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Mark Bolzern traveled 3,700 miles to go to the dentist. The 56-year-old Anchorage, Alaska, native left home this spring, made a pit stop in Las Vegas to pick up a friend, and kept heading south, all the way to Los Algodones, Mexico, a small border town teeming with dental offices. About 60 percent of Americans...
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Five years after weight loss surgery, obese patients may regain many of the pounds they initially shed, a new study from Israel suggests. While surgery remains more effective for lasting weight loss than alternatives such as dieting and exercising, said lead study author Dr. Andrei Keidar, the study findings suggest that doctors still have more...
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Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday. Researchers who analyzed how often women exercised while in their teens found that being active for just 1.3 hours a...
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Talk therapy delivered by two-way video call helped older veterans with depression as much as in-person therapy sessions, a U.S. study found. Many seniors face obstacles to getting help for depression, including mobility issues and fear of social stigma, researchers say, so telemedicine might expand their access to treatment. “Psychotherapy works for depression whether you...
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Being tired is not the same as being fatigued or exhausted, and the difference matters, according to a researcher from Canada who has spent years investigating fatigue in various populations. “It’s important to recognize the difference between tiredness and fatigue, because fatigue is a marker that the body is not able to keep up,” said...
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Doctors Without Borders is about to launch jointly with Mexican authorities a guide for the comprehensive care of Chagas disease victims. According to the Pan-American Health Organization, or PAHO, in Mexico some 800,000 people are infected with this illness. On July 16 at the Palace of Medicine in the Mexican capital, doctors and lab workers...
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Coffee drinkers in a long-term study were about half as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as those who didn’t drink coffee, and researchers think an inflammation-lowering effect of the beverage might be the key. “Extensive research has revealed that coffee drinking exhibits both beneficial and aggravating health effects,” said Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos of the...
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(Reuters Health) – People with tinnitus – a ringing or other “phantom” sounds in their ears – may benefit from a treatment that sends electromagnetic pulses into the brain, suggests a new study. Transcranial magnetic simulation (TMS) is not currently available for the average person with tinnitus, but the study’s lead author hopes it will...
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Home cooking is still the best way to control the calories, fat, sugar and other nutrients that families consume, a new U.S. study suggests. Researchers found that eating food from restaurants – whether from fast food places, or better establishments – led to increases in calories, fat and sodium compared to meals made at home....
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Rich and poor countries alike must invest more in mental health care, especially during economic crises when rates of depression and suicide tend to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO)said on Tuesday. One in 10 people worldwide has a mental health disorder but only one percent of the global health workforce is treating such illnesses,...
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Using data from two long-term studies of women and men, researchers found a potential link between citrus consumption and malignant melanoma of the skin. But the study did not test whether citrus fruits were the cause of the skin cancers, and more work will be needed to confirm the connection, the authors write in the...
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Most people know it’s important to use sunscreen, but they’re sometimes confused about how to choose the right protection or how much to use, a small study suggests. Researchers surveyed people treated at a dermatology clinic last year and found almost all of them had bought sunscreen in 2013. Fewer than half, however, could correctly...
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The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last 50 years of gains in development and global health, experts warned on Tuesday. Extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves bring rising risks of infectious diseases, poor nutrition and stress, the specialists said, while polluted cities...
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A widely used farm chemical used as a key ingredient in a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences “possibly” causes cancer in humans, a World Health Organization research unit has determined. The classification of the weed killer, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4-D, was made by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The...
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Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known person, has died in Michigan 26 days after her 116th birthday, a family spokeswoman said on Thursday. Born on May 23, 1899, Talley climbed to the top of a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the agesof the world’s longest-living people, after Gertrude Weaver died at 116...
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