Archive For The “Health” Category

Seafood allergies often begin later in life

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Seafood allergies are the most commonly-reported severe allergy in adults. A study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers and published today in the July, 2004 Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology shows that seafood allergies are much more prevalent than once thought, with more than 6.5 million Americans believed to be affected. The…

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Listerine antiseptic as effective as dental floss

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A survey of 1,004 consumers and 300 dentists confirms what many suspected all along – a majority of Americans don’t floss their teeth as often as they should and their gums are suffering as a result. According to a 2004 oral hygiene survey by TIS, a division of NOP World, Americans are too busy and…

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New Study Comparing Weekly Osteoporosis Treatments with Fosamax and Actonel

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Fosamax Maintained or Increased BMD at Hip and Spine for Significantly More Patients than Actonel, with Similar Tolerability, in this 12 Month Study FOSAMAX Once Weekly (alendronate sodium) increased bone mineral density (BMD) more than Actonel Once-a-Week (risedronate) with similar tolerability, according to results of the FOSAMAX Actonel Comparison Trial (FACT). This is the first…

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Hardening of the Arteries in the Leg Is a Red Flag for Vascular Disease

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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), hardening of the arteries in the leg, is a marker for premature cardiovascular events and vascular-related death. The November issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology includes a comprehensive review of this disease that affects more than 10 million Americans, as well as a comprehensive treatment plan for all…

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Development Of Portable Dialysis Machine

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CORVALLIS (USA) – A Portland company is using an emerging microtechnology from Oregon State University to develop a portable kidney dialysis machine that will make in-home treatment a reality, enabling hundreds of thousands of people afflicted with kidney failure to treat themselves at home instead of traveling to dialysis clinics three days a week. ‘Current…

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Health effects of smoking are more dangerous than thought

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While smoking has long been linked to an array of health problems, recent research shows that the harmful habit is worse than previously known: A new report from the U.S. surgeon general found that smoking causes diseases in almost every organ of the human body. Released in late May, “The Health Consequences of Smoking: A…

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Why Do We Hiccup?

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Most of us have experienced hiccups, an uncomfortable, sometimes embarrassing, but usually short-lived experience. But sometimes hiccups persist for a long period of time and can be a sign of serious underlying disease. What are hiccups? Hiccups are bursts of inspiratory (breathing in) activity. The muscles we use when we take in a breath are the…

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What is Asthma? How Do You Get Asthma? How Long Does Asthma Last?

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Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease of the lungs and airways (bronchi) that affects 5 people in every 100. In children, this figure is higher and rising. Asthma is characterised by attacks of breathlessness, tight chest, wheezing and coughing which are caused by the airways becoming narrowed and inflamed. Some people may have these symptoms all…

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