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VCU student wins anti-smoking video contest
Ayyaz Amjad, a student from Woodbridge, won the $1000 grand prize in the 18-25 age category for his video, "You Don't Smoke Cigarettes, Cigarettes Smoke You." The contest was sponsored by the US Su (more) A robotic cigarette walks the streets of ...

Dark chocolate cuts heart deaths says Australian study
Sydney — Australian researchers have found that eating a block of dark chocolate daily over 10 years has “significant” benefits for high-risk cardiac patients and could prevent heart attacks and strokes. A study of 2013 Australians conducted at ...

Signature drive, rallies mark no-tobacco day
The State Tobacco Control Cell in collaboration with the Indian Dental Association in Chennai conducted a tobacco awareness campaign on World No Tobacco Day at Marina Beach in the city on Thursday. At the rally, a mass human chain and a signature ...

Private spaceship winds up mission
By Marcia Dunn AP CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Triumphant from start to finish, the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to ...

Bloomberg's new war
There is no political capital, none and maybe less than none, for the mayor of New York City as he goes after great big dumb sugar-filled drinks in his city's restaurants, movie theaters and even street carts. So Michael Bloomberg can only be doing it ...

Spine-injured rats walk, climb with new stimulation technique
16 minutes ago • AP The Associated Press NEW YORK - Many scientists are working on treatments to help people with spinal-cord injuries walk. Now there's a striking demonstration of how one approach might work: Spinal nerve stimulation helped rats in a ...

Will Dark Chocolate a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
By Kathleen Doheny May 31, 2012 -- Should people at high risk of heart attack and stroke eat dark chocolate every day? Maybe, according to a new study from Australia. "Dark chocolate may be a pleasant and effective way of delivering important dietary ...

Diabetes Drug Actos Again Linked to Bladder Cancer
By Denise Mann May 31, 2012 -- The diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) already carries a warning about its risk for bladder cancer, and now new research suggests that this risk may be greater than previously believed. According to the new study, ...

Paralysed rat walks, giving hope for humans with spinal cord injuries - video
A rat with a spinal cord injury walks and climbs stairs after researchers use robot rehabilitation to wake up its 'spinal brain' and restore voluntary movement. A study that began five years ago at the University of Zurich found that a severed section ...

Study: men have dirtier offices than women
If you're a male office dweller in New York, chances are, your office is teeming with bacteria. If you're a male office dweller in New York, chances are, your office is teeming with bacteria. A new study in the journal "PLoS One" studied bacteria ...

Are low-carb diets safe for the kidneys?
A new study eases long-term concerns regarding the potential adverse effects low-carbohydrate diets may have on the kidneys. Low-carb, high-protein diets—such as the Atkins diet—have been popular for years, but experts have long worried that these ...

NYC Mayor's soda proposal sparks debate
A new policy from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has sparked a statewide debate. Bloomberg wants to ban restaurants and other food vendors from selling sodas larger than 16 ounces as a way of fighting obesity. Opponents though are crying foul, ...

FDA Denies Petition to Rename High-Fructose Corn Syrup
The Food and Drug Administration denied a Corn Refiners Association petition to rename high-fructose corn syrup "corn sugar," saying the action would only serve to confuse US consumers and could even pose a health risk to those suffering from fructose ...

Our galaxy is heading for a big collision
Here's the bad news- our galaxy is on a collision course and is set to crash into our neighbouring galaxy! The good news is that it won't happen for four BILLION years! Astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to work out when our Milky Way ...

Rats learning to walk again is impressive, but 'hopemongering' is dangerous in ...
Rats learning to walk again is impressive, but 'hopemongering' is dangerous in ...

Worldwide Cancer Incidence Predicted to Rise 75% by 2030
THURSDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- The worldwide incidence of cancer is expected to increase 75 percent by 2030, with a projected increase of more than 90 percent in the poorest nations, a new study reveals. Rates of certain types of cancer (such as ...

Diabetes Drug Actos May Increase Bladder Cancer Odds
By Steven Reinberg THURSDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 2 diabetes taking Actos (pioglitazone) to control blood sugar may put themselves at risk for bladder cancer, according to a new Canadian study. Although the absolute risk of ...

New Report Suggests Low-Carb Diets Not Harmful To Health
By Dr. Brian McDonough PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Low-carb, high-protein diets have been extremely popular offer the past 10 years. Many people have lost weight as a result of this, but one of the concerns has been that people who use this type of diet could ...

Daily 'Dose' of Dark Chocolate Might Shield the Heart
FRIDAY, June 1 (HealthDay News) -- There's more sweet news about chocolate and your health: A new study suggests that eating a bit of dark chocolate each day may cut the odds of heart attack and stroke in high-risk people. Dark chocolate is rich in ...

Hospitals fight drug shortages, fear for patients
WASHINGTON — At the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, pharmacists are using old-fashioned paper spreadsheets to track their stock of drugs in short supply - a task that takes several hours each day. Don't miss these Health stories Second mail-order ...

Daily dark chocolate good for the heart, study finds
(CBS) A new study claims that daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack in some high-risk patients. The study published in the journal BMJ looked at 2013 people with hypertension and metabolic syndrome, ...

Afib Poses Bigger Stroke Risk for Women
By Chris Kaiser, Cardiology Editor, MedPage Today Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston. A large Swedish registry study found an increased risk for ischemic stroke among women with ...

Feds To Rule On Cancer Aid For WTC Dust Exposure
by AP NEW YORK (AP) — A federal health official is expected to decide within days whether to expand an aid program for anyone sickened by World Trade Center dust to cover cancer, a move that would be cheered by many former ground zero workers, ...

Men's Offices Have More Bacteria, Study Finds
US offices brim with more than 500 species of bacteria, a new study says—about the same number found in previous studies of a bathroom and an airplane. But not all offices are equally populated: Men's spaces were found to harbor more microbe species ...

Diabetes drug increases risk of bladder cancer
People who use the diabetes drug Actos are at higher risk of developing bladder cancer, according to a new study that adds further weight to the argument. A group of Montreal researchers are reporting that people with Type 2 diabetes who take the drug ...

Atkins-Type Diets Look Kidney-Friendly: Study
THURSDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- High protein, Atkins-type diets don't cause noticeable harm to the kidneys in healthy patients without kidney disease, a new study indicates. "There has been concern for decades about possible damaging effects of ...

FDA warns about benzocaine in baby pain gels
When your baby begins to teethe and the pain is too much for you both to bear, your inclination is to reach for something to soothe those sore gums. But a new consumer update released by the Food and Drug Administration says babies and benzocaine–an ...

Premature babies have higher psychiatric risk
* Researchers examined data of 1.3 million Swedes * Link between pre-term births and severe mental illness * Depression 3 times more common in adults born premature (Adds comment from mental health charity) By Kate Kelland LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) ...

Gout Flares Tied to Foods High in Purines
By Nancy Walsh, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston. A case-crossover study has documented that increased purine intake during a 2-day period increased ...

Paralyzed Rats Learn to Walk Again
A paralyzed rat learns to walk again after being injected with chemicals designed to stimulate its spinal nerve cells, which communicate with the brain. Paralyzed rats learned to walk again after a combination of electro-chemical stimulation to their ...

The full weight of the law comes down on super-size New Yorkers
By Tim Stanley There's a whiff of liberal fascism coming out of the Land of the Free. The Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has announced plans to outlaw the sale of large fizzy or sugary drinks in an effort to cut down to size his city's obesity ...

Worldwide cancer incidence predicted to rise 75% by 2030
Women with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation are slightly more likely to suffer a stroke than men with the condition, according to a new study. Women with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation are slightly more likely to ...

The importance of belonging
Editor's note: Columnist Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity, the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful times. (CNN) -- You are not alone. You belong. And it gets better. These are a few of a handful of powerful messages ...

World reacts to New York City's proposed ban on big sugary sodas
LONDON — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity. Under his plan, sugary drinks would be limited to 16 fluid ...

Chagas Disease Considered To Be The New AIDS of the Americas
With 20 million people already affected by this tropical parasitic disease, the Chagas disease is likely to turn into a pandemic that will not be contained by the borders of Mexico, the United States or South America. In fact, the Chagas disease is ...

More evidence dark chocolate is cardioprotective
Melbourne, Australia - The blood pressure lowering and lipid effects of dark chocolate could be an effective—and cost-effective—strategy for preventing cardiovascular events in high-risk patients, a new study suggests. "The findings of this study ...

Study: Low carb diet doesn't harm kidneys
June 1, 2012 -- New research shows that high protein/low carbohydrate diets do not seem to affect the kidneys. Experts worry that these diets might damage the organs. But, a new study in the "Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology" said ...

New York Men Have Dirtiest Offices: Report
(RTTNews) - Men's offices are frequently less clean than those occupied by women, researchers at San Diego State University reported. In a new study published in the May 30 edition of the journal PLoS One, the researchers showed men's workspaces had ...

Walgreen, Express Scripts drop claims against each other
(Reuters) - Walgreen Co said on Friday that it and drug benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co had dropped claims against each other stemming from a September 2011 lawsuit, but said the dismissals did not mean they were any closer to reaching a ...

Walgreen, Express Scripts Agree to End Contract Lawsuit
By Sara Forden on June 01, 2012 Walgreen Co. (WAG) (WAG) and Express Scripts Inc. agreed to dismiss all claims in a contract dispute that started last year and was sent to arbitration. “The parties have agreed to dismiss their respective claims, ...

Looking at Bloomberg's Soda Ban Through a Doughnut Hole
“Hey, let me have one of those suckers.” “Can I get two? One for mom.” “Awesome, this really does the trick.” So, yes, people were scooping up free doughnuts with vigor outside Madison Square Park on Friday morning. It was, after all, National Donut ...

Legal Debate Pops Over Soda Plan
By MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL and TAMER EL-GHOBASHY Beverage and restaurant industry executives are exploring their options—including the possibility of filing a lawsuit—for blocking Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban city restaurants and a variety of ...

Canadian health authorities warn of 'bath salts' drug
Bath salts, a new synthetic drug, can be snorted or injected by users looking for a euphoric high, similar to that offered by cocaine or methamphetamine. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse on Friday issued an alert about bath salts, a new synthetic ...

Cancer worldwide up 75 percent by 2030
LYON, France, June 1 (UPI) -- The incidence of cancer will grow by 75 percent by the year 2030 worldwide -- nearly doubling in some developing countries, a French research group said. Lead author Dr. Freddie Bray of the International Agency for ...

Avastin delays progression of ovarian cancer
By Deena Beasley | CHICAGO (Reuters) - Adding cancer drug Avastin to standard chemotherapy doubled the length of time a certain group of advanced ovarian cancer patients lived without their disease getting worse, according to results of a clinical ...

Bath Salts Could Soon Be Banned In Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A synthetic drug linked to a vicious attack on a homeless man in Florida and the death of a Colorado teen could soon be banned in the state. Colorado lawmakers passed a bill making it illegal to manufacture or sell a narcotic ...

Immune boosters show promise against cancer: study
CHICAGO — A pair of experimental treatments that fight cancer by boosting the immune system have shown promise in early studies and deserve testing in larger patient groups, said US research released Saturday. The drugs, both made by Bristol-Myers ...

Lazy lifestyles can up cancer rate in Asia
With people in developing nations like India and Pakistan adopting lazy lifestyles of the west, cancer rates are expected to soar by 75 per cent worldwide by 2030, experts have warned. Cancer rates could even increase by 90 per cent in the Third World ...

Burlington Relay for Life is Today - Take a Stand Against Cancer
By Richard Hosford Relay are incredible community events where you can meet new people, participate in activities and help make a difference by supporting cancer research. After dark there is a Luminaria Ceremony where white bags with lit candles are ...

Immune boosters show promise against cancer
CHICAGO - A pair of experimental treatments that fight cancer by boosting the immune system have shown promise in early studies and deserve testing in larger patient groups, said US research released Saturday. The drugs, both made by Bristol-Myers ...

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