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Breast Cancer Radiation Linked to Raised Heart Risk
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Women who have breast cancer on the left side of the body and who are treated with radiation therapy have a higher risk of developing narrowing of the arteries that lead to the heart, researchers say.

A new Swedish study found that the risk of having moderately narrowed coronary arteries was more than four times greater for women who had left-sided breast cancers treated with radiation compared to right-sided breast cancers treated with radiation.

World's Tiniest 'Preemies' Growing Up Healthy: Report
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When she was born prematurely in 1989, weighing less than two-thirds of a pound, Madeline Mann was the world's smallest surviving baby.

At the same hospital in 2004, Rumaisa Rahman took over the title of world's tiniest infant, weighing in at 0.57 pounds.

'27 Club' Debunked: Musicians Aren't Prone to Die at That Age
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Famous musicians are no more likely to die at age 27 than at any other age, a new study indicates.

The fact that a number of rock stars -- including Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain -- died when they were 27 makes that age appear particularly unlucky.

Zinc may help some diabetics to improve the sensitivity to glucose
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More than 50 genetic variations associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, a well-known scientist. It is from genes depends on the disease. The results of a new study by American scientists from Johns Hopkins University showed that supplementation with zinc beneficial for diabetics without certain genetic changes.

The H5N1 virus is spreading across Europe, Asia and Africa
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The H5N1 avian influenza virus identified in Hungary. The presence of virus in the tissues of dead wild swans found in the area of b?cs-Kiskun County (Bacs Kiskun), was tested at a local lab,

Eating Disorders Can Last Well Beyond Teen Years
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Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are typically thought to be diseases of young women and men. But researchers are finding that the personal demons that drive a young person to an eating disorder may linger into adulthood.

More and more middle-aged and older people are coming forward to receive treatment for eating problems that began in their youth and have been reignited by adult stress or personal crises.

Fungus Found in Sinks Can Cause Serious Infections
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Disease-causing strains of the fungus Fusarium are present in bathroom sink drains, which may be a common source of infection in humans, according to a new study.

Fusarium is well known for causing diseases in agricultural crops, but some species of the fungus can cause potentially dangerous and even fatal infections in humans.

Driving Isn't An Issue for Most People With Diabetes
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Diabetes needn't prevent someone from driving, and only a doctor should decide if complications are severe enough to keep an individual off the road, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says.

In a new position statement published in the January issue of Diabetes Care, the association advises against blanket bans or restrictions.

Chronic School Absenteeism Linked to Mental Health Problems
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Children who miss school often are more likely to have symptoms of mental health problems as teens, a new study finds.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles and colleagues compiled information on 17,000 students in grades 1 through 12.

Overweight 7-Year-Olds Face Higher Risk of Asthma
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Children who are overweight or obese during early childhood have a greater risk of having asthma at age 8 than normal-weight kids, a new study finds.

Researchers in Sweden followed more than 2,000 children for eight years, using preschool and school health records to track their height and weight at ages 1 year, 18 months, 4 years and 7 years.

Nearly 1 in 3 Young U.S. Adults Have Arrest Records: Study
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By the time they're old enough to vote, roughly one in four Americans has had at least one criminal arrest.

By age 23, an estimated 33 percent -- and perhaps as many as 41 percent of young adults -- have been arrested at least once, excluding traffic violations.

A Visit Can Bring Holiday Cheer to Hospitalized Patients
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Being hospitalized during the holidays can be emotionally difficult, but there are ways to help patients keep their spirits up, experts say.

"While the psychological impact may be short-lived, the bottom line is people would rather be well and home than sick and away," Joshua Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), explained in a university news release.

Breast Cancer Patients Face More Imaging Tests Today
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Women with breast cancer undergo many more imaging tests between diagnosis and surgery than they did in the early 1990s, a new study finds.

The tests -- breast ultrasounds, MRIs and mammograms -- help doctors determine the best course of treatment, but add to the hassles and expense of care, the study says.

Fears of Divorce May Be Keeping Many Young Couples From Marriage: Study
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Fears about the emotional, financial, social and legal consequences of divorce explain why the percentage of married adults in the United States has reached an all-time low, researchers report.

The study of 122 people in cohabitating couples found that 67 percent said they worried about having to deal with the fallout of divorce, the University of Central Oklahoma and Cornell University researchers said in a Cornell news release.

The Mainstreaming of Vegan Diets
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Vegan diets are considered by some to be extreme, a strict way of eating that exists on the radical fringes of vegetarianism.

But today, a growing number of people are giving vegan diets a second look, and nutritionists now believe that a well-thought-out vegan eating plan could be the most healthy way to live for most people.

In Congo ended the epidemic of Ebola
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The Minister of health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Kabange Numbi said on Saturday, November 15, that the country has resulted in an epidemic of the deadly Ebola writes http://newsru.

Health Tip: Learning to Eat With Dentures
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Eating with dentures often requires some practice, and may initially trigger some discomfort and irritation.

The American Dental Association offers these suggestions for adjusting to your new dentures:

Start out with soft foods.
Cut up your food into small pieces.

Does Your Teen Constantly Challenge You?
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Does your teen often disagree with your views -- and let you know exactly why he or she knows you're wrong? Is your teen able to make well-reasoned, albeit annoying, arguments for being able to stay out later, or not cleaning the bedroom?

Their assertiveness might be trying, but there's a silver lining: A new study finds that teens who stand up for their views in family discussions are better at standing up to their friends who pressure them to drink or use drugs.

Edarbyclor Approved for High Blood Pressure
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Edarbyclor (azilsartan medoxomil and chlorthalidone) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat high blood pressure in adults, maker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. said Tuesday in a news release.

The drug combines Edarbi, an angiotensin II receptor blocker, with the diuretic chlorthalidone.

Tips to Protect Skin From Cold Winter Weather
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Cold weather is drier and can have damaging or negative effects on skin, but there are steps people can take to look and feel better, according to Dr. Amy McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

McMichael offered the following tips for protecting skin during the winter months:

Switch to a thicker facial and body moisturizer.

More Schooling Might Raise IQ
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Children who have more schooling may see their IQ improve, Norwegian researchers have found.

Although time spent in school has been linked with IQ, earlier studies did not rule out the possibility that people with higher IQs might simply be likelier to get more education than others, the researchers noted.

Health Tip: When Children Break the Rules
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Children often perpetuate a behavior when it's rewarded, and stop a behavior when it's ignored, the American Academy of Family Physicians says.

So what can parents do to encourage good behavior? The academy offers these suggestions:

Make it clear that bad behavior is not acceptable.

Blood Pressure Control in Middle Age Can Lower Lifetime Heart Risk
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Blood pressure changes in middle age can affect your lifetime risk for heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests.

U.S. researchers analyzed data from almost 62,000 people whose blood pressure readings were tracked for an average of 14 years.

People who kept or lowered their blood pressure to normal levels by age 55 had the lowest lifetime risk (22 percent to 41 percent) for heart disease.

Health Tip: Diabetes Can Raise the Risk of Skin Infections
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At some time in their lives, as many as one-third of people with diabetes will develop a skin infection, the American Diabetes Association says.

The ADA says these common bacterial infections may affect diabetics:

Styes, infection of the eyelid glands.

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