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Sulfur-Based Supplement
May Fight Arthritis

August 30, 2005
A naturally occurring sulfur compound decreased pain and improved physical function in patients with knee arthritis, researchers report.

Women Less Likely To
Survive Heart Bypass Surgery

August 30, 2005
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to die from complications of heart bypass surgery, and their typically smaller body size may be one of the reasons, according to a study recently published.

Coke Mexico In Health
Push Amid Spiraling Diabetes

August 30, 2005
Coca-Cola Co. has launched 20 new health drinks in Mexico in what analysts say is an effort to fight rivals and also fend off growing medical worries about links between soft drinks and diabetes.

Protein-Rich Diet Boosts
Benefit Of Exercise

August 30, 2005
Everyone knows that a good weight-loss program combines diet and exercise, but a new University of Illinois study reports that exercise is much more effective when it's coupled with a protein-rich diet.

Blood Pressure-Kidney
Stone Risk Linked To Weight

August 30, 2005
Overweight women who have kidney stones have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a new report in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Your Workout May Help
You Beat Gum Infection

August 30, 2005
Heart-healthy habits are also good for your oral health, new research shows. People who exercise, have healthy eating habits and maintain a normal weight are 40 percent less likely to develop periodontitis, a gum infection that can result in loss of teeth.

Exercise: The Right Stuff For Moms-to-Be
August 28, 2005
Today, the same exercise recommendations that apply to most of the rest of us -- 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise on most if not all days of the week -- also apply to pregnant women, if they are in relatively good health and their doctors approve.

Another Coffee Perk: Antioxidants
August 28, 2005
Americans' love affair with coffee means they get more antioxidants from this drink than from any other source in their diet, a new study reports.

C-Sections Linked To Higher
Cavity Risk In Babies

August 27, 2005
Women with dental cavities who deliver their babies by Caesarean section should pay close attention to their babies' dental health later on, a new study suggests.

Asthma, Allergies An On-Campus Threat
August 27, 2005
College-bound kids with asthma or allergies need to prepare for September just a little more than other students, experts say.
By taking a few steps in advance to protect themselves, they can take control of their condition and better enjoy college life.

Heart Bypass Surgery
Increases Risk Of Alzheimer's

August 26, 2005
Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers have discovered that patients who have either coronary artery bypass graft surgery or coronary angioplasty are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Heart Ailment Seems
Under-Recognized in Women

August 26, 2005
Compared to men, women with a hereditary heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are substantially more likely to be diagnosed later in life and with more severe symptoms, an Italian study indicates.

Risk of Taking Aspirin Shown In New Study
August 25, 2005
Taking aspirin, ibuprofen or similar pain relievers for at least 10 years significantly reduces the risk of colorectal cancer but also greatly increases the risk of serious bleeding in the stomach or intestines, a new study shows.

Some Offended By Obesity Advice
August 25, 2005
As doctors warn more patients that they should lose weight, the advice has backfired on one doctor with a woman filing a complaint with the state saying he was hurtful, not helpful.

Diabetes Organizations Question
Existence of Metabolic Syndrome

August 25, 2005
The world's top two diabetes organizations have questioned the existence of a medical condition widely cited by drug firms, in a move that could hamper its validity.

Acupuncture Effective for Fibromyalgia
August 25, 2005
A brief regimen of acupuncture appears to offer more than a month of relief from some of the most debilitating symptoms of moderate-to-severe fibromyalgia, a new study suggests.

Cranberry Juice Not A Good
Kidney Stone Defense

August 25, 2005
Cranberry juice may be a popular home remedy for urinary tract infections , but new research suggests it's of little use against another urinary tract woe: kidney stones.

Daydreaming Activity
Linked To Alzheimer's

August 25, 2005
The parts of the brain that young, healthy people use when daydreaming are the same areas that fail in people who have Alzheimer's disease, researchers reported in a study that may someday help in preventing or diagnosing the disease.

Want To Feel Better? Think You Will!
August 24, 2005
Pain relief may just be mind over matter. According to new research, the belief that a pill will relieve pain is enough to cause the brain to release its own natural painkillers.

Drop In Heart Disease Credited
to Healthy Lifestyle Habits

August 24, 2005
Research has shown that since the 1980s, heart disease deaths have fallen by roughly one-half in many industrialized countries. The relative importance of the various reasons for this decline is not fully clear, however.

Eating Fish May Cut Risk Of Heart Problems
August 24, 2005
A relatively low level of fish consumption may reduce the risk of having a heart attack and other "acute coronary syndrome" (ACS) such as heart-related chest pain, according to researchers in Greece.

Weight Loss Cuts Cancer Gene Risk
August 23, 2005
Young women who carry a breast cancer gene can reduce their risk of the disease by slimming, a study suggests. An international team of scientists found losing at least 10 pounds between 18 and 30 reduced the risk of cancer by up to 65%.

Thousands Taking Unneeded Health Tests
August 23, 2005
Thousands of healthy people lured by celebrity endorsements are taking expensive private medical tests which they do not need and may even do them harm, British doctors said.

High-Pressure Jobs Not Always The Worst
August 22, 2005
Jobs with constant pressure, monotony or danger aren't necessarily the ones most likely to drive employees up the wall or out the door, suggest recent studies released.

Massage Improves Weight
Gain In Preterm Infants

August 22, 2005
Moderate-pressure massage therapy increases weight gain in preterm infants by improving stomach motion, investigators at the University of Miami School of Medicine report.

Warning Over Suntan 'Addiction'
August 22, 2005
Scientists at the University of Texas have found that some people might be addicted to getting a suntan. The research, published in the Archives of Dermatology, suggested up to 53% of beach-goers could be dependent on getting a tan.

Heat Stroke Preventable
In Young Football Players

August 22, 2005
Moving gradually into summertime practice may help prevent heat-related illness and deaths among young football players, according to new recommendations laid out by an expert panel.

Long Working Hours 'Health Risk'
August 19, 2005
Working long hours can greatly increase the risk of suffering injury or illness, a study says.

Link Between Graffiti And Obesity
August 19, 2005
People who live in city areas with little green space, lots of graffiti and litter are more likely to be obese, compared with people living in city areas with lots of greenery, the researchers claim in a new report.

Poor Hearing Can Impair Memory
August 19, 2005
Older adults with mild- to moderate-hearing loss may use up so much cognitive effort trying to hear and understand speech that it undermines their ability to remember what they've just heard, a new study suggests.

Children Who Eat Fries
Raise Breast Cancer Risk

August 18, 2005
Very young children who eat French fries frequently have a much higher risk of breast cancer as adults, U.S. researchers reported.

Young Adults Showing
Signs of Metabolic Syndrome

August 18, 2005
Metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of conditions such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels that raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes -- is an important marker of silent or "subclinical" atherosclerosis in young, otherwise healthy adults, a study shows.

Eating Fruits And Vegetables
May Cut Arthritis Risk

August 17, 2005
Drinking a glass of orange juice a day may help stave off arthritis, new research suggests. Certain carotenoids, compounds commonly found in some fruits and vegetables, appear to be responsible.

Walk to School Gets Kids Moving
August 17, 2005
Parents concerned about raising 'couch potato' kids might want to rethink driving or busing their children to school: A new study found the simple act of walking to school greatly increased the amount of exercise a child got each day.

Obesity Runs in the Family
August 17, 2005
Kids raised in homes with poor dietary habits and a couch potato lifestyle are much more likely to be overweight or obese when they're adolescents, a new study confirms.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Is Escalating
August 16, 2005
Noise-induced hearing loss is escalating in the U.S. and not just among senior citizens. Eighteen percent of Baby Boomers have hearing loss; meanwhile, 7.4 percent of Generation Xers have damaged ears, according to the Virginia-based Better Hearing Institute.

Study Links Painkillers, Blood Pressure
August 16, 2005
Women taking daily amounts of non-aspirin painkillers — such as extra-strength Tylenol — should monitor their blood pressure, doctors say following a new study suggesting a link between the drugs and hypertension.

Battling Health Disparities
Among Black Men

August 15, 2005
A program created by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and a group of the city’s top leaders — the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc. — is aimed at raising health awareness among black men. They are working to first educate themselves about their own health so they can teach others and serve as role models.

Risks Of Hormone Replacement
Not Surprising: Report

August 15, 2005
The risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have made headlines only in recent years, but there had long been warning signs that supplemental estrogen might be more hazardous than healthful, a new report contends.

Tanning Trendy For Young
Despite Skin Cancer Rise

August 15, 2005
Even after research has tied tanning to skin cancers like melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, young people still see a tan as a fashion accessory and can be lax about protection.

Strength of Legs Before Knee
Surgery May Predict Results

August 15, 2005
For patients undergoing total knee replacement, the strength of their quadriceps muscles before surgery is a good predictor of how well they'll be functioning a year later, study results indicate.

Testosterone Treatment
Linked With Prostate Cancer

August 15, 2005
Prostate cancer developed in 20 men within months to a few years after they began testosterone supplementation to correct a deficiency of the hormone, investigators report.

Vegetarians and Baby Boomers Need B12
August 12, 2005
Vitamin B12 deficiency is more common than doctors once thought, and experts advise that those most at risk -- vegetarians and older adults -- be sure to take supplemental forms of the vitamin.

How Can Kids Keep Fit With Less PE Time?
August 12, 2005
With schools cutting back on physical education classes and some eliminating them altogether the prospects for getting exercise during the day aren't great for many kids heading back to school this fall. So what's the solution?

Back to School? Watch For Germs
August 12, 2005
Children miss millions days of school each year due to colds, flu and other infections, experts say.

Puberty Comes Sooner
for Overweight Girls

August 12, 2005
Overweight and obesity in young girls appears to speed puberty, a new study confirms. But the research also refutes the theory that girls who experience their first period at a relatively young age are predisposed to become obese as adults.

Strict Veggie Diet May
Help Prostate Cancer

August 11, 2005
A strict vegetarian diet combined with relaxation therapy and exercise may be able to control slow-growing prostate cancer, researchers said.

Pollution Exposure Linked
To Childhood Cancer

August 11, 2005
Exposure soon after birth, or even before, to combustion gases and particularly engine exhaust, is strongly linked to the development of childhood cancers like leukemia, according to a report from the UK.

Research Ties Arsenic to Tumor Growth
August 10, 2005
A study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center indicates environmental arsenic in drinking water can stimulate the growth of cancerous tumors and cause them to spread faster.

Skin Cancer Rate Up For
Women Under Age 40-Study

August 10, 2005
The incidence of two types of skin cancer has nearly tripled among women under age 40, a sign that tanning is still popular among the young despite warnings about the harm it can cause, researchers said.

Fatty Diet Thwarts Brain's Fullness Signal
August 9, 2005
Rats that are fed a high-fat diet appear to lose their sensitivity to a hormone that tells the body when it's had enough to eat -- and the same could be true of humans, according to researchers.

'Dying In Sleep' Linked To Sleep Apnea
August 9, 2005
People who die in their sleep may stop breathing because they have lost too many brain cells, U.S. researchers recently reported.

Allergy Sensitivity Doubles Since 1970s
August 9, 2005
More than half the population tests positive in response to one or more allergens, double the percentage who did 30 years ago, a new study reports.

Aspirin Treatment Failure Warning
August 9, 2005
Treatment failures occur with any drug and aspirin is no exception. Evidence is growing that some people will not respond to the anti-coagulant action of aspirin and the drug will not protect against cardiovascular events despite its regular intake.

The American Cancer Society:
Profit or Prevention?

August 8, 2005
A staggering 1.37 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in calendar 2005. Given the crushing impact of cancer on public health, coupled with the ineffectiveness of measures like chemotherapy and radiation, you'd think that agencies like the American Cancer Society (ACS) would clamor for the chance to investigate new methods for preventing and combating the disease. Unfortunately, you might be wrong.

Corporatization of Medicine
August 8, 2005
Doctors testing new drugs are sworn to keep their research secret until drug companies announce the final results. But elite Wall Street firms looking to make quick profits have found a way to harvest these secrets: They pay doctors to divulge the details early.

Today's HIV Patients: Just As
Heavy As The General Population

August 8, 2005
As they become healthier and live longer lives, people infected with HIV are now facing an unexpected new threat: obesity.

Seniors Should Protect
Themselves From Summer Heat

August 8, 2005
Because of the way the human body ages, seniors have much more trouble dealing with summer heat than younger people do.

Wellness Programs May Save
You Money In The Long Run

August 8, 2005
Q: I have been in business for 15 years and have 35 employees. We have weathered ups and downs together, but these days, health care costs are becoming increasingly difficult to deal with, almost to the point where I might have to shut the doors. I certainly do not want to do that. I have shopped around and gotten lower rates, but they are still too high. Any other suggestions?

Exercise Cuts Risk of Stroke
August 5, 2005
High levels of leisure-time physical activity -- such as swimming, running or heavy gardening -- can cut your stroke risk, the results of a Finnish study suggest.

High Milk Intake May
Boost Ovarian Cancer Risk

August 5, 2005
High intakes of whole milk and lactose might be associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, suggests a review of 21 published studies.

Obesity Ups Likelihood
Of Acid Reflux Disease

August 5, 2005
Being obese increases the risk of developing gastro-esophageal reflux disease (known as GERD), in which stomach acid seeps into the esophagus, according to a new report.

How Much Exercise Is Enough For Women?
August 4, 2005
For the first time, researchers have established how much exercise women should be able to do for their age and found that their capacity is slightly lower than men's. It also declines a bit faster than men's as they grow older.

'Prehypertension' Triples Heart Attack Risk
August 4, 2005
People whose blood pressure is slightly elevated -- a condition called prehypertension -- have triple the risk of a heart attack compared to those with healthy blood pressure, researchers said.

Broccoli May Help Beat Bladder Cancer
August 4, 2005
Eating broccoli may help prevent or slow the spread of bladder cancer, according to preliminary study findings.

Study Finds Virtual Colonoscopy
Spots More Than Colon Cancer

August 4, 2005
Virtual colonoscopy can spot cancers and growths beyond the colon because it takes a picture of the entire abdominal cavity and pelvis, a new study says.

Your Body Is Younger Than You Think
August 3, 2005
Whatever your age, your body is many years younger. In fact, even if you're middle aged, most of you may be just 10 years old or less.

'Why Do Men Have Nipples?'
Answered In New Book

August 3, 2005
Have you ever wondered why your teeth chatter when you're cold, or if you could really catch a disease from sitting on a toilet seat?

New Diet Aid -- The Power Of Suggestion?
August 2, 2005
It might be possible to talk a dieter into hating strawberry ice cream, but it may be impossible to help people lose their cravings for more popular snacks such as chocolate chip cookies, researchers recently reported.

Vitamin D Low In Nearly
All Elderly Who Break Hip

August 2, 2005
Vitamin D deficiency is nearly universal in cases of hip fractures, researchers in Scotland reported online in Current Medical Research and Opinion.

Got GERD? Weight Loss May Help
August 2, 2005
It's well known that too much weight can raise a person's risk of heart disease and diabetes. Now, researchers report that too many pounds can also contribute to symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disorder, commonly known as GERD.

Teens Want To Bulk Up
August 1, 2005
Study finds a third think about becoming more toned, having bigger muscles, and some use supplements to reach the goal.

Study Links Tobacco Smoke With Belly Fat
August 1, 2005
Exposure to cigarette smoke raises the risk among teens of metabolic syndrome, a disorder associated with excess belly fat that increases the chances of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to a study.

Working Out Your Emotions With Exercise
August 1, 2005
Dozens of research studies over the last two decades have established the mental health benefits of exercise, and even explored exercise as a treatment for depression and anxiety. Recent studies by Duke University researchers found that exercise can be as effective as medication in treating depression, and is associated with longer-lasting recovery.

Pancreatic Cancer Risk Higher
Diabetic Patients 50 And Older

August 1, 2005
According to a study published today in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Gastroenterology, 1 in 120 people newly diagnosed with diabetes age 50 and older have a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer--a risk that is eight times more than expected for the general population.

What If The Auto Industry Operated
Like Pharmaceutical Companies?

August 1, 2005
The following is an excellent comparative analysis of 15 things you might notice if the Auto Industry actually behaved and operated like big pharmaceutical companies. Although sarcastic in tone, it rings truth to our current corrupt and degrading health care system.

Circumcision Prevents
Urinary Tract Infection

August 1, 2005
The results of a new report confirm that circumcision reduces the risk of urinary tract infection -- but the authors estimate that more than 100 boys need to be circumcised to prevent one infection.

Children Of Smokers Have
More Attention Deficit

August 1, 2005
Women who smoke during pregnancy nearly triple the risk their children will be born with attention deficit disorder, Danish researchers reported.

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