
abcnews.go.com - 6-24-10
A cup o' joe to put you in the mood? Coffee isn't normally thought of as an aphrodisiac, but Magic Power Coffee, the self-proclaimed "romance enhancer" herbal supplement, promises a different kind of java perk-up.
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Every hour in front of the TV raises risk of heart disease
dailymail.co.uk - 6-24-10
Every hour in front of the box pushes up the risk of dying from heart disease by 7 per cent, according to a study.
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U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study
reuters.com - 6-24-10
Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.
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Better Vision May Be In Your Own Eyes
abcnews.go.com - 6-23-10
More than 1.2 million Americans suffer cornea damage from injuries and more than 40,000 people a year undergo cornea transplants to repair otherwise irreversible eyesight damage, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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Smiling makes you happy research into botox shows
telegraph.co.uk - 6-23-10
Researchers have discovered that being unable to smile when you are happy feeds back to the brain reducing the intensity of feeling.
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Marijuana Dispensaries Celebrate Cannabis Award
nbcbayarea.com - 6-23-10
Medical marijuana has gone mainstream in the Bay Area. So much so that one of the "hot" places to be this past weekend was the first ever High Times Medical Cannabis Cup, which drew huge crowds in the City.
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Obesity After Age 50 Raises Diabetes Risk
ebmd.com - 6-23-10
Obesity and weight gain increase the risk for diabetes in the elderly, but the association is not as strong after age 75 as it is for younger adults, a new study finds.
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Listening to iPod for an hour can damage hearing
telegraph.co.uk - 6-22-10
Scientists have shown that listening to music on headphones for an hour can have a temporary impact on people's hearing because of the damage caused to the hair cells in the outer ear.
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Ginger-haired people DO tan... they just react badly to the sun at the same time
dailymail.co.uk - 6-22-10
If you're pale and ginger, here's the good news: your skin is potentially five times BETTER at tanning than olive-skinned sunbathers, according to scientists.
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Blood test detects breast cancer before any sign of a lump
dailymail.co.uk - 6-22-10
A blood test that detects breast cancer more than a year before any symptoms appear could dramatically improve survival rates.
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More cystic fibrosis patients live into adulthood
usatoday.com - 6-22-10
Doctors always said allergies and asthma were behind Laura Mentch's repeated lung and sinus infections. Only when she turned 50 did she discover the real culprit - a disease notorious for destroying children's lungs.
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40,000 deaths a year due to junk food, says health watchdog Nice
www.telegraph.co.uk - 6-22-10
More than 40,000 Britons are dying unnecessarily every year because of high levels of salt and fat in their diets, the Government's public health watchdog Nice has warned.
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US Supreme Court lifts ban on sale of GM crop
news.yahoo.com - 6-21-10
The Supreme Court lifted Monday a four-year ban on the sale in the United States of genetically modified alfalfa, which farmers fear contaminates others crops.
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Naturally born babies have more bacterial protection than those born by caesarean
telegraph.co.uk - 6-21-10
Researchers believe this is because, unlike babies born naturally, they do not acquire beneficial bacteria as they pass down the birth canal.
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Flame Retardant May Up Risk of Thyroid Problems in Pregnancy
businessweek.com - 6-21-10
Exposure to flame-retardant chemicals may reduce a pregnant woman's levels of certain thyroid hormones that play a critical role in fetal brain development, a new study shows.
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Research hope over lice treatment with antibiotics
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-21-10
Treatments for body and head lice which are "simple and effective" could be developed using clinically "obsolete" antibiotics, say university reseachers.
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Test could detect MS nine years in advance
telegraph.co.uk - 6-20-10
A simple blood test that can predict multiple sclerosis up to nine years before symptoms appear is being developed by scientists.
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Sunscreen scam? We spend millions on protection, so why is skin cancer still on the rise?
dailymail.co.uk - 6-20-10
Slathering on suncream at the first hint of sunshine has become commonplace - as a nation, we're far more sun safety conscious than a decade ago and spend £259 million a year on products designed to ward off the sun's rays.
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Four coffees a day 'will keep mouth cancer at bay'
dailymail.co.uk - 6-20-10
Drinking four cups of coffee a day protects against oral cancer, a study shows.
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ER Visits for Abuse of Painkillers Double Over Five Years
abcnews.go.com - 6-20-10
The number of emergency room visits for nonmedical use of prescription painkillers more than doubled between 2004 and 2008, according to an estimate by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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GW Pharmaceuticals cannabis-based drug Sativex approved
telegraph.co.uk - 6-19-10
A ground-breaking cannabis-based drug for treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis has been approved in Britain, in a landmark decision for its creator GW Pharmaceuticals.
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Battle of the bacteria: How humans are unintended victims of microscopic war
dailymail.co.uk - 6-19-10
Diseases from meningitis to septicemia are caused by bacteria attacking our immune systems. Now scientists believe we may not be the intended victims at all but instead are caught in the crossfire of a microscopic war.
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Obamacare and its Impact on Doctors
online.wsj.com - 6-19-10
Don't expect doctors to give the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act a clean bill of health. The act will reinforce the worst features of existing third-party payment arrangements in both the private and public sectors - arrangements that already compromise the professional independence and integrity of the medical profession.
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Tea and coffee 'protect against heart disease'
bbc.co.uk - 6-19-10
Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study from the Netherlands has found.
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Untreated prostate cancer no death sentence
reuters.com - 6-19-10
Even without treatment, only a small minority of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer die from the disease, Swedish researchers reported Friday.
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Ten causes of a stroke: Scientists pinpoint triggers for 90% of cases
dailymail.co.uk - 6-19-10
Just ten lifestyle choices and medical conditions account for nine out of ten strokes, doctors say.
The newly identified checklist includes smoking, a pot belly, lack of exercise and high blood pressure.
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Herbal Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
healthandfitnesstimes.com - 6-18-10
From arginine to acupuncture, from pomegranate juice to ginseng, adult males have experimented with all varieties of herbal treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED), of which physicians explain as the recurring inability to obtain or keep an erection long enough for intercourse. Yet are these types of alternative treatments safe? Do they actually do the job?
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Blood test can detect multiple sclerosis nine years before symptoms begin, say scientists
dailymail.co.uk - 6-18-10
Scientists are developing a simple blood test to predict multiple sclerosis up to nine years before the onset of symptoms.
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Four cups of tea a day 'raise arthritis risk'
dailymail.co.uk - 6-18-10
Drinking a lot of tea increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, researchers claimed yesterday.
Their study of 76,000 women found that four or more cups a day caused the highest risk.
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Stem cell therapy 'damage' seen in kidney disease case
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-18-10
A new complication has been seen in a patient with kidney disease who received stem cell therapy, scientists have warned.
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Love Salt? You Might Be a "Supertaster"
news.health.com - 6-17-10
If you love salty snacks and reach for the saltshaker like clockwork at every meal, you might think you have dull or underpowered taste buds that need a boost to get excited.
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Male menopause does exist but is rare: researchers
telegraph.co.uk - 6-17-10
The male menopause does exist but is much rarer than previously thought, new research has found.
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Tea 'just as good as water at keeping you hydrated'
dailymail.co.uk - 6-17-10
In a study that busts the myth that tea is a diuretic, researchers found it does not bother your bladder any more than plain water.
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FDA: 'Female Viagra' falls short in boosting women's sex drive
usatoday.com - 6-17-10
The first pill designed to boost the female sex drive failed to make a significant impact on libido in two studies, federal health regulators said, though some women did report slightly more sexually satisfying experiences.
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Mediterranean Diet Helps Offset Bad Genes
webmd.com - 6-17-10
A Mediterranean-style diet -- one that is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in saturated fats -- promotes heart function even in men who are genetically predisposed to poor heart health.
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Eating eggs doesn't seem to up diabetes risk
reuters.com - 6-15-10
In the study, researchers failed to see a significant association between eating eggs occasionally or almost daily and the development of type 2 diabetes in nearly 4,000 older men and women.
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Panel Suggests Ways to Improve Nutrition
online.wsj.com - 6-15-10
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, composed of 13 nutrition experts, is charged with coming up with recommendations that will figure in the government's planned update of the iconic food pyramid. Its findings: People should consume more vegetables and whole grains, and less fatty meats, salt and sugar. The report aims to tackle what is widely seen as a national epidemic of obesity.
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Blood pressure pills could raise cancer risk
usatoday.com - 6-15-10
Some of the world's most popular blood pressure pills may slightly increase your risk of getting cancer, but doctors say it's too soon to ditch the drugs, according to new research.
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New FDA website lets public find drug safety info
usatoday.com - 6-15-10
The Food and Drug Administration launched a website Tuesday where patients and health care professionals can find safety information about recently approved drugs and vaccines.
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Brain 'distorts own body image'
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-14-10
The brain naturally distorts body image - a finding which could explain eating disorders like anorexia, say experts.
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Nutrients may be why some smokers avoid cancer
reuters.com - 6-15-10
Smokers who have higher levels of vitamin B6 and certain essential proteins in their blood have a lower risk of getting lung cancer than those deficient in these nutrients, according to study by cancer specialists.
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Drug will save lives of accident victims, says study
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-15-10
Up to 100,000 lives could be saved every year if a known drug were given to seriously bleeding trauma patients, says a report from a global trial.
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Those who eat brown rice may have less diabetes
reuters.com - 6-14-10
Among rice lovers, people who eat brown rice or other whole grains seem to have a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who eat white rice, Boston-based researchers said on Monday.
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Potential cancer drug found in Australian rainforest
google.com - 6-14-10
A potential cancer drug developed from an Australian rainforest plant is set to progress to human trials after fighting off inoperable tumours in pets, the company behind it said Monday.
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Girls' average age to start puberty falls below ten... arriving six years earlier than a century ago
dailymail.co.uk - 6-14-10
A study of 1,000 girls found that breast development now begins on average a year earlier than 20 years ago - around the age of nine years and ten months.
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Yes, men really DO get sympathetic pregnancies... including weird food cravings, morning sickness and swollen tums
dailymail.co.uk - 6-14-10
When Michel's wife felt nauseous during her pregnancies, he shared her queasiness. When she was plagued by morning sickness, he, too, was affected. She put on weight and so then did he - both of them, it appears, were eating for two.
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Brain scans show how meditation calms pain
usatoday.com - 6-14-10
People who routinely practice meditation may be better able to deal with pain because their brains are less focused on anticipating pain, a new British study suggests.
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Cancer link to common heart drugs
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-14-10
A class of drugs commonly used to treat heart problems has been linked with a "modestly" increased risk of cancer.
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Commonly used blood pressure drugs 'increase cancer risk'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-13-10
Commonly used blood pressure drugs significantly increase the risk of developing cancer, according to a new study.
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Stress 'can slow down the healing of a wound'
dailymail.co.uk - 6-12-10
The more anxious patients are, the longer their wounds take to heal, according to health psychologist Professor John Weinman. And those who are not stressed heal at up to twice the speed of those who are, he found.
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Basil, baths and cups of nettle tea ...how to manage your arthritis
dailymail.co.uk - 6-12-10
There are more than 200 types of arthritis - and a staggering nine million people suffer from this debilitating disease in the UK alone. Arthritis is now the most common long-term health condition, affecting one in five adults and 12,000 children.
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Federal ban continued against blood donations from sexually active gay men
mercurynews.com - 6-12-10
Ignoring arguments that a ban on gay male blood donors is based on fear and discrimination rather than science, a key federal committee on Friday failed to overturn the controversial policy first implemented during the height of the AIDS crisis.
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CDC warns of ecstasy overdose 'clusters' at raves
usatoday.com - 6-12-10
What seems like a carefree night of revelry at a "rave" can quickly turn tragic when the club drug ecstasy is involved, finds a new report on one such event from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Keep Your Health Plan Under Overhaul? Probably Not, Gov't Analysis Concludes
investors.com - 6-12-10
Internal administration documents reveal that up to 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage because of ObamaCare.
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Cancer drug hope for eye disorder
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-12-10
A cheap drug used to treat bowel cancer should also be prescribed to patients with a condition that leads to sight loss, say UK researchers.
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High meat diet 'linked to early periods'
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-11-10
Girls who eat a lot of meat during childhood tend to start their periods earlier than others, a study suggests.
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18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia
health.com - 6-11-10
Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough. Pain is highly personal, so one person's "I hurt all over" isn't necessarily the same as another person's "I hurt all over."
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Coffee can cut chances of developing Parkinson's disease, according to new research
telegraph.co.uk - 6-11-10
Drinking coffee can reduce the chances of developing Parkinson's disease, according to new research.
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Diabetes may double risk of cancer for women
dailymail.co.uk - 6-11-10
Women who develop diabetes could also double their risk of cancer, a study has found.
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Coffee can cut chances of developing Parkinson's disease, according to new research
telegraph.co.uk - 6-10-10
A review of the all of the available evidence shows that regularly drinking coffee, around two to thre cups a day, cut the risk by as much as a quarter.
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Autism linked to genetic glitches
mercurynews.com - 6-9-10
New research reveals that genetic glitches are linked to autism, a finding that might eventually lead to strategies to treat one of the most mysterious maladies in medical science.
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Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds
nytimes.com - 6-9-10
For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.
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Body checking in kids' hockey triples serious injuries
usatoday.com - 6-9-10
Kids who play on ice hockey teams where body-checking is allowed are three times more likely to sustain a concussion and other severe injuries than those who play in non-checking leagues.
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Reducing stress 'can help breast cancer patients survive, even if their disease comes back'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-9-10
Reducing stress can help breast cancer patients survive, even if their disease comes back, a new study shows.
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Breast milk best because it 'kick-starts babies' immune system'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-9-10
Breast-fed babies are better at fighting off infection than bottle-fed infants because their mothers milk kick-starts their immune system, scientists have discovered.
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Risk for babies born ONE WEEK early: Study on UK children shows serious health problems more likely
dailymail.co.uk - 6-9-10
Babies born only a week early are at higher risk of a host of serious health problems from autism to deafness, research has shown.
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Heart attack admissions fall after smoking ban
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-9-10
There were 1,200 fewer hospital admissions for heart attacks in England in the year after July 2007 - when the smoking ban came in, research suggests.
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Weed killer kills human cells. Study intensifies debate over 'inert' ingredients.
environmentalhealthnews.org - 6-9-10
Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup's inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.
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New Drug Extends Lives of Melanoma Patients
webmd.com - 6-8-10
A new drug that revs up the immune system to attack cancer cells extended the lives of people with advanced melanoma by an average of nearly four months in late-stage testing.
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Some Popular Pain Pills Increase Heart Deaths
abcnews.go.com - 6-8-10
A headache makes it hard to think of anything else but how to stop it, and when there's a job to be done, a little bottle of pills seems so handy. Some people buy over-the-counter pain pills as often as they buy gum.
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Don't sleep longer - sleep smarter
independent.co.uk - 6-8-10
Sleeping is no mean art," said Friedrich Nietzsche. "For its sake one must stay awake all day." Indeed, maximising slumber duration can be a complex process. Today's anxiety-ridden, deadline-heavy world can steal away our eight hours of heavenly rest and replace it with a night frustratedly gnawing our pillows.
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DuPont wins USDA approval for new soybean trait that could broaden uses
canadianbusiness.com - 6-8-10
DuPont on Tuesday said U.S. agricultural officials approved the company's new soybean characteristic intended to expand commercial and consumer uses.
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Paper industry tests genetically altered trees
businessweek.com - 6-8-10
The commercial paper industry's plans to plant forests of genetically altered eucalyptus trees in seven Southern states has generated more cries from critics worried that such a large introduction of a bioengineered nonnative plant could throw natural ecosystems out of whack.
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New peanut 'could free millions from the fear of a allergic reaction'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-8-10
A peanut which could free millions from the fear of a potentially deadly allergic reaction has been created.
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Lung cancer drug 'extends life'
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-8-10
A drug called erlotinib or Tarceva can extend life for women with advanced lung cancer, experts say.
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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Mental Distress
usnews.com - 6-8-10
Where there's secondhand cigarette smoke, there's emotional fire. As exposure to cigarette fumes increases among nonsmokers, so does their risk of developing serious psychological distress and of being hospitalized for mental ailments, a new study finds.
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Green tea extract may slow leukaemia, researchers have suggested
telegraph.co.uk - 6-7-10
Researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in America have found that patients in the early stages of the most common form of leukaemia may respond well to taken supplements of a green tea extract.
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Household cleaning sprays 'could be contributing to rise in cases of asthma'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-7-10
Studies suggest that some products can exacerbate existing conditions and even trigger breathing problems in people who have never previously suffered from the illness.
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Children with regular sleep patterns 'smarter at school'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-7-10
Researchers found that children who had a regular bedtime performed better at languages, reading and maths than those who went to bed at different times.
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One shot of radiotherapy could save breast cancer patients weeks of tiring treatment
dailymail.co.uk - 6-7-10
Women with breast cancer could soon be offered a single 30-minute shot of radiotherapy - sparing them six weeks of exhausting treatment.
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Men With Higher IQs Less Likely to Try Suicide
news.health.com - 6-6-10
Young men with low IQs are much more likely than their peers to attempt suicide later in life, a new study has found. In fact, men with the lowest IQs are about four times more likely to attempt suicide as those with the highest, and the risk tends to go up as IQ drops.
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A daily dose of nature significantly boosts feelings of vitality, researchers find
telegraph.co.uk - 6-6-10
Spending just 20 minutes a day in the park is enough to significantly boost vitality and energy levels, researchers have found.
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Scientists Cite Advances on Two Kinds of Cancer
nytimes.com - 6-5-10
Using two opposite strategies, one focused and one broad, scientists say they have made progress in taming two of the most intractable types of cancer.
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Minister: Britain will open the door to Frankenstein food
dailymail.co.uk - 6-5-10
Genetically modified crops were last night given enthusiastic backing by the Environment Secretary.
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McDonald's recalls 12m Shrek glasses after toxic paint found following tip-off
dailymail.co.uk - 6-5-10
Around 12million Shrek drinking glasses were yesterday recalled by McDonald's because they are covered by a toxic paint.
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Certain Popular Antidepressants Linked to Cataracts in Seniors
news.health.com - 6-5-10
A widely prescribed type of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) appear to boost the risk for developing cataracts among seniors, according to the first study to explore the subject.
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Low-dose HRT patches better than pills for stroke risk
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-5-10
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be safer when given as low-dose patches than as pills, research suggests.
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Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers
washingtonpost.com - 6-4-10
European criticism of the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic intensified Friday with the release of two reports that accused the agency of exaggerating the threat posed by the virus and failing to disclose possible influence by the pharmaceutical industry on its recommendations for how countries should respond.
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Dental X-ray link to thyroid cancer
telegraph.co.uk - 6-4-10
Repeated exposure to dental X-rays could increase the risk of developing thyroid cancer, according to new research.
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Yoghurt slashes risk of children developing tooth decay 'by 22 per cent'
dailymail.co.uk - 6-4-10
Eating yoghurt regularly could slash a child's risk of developing tooth decay, according to new research.
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Cancer patients to be offered personalised treatments based on their own DNA
dailymail.co.uk - 6-4-10
NHS patients are to be offered personalised cancer treatment that will tailor their therapy to their individual tumours.
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Survey: 40% of Teens Have Had Sex
webmd.com - 6-3-10
Fully 40% of teens aged 15 to19 have had sex at least once, and 14% of the girls and 18% of the boys say they would be a "little pleased" or "very pleased" if this resulted in a pregnancy, a new study shows.
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20% of U.S. High Schoolers Abuse Prescription Drugs
health.usnews.com - 6-3-10
One in five high school students in the United States has taken a prescription medication that was not prescribed for them, a new survey shows.
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Coffee 'does not make the brain more alert'
telegraph.co.uk - 6-3-10
The belief that a cup of coffee stimulates the brain and makes drinkers feel more awake is a myth, a new study shows.
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Ten dental X-rays 'raise cancer risk by five times'
dailymail.co.uk - 6-3-10
Dental X-rays given to millions of Britons every year may dramatically increase the risk of thyroid cancer, scientists warned last night.
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Asthma risk 'linked to burgers'
news.bbc.co.uk - 6-3-10
Children who eat a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing asthma, but eating three or more burgers a week is linked to a higher risk, research suggests.
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Dogs may be able to sniff out cancer
sltrib.com - 6-2-10
Man's best friend may cement his position if early results from French researchers can be replicated. A team of researchers from Tenon Hospital in Paris reported Tuesday at a San Francisco meeting of the American Urological Association that dogs can be trained to detect the characteristic odor of unique chemicals released into urine by prostate tumors, setting the stage for a new way to identify men who are most at risk from the cancer.
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'Subtle Suicide' Destroys Lives of Millions; Often Misdiagnosed
abcnews.go.com - 6-2-10
Those Who Take Risks, Abuse Drugs and Alcohol, Neglect Themselves Are in Danger, Say Authors
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Piling on the pounds during pregnancy 'passes on heart risks'
dailymail.co.uk - 6-2-10
Piling on the pounds in pregnancy could put your child at risk of heart disease in later life, claim researchers.
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Survey: Talk Therapy as Good as Antidepressants
webmd.com - 6-2-10
Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for treating both anxiety and depression, but talk therapy appears to work just as well as the medications, according to a new survey. People who both take medicine and get therapy fare even better.
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How Acupuncture May Work
online.wsj.com - 6-2-10
Despite acupuncture's 4,000-year history, little is known about the biological pathways that enable carefully placed needles to relieve pain in many patients.
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Einstein's Brain Unlocks Some Mysteries Of The Mind
npr.org - 6-1-10
In the 55 years since Albert Einstein's death, many scientists have tried to figure out what made him so smart.
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New blood test can spot cancer before it develops
telegraph.co.uk - 6-1-10
A blood test that can detect cancer before tumours grow has been developed by British scientists.
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Certain Popular Antidepressants Linked to Cataracts in Seniors
health.usnews.com - 6-1-10
A widely prescribed type of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) appear to boost the risk for developing cataracts among seniors, according to the first study to explore the subject.
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Contaminated Cocaine Can Cause Flesh to Rot
yahoo.com - 6-1-10
Cocaine abusers -- already at risk for an abnormal heartbeat, blood pressure problems, hallucinations, convulsions and stroke -- can add another potential health complication to the list: rotting flesh.
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