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Lead poisoning in children

We have all heard the warnings about lead poisoning. In recent years there have been emergency recalls issued by the government for consumer products, many of which were toys and jewelry. Children ages 6 and younger are still developing their nervous systems, and lead poisoning can hurt progress. Young children are prone to sucking and

Sleep deprivation and its disastrous effects

Are you a victim of losing much needed sleep night after night? If so, you are not alone. Many people across the globe are suffering from sleep deprivation, and the numbers keep climbing. The dangers of sleep “debt” are serious. Not getting enough can result in car crashes, and it can affect things like your
Swine flu may come, even if you wash your hands and use good judgment. But with the stated H1N1 vaccine risks, will you be getting the shot? (Photo:

H1N1 Vaccine Risks Have Some Parents Opting Out

When It Comes to Flu Shots, Give Me the Flu Instead Flu season is fast approaching, and many people are concerned about whether H1N1 – more commonly known as the “swine flu” – will devastate entire communities. When cooler heads prevail, however, it’s easy to see that H1N1 isn’t all that different from any other

How can you protect your teeth?

What is the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror? Perhaps it is your hair or another part of your appearance. But how do you feel when you smile? If you notice other people’s smile you can be sure they can notice yours, too. So if this is important to you, you
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New cancer blood test could revolutionize diagnosis and treatment

A new cancer blood test sensitive enough to detect a single cancer cell is being prepared for the health care marketplace. The new cancer blood test could make early detection of cancer easier. The blood test could also help accurately determine whether cancer treatments are working and show whether patients become cancer-free. A breakthrough in

Walking speed predicts life span and health of seniors and cities

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that walking speed can predict life span. The speed of a person’s walking gait has been found to predict life expectancy. A person’s walking speed can also indicate the city where they live. Walking speed predicts life span An analysis published
An infant suffering from a bout of diaper rash. Will this suffering cause a Pampers recall?

No Pampers recall yet; Dry Max diapers under scrutiny

Proctor & Gamble is reeling, much like many other American companies during today’s stock market crash, and spirits will sag further yet if there is a Pampers recall. Parents don’t care quite as much about whether somebody on Wall Street made a typo when recording a big Proctor & Gamble trade (sending investors scrambling for
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Surge in mephedrone abuse sounds alarms about latest legal high

The synthetic amphetamine mephedrone rose to prominence in Europe as a legal high that mimicked methamphetamine, cocaine or ecstasy. After being linked to numerous deaths, mephedrone was banned throughout the European Union in December. Primarily sold over the Internet as bath salts or plant food, mephedrone is emerging as a drug abuse problem in the
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Pringles recalled for salmonella danger

Pringles fans beware – two of the more popular flavors of your favorite baked chip have been added to the HVP Salmonella recall. The Pringles recall includes two flavors – “Cravers Cheeseburger” and “Taco Night”. The flavors are being pulled from shelves – and if you have any sitting in your cupboard, you should just
Young children of various races, singing together in a classroom. Children with Williams syndrome don't show racial biases, according to studies.

Williams syndrome: On being hypersocial and racially blind

If your young child doesn’t have any racial biases, it could be that they possess a rare genetic disorder called Williams syndrome, reports the New York Daily News. Behavioral therapists indicate that most of us develop a preference for people of our own ethnic group by the time we’re three years old. Whether this falls
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Accutane: One lawsuit settled, thousands filed

Roche Laboratories, makers of Accutane, have settled a lawsuit in Illinois before it reached court. Accutane has been implicated in more than 1,000 lawsuits, claiming side effects ranging from IBS to severe depression. Roche Laboratories has spent more than its fair share on payday cash to settle lawsuits – but what is the fate of
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Coping with panic attacks

If you were crossing a street and a car speeds up toward you, your natural instinct would be to run to safety. But what about having that same feeling but for no obvious reason? Panic attacks are brought on when the brain is deceived into thinking that there is danger. You could be in a
What if way too much food was still not enough?

Prader Willi Syndrome Leaves Carriers Feeling Empty

Preader Willi Syndrome A Dangerous, Expensive Disease Good Morning America today featured a story about a woman with a very rare and peculiar disease. It’s called Prader Willi Syndrome, and it’s a condition that affects the part of your brain that lets you know when you’re full or when you’re not hungry. Imagine always feeling hungry.
Coping with Stress

How can you deal with work related stress overload?

With today’s economy and worldwide events it is hard to remain calm and stress free. Our homes, lives, families and jobs are all affected and under high levels of stress. It is important to learn what triggers stress and what can help lessen the impact it can have on us. There are things we can
A preschool-aged girl gives the camera a “Dad, you can't be serious” look.

Even 3-year-olds think being thin is in

According to Live Science, a recent Pepperdine University study indicates that girls as young as 3 years old are already worried about watching their weight. Being thin is something in which girls are “emotionally invested,” claims the study, even at preschool age. Experts in child wellness and psychology find the study results troubling, as body

O salmonella! FDA recalls hydrolyzed vegetable protein

According to Wikipedia, salmonella is a form of bacteria that can cause serious illness in those with suppressed immune systems. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea and typhoid fever, and resulting dehydration can lead to death if left untreated. Thankfully, only 30 Americans die due to salmonella infection each year, although that is 30 too many.
Stem Cells

Stem cell transplant accidentally cures a case of HIV

Scientists in Germany have announced the successful use of a stem cell transplant to cure a man of HIV. However, the treatment will only work for people who have specific genes. This is one of the latest HIV related breakthroughs, but there is no full cure yet. Man cured of HIV using stem cell transplant