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Californians traveling to Mexico for healthcare

mexico flagNearly a million Californians seek cheaper medical care, dental care, and prescriptions in Mexico each year according to research by UCLA. The research showed that both immigrants and lifetime residents alike cross into Mexico for their healthcare. The study, published in the journal Medical Care, reported that an estimated 952,000 adult Californians cross the border each year; 488,000 are Mexican immigrants. Full Story : Vdailypress.com…..

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Scientists develop a new HIV microbicide — and a way to mass produce it in plants

pills-medicineIn what could be a major pharmaceutical breakthrough, research published online in The FASEB Journal describes how scientists from St George’s, University of London have devised a one-two punch to stop HIV. First the report describes a new protein that can kill the virus when used as a microbicide. Then the report shows how it might be possible to manufacture this protein in quantities large enough to make it affordable for people in developing countries. Full Story : PhysOrg.com…..

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Men with big muscles cut cancer risk by 40 per cent

musclesMen with stronger muscles from regular weight training are up to 40 per cent less likely to die from cancer than men who do not pump iron, according to new research. The findings, by an international team of researchers, suggest muscular strength is as important as staying slim and eating healthily when it comes to protecting the body against deadly tumours. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk……

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Fathers-to-be ‘gain extra weight’

ObesityThe average father-to-be gains a stone (6.35kg) during his partner’s pregnancy, a poll has suggested. A fifth of 5,000 men surveyed said they were given larger meals, and 41% said there were more snacks in the house. The poll, for marketing company Onepoll, also found 25% of men ate more food to make their partner feel better about her weight gain. Favourite ‘male pregnancy’ snacks include pizza, chocolate, crisps, and more inappropriately, beer. Full Story : BBC.com…..

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Excessive Cola Consumption Can Lead To Super-sized Muscle Problems

colaDoctors have issued a warning about excessive cola consumption after noticing an increase in the number of patients suffering from muscle problems, according to the June issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice. A research review carried out by Dr Elisaf and his colleagues has shown that symptoms can range from mild weakness to profound paralysis. Full Story : ScienceDaily.com….

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Neurons That ‘Mirror’ The Attention Of Others Discovered

cup-of-coffeeNew researches suggests that coffee could protect against diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis and Parkinson’s disease. Twenty studies worldwide show that coffee, both regular and decaf, lowers the risk for Type 2 diabetes, in some studies by as much as 50%. Also Research consistently shows a drop in liver cancer risk with coffee consumption, and there is some, albeit weaker, evidence that it may lower colon cancer risk as well. Full Story : LATimes.com……

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Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer

MarijuanaThe active chemical in marijuana promotes the death of brain cancer cells by essentially helping them feed upon themselves, researchers in Spain report.The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, causes brain cancer cells to undergo a process called autophagy. Autophagy is the breakdown of a cell that occurs when the cell essentially self-digests. Full Story : Webmd.com…..

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New Virus Appears to Be a Factor in Extended Flu Season

flu-medicineThe new swine flu virus is spreading rapidly around the United States, and more than half of the states are reporting unusually high levels of flu-like illness. About half of the people with flu are testing positive for the new virus, indicating it is playing a significant role in the unusual pattern of disease, officials said. Full Story : WashingtonPost.com……

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Study finds link between individual stress and adolescent obesity

ObesityStress may indeed be a direct contributor to childhood obesity. That’s according to a new Iowa State University study finding that increased levels of stress in adolescents are associated with a greater likelihood of them being overweight or obese. Forty-seven percent of the teens studied were overweight or obese, but that percentage increased to 56.2 percent among those who were impacted by four or more stressors. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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Meditation increases brain gray matter

meditation-indian-guruIn a study published in the journal NeuroImage and currently available online (by subscription), the researchers report that certain regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger than in a similar control group. Research has confirmed the beneficial aspects of meditation. In addition to having better focus and control over their emotions, many people who meditate regularly have reduced levels of stress and bolstered immune systems.Full Story : PhysOrg.com…..

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Village of Twins

twinsBaffled doctors are trying to unravel the mystery of an Indian village boasting more than 220 sets of twins born to just 2,000 families. The phenomenon has seen almost six times as many twins born than the global average in the remote village of Kodinhi, in Kerala. In 2008 alone 15 pairs of twins were born in the village out of 300 healthy deliveries and this year is expected to top that number.Full Story : Telegraphl.co.uk….

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Minority groups pick up worst European eating habits

burger-indianfoodA recent study shows that the dietary habits of immigrants change when they move to European countries. According to the research, immigrant populations replace the healthy components of their native diet with the worst aspects of western diets, such as processed and fast foods. The risks are greater among younger generations of the immigrant groups, as they are more likely than their elders to eat less healthy foods found in their new country. Full Story : Physorg.com….

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More Americans taking drugs for mental illness

prescription-drugsMany more Americans have been using prescription drugs to treat mental illness since 1996, in part because of expanded insurance coverage and greater familiarity with the drugs among primary care doctors, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. They said 73 percent more adults and 50 percent more children are using drugs to treat mental illness than in 1996. Full Story : YahooNews.com……

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Face-Transplant Patient Emerges

A 46-year-old Ohio woman revealed Tuesday that she is the first U.S. recipient of a face transplant, a procedure that embodies both the promise of major medical advances and the ethical and economic challenges they can pose for society. Connie Culp underwent a 22-hour procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in December to restore function to a face that was ravaged by a shotgun blast in 2004. Full Story : Wsj.com….

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Temper is in the genes

geneBeing able to keep your cool or lose your temper is down to genes, according to a new study. Isolation of a gene called DARPP-32 helps explain why some people fly into a rage at the slightest provocation, while others can remain calm. The gene affects levels of dopamine, a brain chemical linked to anger and aggression. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk….

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Blue Laser Could Lead to Autism Cure

laserA blue laser shined into a live mouse brain triggered gamma waves, which are a kind of brain wave necessary for concentration and cognition that people with autism and schizophrenia often lack. This discovery could lead to cure for autism and schizophrenia one day. Full Story : Discover.com….

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People of higher socioeconomic status choose better diets

Omega 3As people become more educated, studies have demonstrated that they tend to choose foods that are lower in calories but higher in nutrients. Diets of low energy density and high nutrient content have been associated with less weight gain and with lower rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Washington. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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Swine flu’s next move impossible to predict : Scientists

flu-medicineScientists have yet to figure out how this strain of the influenza virus spreads, or what makes it lethal. It could continue spreading or fizzle out, they say. It mixed with two kinds of flu that are endemic in swine and a fourth that originally came from people. Scientists said Sunday that they were unable to predict what this new swine flu would do next. Full Story : LAtimes.com……

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Happiness and Relationships Linked

happinessA study of the social networks of more than 4,700 subjects who had been tracked for 20 years demonstrated that happy people tend to be linked to each other through relationships with family, friends and neighbors. Those who seemed happiest were positioned at the centers of their networks, while those at the fringes tended to be more melancholic. Based on these findings, the quality of your immediate and extended network of friends and family can make a significant difference in your sense of wellbeing. Full Story : Habidqadri…….

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Confirmed Deadly Flu Cases in USA and Canada

fluAccording to CDC, Canada’s first cases of swine flu have been confirmed. Nova Scotia and British Columbia have both discovered cases of unidentifiable influenza A viruses.

There are 20 cases of swine flu have been discovered in the United States. Since the swine flu is so new, most of the labs don’t have tests to identify them, therefore they are considered as untypeable influenza A.

More than a thousand people have been infected with swine flu in Mexico, and more than 80 deaths have been cofirmed due to this virus infection.

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