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Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign

Apr 23, 2014

By DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

The House voted 114-30 on Wednesday to support the bill,

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Religious Music a High Note for Older Christians

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Religious music may improve the mental health of older Christians, a new study finds.

Researchers examined survey data gathered from more than 1,000 English-speaking black and white adults across the United States who ...

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People With More Education May Recover Better From Brain Injury

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that people with more education recover significantly better from serious head injuries.

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries who had earned at ...

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Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 -- Marijuana use might contribute to heart and artery disease among young and middle-aged adults, particularly those already at risk for cardiovascular problems, a small French study reports.

By reviewing reported cases of marijuana abuse in France between 2006 and 2010,

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Seniors Who Suffer Mental Declines May Face Earlier Death: Study

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with mild symptoms of mental decline may face a higher risk of dying earlier than those with no thinking or memory problems, new Mayo Clinic research suggests.

Folks with mild impairment of memory or thought had an 80 percent higher death rate ...

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Gene Therapy May Enhance Cochlear Implants, Animal Study Finds

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Australian researchers say that gene therapy may one day improve the hearing of people with cochlear implants, allowing them to appreciate music and hear in noisy environments.

In experiments with deaf guinea pigs, senior study author Gary Housley and ...

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Aspirin's Ability to Prevent Colon Cancer May Depend on Your Genes

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin seems to halve the risk of colon cancer in people with high levels of a genetic enzyme found in the colon, a new study says.

Many questions remain, however, regarding who should take aspirin to potentially ward off colon cancer. The research ...

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Scientists Study Gene Clues From 115-Year-Old Woman

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 400 mutations were found in the healthy white blood cells of a 115-year-old woman, according to a new study that may advance what is known about limits of the human life span.

Genetic mutations have been ...

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Guys: Don't Take Your Y Chromosome for Granted

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain genes on the Y chromosome may have ensured the survival of males, a new study indicates.

These genes have little if anything to do with sperm production or determining gender. Rather, they appear to be active ...

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Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

Apr 23, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more than 240 cases of the virus have been recorded in Guinea and Liberia.

Most of those cases are in Guinea,

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AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

Apr 23, 2014

By WARREN E. LEARY, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun. 

 Over the next three years, the CDC formally named ...

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Research Shows Ways to Speed Stroke Care

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every minute counts for stroke victims who need clot-busting medications quickly to restore blood flow to their brain and prevent further damage.

Now, new efforts to hasten treatment in both ambulances and emergency rooms appear to have significantly ...

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People With Kidney Disease Show Higher Cancer Risk in Study

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with moderate kidney dysfunction may face a higher risk of developing cancer than those with healthy kidneys, a large study suggests.

Researchers found that among nearly 32,000 older U.S. adults, those with stage 3 kidney disease were more ...

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People Seek Out Health Info When Famous Person Dies

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deaths of well-known people offer an opportunity to educate the general public about disease detection and prevention, a new study suggests.

Researchers surveyed 1,400 American men and women after Apple co-founder ...

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A Little Wine Might Help Kidneys Stay Healthy

Apr 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.

And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the ...

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Early Sign of Kidney Disease Often Ignored, Study Says

Apr 23, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much protein in your urine -- an early sign of kidney disease and a risk factor for heart disease -- often goes undetected and untreated, a new study finds.

Researchers also found that many people with this ...

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Health Highlights: April 23, 2014

Apr 23, 2014

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

Ebola Death Toll in West Africa at 147: WHO

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 147 people so far, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 240 cases of the virus have been ...

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Health Tip: Signs Your Child Has An Overuse Injury

Apr 23, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- Children's bodies are still growing, which can make them more susceptible to overuse injuries as they enjoy sports and physical activity.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these warning signs of overuse injuries in children:

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    Health Tip: When Lifestyle Disrupts Sleep

    Apr 23, 2014

    By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

    (HealthDay News) -- Getting enough sleep is essential for good health, but there are lifestyle choices that can get in the way.

    The American Psychological Association mentions these factors that can affect sleep:

    • Stress at work, school, at home or with family.

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