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Vitamins E and C protect smokers from cancer
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Nutritional supplements containing vitamin C, help to restore the body to normal levels of vitamin E, which is one of the main components of the protective mechanism that protects the lungs from the harmful substances contained in tobacco smoke.

Headaches May Plague Many With HIV/AIDS
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Headache affects 50 percent of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States, and many of those headaches are severe, a new study says.

About 27.5 percent of the 200 HIV/AIDS patients in the study suffered "chronic migraine," a rare condition in which a person has migraine symptoms (with or without other headaches) for 15 or more days a month.

Many Toddlers Wind Up in ER After Accidental Overdose
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Each year in the United States, one of every 150 two-year-olds visits an emergency room for treatment of an accidental medication overdose, a new government report shows.

Most of these cases occur when unsupervised children eat or drink medicines they find at home, according to the U.

FDA Seeks to Get More Women Into Trials of Medical Devices
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Draft recommendations meant to increase the number of women in clinical trials for medical devices were released Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Genetics, hormones, body size, diet, social and cultural factors, and types of illness may cause women to respond differently to certain medical products and devices than men, according to the FDA.

Low-Dose Aspirin After Lung Clot Could Prevent Recurrence
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Giving low-dose aspirin to patients after they've received stronger blood thinners for dangerous clots in the lungs could cut their odds of redeveloping the clots, a new study finds.

The clots in question are venous thromboembolisms (VTEs). These can include both the leg clots known as deep-vein thromboses, or pulmonary embolisms, clots in the lungs that can cause rapid pulse, shortness of breath, chest pain and even death.

Smoking Linked to Skin Cancer in Women
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If you're a woman who smokes and you are looking for another reason to quit, consider this: A new study has found a link between tobacco use and skin cancer.

The study found that women who had squamous cell skin cancer were more likely to have smoked than those who were free from the disease.

Injuries Linked to Holiday Decorating on the Rise
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Decking the halls (and elsewhere) for the holidays may be getting more dangerous, a new government report finds.

In November and December 2010, more than 13,000 people were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries involving holiday decorations, up from 10,000 in 2007, and 12,000 in 2008 and 2009, according to the U.

Social status is often inherited
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Researchers from the University of California and the London school of Economics found that social status often is inherited from ancestors, than even the growth, writes Meddaily.

Potassium deficiency can cause acne, insomnia and depression
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The appearance of acne, as well as a number of health problems can be associated with a deficiency of potassium in the body, says Ne boley.

According to experts,

Tears of joy help to restore emotional balance
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Tears help to cope with emotions and relieve the mind as when a negative event, and very touching and positive, according to U.S. researchers from Yale University.

Scientists observed the emotional reaction of people on cute babies and a woman,

U.S. Safety Board Urges Nationwide Ban on Drivers' Use of Cellphones
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In the aftermath of a deadly crash in Missouri that killed two and injured 38, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a nationwide ban on drivers' use of cellphones and other personal electronic devices, except in emergencies.

According to media reports, the board was meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.

Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Might Pose Risk for Kids
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Infants born to mothers who use inhaled glucocorticoids -- a class of steroids -- to treat asthma during pregnancy may be at risk for endocrine and metabolic disorders, a new study indicates.

Researchers looked at more than 65,000 mother-child pairs from the Danish National Birth Cohort who were followed from early pregnancy into childhood.

Health Tip: Dealing With Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
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Hemorrhoids are swollen, painful veins that develop in the rectum. Up to half of pregnant women have them, the website says.

The site offers these suggestions to ease hemorrhoid pain:

Drink plenty of fluids.
Eat foods rich in fiber, including whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Higher Hospital Admissions Equal Higher Readmissions: Study
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Efforts to reduce costly hospital readmissions have focused on improving patient care just after discharge. But much of the readmission problem may be due to an overuse of inpatient hospital services in the first place, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that overall hospital admission rates played the biggest role in readmission rates among Medicare patients from various geographic regions, accounting for up to 24 percent of the variation in readmission totals among those with congestive heart failure and up to 20 percent among those with pneumonia.

Drunk Driving-Related Deaths Surge During the Holidays
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During the holidays, alcohol-related car accidents claim more lives than at any other time of the year, according to U.S. government experts.

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year's involve drunk drivers -- a 12 percent increase over the rest of the month of December.

Angioplasty Safe at Hospitals Without On-Site Surgery: Review
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Despite current guidelines, many people who have angioplasty to open blocked heart arteries can safely undergo these procedures in hospitals that don't have on-site cardiac surgery capabilities, according to a new review of 15 studies.

The review found no heightened risk for death or conversion to emergency bypass surgery in individuals who have angioplasty at centers that don't have teams that are ready to perform emergency coronary artery bypass grafting in a pinch.

Health Tip: Keep Diabetes in Check During the Holidays
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Holiday parties, desserts and buffets can throw your diabetes meal plan way off-track.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to enjoy the holidays if you're diabetic:

Enjoy a healthy snack before you go to a party, or pack one to take with you.

Health Tip: Find Time for You
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If you're the type of person who is always doing things for others, you need to find time for yourself, experts say.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice:

Try to maintain a healthy balance between work and your personal life.

Birth control pills do to men in the eyes of women more attractive
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American researchers from the University of Florida found that hormonal birth control pills can affect the assessment of women's attractiveness, making the male in the eyes of women more attractive.

The use of antibiotics in childhood may increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
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American scientists from the University of Pennsylvania announced new side effects associated with the use of antibiotics in childhood. In their opinion, the admission of such drugs is associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Foods with selenium help to increase fertility in women
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The correct diet can increase the probability of conception in women, reported by Australian researchers from the University of Adelaide.

The secret lies in selenium is a natural antioxidant found in foods rich in protein.

Anglica created an artificial pancreas
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Scientists from Cambridge University reported that it has taken another step towards the creation of an artificial pancreas for diabetics.

Currently, the University is undergoing a clinical trial of a new method involving 12 patients aged from 5 to 18 years.

NYC Sees Drop in Child Obesity; Can Other Cities Do Same?
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In what might serve as a hopeful sign for all children in the United States, a new study finds that obesity rates among New York City's school children have dropped slightly in the past five years, particularly among the youngest.

Although the absolute decline in the obesity rate is only 1.

Brief, Intense Exercise Lowers Blood Sugar, Small Study Finds
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Lack of time is a common reason cited for not exercising, but new research suggests that several short intensive workouts a week may help lower blood sugar levels similarly to longer, more regular exercise regimens.

The small, new study found that 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise a week -- a total exercise time of 75 minutes a week with warm-up and cool-down included -- could lower blood sugar levels for 24 hours after exercise, and help prevent post-meal blood sugar spikes in people with type 2 diabetes.

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