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'Nerve Snip' Might Ease Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
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Snipping certain nerves may help prevent dangerous heart rhythms caused by stress, a small, new study suggests.

An adrenalin-driven "fight or flight" stress reaction in response to danger is normal, but this reaction is abnormally strong in some people and can lead to excessive sweaty palms (hyperhidrosis) and irregular heart rhythms called ventricular arrhythmias, which originate in the lower chambers of the heart.

Adding Lovenox Didn't Reduce Blood Clot Death Risk in Study
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Severely ill hospital patients are at high risk for developing potentially fatal blood clots, and often wear compression stockings and/or take blood thinners to help lower this risk.

However, adding the blood thinner Lovenox (enoxaparin) to the mix does not reduce their chances of dying from a blood clot, according to research appearing in the Dec.

Racial Disparities Seem to Persist in Depression Diagnosis
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Racial and cultural factors still affect the diagnosis and treatment of depression in elderly Americans, despite improvements to diagnostic tools and therapies in recent decades, according to a new study.

Researchers found that elderly blacks are less likely to be diagnosed -- and therefore treated -- than whites or Hispanics.

Scientists Probe the Origins of Dyslexia
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Problems in how people with dyslexia process the sounds they hear may be at the heart of this learning disorder, new research suggests.

The study findings, published in the Dec. 22 issue of the journal Neuron, may one day lead to better therapies for children and adults who are diagnosed with this common yet still ultimately mysterious condition.

Treating High Blood Pressure May Add Years to Life
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People suffering from high blood pressure, or hypertension, who keep their blood pressure levels under control may add years to their life, a new study suggests.

In fact, those in the study who took medicine to lower their blood pressure for more than four years reduced their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease over a 20-year period, the researchers found.

Avian influenza in Europe: Prague revealed a bird infected with a dangerous strain of H5N1
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In the Czech Republic found dangerous for human H5N1 avian influenza strain. As RIA "Novosti", this was confirmed Thursday by the State veterinary service of the Czech Republic.

It was also reported that revealed on the eve of the virus in turkeys on the farm,

The new vaccine can prevent the development of tumors in the cervix
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French scientists announced the successful completion of the first phase of clinical trials of a vaccine that can stop the development of tumors causing cervical cancer.

In trials involving 18 women with tumors in the cervix caused by human papillomavirus 16-th type.

In Egypt a few days he died two women from avian influenza
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Egypt's 30-year-old woman died on 18 November in the hospital Asyut. The cause of death of women in the province of Minya was avian flu. The day before from this disease died 19 year old girl living in the same province.

Pictures of beautiful women make men stupid
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The contemplation of images of beautiful women significantly reduces the ability of men to making informed decisions, think Belgian scientists.

According to researchers,

Mother-Toddler Bond May Influence Teen Obesity
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Teens are more likely to be obese if they had a poor emotional relationship with their mother when they were toddlers, according to a new study.

The findings echo previous research showing that toddlers who didn't have close emotional ties with their parents were more likely to be obese by the time they were 4.

Holiday Blues May Signal Depression
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The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for people suffering from depression.

Experts from Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System, said they are bracing for an increase in self-destructive behavior. They noted however, there are ways to recognize when a person is depressed and intervene before they end up in the emergency room.

Maggots Quickly Clean Up Wounds, Study Shows
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The surgeons' scalpel may have new (and wriggling) competition in cleaning troublesome wounds: maggots.

To the uninitiated the treatment may seem strange. But new French research suggests that bagging up live, sterile fly larvae in tightly meshed dressing packs and applying them to open sores can be a quick, safe and effective way to clear away dead tissue.

Many Police Officers Battle Sleep Woes, Study Finds
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Sleep problems are common among police officers and are associated with more health issues and poorer performance on the job, a new study shows.

Researchers screened almost 5,000 police officers from the United States and Canada online or in person and found that 40 percent of them had a sleep disorder.

Some 'Gluten-Free' Beers Really Aren't: Study
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Regular beer and even some brands of beer labeled "low-gluten" contain high levels of gluten and could cause problems for people with celiac disease, a new study says.

Beer is made using barely, which contains a form of gluten called hordein. However, some beer companies contend that the brewing process eliminates gluten or reduces it to very low levels, according to a release from the Journal of Proteome Research, where the new study appears.

How to Make Your Quit-Smoking Resolution Stick
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Quitting smoking is one of the most common New Year's resolutions, but it's easier said than done, with six of 10 smokers requiring multiple attempts before successfully kicking the habit, according to the American Lung Association.

However, preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve your chances of success.

Screening Alone Not Enough to Prevent Sudden Death in College Athletes
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Precautionary measures need to be used in conjunction with screening to protect all college athletes from sudden death related to overexertion and exhaustion, researchers say.

After a college football player died from complications due to sickle cell trait during a workout, the NCAA implemented mandatory screening of all Division I student athletes.

Health Tip: Skip the Cold Medicine Before Age 4
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Parents want to do whatever they can to ease a child's cold symptoms, but cough and cold medicines aren't recommended for children under age 4.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these alternatives to ease a young child's cough and cold symptoms:

Encourage your child to get lots of rest.

Weight loss supplements can lead to the recruitment of additional pounds
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Many people struggling with being overweight, use slimming pills, as they want to get rid of extra pounds in a short period of time. These funds have acquired enormous popularity.

Mild stress improves brain function
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Stress can have a beneficial effect on the brain, if they are short, proved to U.S. researchers.

The short-term stress increases the activity of the brain,

Age at first birth mother affects the academic performance of children
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Maternal age affects how the child is doing in school, as well as on their potential to learn, say U.S. researchers from the University of Michigan.

Scientists have studied the data of children,

Health Tip: Discuss Weight With Your Child
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Talking about weight with your child can be difficult, but it's important to foster a healthy attitude toward weight and eating.

The American Dietetic Association offers these suggestions for having this discussion:

If your son or daughter is overweight, encourage the child to take action to lose weight.

Extra Help Enhances Holidays for Older Relatives
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The holiday season is a time for family gatherings and it's important to include grandparents and other elderly relatives, experts say.

It is also important to consider the special needs of these older family members, according to a news release from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Christmas Trees and Trappings Can Fan Fire Risk
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The risk of burns increases over the holiday season because people are cooking more, putting up potentially flammable decorations and using fireplaces and candles.

"We see a significant increase in burn patients between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Your holiday, which should be full of joy and celebration, can quickly turn tragic," Dr.

Parents May Hold Key to Healthy Weight in Hispanic Kids
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Parents of overweight Hispanic children are willing to make food and lifestyle changes that will benefits their kids' health, a new study suggests.

The findings may help improve efforts to combat the childhood obesity epidemic among Hispanic Americans, the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, said the researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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