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Study Finds Soy Supplements Don't Boost Thinking Skills

Jun 5, 2012

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Soy supplements taken daily don't improve the overall thinking abilities of older women, according to a new study.

"There are no substantial cognitive effects, positive or negative, from soy protein consumption in women past ...

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Little Short-Term Risk of Repeat Bout of Shingles, Study Finds

Jun 5, 2012

TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who've had shingles have a relatively low short-term risk of developing the painful skin condition again, a new study says.

The findings indicate that there is no urgent need for these patients to get vaccinated in order to prevent a second shingles ...

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Fewer Medicare Patients Being 'Admitted' to Hospitals

Jun 5, 2012

TUESDAY, June 5 (HealthDay News) -- Federal government pressure has led to an increasing number of Medicare patients being held for observation instead of being admitted to hospitals, a new study suggests.

Although this push to get hospitals to be careful about admitting seniors as inpatients may ...

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Health Tip: Work Out in Water

Jun 5, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- Aquatics, another name for water exercises, are a low-impact way to strengthen muscles and burn calories.

The American Council on Exercise mentions these potential benefits of water exercises:

  • Reduced stress on the muscles and joints, often lowering the risk of injury and ...

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Health Tip: Understanding Adult Dehydration

Jun 5, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- Dehydration occurs when the body doesn't have enough fluids to continue working properly.

If you don't drink enough fluids or have diarrhea, your risk of dehydration rises. This can be especially dangerous for older people or those with weaker immune systems.

The U.S. National ...

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China tells US to stop tweets on Beijing's bad air

Jun 5, 2012

By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China told foreign embassies Tuesday to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular U.S. Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing.

Only the Chinese government is authorized ...

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Lawyers: Deal is close in Colo. listeria lawsuits

Jun 4, 2012

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Lawyers involved in lawsuits against a Colorado farm identified as the source of a deadly listeria outbreak last fall said Monday they were close to a settlement in the case.

The lawsuits were filed by people who were sickened or who had a family ...

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APNewsBreak: Grapevine quarantine partially lifted

Jun 4, 2012

By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — An invasive species that led to vineyard quarantines across Northern California and threatened the state's wine industry has been eradicated in four of the affected counties, federal officials say.

Two years of testing and trapping have shown ...

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Hospitals add palliative teams at feverish pace

Jun 4, 2012

By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fighting stage-four ovarian cancer, Carol Delzatto has more doctor appointments than she cares to count. But this day, she is beaming as Dr. Pamela Sutton comes into sight, greeting her patient and calling her beautiful. Delzatto looks ...

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GOP plays offense in medical device tax fight

Jun 4, 2012

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Republicans, it's an irresistible trifecta: A bill that gives them an election-season chance to say they're fighting to protect jobs and cut taxes, even as it erodes financing for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul they despise.

So ...

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'Uncertainty' Remains Over Supply of Key Cancer Drugs

Jun 4, 2012

By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- John Mahan, a 58-year-old Nashville firefighter battling a gastrointestinal cancer, couldn't believe what he was hearing last July.

His doctor had just told him that his clinic had run out of injectable fluorouracil (5-FU), the ...

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Some Genes Seem to Raise Risk of Obesity: Study

Jun 4, 2012

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Some people's genetic makeup puts them at a higher risk for obesity, a new study says.

The risk is especially high for those who grow rapidly during childhood. But having a genetic risk doesn't sentence one to becoming obese,

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'Super Bug' May Thrive in Homes Where Kids Have Staph Infections

Jun 4, 2012

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- People in the homes of children with skin and soft-tissue infections caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus have a higher rate of methicillin-resistant S. aureus colonization than the general population, a new study finds.

S. aureus infection often is ...

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Who's Touching You Affects How It Feels: Study

Jun 4, 2012

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- A human touch can feel sensual or scary or somewhere in between. Now a new study provides insight into how minds translate a sensation on the legs into a message in the brain.

A study of 18 straight men suggests the brain reacts ...

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Parental Abuse, Neglect Linked to Increased Skin Cancer Risk

Jun 4, 2012

By Denise Mann
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that early childhood abuse and neglect may raise the risk for recurring skin cancer later in life.

According to the findings, early childhood neglect and maltreatment by parents may actually trigger a lowered ...

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Teens Whose Moms Smoked While Pregnant May Have Worse Asthma

Jun 4, 2012

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for uncontrolled asthma, a new study finds.

University of California, San Francisco, researchers analyzed data from nearly 2,500 black and Hispanic children and found that ...

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Ginseng Capsules Seem to Ease Cancer-Related Fatigue

Jun 4, 2012

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- The herb ginseng appeared to significantly reduce cancer-related fatigue compared to an inactive placebo, although it took several weeks for the herb's effects to take effect in the patients, a new study reports.

In the study, the researchers gave either a ...

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Runners May Live Longer

Jun 4, 2012

By Mary Brophy Marcus
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Runners appear to live longer, new research suggests.

But there is likely a tipping point, concluded the authors of another new study that looked at the cardiovascular health of endurance athletes, when the heart no longer ...

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Health Highlights: June 4, 2012

Jun 4, 2012

  • New Asthma Action Plan for Minorities in U.S.
  • Exercise May Boost Heart Risk for Some: Study
  • FDA Denies Name Change for High Fructose Corn Syrup

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

New Asthma Action Plan for Minorities in U.S.

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