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Dark Chocolate May Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Dark chocolate may lower your risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood glucose and bad cholesterol while boosting levels of good cholesterol, a small new study suggests.

Chocolate contains compounds called flavanols, which have antioxidant and ...

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Pacemakers, Defibrillators Sources of Deadly Infections: Study

Apr 24, 2012

By Denise Mann
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Life-saving implantable pacemakers or defibrillators pose a risk for developing deadly infections, a new study suggests.

More than 4.2 million people in the United States had a permanent pacemaker or defibrillator implanted ...

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Hospital Charges Show Huge Variance in Study

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Acute appendicitis is a common medical condition, but the cost of treating it varies enormously -- from about $1,500 to $180,000 -- researchers report.

The median charge in 2009 was nearly $34,000, according to a California study that looked at more than ...

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Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Often Not Followed: Study

Apr 24, 2012

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- In 2008, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against testing for prostate cancer in men aged 75 and older, but new research finds that almost 44 percent of these men are still being screened.

Before the 2008 ...

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Botox Offers Little Relief for Migraine, Study Finds

Apr 24, 2012

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Botox is considered a preventive medication for debilitating migraine headaches, but a new review finds that it may only help people with chronic migraines or chronic daily headaches. And, even then, the effect appears to only ...

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Cocaine Habit Might Speed Brain Aging

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic cocaine use may speed up brain aging, a new study suggests.

British researchers scanned the brains of 60 people with cocaine dependence and 60 people with no history of substance abuse, and found that those with cocaine dependence had greater levels of ...

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Quality Nursing May Protect Very Low Birth Weight Babies

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Infants with very low birth weights -- less than 3.3 pounds -- do better if they're born at hospitals that have been officially recognized for nursing excellence, a new study finds.

The "RNE" designation, recognition for nursing excellence, is awarded by the ...

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Texting May Help More Kids Get Flu Shots

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Sending text message reminders to parents improves the rate of flu vaccination among low-income children and teens in cities, researchers have found.

The new study, published in the April 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, included ...

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Study Explores Fish Oil's Healthy Effect on Heart

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- A small new study may rule out one possible mechanism behind omega-3 fatty acids' healthy effects on the heart.

It's been established that omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fish oil, help prevent cardiovascular disease (conditions of the heart and ...

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Many First-Graders Shun Overweight, Obese Kids

Apr 24, 2012

By Carina Storrs
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Even first-graders might be shunned by their peers if they are overweight or obese, new research suggests.

In the study, first-graders at 29 different schools in rural Oklahoma rated how much they liked to play with each of ...

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New Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Apr 24, 2012

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome -- an often misunderstood condition marked by unexplained, incapacitating exhaustion -- don't respond to rewards in the same way as the brains of healthy people do, a new ...

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Stress May Be Tougher on Women's Hearts Than Men's: Study

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Heart blood flow increases in men when they experience mental stress, but does not change in women, a small new study suggests.

The finding may explain why women are more likely than men to have heart trouble when they suffer emotional distress, the Penn State ...

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Impulsive Tots at Risk for Gambling Problems Later

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers who are impulsive, restless, moody and inattentive are twice as likely as other kids to have a gambling problem in adulthood, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Missouri, Duke University and University College London said ...

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Health Highlights: April 24, 2012

Apr 24, 2012

  • Meds Helping Many Overweight Americans Control Cholesterol: Study
  • Medicare Stable, Trustees Report Finds
  • New Technology Developed to Help Older Drivers

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Meds Helping Many Overweight ...

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Bullying, Violence Linked to Faster Aging in Kids

Apr 24, 2012

TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are victims of bullying and violence have DNA wear-and-tear that is normally associated with aging, a new study shows.

It found that violence-related stress in children affects telomeres -- special DNA sequences found at the tips of chromosomes.

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Could the Childhood Obesity 'Epidemic' Be Ebbing?

Apr 24, 2012

By Serena Gordon


HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- After two decades of steadily increasing rates of childhood obesity, at least one state may finally be turning things around.

The rates of obesity in children under the age of 6 in eastern Massachusetts declined during the ...

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Health Tip: Eat Less

Apr 24, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- Your parents may have appreciated when you took a lot of food and left a clean plate, but experts say that's no way to maintain a healthy weight.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions to help prevent overeating:

  • Use small plates and glasses.
  • Take ...

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Health Tip: Help Prevent a Pulled Muscle

Apr 24, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- A pulled muscle, especially involving the thigh, is a common injury among runners and people who play basketball, hockey or football. And while the injury can't always be prevented, there are factors that increase your risk.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says ...

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Novartis tries to make UK hospitals use $1000 drug

Apr 24, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Drug maker Novartis says it is taking legal action in Britain to make hospitals use an eye drug that costs 700 pounds ($1,130) per shot instead of a cheaper one that costs 60 pounds ($97).

According to the U.K.'s health watchdog, Lucentis is the only drug recommended to treat the eye ...

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Swiss Scientists Demonstrate Mind-Controlled Robot

Apr 24, 2012

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars.

Similar ...

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