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Aug 25,2006
Childhood is a critical time for establishing lifelong eating habits. Kids who grow up in a household that promotes healthy eating are more likely to adopt those habits as their own. Luckily, nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated or labor-intensive. You can find information about how to keep your kids eating healthy at http://wwwmedtronic.com/healthykids. Raising Healthy Kids also is available in a four-page translated version for parents whose first language is not English; translations are ... [full story]
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Sep 20,2006
For any woman to fully understand her body, she needs to be aware of the impact that hormones can have on every phase of her development. The brain releases many different hormones which can cause internal and external changes to your body, mood and appearance, particularly during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. While each phase presents itself with unique side effects, there are some that are surprisingly common to all three. Here’s a guide to understanding ... [full story]
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Mar 02,2007
University of California Berkeley researchers have found another possible side effect to cigarette smoking. A study published in the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine found evidence that smokers have a greater risk of developing a tuberculosis infection, which can become active TB. "Active TB is often fatal, particularly if left untreated," said study author Kirk Smith, a Berkeley professor of environmental health sciences. "The risk factors that lead to latent TB infection becoming ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2007
Smoking isn't the only cause for lung cancer. In fact, more nonsmokers are now being diagnosed with the dreaded disease than in the past. Lung cancer kills more than 180,000 Americans each year. It has a higher death rate than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined, according to Dr. Heather Wakelee, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford. And, according to the Feb. 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, female nonsmokers are developing lung ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
Is your child having trouble sleeping most nights? Does he or she walk, scream or wake up in a panic? Your child is not alone when it comes to these symptoms. Parasomnias, unnecessary physical activities that happen while sleeping, were found to happen more often in children than adults, according to a study in the Feb. 1 issue of the SLEEP journal. Dr. Thornton B.A. Mason II of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Dr. ... [full story]
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Mar 09,2007
A recent study shows that signs of stress might be as plain as the blemishes on a teenager's face. The study, completed by researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and reported in the Swedish medical journal Acta Derm Venereol, shows that increased levels of stress is a contributing factor to severe acne in adolescents. "Acne significantly affects physical and psychosocial well-being, so it is important to understand the interplay between the factors that ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Pacifiers not only keep babies quiet or help them sleep, they might also save their lives. According to an article in Nursing for Women's Health, a clinical practice journal, pacifiers could lower the risk of babies developing SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. An American Academy of Pediatrics task force looking into the incident rate of SIDS agrees. It reinforces the idea that children younger than 1 year should use a pacifier to lower the ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
A joint English-Canadian research team has discovered genetic markers that can identify people predisposed toward developing Type 2 diabetes. The group believes these discoveries will help them to understand up to 70 percent of the disease's genetic background, and can help prevent people from developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. The research is published online in the journal Nature. Led by scientists from Imperial College London and Canada's McGill University, ... [full story]
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Apr 06,2007
One day dentists may be an important part in the fight against breast cancer. According to the article "Salivary analysis on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer," dentists could one day use salivary tests to detect breast cancer. Dentists Sebastian Z. Paige and Charles F. Streckfus wrote about this development in the April/May 2007 issue of General Dentistry. Paige and Streckfus found that saliva protein levels could help in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
Eating apples may do more than keep the doctor away. A study published in Thorax Online states that mothers who eat apples during pregnancy might reduce the chances of their children developing asthma later in life. In the study, researchers from the Netherlands and Scotland followed the food intake of approximately 2,000 pregnant women. The researchers then looked at the children's airway development five years later. They found a lower risk of childhood asthma in ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Childhood obesity might play a role in the early onset of puberty in girls, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital have concluded that girls with a greater body mass index, BMI, were more likely to start puberty at a younger age. Their study was recently published in the journal Pediatrics. Dr. Joyce Lee, the lead author and a university pediatric endocrinologist, said that girls in the ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2007
Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States. Ironically, it is also one of the easiest to prevent. There are so many ways to avoid the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun, but often, precautionary steps are not taken seriously until it is too late. July is UV awareness month and experts want you to be aware of the dangerous affects of UV light, and what you can do to ... [full story]
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Oct 04,2006
Oregon and the nation expect to have more vaccine available this year than ever, although as much as 50 percent of this year's supply may not arrive in Oregon until November and December. "Supplies are arriving in Oregon daily but we encourage patience and persistence in seeking vaccinations this year," said Lorraine Duncan, immunization manager in the Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division.  Duncan said public health officials are encouraging communities, providers and ... [full story]
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