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There's no reason to neglect your usual health and fitness while you travel.
Even though Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States, it continues to inspire fear and confusion
in many people. Is Botox right for everyone? It really depends on personal preference, budget, and one's tolerance for needles.
Whether you call them pimples, blemishes or zits, the hallmarks of acne are the source of untold
misery for many young people.
It is a sad and frustrating fact that many (perhaps, most) attempts to lose weight result in a temporary
loss that is reversed in a relatively short time.
If you know fifteen people in the U.S., then you know at least one person who is afflicted with the sleep disorder known as sleep
Assessment of the probability of surviving nine types of cancer in eight Spanish regions with the highest numbers of cancer
Almost one half of patients with heart failure have memory failure and other
problems in cognitive functioning.
Significant differences in cancer rates between northern and southern
Europeans may be explained by the anti-cancer effects of olive oil in the diet.
American adults have a higher prevalence of stroke than Europeans, due in part to a higher rate of risk
factors and barriers to health care in the United States.
A review into the effectiveness of regular breast self-examination concludes that despite its promotion in health advice to
women there is no evidence that it has contributed to a reduction in breast cancer deaths.
Chronic insomnia severely impacts future health and functioning of youths.
Blocking the influence of major stress hormones may improve the outcome of cancer surgery.
Soaking potatoes in water before frying can reduce levels of acrylamide, a naturally occurring chemical
formed when starch-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures.
Longstanding anxiety significantly
increases the risk of heart attack in men, even when other common risk factors are taken into account.
Abstinence from alcohol and drugs is only the initial stage in recovery for
people with substance abuse disorders.
A recent commentary arguing against routine screening for dementia by physicians
working in primary care settings has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
Using negotiation skills to help clinicians handle requests from family members not to reveal bad news to a patient.
Older adults can achieve significant health improvements with simple and realistic lifestyle changes.
Nearly 20 per cent of human cancers result from pre-existing viral infections.
Child health psychologists should play a greater role in development of positive
lifestyles thus contributing to adult disease prevention.
A report from the American Cancer Society estimates that 2007 saw over 12 million
new cancer cases and 7.6 million cancer deaths (about 20,000 a day) worldwide. Of these, 5.4 million cases and 2.9
million deaths occurred in economically developed countries, compared to 6.7 million cases and 4.7 million deaths in
About 3.4 million Americans over the age of 70 (13.9 per cent)
suffer from some form of dementia of whom about 2.4 million (9.7 per cent) have Alzheimer's disease.
Very high doses of
antioxidant polyphenols (commonly found in red wine, fruits, vegetables, and green tea) shut down and prevented
cancerous tumors by inhibiting new blood vessel formation. Conversely, at relatively low doses they play a beneficial
role in cardiac and circulatory diseases by facilitating blood vessel growth.
A study published in Health Services Research has shown that spouses often
mirror each other's positive health behaviors and that intervention programs should be designed with a broader
perspective than the individual patient.
A review of research into the relationship between stress and disease has
found that stress is a contributing factor particularly in triggering or worsening depression, cardiovascular disease
and speeding progression of HIV/AIDS.
Research by Kaiser Permanente presented at the recent European Cancer
Conference (ECCO 14) has found that increased risk of breast cancer is related to alcohol itself and the
quantity drunk rather than the type.
A study shows no evidence that legalization of physician-assisted suicide results in disproportionate numbers of vulnerable
people dying prematurely.
The results of a large randomized trial recently published on bmj.com
indicate that prolonged or exclusive breastfeeding fails to protect against development of asthma and allergies
in later life.
Chaotic personal circumstances may
significantly inhibit access to health care for HIV-positive people living in poverty.
A diet rich in fish and "fruity vegetables" such as tomatoes, aubergines, cucumber, green beans and courgettes can
reduce childhood asthma and allergies.
A Mediterranean diet may help people with Alzheimer's disease live
longer than those relying on a more traditional Western diet.
The perception of stroke among health professionals and the public must be
changed so that it is viewed as a condition requiring emergency treatment.
A situation in which NICE employs an unsubstantiated range to assess
cost effectiveness and others within UK healthcare make no use of any such threshold is not conducive to efficiency and
fairness in the NHS.
A recent study concludes that
lycopene, an antioxidant predominately found in tomatoes, is not effective in preventing prostate cancer.
The further patients with life-threatening conditions have to travel by ambulance to reach emergency care,
the more likely they are to die, with people suffering respiratory problems at greatest risk.
New research finds that taking regular
midday naps (siestas) was associated with reduced risk of death from heart disease over a six-year period
for Greek adults - especially working men.
Two recent studies have investigated the role of exercise in breast cancer risk,
treatment and rehabilitation.
A new study by a number of co-authors published in the October issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental
Research examines how helpful parents may be in assessing their children's alcohol
and/or drug use and abuse. Findings indicate that they do not provide valuable
information because they are often unaware of it.
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