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Scientists have discovered a molecule that can become the basis for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and gout
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Australian researchers from the University of Queensland have identified a molecule that is struggling with one of the main causes of inflammatory diseases. Experts hope that the molecule can be the key to the treatment of such diseases as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's,

As Gastric Banding Increases, So May Complications
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Use of gastric bands as a weight-loss aid is increasing, and doctors need to be alert for potential complications years later, say the authors of a new case report.

The report details problems that developed two years after a 49-year-old British woman underwent the weight-loss procedure.

In High-Tech Age, the Good Old Letter Still Holds Sway
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Instant communication may be all the rage, but old-fashioned letter-writing may have a more beneficial lasting effect on recipients.

In a study involving soldiers serving in war zones, most in Iraq, researchers found that letters from home -- just a few words from the heart, scribbled onto paper or typed into an email -- served as an inoculation against one of war's most insidious and long-lasting wounds.

Youth Exposure to Unwanted Internet Sexual Encounters Drops
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Increased public awareness and improved Internet security may be among the reasons why child and teen exposure to unwanted online sexual solicitations and pornography has declined in the United States, a new study indicates.

However, reports of online harassment have increased, according to researchers at the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center.

Health Tip: Use Medications Safely
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If your child isn't feeling well and needs an over-the-counter medication recommended by your pediatrician, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these safety guidelines:

Make sure the medicine treats only your child's symptoms, nothing more.

Move to Hospital Isolation Unit Linked to Raised Delirium Risk
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Hospital patients who are moved from regular care into isolation have a nearly twofold increased risk of developing delirium, but patients who begin their hospital stay in isolation aren't at increased risk, researchers have found.

Delirium is a potentially dangerous change in mental status that can affect hospital patients.

Health Tip: Improving Your Cholesterol
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High levels of LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) or triglycerides puts you at higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

While there's no surefire way to lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides, the American Diabetes Association mentions these practices that can help lower your numbers:

Quit smoking.

Hay Fever Symptoms Worse in Spring Than Summer: Study
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Hay fever symptoms -- itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose -- are worse in the spring than summer even when pollen counts are the same, according to a new report.

In the study, researchers compared daily pollen counts during the 2007 and 2008 hay fever seasons with daily symptoms reported by hay fever sufferers living around Leiden in the Netherlands.

Uterine Fibroids Cost Billions in U.S. Health Care, Lost Work: Report
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Uterine fibroids are a significant economic drain on the U.S. health care system, costing anywhere from $5.9 billion to $34.4 billion a year, according to a new report.

The costs come largely from lost work and disability but also include medical treatment as well as obstetric complications, said the report, which appears in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Discerning Gift-Givers Look for Toys That Offer More Than Fun
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When it comes to toys, kids' wish lists for the holiday season often pose a dilemma for parents, who find themselves asking two crucial questions.

The first question is almost knee-jerk: Which of these toys will be safe for my child?

And the second, though not as obvious, is becoming more common in the era of toys and media aimed at spurring a child's development: Which of these toys will be good for my kid?

Health Tip: Burned Out at Work?
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While some stress on the job can help you stay on top of things, too much stress can lead to burnout.

This can affect your job performance, not to mention your physical and mental health.

The Cleveland Clinic cites these warning signs of burnout at work:

Needing to take off a lot of days.

Widowers Who Stay Single Might Face More Mental Health Woes
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Widowers who are still single a few years after their wife's death have a significantly increased chance of developing mental health disorders, according to a new study.

Researchers followed 691 Swedish widowers whose wives died of cancer and found that those who found a new partner within four to five years did relatively well in dealing with the loss of their wife.

Cancer Survivors Should Take Steps to Keep Healthy During Holidays
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The holiday season can be especially meaningful for cancer survivors, but they need to take steps to ensure they stay healthy through this often hectic and stressful time.

One in 20 U.S. adults is a cancer survivor and their ranks are growing. Many of these folks have long-term health needs due to the disease and its treatment, experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center pointed out in a center news release.

Toddlers Don't Seem to Listen to Own Voices to Correct Speech
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Unlike adults and older children, toddlers do not listen to the sound of their voice to correct their speech, a new study finds.

Researchers had adults and 4-year-old and 2-year-old children say the word "bed" repeatedly while simultaneously hearing themselves say the word "bad.

Buildup of Newer Flame Retardants Concerns Scientists
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Increasing concentrations of two newer generation flame-retardant chemicals were detected in atmospheric samples collected in the Great Lakes region between 2008 and 2010, a new study indicates.

The chemicals are used to reduce flammability in various products, including electronic devices, textiles, plastics, coatings and polyurethane foams.

Health Tip: Diabetics, Pack Smart for Holiday Travel
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If you're diabetic and preparing to head out for the holidays, take care to carefully pack your medications and supplies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:

Pack twice as much medication and supplies as you'll need, in case there are delays in returning home.

Holiday Travel Tips for People With Diabetes
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If you have diabetes and plan on traveling this holiday season, there are certain things you need to do to safeguard your health, says a University of Alabama at Birmingham expert.

"I tell patients, especially type 1 diabetics, to be diligent about blood sugar control when they travel -- especially across time zones -- because it's easy to lose control of your glucose management when you get out of your usual routine," Dr.

Tips for Avoiding Asthma, Allergy Triggers This Season
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Holiday decorations, both old and new, can cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions, an expert says.

Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Maywood, Ill., warns that fresh Christmas trees, poinsettias and boxes that have been stored for months can stir up potential triggers like dust and mold.

Hepatitis B Vaccine Recommended for Adults With Diabetes
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Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all unvaccinated adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes aged 19 to 59, say new guidelines from the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

The vaccination should be done as soon as possible after adults in this age group are diagnosed with diabetes.

Hearing Devices More Apt to Fail in Children Who Had Meningitis
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For children who have an implanted cochlear device, rates for replacement due to device failure are low. However, children who have hearing loss caused by bacterial meningitis before a device was implanted appear to be at increased risk for it to fail, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Wear Your Seat Belt During Pregnancy
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Wearing a seat belt is particularly important during pregnancy, when you're protecting for two.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for moms-to-be while traveling in the car:

Wear your seat belt properly, with the lap belt beneath your belly and the shoulder strap positioned between the breasts and to the side of the belly.

Health Tip: Prevent Falls During Holiday Decorating
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Whether you're decorating your home or climbing to stash holiday packages, take care to avoid falls.

Falls are a leading cause of injury among older people. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how you can help prevent them:

If you use a ladder, make sure it's of the correct type and height for the job.

Eating Out Doesn't Have to Mean Excess Calories
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While the holidays tend to translate into restaurant meals that are bigger and higher in calories than those prepared at home, eating out doesn't have to be unhealthy, an expert says.

Making wise choices at restaurants can prevent Americans from consuming hundreds of extra calories.

Get a Head Start on 2012 Fitness Resolutions
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With all those parties, tempting foods and travel, it can be a challenge to stick with your fitness program during the holidays.

But doing so can give you extra energy and help you get a good start on a healthful new year, according to Kara Smith, a fitness trainer and special programs coordinator at the Loyola Center for Fitness.

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