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Achieving Creativity in Business, Personal Life

(U.S. News & World Report) While your chances of making millions as the next Andy Warhol or Taylor Swift are probably slim, you could well earn more these days by tapping into your creative powers—and, experts say, you'll be happier, too… [C]reative activity can relieve stress and enhance your mood, according to Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, author of Your Creative Brain. Brain researchers theorize that coming up with something novel that's also useful—their definition of creativity—so fully engages attention that the brain doesn't have any resources left to devote to stress.
What does it take to produce something truly original?... [T]he creative process "is less about talent and more of a broad-based style of thinking that we all can learn," says Carson. The key is to approach it as a step-by-step process similar to proving a mathematical theorem. Leave out a step, and that stroke of genius may be elusive.
Step 1: Absorb. Before you can come up with a brilliant idea, you need to openly receive information from the world around you, Carson says, and examine what's happening in your field of interest without judging it…
Step 2: Envision. Tapping into rich mental imagery, a practice that kids and daydreamers excel at, also inspired Einstein…
Step 3: Connect. After fully researching all the possibilities, encourage connections to happen by thinking about something else…
Step 4: Reason. Now you're ready to enter what Carson calls the "reason mindset," and think in realistic and practical terms about what will work instead of how you'd like it to work…
Step 5: Evaluate. It's at this point in the creative process that a thoughtful and critical judging of your idea becomes necessary; "the evaluate brainset is where you want to be when you're deciding which idea or solution to implement," says Carson…
Step 6: Dive in. After you've figured out how to implement your idea, completely immerse yourself in arriving at the goal. Ideally, says Carson, you'll enter a brain activation state that Claremont Graduate University psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has described as "flow," in which you lose all sense of time and self as you engage fully and spontaneously in responding to the challenge. To train your brain to get more easily into this mindset, spend time doing activities you really enjoy, and think of ways to make other tasks more fun and challenging.
Community: I never thought I was creative, because I thought it meant coming up with completely new ideas. An artist that I worked with some years ago told me, though, that creativity is more about putting existing things and ideas together in new ways. By that measure, I'm pretty creative.
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How to Restart Your Workout Routine After a Break

(Chelsea Bush, AskFitnessCoach) A successful fitness program starts with your mind, not your wallet, according to wellness coach Rania Batayneh, who works with clients in San Francisco and Portland. Use these seven tricks to get your head in the game, fast.
Reshape your behavior. "Everyone sets New Year's resolutions. The problem is most people don't make them realistic enough," says Batayneh…
Get prepared. Plan ahead and you're a lot less likely to back out tomorrow…
Be consistent. It's no secret that in order to reach your fitness goals, you must make exercise an integral part of your daily life…
Use momentum to your advantage. "Focus on making lots of good little decisions," Batayneh says. "When your behavior makes you feel better, you're going to feel positive and keep going."…
Track every workout… [S]eeing small milestones in ink is an easy way to build fitness momentum…
Plan on some catch-up… Rather than assuming your ability is the same as it used to be, start slowly so you can gauge your strength…
Think wellness, not weight loss. That's Batayneh's mantra. Why? It gets back to focusing on behavioral changes instead of the particulars of a program. When you think about overall wellness as the reason for beefing up your exercise efforts, you're more likely to choose a sustainable program, she says.
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Americans Say Their Diet Is Healthy, but Is It?

(WebMD Health News) Close to 90% of Americans say they eat a healthy diet, but their penchant for sugary foods and drinks suggests otherwise.
A new Consumer Reports Health telephone poll of 1,234 adults showed that 52.6% of respondents said their diet was “somewhat healthy,” 31.5% thought their diet was “very” healthy, and 5.6% said they were “extremely” healthy eaters.
But 43% of said they drank at least one sugary soda or sugar-sweetened coffee or tea drink per day, and  around one-quarter said they limit the amount of sweets and fat they get each day.
These not-so-healthy eating habits may sabotage their diets and their waistlines, says Nancy Metcalf, the senior program editor for Consumer Reports Health.
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Can diet protect against asthma?

(Reuters Health) - What you eat might affect your risk of developing allergies or asthma, and possibly that of your kids, hints a new review of the medical evidence…
Of the 22 studies that looked at fruit and vegetable intake, 17 linked healthier diets to lower risks of asthma and allergies. And two reports suggested that children with higher levels of vitamin A in their bodies had a 75 percent lower risk of developing asthma.
Pregnant women who ate a lot of vitamins D -- found in fatty fish -- and E -- found in nuts and seeds -- were between 30 and 40 percent less likely to have a child who wheezed, often a sign of asthma.
Also, sticking to a Mediterranean diet -- rich in vegetables, fish and monounsaturated fats from olive oil and nuts, but low in saturated fat from meat and dairy -- during pregnancy was also tied to a drop of nearly 80 percent in babies' risk of wheezing.
But the studies didn't find any apparent benefits from vitamin C or selenium.
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No greater antioxidants in organics

(UPI) Organically grown onions, carrots and potatoes generally do not have higher levels of healthful antioxidants than traditional produce, Danish researchers say…
[Pia] Knuthsen and colleagues point out that there are many reasons to pay a premium for organic food products, including environmental protection, better taste, no exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides, less use of fossil fuels use to make chemical fertilizers and pesticides and possible health benefits.
"However, the health benefits of organic food consumption are still controversial and not considered scientifically well documented," the researchers say.
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Creole Chicken and Vegetables
Enjoy the flavor of summer anytime by using frozen bell peppers and frozen okra in this speedy Creole dish. For a filling meal, serve over rice.
Pinto Bean & Andouille Sausage Stew
An adaptation of the Andalusian dish fabada, this pinto bean stew is seasoned with andouille sausage, bacon, tomatoes, onions, peppers and smoked paprika. Fans of spicy beans should use the full amount of minced chile pepper (or more). Serve with brown rice and sour cream.
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Broken hip tied to increased risk of stroke

(Reuters Health) While suffering a stroke is already known to raise the risk of breaking your hip, new research hints that the reverse might also be true.
The study out of Taiwan found that patients with a broken hip had more than a 50 percent increased risk of having a stroke within a year of their injury compared to similar patients with no fractures.
However, the finding is not enough to be certain that hip fractures, which account for more than 320,000 hospital admissions every year in the U.S., can actually cause a stroke.
Community: If you want to prevent, delay, or reduce the severity of stroke, here are some ways to do it.
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Breast Cancer Outcome: Your Doctor Matters

(HealthDay News) How doctors choose to treat their breast cancer patients -- and whether those treatment choices follow established recommendations -- may play a larger role in whether a cancer returns than experts have believed.
In a new analysis looking at 994 women with ductal carcinoma in situ, the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer, researchers found treatment variations from surgeon to surgeon are significant, and may account for up to 30 percent of recurrences…
[Beth Virnig, a professor of health policy and management,] suggested that women can boost the odds of getting optimal treatment by asking their surgeon how many procedures the doctor does -- with more being better, though she can't provide a "good enough" number. "Many studies, but not all, show teaching institutions are better" when it comes to breast cancer treatments, she said.
Community: My lumpectomy was performed by an experienced surgeon at one of the finest teaching hospitals in the country. But we also made sure to insist that he be the one to perform the surgery. We didn’t want a student surgeon practicing on me.
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Possible cancer 'suppressor' protein seen

(UPI) Canadian researchers say they've discovered a key reason why cancer cells proliferate and spread to other parts of the body.
Scientists at the Universite de Montreal say the finding could lead to better diagnostic tests for cancer and even possible therapies that could stop tumor cells from growing and spreading, The Montreal Gazette reported Friday.
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Major Advance in MRI Allows Much Faster Brain Scans

(Science Daily) An international team of physicists and neuroscientists has reported a breakthrough in magnetic resonance imaging that allows brain scans more than seven times faster than currently possible…
[Said Dr. Marc Raichle:] "[T]he faster we can go, the better we can understand the brain's spontaneous activity."
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Women's Tears Tell Men to Back Off

(HealthDay News) Crying may be nature's way of telling men to give women some space: A new study indicates the smell of women's tears considerably dampens men's sexual desire…
Men's and children's tears have not yet been analyzed, according to researcher Noam Sobel, of Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science, who hopes to learn if the tears from these groups also send biological signals to others.
Earlier studies had established that emotional tears contain different molecules than tears produced from cutting onions, for example, or those protecting the eyes from debris.
"The fact that emotional tears are different in content was a strong clue for us that they served as a chemo-signal," said Sobel, a professor of neurobiology at the institute. "For sure, it's a means of chemical communication. We communicate in many ways."
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'Gut Instinct' May Stem From the Heart

(HealthDay News) Everyone feels gut instincts at one time or another: Marry that guy! Don't take that job. Stay inside during this snowstorm! Now, a new study suggests there is indeed a link between your heartbeat and the decisions you make…
What's the connection between the heart and brain? Dunn said one theory goes like this: "The 'emotional' parts of the brain generate the bodily response in the first place. The 'rational' parts of the brain then listen in to these bodily responses to find out what the 'emotional' parts of the brain are doing. This allows both logic and emotion to shape our choices."
[Clinical psychologist Barnaby D. ] Dunn said better understanding of the link between the body and the mind might eventually help people who struggle with depression and anxiety.
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11 Foods for Faster, Easier Weight Loss

(RealAge.com) You won't lose weight on a diet of celery sticks and dry toast. Your body will just think it's starving and hang onto those extra pounds! Rather, to lose weight effectively and permanently, you need to eat. And eat smart. Happily, there are a host of delicious edibles designed by nature to turn up your fat-burning furnace, flatten your belly, and take a big bite out of your appetite. Here are 11 of the get-slim food gems we're talking about:
Olive Oil…
Whole Grains…
Red Pepper…
Fava Beans…
Rice with Veggies
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Sleep Like a Baby with This Tangy Beverage

(RealAge.com) A warm glass of milk may not be the only beverage that can help make you sleepy. Sipping some tart cherry juice also might help you nod off.
In fact, in a study of older adults, tart cherry juice seemed to help them fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and rack up more total hours of sleep at night.
The study involved research participants sipping a commercially prepared tart cherry juice morning and night for a couple of weeks. Although it was a small study funded by the juice manufacturer, it was not without merit. And similar research has already shown cherries to be high in melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone that's produced by the pineal gland in the brain but that can be found in some plant sources, too, like fruit. Cherries are also loaded with certain anti-inflammatory cytokines that are thought to regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
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Add This to Cereal for Extra Blood Sugar Benefits

(RealAge.com) Adding one special ingredient to a morning bowl of cereal just might help you sidestep high blood sugar problems. We're talking about blueberries.
Research suggests that a regular dose of phenolic compounds found in the dark blue fruit may help enhance insulin sensitivity -- the body's ability to draw sugar from the blood and put it to use as energy.
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Tomatoes Found to Contain Nutrient Which Prevents Vascular Diseases

(Science Daily) They are the most widely produced fruit in the world and now scientists in Japan have discovered that tomatoes contain a nutrient which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases…
"Finding a compound which helps the prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases in foodstuffs is a great advantage to tackling these diseases," concluded [Dr Teruo] Kawada. "It means that the tomato allows people to easily manage the onset of dyslipidemia [a condition which is caused by an abnormal amount of lipids, such as cholesterol or fat, in the blood stream] through their daily diet."
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Steak Tips with Peppered Mushroom Gravy
Your family will love this comforting recipe that’s less than 350 calories per serving.
Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Salad
Toss roasted vegetables and salmon with a flavor-packed vinaigrette to serve on top of greens for a hearty dinner salad. For a twist, add a poached or fried egg on top. Serve with: Toasted whole-grain baguette and a glass of Riesling.
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4 Easy Ways to Cook Fish

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Grilling is just one great way to prepare fish. Here are four additional cooking techniques that will help you add more fish to your diet.
You can sauté fish…
You can poach fish…
You can bake fish…
You can broil fish…
How do you know whether your fish is done? 
Simply test with a fork at its thickest point. Perfectly cooked fish should be opaque and flake easily when tested with a fork. Undercooked fish looks raw. Salmon and tuna are the exception, as both can be served pink on the inside as long as they are very fresh. Note: To maintain freshness and taste, make sure to thaw frozen fish in the refrigerator — not at room temperature, under warm water, or in the microwave.
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High Dietary Fat, Cholesterol Linked to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

(Science Daily) Elevated fat and cholesterol levels found in a typical American-style diet play an important role in the growth and spread of breast cancer, say researchers…
The study … examines the role of fat and cholesterol in breast cancer development using a mouse model. The results show that mice fed a Western diet and predisposed to develop mammary tumors, can develop larger tumors that are faster growing and metastasize more easily, compared to animals eating a control diet.
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Study Links Obesity to Greater Pain, Weakness in Fibromyalgia Patients

(HealthDay News) Obese fibromyalgia patients suffer more severe symptoms such as pain, reduced flexibility and sleep disturbances than those of normal weight, a new study indicates.
But the good news is that losing weight may bring a modicum of relief, other research suggests.
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Weight-Loss Surgery Improved Female Urinary Problems but Male Erection Issues Got Worse

(Science Daily) Women who underwent gastric band surgery to lose weight reported significant improvements in urinary function and quality of life after the operation, according to research…
However, men undergoing the procedure did not enjoy the same significant urinary function improvements as the women. They also reported that erectile function was slightly worse after surgery, unlike studies following non-surgical weight loss where sexual function actually improved.
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Routine Blood Test May Identify People With Pre-Diabetes, Cutting Later Treatment Costs

(Science Daily) A simpler form of testing individuals with risk factors for diabetes could improve diabetes prevention efforts by substantially increasing the number of individuals who complete testing and learn whether or not they are likely to develop diabetes…
"Identifying more individuals with pre-diabetes through a simple test in a physician's office gives us a real opportunity to halt progression to the disease, which is clearly a win-win situation," said [Ronald T. Ackermann, M.D., M.P.H.].
"If you have high blood pressure or heart disease, or multiple other risk factors such as obesity, are over the age of 45, had a past episode of diabetes during pregnancy, or have a family history of the disease, your physician can administer a simple blood test which will show if you are pre-diabetic. If you are pre-diabetic, [losing] as little as 10 to 15 pounds through diet and exercise can cut in half your chances of getting diabetes, greatly improving your health and lowering your need for health care," said Dr. Ackermann.
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Health Chip Gives Instant Diagnoses

(Science Daily) Soon, your family doctor will no longer have to send blood or cancer cell samples to the laboratory. A little chip will give her test results on the spot…
The EU's MicroActive project has developed an integrated system based on microtechnology and biotechnology, that will enable a number of conditions to be diagnosed automatically in the doctor's own office.
The new "health chip" looks like a credit card and contains a complete laboratory. The EU project has used cells taken to diagnose cervical cancer as a case study, but in principle the chip can check out a number of different diseases caused by bacteria or viruses, as well as various types of cancer.
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Early Steps Toward an Alzheimer's Blood Test

(HealthDay News) A blood test that screens for antibodies, a protein produced by the immune system, may one day be used to detect Alzheimer's and other diseases, new research suggests.
Though the research is still in its infancy, being able to detect Alzheimer's via antibodies would be a simpler and less invasive method of diagnosing the disease, researchers said.
But the study's lead author stressed that the true benefits of such a test for Alzheimer's patients won't really arise until scientists develop effective treatments against the disease.
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Bacteria Eyed for Possible Role in Atherosclerosis

(Science Daily) Dr. Emil Kozarov and a team of researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified specific bacteria that may have a key role in vascular pathogenesis, specifically atherosclerosis, or what is commonly referred to as "hardening of the arteries" -- the number one cause of death in the United States…
The data suggest that a chronic infection may underlie the process of atherosclerosis, an infection that can be initiated by the systemic dissemination of bacteria though different "gates" in the vascular wall -- as in the case of a septic patient, through intestinal infection. The data support Dr. Kozarov's previous studies, where his team identified periodontal bacteria in carotid artery, thus pointing to tissue-destructing periodontal infections as one possible gate to the circulation.
Bacteria can gain access to the circulation through different avenues, and then penetrate the vascular walls where they can create secondary infections that have been shown to lead to atherosclerotic plaque formation, the researchers continued.
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Tablet Splitting Is a Highly Inaccurate and Potentially Dangerous Practice, Says Drug Study

(Science Daily) Medical experts have issued a warning about the common practice of tablet splitting, after a study found that nearly a third of the split fragments deviated from recommended dosages by 15 per cent or more.
Their study … points out that the practice could have serious clinical consequences for tablets that have a narrow margin between therapeutic and toxic doses.
And they are calling on manufacturers to produce greater dose options and liquid alternatives to make the practice unnecessary.
Community: Manufacturers need to come down on the cost. Low-dose aspirin tablets, for example, are much more expensive per milligram than the regular size tablets.
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Helicopter-transport patients do better

(UPI) Patients transported by helicopter tend to be more severely injured than those transported by ambulance but are more likely to survive, U.S. researchers say…
Study authors say the speed of transport and the air-medical crews providing therapies and technologies not universally available to ground unit crews may be the main reasons for the positive patient outcomes.
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Republican bid to scrap healthcare hits snag

(Reuters) Republican efforts to scrap President Barack Obama's healthcare reform took a hit on Thursday when budget analysts said repeal would add billions of dollars to the federal budget deficit.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated overturning the reform signed by Obama last year would add about $230 billion to the deficit by 2021 and result in 32 million fewer people having health insurance.
That was a blow to Republican campaign promises to slash the federal budget deficit.
The White House Office of Management and Budget said the administration "strongly opposes" passage of the repeal legislation, known as H.R. 2, saying it would explode the deficit and eliminate fiscal savings in the healthcare reform bill.
"If the president were presented with H.R. 2, he would veto it," OMB said in a statement.
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Autism-vaccine researcher a "fraud": medical journal

(Reuters) Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the-now disgraced British doctor who published studies linking vaccines with autism, committed an "elaborate fraud" by faking data, the British Medical Journal said on Wednesday.
The journal's editors said it was not possible that Wakefield made a mistake but must have falsified the data for his study, which convinced thousands of parents that vaccines are dangerous and which is blamed for ongoing outbreaks of measles and mumps…
Fears that vaccines might cause autism have not only caused parents to skip vaccinating their children, but have forced costly reformulations of many vaccines.
Community: Please remember that Oprah promoted celebrity Jenny McCarthy, a big proponent of stopping vaccines, claiming that one of her children acquired autism after a vaccination. We should never assume that celebrities know anything at all about science.
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Diabetes Soaring Among American Adults: Report

(HealthDay News)  The number of American adults treated for diabetes more than doubled between 1996 and 2007, rising from about 9 million to 19 million, says a federal government report released Wednesday…
[Dr. Christine Resta says] one culprit behind the soaring numbers of American diabetics. "The percentage of U.S. adults who are overweight or obese has also risen dramatically, and there is no doubt that rising rates of obesity are linked to the rising rates of diabetes," she said…
"The longer the duration of diabetes, the more likely the patient is to have complications," Resta explained. "Each of these complications (eye damage, kidney damage, nerve damage, foot infections, cardiovascular disease) adds to the cost of taking care of diabetes. Treating the complications is often much more expensive than treating the blood sugars. So all of these factors are contributiing to the skyrocketing costs."
Community: Not to mention the suffering involved.
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Exercise May Improve Odds Against Prostate Cancer Death

(HealthDay News) Prostate cancer patients who routinely engage in modest amounts of vigorous physical exercise appear to lower their risk of dying from their disease, new research suggests.
Three hours a week or more of vigorous biking, tennis, jogging or swimming seems to improve the prognosis among such patients, the research team found. But they added that even moderate physical activity appears to lower the overall risk of dying from any cause.
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Protective Properties of Green Tea Uncovered

(Science Daily) Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to latest research by scientists at Newcastle University.
The study … also suggests this ancient Chinese remedy could play a vital role in protecting the body against cancer.
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Fish Oil May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

(HealthDay News) For heart failure patients whose condition is controlled with standard care, omega-3 fatty acid supplements appear to improve their condition even more, a small study suggests.
"Adding n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, even in patients that had a major improvement [on standard treatment], showed a further improvement in heart function and exercise capacity," said study co-author Dr. Mihai Gheorghiade, a professor of cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
This shows that even in patients who respond to therapy, "we can make them much better," he added. "This opens the door for the potential of a natural therapy -- so-called macronutrients -- in the management of heart failure."
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Cooking Light:
Low-Calorie Recipes
Whether you're counting calories for a special diet or you just like to make every calorie count, dive into our most delicious low-calorie recipes.
Season's Best: Citrus
Citrus fruits offer a burst of bright, fresh flavor during winter months. Find our editor's tips and favorite recipes.
Speedy Chicken Potpie
Though you have to hustle, you really can get this chicken potpie on the table in 20 minutes. Start browning the chicken and bringing the broth to a boil right away, and get the pie dough in the oven as soon as it reaches 425°. Strips of pastry are a quick stand-in for the traditional crust on top.
Edamame Succotash with Shrimp
We give succotash—traditionally a Southern dish made with corn, lima beans and peppers—an update using edamame instead of limas and turn it into a main dish by adding shrimp. To get it on the table even faster, purchase peeled, deveined shrimp from the fish counter instead of doing it yourself. Make it a meal: All you need is a warm piece of cornbread to go with this complete meal.
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Antibiotic Treatment Effective in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(Science Daily) A ground-breaking antibiotic therapy developed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is the first potential drug treatment to provide irritable bowel syndrome patients with long-lasting relief of their symptoms even after they stop taking the medication, according to a study…
Unlike in traditional therapies, such as when taking antidepressant and other medications that have benefits only while on the drug, patients in the study reported relief of their symptoms extended for weeks after completing treatment with rifaximin.
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More Evidence Links Avastin to Heart Failure in Breast Cancer Patients

(HealthDay News) Just weeks after U.S. health officials moved to rescind approval of the drug Avastin to treat breast cancer, a new study provides more evidence that the anti-cancer medication ups the odds of congestive heart failure in these patients.
The meta-analysis … included almost 4,000 patients and found a small but significant number developed heart failure.
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Experimental Drug Helps Fight Aggressive Breast Cancer: Report

(HealthDay News) Researchers have taken another step in the hunt to find a treatment for an aggressive, likely-to-recur form of breast cancer.
In a study…, the experimental drug iniparib not only shrank tumors and increased the time they took to progress, but also surprised researchers by prolonging survival in women with what's known as triple-negative breast cancer.
This type of breast cancer lacks receptors for estrogen and progesterone and doesn't have large quantities of HER-2/neu protein, which the most successful cancer therapies target. This means that many currently available drugs simply won't affect it.
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Leukemia drug could slow Parkinson's

(UPI) A leukemia drug could prevent destruction of brain cells in Parkinson's disease, which could lead to ways to slow its progression, U.S. researchers say…
Scientists acknowledge the research is preliminary and the drug used in the experiment with mice doesn't work well in the human brain, but similar drugs in development might better penetrate the brain and target the specific enzyme at fault more precisely, they say.
About a half-million people suffer from the tremors and stiffness of Parkinson's, caused by damage to the dopamine-producing cells in the brain.
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Smog Contributes to Dangerous Heart Rhythm Disorders

(HealthDay News) The role that air pollution plays in heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) that can cause sudden death may be underestimated, according to researchers.
A small study of 25 healthy people without heart disease found detectable changes in the heart's electrical system when the participants were exposed to polluted air…
The fact that air pollution can have this effect on healthy people indicates that people with heart disease may be at even greater risk from air pollution than previously believed, the study authors said.
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New Glaucoma Test Allows Earlier, More Accurate Detection

(Science Daily) Cumbersome glaucoma tests that require a visit to the ophthalmologist could soon be history thanks to a home test developed by a UA engineer…
"You simply close your eye and rub the eyelid like you might casually rub your eye," said [Eniko] Enikov, a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. "The instrument detects the stiffness and, therefore, infers the intraocular pressure."…
"The innovation with our device is that it's noninvasive, simpler to use and applies to a variety of situations that are either difficult to address or impossible to test using the current procedures," Enikov said. "That's why we're so excited about this probe. It has great potential to improve medical care, and significant commercial possibilities, as well."
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New Method for Making Large Quantities of Deuterium-Depleted Drinking Water

(Science Daily) Scientists in China are reporting development of a less expensive, more eco-friendly method for making deuterium-depleted drinking water, citing studies suggesting that it may be a more healthful form of water…
[The researchers] cite accumulating evidence that water with high levels of deuterium may have adverse health effects on animals and plants, while deuterium-depleted water may be useful in treatment of certain diseases. Existing ways of removing deuterium from water tend to be expensive, inefficient, or environmentally harmful.
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Newer tobacco products to face FDA review

(Reuters) Cigarette makers will have to provide U.S. regulators with detailed information about the ingredients and design of products they have introduced or changed since early 2007, or face possible penalties…
The move aims to shed light on levels of addictive nicotine and other properties of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own products to keep more dangerous products off the market, officials said. It does not target cigars or dissolvable tobacco products.
The changes will "assure that any new or changed tobacco products are not worse to the public health than those that were on the market February 15, 2007," said Lawrence Deyton, head of the FDA's new Center for Tobacco Products.
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Fast Walkers May Have More Years Ahead of Them

(HealthDay News) [A] new analysis found that a formula that includes gait predicted older people's future life span about as well as taking into account such health conditions as blood pressure and heart disease…
So are slow walkers doomed to an early grave? Absolutely not, [study author Dr. Stephanie Anne] Studenski said. "There is clearly a group of people who walk slowly and live a long time," she said. "It's not a death sentence."
On the other hand, there's also no evidence that you'll live longer if you boost your walking speed, she said.
Even so, a slow gait can be a warning sign.
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Vitamins C and E Deficiency Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

(Science Daily) With life expectancy increasing in Latin America, age-related disease has become a pressing public health concern. Results of an epidemiological study … showed that the metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, was prevalent in a low-income urban community in Ecuador and that a poor diet low in micronutrients appeared to contribute…
"With high-calorie foods lacking essential nutrients serving as pillars of the diet, it is possible to be both overweight and malnourished," [senior author Simin Nikbin] Meydani says. "Our data suggests that limited consumption of nutrient dense foods such as chicken, vegetables and legumes makes this small population of Ecuadorian elders even more susceptible to the metabolic syndrome."
Community: You don’t have to be a poor Ecuadorian to suffer from malnutrition induced by eating too much of empty calorie foods.
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