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Tai Chi Boosts Brain Functioning, Study Suggests

Amanda L. Chan | June 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
An ancient Chinese exercise may give your memory a lift, according to new research. University of South Florida and Fudan University scientists found that elderly Chinese people who practiced Tai Chi thrice weekly for eight months did better on memory tests than those who didn't do Tai Chi....

Heart Attack Survivors May Also Face PTSD Risk: Study

Amanda L. Chan | June 21, 2012 | Healthy Living
People who have gone through experiences like rape, assault, abuse and even war are at a higher risk of developing post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) -- and now, a new review of studies shows that one in eight people who've survived a heart attack experience symptoms of the anxiety disorder as well....

Fructose Not So Bad For Diabetes When Consumed In Moderation: Study

Amanda L. Chan | June 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
New research suggests fructose may not be so bad after all for diabetics -- rather, it's having too much of it that may wreak havoc. St. Michael's Hospital researchers in Canada found that people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes actually experienced blood sugar control benefits when they...

Green Banana Flour Pasta Could Be Alternative For Gluten-Free Eaters

Amanda L. Chan | June 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
Attention gluten-free eaters: University of Brazil researchers may have developed a new option to add to current offerings of gluten-free pasta -- one made out of green banana flour. Published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found a way to make pasta out...

Prop 29 Fails: CA Cigarette Tax Loses By Less Than A Percentage Point

Kathleen Miles | August 22, 2012 | Los Angeles
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California initiative to increase the tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research has failed by less than a percentage point after remaining too close to call for more than two weeks. With about 5 million ballots cast, opponents of Proposition 29 led by about 28,000...

Jesse Michener, Mom, Aims To Change School Policy After Kids Are Severely Sunburned

Jessica Samakow | June 25, 2012 | Parents
On Tuesday, sisters Violet, 11, and Zoe, 9, came home from school with severe sunburns -- they were outside for 5 hours for field day and were not allowed to apply sunscreen because of a school policy, their mom posted on her blog. "Two of my three children...

Expert: Jerry Sandusky's Personality Disorder Defense Won't Work

David Lohr | June 27, 2012 | Crime
The jury in the child molestation trial of former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has days of testimony to consider, but one thing members likely won't spend much time deliberating is the defense's contention that he suffers from a personality disorder, according a nationally known expert. "These kinds...

Supreme Court Health Care Decision May Put Sickest Americans At Risk

Jeffrey Young | June 22, 2012 | Business
Sarah Lewis is fed up with American health care: "I've completely removed myself from the system," she said. "I don't want to be a patient anymore." Lewis, a 55-year-old single mother of two daughters, has been through the wringer. It started with a diagnosis of anal cancer in September 2010....

Light At Night Bad For Health, Doctors Say

Amanda L. Chan | August 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 06/21/2012 06:37 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Lighting up the night is essential to a 24/7 society, but it may have intended consequences for human health, doctors say. This week, the American Medical Association adopted a policy recognizing that exposure...

'A Place Of Our Own,' Eating Disorder Support Center Opens In Denver As The First Of Its Kind (PHOTOS)

Andrea Rael | June 27, 2012 | Denver
"I lost 65 pounds one month," Diana Milne, 57, said. The same statement might be said for so-called "miracle diets" with men and women standing proudly in baggy pants that now look like burlap sacks, where losing weight becomes the equivalent to leading a healthy lifestyle. But in an...

What Is Sarcoidosis? Lung Disease Rates Much Higher Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | June 22, 2012 | Black Voices
While it isn't nearly as recognizable as its cancerous kin, the lung disease sarcoidosis has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, a new study has found. In fact, researchers from the Department of Radiology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine say that rates of the disease -- which...

Randy Brock, Vermont Governor Candidate, Criticized For Aide's Praise For Ultrasound Bill

John Celock | June 22, 2012 | Politics
Vermont Democrats are criticizing the Republican candidate for governor after one of his aides praised Virginia's new law requiring an ultrasound before an abortion as "common sense." The criticism released on Friday follows two days of debate over state Sen. Randy Brock's decision to host fundraisers with Virginia...

Cereal Ads Focus On Unhealthiest Products, Study Finds

Carey Polis | August 22, 2012 | Food
By Lisa Baertlein June 22 (Reuters) - U.S. food companies are making breakfast cereal for children healthier by cutting sugar and adding whole grains, but they are offseting those benefits by targeting kids with more ads for their unhealthiest products, according to a report issued on Friday. The findings,...

Contraceptive Use Not Clearly Linked To Higher HIV Risk, CDC Says

Reuters | August 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
By David Beasley ATLANTA, June 21 (Reuters) - There is no clear link between the use of contraceptives such as the birth control pill or Depo-Provera shots and an increased risk that a woman will contract HIV, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. But the...

Cigar Lovers To FDA: A Cigar Isn't Just A Cigar

Drew Guarini | June 22, 2012 | Small Business
RICHMOND, Va. -- Sometimes a cigar isn't just a cigar. From large hand-rolled cigars and smaller machine-made cigars to little cigars that are similar in size to cigarettes, there are nearly as many cigars as there are aficionados to enjoy them. And as federal regulators weigh standards for the entire...

Parents, Not TV, Turn Kids Into Couch Potatoes, Says Study

Ted Thornhill | June 22, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
The older generation, it turns out, are right – more and more kids these days really are becoming couch potatoes. But it’s not TV or the latest fancy gadgets that are to blame. It’s actually parents who are behind children’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles, according to a new study. Researchers from...

Insomniacs Commonly Watch Online TV, Multitask With Technology: Survey

Amanda L. Chan | June 22, 2012 | Healthy Living
Got insomnia? Chances are you also avidly watch TV online and tune in while doing other things, like using your computer. The targeting company Resonate has just released the results of a survey of more than 4,500 people, 694 of whom called themselves insomniacs, Clickz...

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican No. 2, Urges AIDS Cure And Universal Access To Drugs; Sidesteps Condoms

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | June 22, 2012 | Religion
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican's No. 2 official has called for universal, free access to drugs to combat HIV and for investments into finding a cure. But Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, made no mention of condoms in a speech Friday at an international AIDS conference in...

Aging In Place Center Uses Xbox Technology To Keep Seniors Safe

Ann Brenoff | June 22, 2012 | Fifty
Vernon and Jeanne Barr, ages 96 and 89 respectively, are guinea pigs of sorts. They are part of a scientific experiment that uses video gaming technology -- the same technology used in Xbox game system to be exact -- to detect the onset of illness and protect seniors against falls....

Weather Temperature Changes (And Red Wine) ‘Trigger Mild Migraines', Research Suggests

Kyrsty Jade Hazell | June 22, 2012 | UK Lifestyle
If you always have a migraine attack when it’s raining, it could be more than coincidence, suggests recent research. Researchers from the National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine in Taipei, Taiwan, discovered that sudden temperature changes in the atmosphere could be the underlying trigger of up to a...
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