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Acting Happy Is Likely To Make You Happy
November 29, 2006
Forget about money. Don't fret about youth. Acting happy is likely to make you happy.

Sugar-Packed Diet May
Boost Pancreatic Cancer Risk

November 29, 2006
Eating lots of sugar and sugar-sweetened foods could increase a person's likelihood of developing cancer of the pancreas, by far one of the deadliest types of cancer, Swedish researchers report.

Avoid Back Pain: Don't Sit Up Straight
November 29, 2006
The longstanding advice to "sit up straight" has been turned on its head by a new study that suggests leaning back is a much better posture.

Bacon And Skinless Chicken Tied
To Greater Bladder Cancer Risk

November 29, 2006
Indulging in bacon too frequently may be hazardous to your health, a new study suggests, while taking the skin off your chicken before you cook it might not be so good for you either.

Flu Viruses Survive Frozen In Lakes
November 29, 2006
Influenza virus can live for decades and perhaps even longer in frozen lakes and might be picked up and carried by birds to reinfect animals and people, researchers reported.

Laser Eye Operations
Could Ruin Your Sight

November 28, 2006
Concern has been raised about the long-term effects of laser eye surgery after a new study has shown that tens of thousands of Kiwis are likely to suffer defective vision from the surgery in their later years.

Popular Brands May Brand the Brain
November 28, 2006
In tests on young adults using real-time functional MRI (fMRI), the logos of well-known auto and insurance companies "lit up" areas of the brain associated with warm emotions, reward and self-identity.

Video Game Violence
Does Affect The Brain

November 28, 2006
A study of adolescents finds that violent video games stir up the brain's emotional-response center while reducing activity in regions linked to self-control.

Frequent Weight Change
Raises Men's Gallstone Risk

November 28, 2006
"Weight cycling" -- intentionally losing weight then gaining it all back -- may increase men's risk for gallstones, a University of Kentucky Medical Center study finds.

Marathon Runners May
Harbor Hidden Heart Disease

November 27, 2006
Cardiovascular disease can occur in healthy endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, but may be difficult to distinguish from the effects of training on the heart, German researchers find.

Using the Mind to Cure the Body
November 27, 2006
The medical community traditionally has relied on potent drugs to relieve severe pain. But in a number of academic settings across the country, health-care practitioners are adding another therapeutic weapon to the mix -- they're helping patients harness the healing power of their own imaginations.

Chemo Temporarily Shrinks Brain Areas
November 27, 2006
Chemotherapy promotes a short-term, but apparently reversible, shrinkage of key brain areas, new research shows.

Depressed Kids More Likely
To Drink At An Early Age

November 24, 2006
Children and preadolescents who show signs of depression may turn to alcohol sooner rather than later, researchers report. All the more reason, they say, to catch and treat early-life depression.

Zinc a Key Player in Neuron Transmissions
November 24, 2006
Zinc plays an important role in the transmission of signals between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord, a new European study says.

Lack Of Sleep Causes Weight Gain
November 23, 2006
Middle-aged women may be able to sleep their way to a trimmer body, new study findings suggest.

Scientists Develop Nutritious Wheat
November 23, 2006
Scientists have found a way to boost the protein, zinc and iron content in wheat, an achievement that could help bring more nutritious food to many millions of people worldwide.

Vitamin E Levels Linked To Mortality Risk
November 23, 2006
A large new study suggests vitamin E may help prevent death from cancer and heart disease in middle-aged men who smoke, contradicting the findings of some previous studies on the subject.

Why Are Happy People
Prescribed Antidepressants?

November 22, 2006
Millions are taking daily antidepressants, but many are never depressed in the first place.

Fake Medicines 'A Growing Menace'
November 22, 2006
The European Union must put tougher measures in place to stamp out the growing problem of trading in counterfeit medicines, a report warns.

High DHA Levels May Lower Dementia Risk
November 22, 2006
High blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which belongs to the class of nutrients called essential fatty acids, may protect against the development of dementia and perhaps Alzheimer's disease, Massachusetts-based researchers report in the Archives of Neurology.

U.N. Says 39.5 Million People Have HIV
November 21, 2006
The global HIV epidemic is growing, leaving an estimated 39.5 million people worldwide infected with the deadly virus, the United Nations stated.

Breast Cancer Risk Falls With Age
November 21, 2006
A woman's risk for breast cancer declines as she grows older, Mayo Clinic researchers conclude.

Exercise Key to Seniors' Independence
November 20, 2006
Structured exercise programs can help keep sedentary seniors from losing their independence, new research shows.

Living to Be 100 May Depend on Your Mom
November 20, 2006
Your chances of living to 100 may depend on how young your mother was when she gave birth to you, say U.S. researchers.

Grapes And Cranberries
May Boost Your Endurance

November 17, 2006
Athletes and non-athletes alike may want to raise a glass to resveratrol, an ingredient in grapes that researchers say doubled the physical endurance of mice in a new study, while protecting them against diabetes and obesity.

Chocolate Milk Good For Athletes?
November 17, 2006
It comes in only one flavor — no Fierce Grape or Riptide Rush available — and you certainly won't see your favorite basketball star gulping it down on the sideline during a timeout. But a group of scientists recently discovered that one of the most effective drinks to help athletes recover after exercise is the same thing moms have been giving their kids for years. A simple glass of chocolate milk.

Higher Resting Heart
Rate May Boost Death Risk

November 17, 2006
A long-term rise in a man's resting heart rate increases his risk of dying, French researchers report.

When Should You Buy Organic?
November 17, 2006
If you're concerned about food safety, you probably already look for organic produce at the supermarket. But if you can't always buy organic, you can still dramatically lower your family's exposure to chemical pesticides by choosing the least pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables with the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Fish Oil Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk
November 17, 2006
A substance found in fish oil may be associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, researchers reported.

Obesity Could Hit Economies
As Hard As Malnutrition

November 16, 2006
Obesity could knock economic output as severely as malnutrition, which shaves as much as 3 percent off production in the poorest countries, a World Bank specialist said.

Red Meat Link To Breast Cancers
November 16, 2006
Eating large amounts of red meat may double young women's breast cancer risk, a study suggests.

Europeans OK Anti-Obesity Charter
November 16, 2006
European health ministers from 53 countries approved the world's first charter to fight obesity on Thursday, vowing greater action against the epidemic of expanding waistlines across the continent.

You May Be What Your Grandmother Eats
November 15, 2006
Could your grandma's dining habits be influencing your genes? A new study in pregnant mice suggests they might.

Dark Chocolate Prevents Blood-Clotting
November 15, 2006
People who couldn't stomach a medical study requiring them to give up chocolate ended up helping science, anyway. These chocoholics' blood platelets displayed a reduced tendency to clot together in dangerous clumps, researchers found.

Older Women Are Also
Susceptible To Eating Disorders

November 15, 2006
Even into their 60s, many women are unhappy with their weight and body shape, and a small percentage suffer from full-blown eating disorders, a new study suggests.

Want To Live To A Healthy 85? Stay Trim
November 14, 2006
One of the largest, longest studies of aging found one more reason to stay trim and active: It could greatly raise your odds of living to at least age 85.

Dancing Helps The Heart
November 14, 2006
Italian researchers have come up with a novel way for cardiac rehabilitation patients to exercise their damaged hearts without having to squeeze into spandex or gyrate in a gym: waltzing.

Most Ear Infections Host
Both Bacteria And Viruses

November 14, 2006
New research, published in the December 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, provides evidence that viruses are found in a great many ear infection cases and may complicate treatment.

Which Number Is More Important
When Reading Your Blood Pressure?

November 13, 2006
Systolic blood pressure, a readily available vital sign taken at hospital admission, has been found to be a key factor in predicting mortality risk and revealing important disease characteristics for heart failure patients, according to a team of academic researchers.

Fruit Juice Packs Pounds On Preschoolers
November 13, 2006
Preschoolers with a taste for fruit juice may pack on excess pounds, but only if they already have a tendency toward being overweight, a new study suggests.

Exercise Might Lower Kids' Hay Fever Risk
November 13, 2006
Regular physical activity might offer children some protection from the sniffs and sneezes of hay fever, a study suggests.

Walking The Healthy Line
When Cutting Calories

November 10, 2006
In your endeavors to eat healthy and lose weight, you've heard about the benefits of cutting calories. Of course, in this age of fast foods, health claims and hectic lifestyles, that's easier said than done.

Google Helps Medics Too
November 10, 2006
Patients are not the only people turning to the Internet for medical information. Searching the worldwide web with engines such as Google Inc may also help doctors to diagnose perplexing medical conditions, Australian researchers said.

U.N.: Lack Of Sanitation Has Human Cost
November 10, 2006
The humble flush toilet, taken for granted in most rich countries, could be a cheap but powerful tool to reduce childhood deaths and boost global development, a U.N. report stated.

Family History Strong
Predictor of Breast Cancer Risk

November 9, 2006
Women who have close relatives with breast cancer but who test negative for key genetic mutations associated with the disease are still at increased risk of developing breast cancer, researchers report.

Jetlag 'Can Damage Your Health'
November 9, 2006
Jetlag - or working irregular shifts - damages health, a US study of elderly mice has suggested.

Metal Found In Acetaminophen Caplets
November 9, 2006
Millions of dollars worth of acetaminophen 500 mg caplets from U.S. stores when trace amounts of metal were found in 383 batches.

Diet And Exercise Work
Equally Well To Reduce Diabetes

November 8, 2006
Which works best in fighting the risk factors for diabetes –exercise or diet? It's a toss up, according to a new study by a Saint Louis University researcher who is a member of a Washington University team of scientists examining whether a calorie-restrictive diet can extend people's lifespan.

Happy People Are Healthier
November 8, 2006
Happiness and other positive emotions play an even more important role in health than previously thought, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine by Carnegie Mellon University Psychology Professor Sheldon Cohen.

Low-Carb Diet Can Be Heart-Healthy
November 8, 2006
However, while the regimen skimped on bread and other carbohydrate foods, it was not the fatty Atkins diet that most people associate with the term "low-carb diet."

Stress, Childhood Trauma
Linked To Chronic Fatigue

November 7, 2006
Traumatic events in childhood and stress or emotional instability at any period in life may be associated with the development of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to two articles in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Filters Best Way To Clean Tap Water
November 7, 2006
Pitchers with activated-carbon filters are the most effective way to reduce potentially harmful chemicals in tap water, Canadian researchers say.

Stress Speeds Up Cancer Growth
November 7, 2006
New research here suggests that hormones produced during periods of stress may increase the growth rate of a particularly nasty kind of cancer

Besides A Lack Of Diet And
Exercise, What Else Makes You Fat?

November 6, 2006
Ask anyone why there is an obesity epidemic and they will tell you that it's all down to eating too much and burning too few calories. That is undoubtedly true - you cannot get round the first law of thermodynamics. It's also true that we live in an "obesogenic environment": calorific food is plentiful and cheap and our lifestyles are increasingly sedentary. But are the big two the only causes or are there others?

Electric Current During
Sleep Boosts Memory

November 6, 2006
A popular theory suggests that sleep helps "fix" memories in the brain, and new research finds that passing a gentle electric current through the sleeping brain improves memory even more.

Boosting Iron May Boost Female Fertility
November 6, 2006
Women who took extra iron dramatically reduced their risk of developing ovulatory infertility compared with women who did not take extra iron, researchers report.

Curry Spice May Hold Promise As
A Therapy For Rheumatoid Arthritis

November 3, 2006
Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow hue, may hold promise as a therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), animal research suggests.

Eating Out Encourages Bingeing
November 3, 2006
Women tend to eat more calories and fat when dining out, regardless of what their usual eating habits are, new research suggests.

More Evidence of
Fradulent Journal Studies

November 2, 2006
More and more evidence is suggesting that medical journals are increasingly having to retract reports due to fabricated, erroneous or misleading data from Doctors and Scientists.

Europe Faces Obesity Epidemic by 2010
November 2, 2006
Europe is facing an obesity epidemic by the end of the decade which will increase health costs and hamper economic development, health experts said.

Regular Exercise Helps Obese Youths Reduce, Reverse Risk For Heart Disease
November 1, 2006
Regular exercise can help obese children shrink more than just their waistlines, new research shows. The activity also can help them to reduce -- and even reverse -- their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including hardening of the arteries.

Osteoarthritis Patients Treated With Acupuncture Show Improvement
November 1, 2006
Osteoarthritis (OA) has a major impact on patients' mobility and quality of life but the anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat it are associated with a number of side effects. In recent years, patients have turned increasingly to acupuncture to relieve the chronic pain associated with OA.

Compound in Red Wine
Boosts Health of Obese Mice

November 1, 2006
In another study that suggests red wine (or compounds found within) may be good for your health, researchers found that old, obese mice that were fed a high-fat diet plus the compound resveratrol were healthier and lived longer than their counterparts that didn't get resveratrol.

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