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  • 8/30/2011
    There is a new strain of deer tick-borne illness that's been discovered, and like Lyme disease, it too can strike humans. The most common symptoms of the disease, which usually appear about a week after the initial contact with the tick, are chills, fever, headache, muscle aches, and nausea.
  • 8/27/2011
    Just because a food is labeled "gluten-free" on its packaging does not mean that it is actually gluten-free. There may in fact be a considerable amount of gluten in the product…more than enough to bring about the gastrointestinal difficulties that are the hallmark of the illness.
  • 8/25/2011
    A recent study suggests that the single biggest risk factor leading to Alzheimer's in the US is lack of exercise. Twenty-one percent of all instances of the disease, or 1.1 million cases, could be prevented if more people exercised regularly, according to the researchers. The single biggest risk factor worldwide, though, is lack of education.
  • 8/23/2011
    To date, the research has found no undisclosed food, chant, or medicine responsible for the exceptionally long lives of centenarians. In fact, a recent study suggests that those who live the longest probably can eat whatever they want, forego exercise, and hit the bottle.
  • 8/20/2011
    International conglomerate Cargill Inc. has recalled almost 36 million pounds of ground turkey that was identified as the source of 79 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in 26 states all across America, and was responsible for one death in California. The recall by the United States Department of Agriculture was considered Class I, posing the greatest health risk.
  • 8/18/2011
    A recent study at the University of Cordoba in Spain found that a group of by-products of chlorine called haloacetic acids (HAAs) was present in the urine of swimmers less than 30 minutes after they emerged from the pool. This dangerous chemical is only allowed in restricted amounts in our drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency because it has been associated with cancer and birth defects in other research.
  • is salt addictive?
    8/16/2011
    Scientists from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and the University of Melbourne in Australia teamed up and found that the nerve connections stimulated by the instinctive appetite for salt are the same grouping associated with cocaine or heroin addiction.
  • 8/13/2011
    A new study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta found that stroke rates for women who are pregnant, or have just given birth, increased an immense 54 percent over the course of 13 years. Between 1994 and 2007, pregnancy-related hospitalizations for stroke rose by more than 2,200 cases across the United States.
  • 8/11/2011
    Measles is being reintroduced to the U.S. primarily by travelers who have not been vaccinated against it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, approximately 90 percent of the patients affected by the current outbreak were unvaccinated.
  • 8/9/2011
    McDonald's has announced that it intends to cut the French Fries portion in half and add fruit or vegetables to all its Happy Meals. Unfortunately, the fruit will typically be apples with high-sugar, caramel dip, although the chain says it might offer carrots, pineapple, oranges or raisins seasonally. 
  • 8/6/2011
    Researchers have found that the average mile-running times of people in their 40s or 50s correlates strongly to whether they have a high risk of cardiovascular problems in their senior years. Those with the highest level of fitness in the study were found to have only a 10 percent lifetime risk of developing heart disease VS 30 percent for  those in the lowest fitness group.
  • 8/5/2011
    Perhaps you've seen the headlines: "Colon Cleansing Ineffective and Unsafe, Say Researchers."So what is this groundbreaking study in the Journal of Family Practice that has definitively driven the nail in the coffin of colon cleansing and got people so worked up?
  • 8/4/2011
    Recent studies have found that memory tasks performed regularly can nudge your IQ up a few points -- and the uptick remains in place several months later. So just as you can exercise to condition your body to be healthy, you just might be able to exercise your brain to its optimum potential.
  • 8/2/2011
    Amazing as it seems, doctors are now able to perform operations before birth on babies who have birth defects. To reach the fetus, the attending surgeon actually lifts the uterus almost out of the mother's body, and then cuts into it.
  • 7/30/2011
    Lots of people like to relax occasionally after work or on the weekends with a glass of wine…or three.  There's nothing wrong with getting a little inebriated now and then as long as it's not a nightly ritual or affecting your job or relationships, right?  Maybe not, at least if you are the parents of a teenager.
  • 7/28/2011
    Studies now show that people who take antidepressants and then go off of them have recurring bouts of major depression at almost double the rate of those who simply toughed it out through the blues, minus the drugs.
  • 7/26/2011
    According to new research, gossiping may be hardwired into our brains and serve an evolutionary purpose. Another recent study on gossiping found that it might actually help people share and cooperate.
  • 7/23/2011
    According to recent information from the American Cancer Society, cancer-related death rates are 22 percent lower for men and nearly 14 percent lower for women for the time period between 1990 and 2007. It should be noted, however, that there is a big discrepancy between the rates of cancer deaths between well-educated, affluent Americans and those adults with the lowest levels of education.
  • 7/21/2011
    According to a 2009 New York Times study, 11 percent of all drivers on the road are blabbing away on their cell phones at any given time. A separate Harvard study shows that cell phone talking causes more than half a million accidents annually and leads to 2,600 deaths. Viewed another way, distraction caused 16 percent of all road fatalities in 2009 plus 20 percent of all injuries, and that number continues to rise.
  • 7/19/2011
    In an attempt to be the best and excel, many college students and twenty-somethings take so-called "smart drugs" such as Adderall and Ritalin to boost their brain power. The belief is that these prescription medications -- typically used to help children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) concentrate -- will help adults without the disorder improve their focus and memory.
  • Hospital Overuse of CT Scans
    7/16/2011
    New research has found that it is a regularly occurring practice at hundreds of hospitals to allow chest CT scans, which typically dose out 45 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation -- and sometimes substantially more -- twice in the same day. In contrast, the average chest X-ray gives off 0.02 mSv of radiation.
  • 7/14/2011
    While plastic wrap doesn’t usually contain BPA, it typically contains the carcinogen chlorine plusa substance called DEHA, which acts as an endocrine disruptor in the body. Studies have linked it directly to liver tumors in mice, as well as to asthma in children and to a wide range of cancers.
  • 7/12/2011
    A new study has determined that there was a 55 percent increase in emergency room hospital visits for prescription drug-related suicide attempts in men between the ages of 21 and 34 from 2005 to 2009. The largest increase was shown to come from men taking antidepressants, which rose a whopping 155 percent among men 21 to 34.
  • 7/9/2011
    The Fukushima Daiichi plant that was so badly damaged is now beleaguered by a tremendous amount of dangerously radioactive water. The water was purposely pumped into the facility by the Tokyo Power Company (TEPCO) to prevent the reactor cores from overheating after the cooling system was rendered useless.
  • 7/7/2011
    A new study has found Botox reduces the ability to empathize. The reason is that in order to interpret the emotions others express, we need to mimic those emotions in our own facial expression. The mimicry happens fast and it's quite unconscious -- just a flicker. But if you can't do it, you can't mimic others' emotions.

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