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25 June 2010 1:37 AM | Tagged: nutrition examination surveys
NEW YORK Stroke rates among women in their late 30s to early 50s have tripled over the past two decades and researchers suspect a parallel rise in obesity may be playing a role. The alarming increase in obesity among middle-aged women may point to an important modifiable reason that stroke could be on the rise, Dr.Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami, Florida, who was

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25 June 2010 1:37 AM | Tagged: archives of dermatology
NEW YORK Using wet wipes after going to the bathroom can be a less-than-soothing experience, according to a new report of four people who developed severe allergic reactions after using such products.Doctors have long known that many of the preservatives used in wet wipes can cause rashes, especially on irritated skin.But the authors of the new report, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minneso

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24 June 2010 11:57 PM | Tagged: french president nicolas sarkozy
NEW YORK As first lady of France, Cecilia Sarkozy sat in a desert tent with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, winning the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death on charges of injecting children with HIV.Three years later, she's a New Yorker — leading a conference on women in distress and supporting a nun in Queens who rebuilds the lives of ex-convict wo

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24 June 2010 9:27 PM | Tagged: sexual health clinics
LONDON (Reuters) Scientists studying swingers straight couples who regularly swap sexual partners and indulge in group sex at organized meeting say they have higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than prostitutes.Dutch researchers publishing their work in the British Medical Journal showed that older swingers those over the age of 45 are particularly vulnerable and yet are a

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24 June 2010 6:57 PM | Tagged: salt consumption
ATLANTA A new government report shows that only a small fraction of U.S adults are meeting strict limits on salt consumption.Most adults should be eating less than a teaspoon of salt each day to prevent high blood pressure, stroke and other problems.The report say only one in 18 meet that goal.Health officials say 70 percent of adults need to be stingy with salt.That includes people with high b

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24 June 2010 5:08 PM | Tagged: risk behaviours
PARIS (AFP) Middle-aged swingers heterosexual couples who swap partners at sex parties have been identified as an at-risk group for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, says a Dutch study published on Thursday.Researchers in South Limburg, a district of 630,000 people that includes Maastricht city, sounded the alarm after looking at statistics from three sexual disease clinics which have been registeri

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24 June 2010 5:07 PM | Tagged: happy meal toys
WASHINGTON Are the toys in your child's Happy Meal making him fat? The Center for Science in the Public Interest says they are.The Washington-based consumer advocacy group threatened to file a lawsuit against McDonald's Tuesday, charging that the fast food chain unfairly and deceptively markets the toys to children. McDonald's marketing has the effect of conscripting America's children into an

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24 June 2010 4:59 PM | Tagged: stem cell transplants
LOS ANGELES Dozens of people who were blinded or otherwise suffered severe eye damage when they were splashed with caustic chemicals had their sight restored with transplants of their own stem cells — a stunning success for the burgeoning cell-therapy field, Italian researchers reported Wednesday.The treatment worked completely in 82 of 107 eyes and partially in 14 others, with benefits la