August 2014

Active ImageFlavonoid-rich diets may help reduce heart disease

Foods rich in flavonoids -- from apples and pears to dark chocolate and red wine -- may help shield postmenopausal women from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke, a new study shows.

Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds, found in many plant-based foods, and have been hypothesized to protect the heart by reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol and reducing inflammation, Dr. Pamela J. Mink of Exponent, Inc., and colleagues note. But studies investigating heart health and flavonoid levels in the diet have had mixed results, they add in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers used three newly available databases from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the flavonoid contain of foods, the researchers analyzed results of food questionnaires on diet from 34,489 postmenopausal women participating in the Iowa Women's Health Study.

Mink and colleagues specifically examined the association between the amount of flavonoids the diet and heart disease and death over a 16-year period. The new information allowed the researchers to look at both total flavonoids and seven different subclasses of the plant compound.

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Active ImageBabies learn from adults' emotional behavior

Very young children pick up cues on how to behave by watching adults' emotional interactions and by "eavesdropping" on their conversations, a new study shows.

"You might want to be very careful about the emotions you're communicating to other family members if your toddler is around," Dr. Betty Repacholi of the University of Washington in Seattle told Reuters Health.

Babies as young as one year old will change their behavior in response to another person's emotional state, if they are the target of emotional cues such as facial expression or tone of voice, Repacholi and her colleague Andrew N. Meltzoff note in the March-April issue of the journal Child Development.

But it hasn't been clear how infants will respond when an emotional social interaction doesn't directly involve them. To investigate, Repacholi and Meltzoff performed two experiments.

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Active ImageCorn oil products can claim heart benefit

Manufacturers of corn oil and foods containing the fat can now promote their products as a way to possibly reduce the risk of heart disease, U.S. health regulators said in a letter released on Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration, responding to a request from ACH Food Companies Inc., said there was enough evidence to support such a qualified claim, as long as consumers were not misled.

ACH Food Companies, a division of Associated British Foods, asked the agency last year to allow corn oil and related products to carry the heart benefits claim. Its products include Mazola corn oil, Karo light corn syrup and Argo corn starch.

Based on FDA's consideration of the scientific evidence submitted with your petition, and other pertinent scientific evidence, FDA concludes that there is sufficient evidence for a qualified health claim, provided that the claim is appropriately worded so as to not mislead consumers," the FDA said in a March 26 letter to the company.

The FDA allows food manufacturers to make health claims on certain products when scientific studies support them.

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Active ImageRare, semi-identical twin discovered
Twins can be identical, fraternal and apparently semi-identical, scientists now report.

Researchers discovered twins who are identical on their mom's side of the equation but share only half their genes from dad.

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Active ImageFood allergies: One bite can be deadly

Caryl Schivley says her son, Brenton, was always very careful about what he ate -- until last September 1, when he was at a friend's house and took a cookie from a bowl on the kitchen table.

"He took a bite of the cookie and he said to his friend, 'I shouldn't have eaten that,'" said his mother. Severely allergic to peanuts, the 16-year-old from western Massachusetts made the dire mistake of not asking about the ingredients. Within minutes he developed a severe allergic reaction to the cookie, which contained peanuts.

Within an hour, he was dead.

"He should have asked [about the ingredients] but he didn't," Caryl Schivley said.

A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests Brenton's case may not be unique. Researchers analyzed 31 allergy deaths, finding most who died from food-related reactions were teenagers or young adults and were away from home when they ate the item that killed them.

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Active ImageBerries May Give Anti-Cancer Boost
Eating berries may make gastrointestinal cancers less likely, two new studies show.

The studies were presented Sunday in Chicago at the American Chemical Society's national meeting.

Both studies included tests on rats, not people.

The first study comes from scientists including Gary Stoner, Ph.D., of Ohio State University's internal medicine department.

In a lab, they prepared an extract made from black raspberries and added it to the diet of rats that had been exposed to a cancer-causing substance.

Those rats developed up to 80 percent fewer colon tumors and 40 percent to 60 percent fewer esophageal tumors than rats exposed to the same carcinogen that hadn't received the raspberry extract.

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Active ImageFlavonoid-rich diets may help reduce heart disease

Foods rich in flavonoids -- from apples and pears to dark chocolate and red wine -- may help shield postmenopausal women from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke, a new study shows.

Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds, found in many plant-based foods, and have been hypothesized to protect the heart by reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol and reducing inflammation, Dr. Pamela J. Mink of Exponent, Inc., and colleagues note. But studies investigating heart health and flavonoid levels in the diet have had mixed results, they add in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers used three newly available databases from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the flavonoid contain of foods, the researchers analyzed results of food questionnaires on diet from 34,489 postmenopausal women participating in the Iowa Women's Health Study.

Mink and colleagues specifically examined the association between the amount of flavonoids the diet and heart disease and death over a 16-year period. The new information allowed the researchers to look at both total flavonoids and seven different subclasses of the plant compound.

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Active ImageCocoa May Boost Heart Health

There is more sweet news about chocolate. A cup of cocoa a day may help drive heart disease away, researchers say.

Overweight adults who drank a specially processed cocoa beverage significantly improved their blood vessel function in just two hours.

Improved blood function, in turn, mitigates the risk of cardiovascular disease, says researcher Valentine Yanchou Njike, M.D., of the Yale Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Conn.

Njike credits flavonoids, a group of antioxidant compounds also found in fruits and vegetables. The more flavonoid-rich foods you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease, he says.

Studies have shown flavonoids appear to benefit blood vessel function by influencing the body's production of nitric oxide, which helps regulate blood vessel tone.

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Active ImageHealthy Savings On Hospital Bills

CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports.

Last May, Detroit landscaper Steven O'Shea was cutting a tree when he slipped. As he fell, right on his chainsaw, it sliced into his arm,

"Right up to the bone. It went through all the muscle, the tendon," O'Shea says.

O'Shea, who is uninsured, praises the surgeons who saved his arm. But the bill they sent would have cost an arm and a leg. The total: $39,000 for a three-hour operation.

"I was outraged when I looked at that bill. I opened up the envelope and thought 'where in the world do they come to this figure,'" O'Shea says.

Like millions of Americans, O'Shea also found his bill confusing

Active ImageRating The Low-Fat Diet

Contrary to previous findings, the traditional low-fat diet recommended by the American Heart Association is just as heart healthy as a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and nuts.

That news comes from Katherine Tuttle, M.D., of the Providence Medical Research Center and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.

Tuttle's team studied 202 people who had suffered heart attacks in the previous six weeks and found that people on either diet were two-thirds less likely to suffer another heart attack, stroke, or other heart problems or die than people who continued to eat their usual diet.

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This is good news. Whether you chose a "traditional" low fat diet as suggested by the AMA or enjoy a Mediterranean style diet is less important than lower the total fat and total saturated fat intake an a daily basis. In a sense the only difference between a low fat diet and a Mediterranean style diet is the amount of olive oil verses other forms of fats. The problem we perceive is that most American -based low fat diets include relatively large amounts of processed and refined foods while the typical Mediterranean diet, at least as eaten in the Mediterranean areas of the Europe have relatively little processed and refined foods other than pasta and in most Mediterranean countries the pastas are whole grained.

In the US especially one may well have a tendency to use white, bleached pastas, canned tomatoes and a host of other refined and processed "low-fat" foods. While this may not be as "bad" as a full on high fat diet with its processed and refined foods, it is likely that it still is relatively deficient in important vitamins and minerals and hence is ultimately a deficiency diet.

Whether you chose a more Mediterranean -style diet, a traditional AMA-style diet or a combination of both (one is not limited to chose between them and can eat one, on one day and the other on another day) the goal is not just to make it low fat, but to make it high in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, more fish avoiding butter and margarine and when fat is desired such as in salad dressing or for cooking olive oil, safflower or canola oils are best.

Active ImageArtery risk looms in seemingly healthy patients

People diagnosed with clogged arteries have a one-in-seven chance of dying, having a heart attack or stroke, or of being admitted to the hospital within a year, even if they feel fine, researchers reported on Tuesday.

While clogged arteries are well known to cause heart attacks or strokes, the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first to put such a precise number on the risk and to show how soon a life-threatening event may come.

Feeling well does not mean a patient is protected.

"Don't be deceived," Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and one of the study's authors, said in a telephone interview.

"There is a pretty high chance they will come back with a problem with their vascular system," Bhatt said. "They might feel they have been cured, but the underlying buildup of plaque is still ongoing."

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Active ImageMore Fruit May Lower Colon Cancer Risk

Eating lots of fruit and little meat may help prevent precancerous colon polyps, a new study shows.

The take-home message: "Eat more fruit, eat less meat, and don't stop eating your vegetables," Gregory Austin, M.D., M.P.H., tells WebMD.

Austin is a gastroenterology fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his colleagues studied the dietary patterns of 725 adults who got colonoscopies.

In a colonoscopy, doctors guide a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera through the colon, looking for abnormalities including colon cancer and polyps. Some polyps can become cancerous.

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Study Shows High-Fruit, Low-Meat Diet Might Help Prevent Precancerous Polyps

Active ImageStudy: Chinese Restaurant Food Unhealthy

The typical Chinese restaurant menu is a sea of nutritional no-nos, a consumer group has found.

A plate of General Tso's chicken, for example, is loaded with about 40 percent more sodium and more than half the calories an average adult needs for an entire day.

The battered, fried chicken dish with vegetables has 1,300 calories, 3,200 milligrams of sodium and 11 grams of saturated fat.

That's before the rice (200 calories a cup). And after the egg rolls (200 calories and 400 milligrams of sodium).

"I don't want to put all the blame on Chinese food," said Bonnie Liebman, nutrition director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which did a report released Tuesday.

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Active ImageTeach Your Children To Be Optimists

Positive Thinking Is A Skill That Needs To Be Cultivated

There are people whose outlook on life always tends to be optimistic and others who can't help but be pessimistic even when things are going well.

Researchers don't know why, but Karen Reivich, resiliency researcher and co-director of the Positive Psychology Center at University of Pennsylvania, says that optimism can be instilled in children.

Optimism, Reivich said, is a critical skill, but only 42 percent of kids believe they will achieve goals.

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Optimism and good mental health are as much learned as they have any genetic component. If there is a history of depression, anxiety, suicide in the family then it becomes even more important. Teaching your children to be emotionally healthy is the best gift you can give them. It not only gives to the child but also  to yourself and to the entire community.

Active ImageTips To Battle Bad Breath

International Guru Of Good Breath Shares His Secrets

Bad breath can be a huge problem for people who have it and often they don't even know it's a problem.

Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist, is the founder of California Breath Clinics, and the international guru of good breath. He came to The Early Show to tell people how they can keep their mouths smelling good.

Katz said that bad breath isn't really caused by what people eat, but by sulfur compounds.

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Active ImageChickenpox Vaccine Loses Effectiveness in Study

The chickenpox vaccine Varivax has changed the profile of the disease in the population, researchers are reporting.

In a study appearing Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers confirm what doctors have already known

Active ImageChiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

Study Finds Special 'Atlas Adjustment' Lowers Blood Pressure

A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests.

"This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination," study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. "And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems," adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can't feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.

X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas vertebra -- the doughnut-like bone at the very top of the spine -- with the spine in the treated patients, but not in the sham-treated patients.

Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

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Active ImageDitch the Itch

By Carly Young
LifeScript Staff Writer

When it comes to itchy skin, the words uncomfortable and annoying don

Active ImageSoft drinks associated with diabetes, report finds

A review of published studies shows a clear and consistent relationship between drinking sugary (non-diet) soft drinks and poor nutrition, increased risk for obesity -- and increased risk for diabetes.

There is no denying that sugar-loaded soft drinks are having "a negative impact on health," Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, said in a telephone interview.

Having analyzed and reviewed 88 studies on the issue, Brownell and his colleagues conclude that recommendations to curb soft drink consumption on a population level are strongly supported by the available scientific evidence.

Results of a study of more than 91,000 women followed for 8 years provides one of the "most striking" links between soft drinks and health outcomes, the investigators note in the American Journal of Public Health.

In the study, women who drank one or more sodas per day -- an amount less than the U.S. national average -- were twice as likely as those who drank less than one soda per month to develop diabetes over the course of the study.

When diet soda replaced regular soda in the analysis, there was no increased risk, "suggesting that the risk was specific to sugar-sweetened soft drinks," note the authors.

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This article is important for parents to read and understand. If your child is overweight, if you have a strong family history of diabetes, heart disease or stroke than your child is at increased risk and should you should encourage (even ban) them from drinking sugary soft drinks.

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Active ImageChained to your desk? Beware blood clots

Office workers glued to computer screens are at greater risk of deadly blood clots forming in their legs than long-distance air travelers, the author of a New Zealand study on thrombosis said Monday.

The study found that 34 percent of patients admitted to hospital with blood clots had been seated at work for long periods, its leader, Prof. Richard Beasley of New Zealand's privately funded Medical Research Institute, told The Associated Press.

Deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the legs. The condition can be fatal if part of the clot breaks off and blocks a blood vessel in the lungs. The condition has been linked to long-haul flights and dubbed "economy class syndrome," because passengers traveling coach often do not have the space or opportunity to stretch enough to reduce the risk of blood clotting.

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Office workers face higher risk of DVT than airplane passengers, study finds

Active ImageStudy shows why exercise boosts brainpower

Exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.

The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging scans to help document the process in mice -- and then used MRIs to look at the brains of people before and after exercise.

They found the same patterns, which suggests that people also grow new brain cells when they exercise.

"No previous research has systematically examined the different regions of the hippocampus and identified which region is most affected by exercise," Dr. Scott Small, a neurologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York who led the study, said in a statement.

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers said they first tested mice.

Brain expert Fred Gage, of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, had shown that exercise can cause the development of new brain cells in the mouse equivalent of the dentate gyrus.

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Active Image10 myths about the pill busted

By Caroline Tiger

One day you're told that birth-control pills sap your sex drive and make you fat. The next day they're hailed as an easy way to eliminate your period and lower the risk of ovarian cancer.

The constant mixed messages and the sheer number of birth control choices is enough to send you running and screaming toward the nearest condom display. Maybe that's why a recent poll found that women have trouble separating birth control truth from "truthiness," the Orwellian tendency to believe something regardless of the facts.

Here are 10 myths about the pill and other birth control methods, and why they're not true.

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Finally someone looks at the "facts" and not the "frights." Birth-control pills have many years been maligned. These same myths have been spread from person to person and in articles since the first very first birth-control pills hit the market. The big issue is "Do you want to get pregnant or not?" if you do not, if you are not a smoker and not over 35 years of age, the first two being the most important, then birth-control are safe and reliable with a 97% rate of preventing unwanted pregnancies, when taken correctly.

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Active ImageGreen Tea May Fight Lung Cancer

Green tea may fight lung cancer and could inspire the creation of new lung cancer drugs, scientists report.

But it may be too soon to count on a cup of green tea to curb lung cancer. So far, the scientists have only tested green tea extract against human lung cancer cells in test tubes, not people.

The researchers included Qing-Yi Lu, PhD, of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Lu and colleagues exposed a sample of human lung cancer cells to a decaffeinated green tea extract. The lung cancer cells marinated in the green tea extract for up to three days.

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Green Tea Extract Tweaks Lung Cancer Cells In Lab Tests

Active ImageWeight Loss Surgery Risk: Brain Damage

After weight loss surgery, some patients risk brain damage from vitamin B-1 deficiency, researchers report.

Too little vitamin B-1

Active ImageUnraveling The Cancer-Poverty Connection

As the chief surgical resident at the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Dr. Harold Freeman could have written his own ticket, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric reports. Instead, he decided to set up shop at Harlem Hospital in 1967.

"It was a very big shock for me," he said, because all of his training was suddenly useless for so many of his cancer patients. It was simply too late.

"Half of the women at Harlem Hospital were incurable when they walked into the doors of the hospital," Freeman says. "The thing they had in common was that they were poor."

To read the full article Unraveling The Cancer-Poverty Connection, click here.


An interesting article but if one reads between the lines and one might think that lack of information, poverty, lack of finances, lack of access to medical care are the prime causes of cancer. This is not true. They are the prime causes of finding cancer "too late."

The causes of cancer, other than a possible genetic predisposition, can be in part or totally related to poor nutrition, exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens, and stress. Cancer is one of many stress-related disorders. To prevent cancer as with diabetes, hypertension and the other common causes of illness and death we need to really look at lifestyle, educating people and changing the medical system for one that is reactive to one that is preventive.

Dr. Freeman is done a great service, but it is only half the job. Waiting until cancer already exists and then finding it early enough to increase survival rates is too little too late. Until we, you and me, you as reader and me as physician and the entire medical system decide that prevention and NOT getting cancer is our goal we will always be worrying about early recognition, surgery, chemotherapy and reduced quality of life. If we can change the medical system from reactive to preventive there could be a day when our children look back and think about cancer as we not think about small pox and non-existent medical condition that no one has to worry about.

Until that day your job should be to understand what early diagnosis means and to understanding the signs and symptoms of cancer to recognize early even before your annual physical examination. And to continue to have annual physical examinations to make sure that we miss nothing.

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Active ImageDealing With Springtime Allergies

Winter officially ends next week and besides bringing warmer temperatures, spring also brings pollen.

Trees, grass and flowering plants reawaken in the spring, and as part of their reproductive cycle, send pollen into the air.

The Early Show medical contributor Dr. Emily Senay said that some of the pollen enters our bodies and is recognized by our immune systems as a foreign substance, which causes antibodies to produce histamine to destroy the pollen. Histamine irritates the eyes and respiratory system.

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Dr. Emily Senay Tells You How To Survive Allergy Season

Active ImageFDA Issues New Warnings on Anemia Drugs

FDA Issues Stern New Warnings for Doctors to More Carefully Prescribe Widely Used Anemia Drugs

Federal health officials issued stern new warnings Friday for doctors to more carefully prescribe widely used anemia drugs that can increase the risk of death and other serious problems in patients with cancer and kidney disease.

At issue are drugs sold under the brand names Procrit, Epogen and Aranesp. These drugs are genetically engineered versions of a natural protein, erythropoietin, that increases the number of red blood cells.

Anemia is common with certain forms of kidney disease, especially once a patient is on dialysis, and when cancer patients take chemotherapy.

But the Food and Drug Administration pointed to recent studies that found using too much of the drugs increased the risk of death, blood clots, strokes and heart attacks in patients with chronic kidney failure. In other studies, patients with head and neck cancer had more rapid tumor growth if they used higher-than-recommended doses.

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Active ImageViews on Abortion Grow Less Polarized

Voices in Debate Becoming More Moderate

Public opinion on abortion has taken a gradual and surprising turn -- toward moderation.

Basic opinions are unchanged: Fifty-six percent of Americans say abortion should be generally legal and 42 percent say it should be generally illegal, almost precisely matching the averages in ABC News/Washington Post polls since 1995.

But more now take the middle two positions -- that abortion should be legal in most cases, but not all, or illegal in most cases, but not all. Seventy percent take one of those two views, the most ever -- 39 percent on the "mostly legal" side, 31 percent "mostly illegal."

That leaves 28 percent who now take the more extreme positions -- that abortion should be legal or illegal in all cases (16 and 12 percent, respectively) -- the fewest ever in ABC/Post polls, down from a high of 43 percent in 2004, and nine points below the long-term average.

The number of Americans who say abortion should be legal in all cases, 16 percent, is down 11 points from its peak of 27 percent in 1995. At the same time, the 12 percent who say abortion should be flatly illegal is down eight points from its high, 20 percent in 2001 and 2004. As these have fallen, "mostly legal" and "mostly illegal" responses have risen.

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Active ImageStress Makes Teen Acne Worse

Study Shows Acne More Severe in Teens During Times of High Stress

The largest study ever conducted on acne and stress levels confirms what many have suspected for years: Stress can make acne worse among teenagers.

Researchers found teenagers who were under high levels of stress were 23% more likely to have increased acne severity.

Stress has long been thought to aggravate acne, but researchers say this is the first large-scale study to confirm the relationship and look at possible explanations.

"Acne significantly affects physical and psychosocial well-being, so it is important to understand the interplay between the factors that exacerbate acne," says researcher Gil Yosipovitch, MD, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in a news release.

Yosipovitch says the results suggest stress-related inflammation may be to blame for the breakouts.

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Active ImageWhat Your Dentist Knows About Your Health

From predicting heart disease, diabetes, and premature birth to revealing leukemia, eating disorders, and vitamin deficiencies, your teeth and gums say a mouthful about your health.

The eyes may be the window to your soul, but for a look into your physical health, open wide: Your teeth and gums say a mouthful.

Receding or inflamed gums, cavities, tooth loss, gingivitis, and other dental dilemmas in adults can indicate the presence of serious health problems -- including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, vitamin deficiencies, and even the risk of having a premature or low-birth-weight baby. These dental problems can result from poor dental hygiene such as not brushing well or not flossing regularly. But even by following your dentist's golden rule, you may still be hurting your overall health.

"Every time you brush your teeth, especially if there's any inflammation in the mouth, it puts some bacteria into your bloodstream," says Honolulu periodontist Michael P. Rethman, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. "This isn't good, but it is normal."

That may explain a recent jaw-dropping study in the journal Circulation that links any of five common dental problems with an increased risk of heart disease. The kicker: Dental problems proved to be stronger predictors of heart disease than more traditionally used risks factors such as low "good" cholesterol, high triglycerides, or high levels a clotting factor called fibrinogen.

And it doesn't end there.

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Active ImagePower up, slim down

Choosing a bagel over a peanut butter sandwich isn't the kind of life-altering decision that, say, changing your e-mail address is. But your pick could have heavy fitness repercussions. Grab a lame prerun snack and you'll be dragging to the finish. Reach for the wrong food when you put down those weights and next time you pump iron, you could be crashing harder than a disgraced beauty queen after an all-nighter. The simple truth is what you eat influences your performance in key ways. That's why we pored over a stack of scientific studies and picked the brains of a half dozen experts

Active ImageMassage: It's real medicine

By Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it's tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. And now research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that's why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.

"All of our surgery patients are offered the treatment -- I call it 'service with a smile' -- and it's a mandatory weekly prescription I give myself," says Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital--Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a member of the board at LLuminari, a health-education company.

Our advice: Enjoy your hands-on time with your sweetie, but set aside some time for a real massage, too. Here are some feel-good reasons:

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Active ImageStroke mortality rises on weekends

If you have a stroke, try to have it between Monday and Friday.

A Canadian study released Thursday found that patients hospitalized for the most common kind of stroke on weekends had a higher death rate than those admitted on weekdays.

The "weekend effect" has been identified before in other conditions such as cancer and pulmonary embolism.

But this is the first major study to look at it in relation to ischemic stroke, which is caused by a clot that blocks blood flow in an artery in or leading to the brain.

"If the 'weekend effect' occurs in a socialized health care system (like Canada's), it is likely that the effect may be larger in other settings," said Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, director of the Stroke Research Unit Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study.

The study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, looked at all ischemic stroke hospital admissions in Canada from April 2003 to March 2004.

It found that about a quarter of the 26,676 patients admitted to 606 hospitals over that time period were brought in on Saturdays and Sundays.

"After adjusting for age, gender and other medical complications, researchers found that patients admitted on the weekend had a 14 percent higher risk of dying within seven days of admission compared to patients admitted during the week," the American Heart Association said in a statement.

The "weekend effect" was even greater when patients went to a rural hospital instead of an urban one, and when the doctor in charge was a general practitioner instead of a specialist, it said.

Researchers said the higher death risk might be linked to a relative lack of resources or expertise in hospitals during weekends. But they did not elaborate and said more study was needed.

No one with stroke-like symptoms should hesitate to seek medical treatment on weekends, they added.

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Active ImageMouse study may explain teens' 'raging hormones'

This might help explain why teenagers act like, well, teenagers.

Researchers reported Sunday that a hormone produced by the body in response to stress, that normally serves to calm adults and younger children, instead increases anxiety in adolescents.

They conducted experiments with female mice focusing on the hormone THP that demonstrated this paradoxical effect, and described the brain mechanism that explains it.

If, as the scientists suspect, the same thing happens in people, the phenomenon may help account for the mood swings and anxiety exhibited by many adolescents, they said.

"Teenagers don't go around crazy all the time," said lead researcher Sheryl Smith, a professor of physiology and pharmacology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, in a telephone interview.

"But it really is a mood swing where things seem fine and calm, and then the next thing is someone's crying or angry," she added. "And I think that's why people have used the term 'raging hormones."'

Smith's team reported the research in Sunday's issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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Active ImageSelenium, Vitamin E Ward Off Prostate Cancer

Supplementing with a popular mineral and vitamin combo may help reduce prostate cancer risk better than taking either supplement separately, according to a new study. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study concludes that taking selenium together with high-dose vitamin E can significantly lower men's risk of developing prostate cancer. However, subjects in the study who took either selenium or vitamin E separately were not found to enjoy a significantly lower cancer risk. The study was conducted by researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Antidepressant medication may help depressed men cut down on their drinking, but the same may not be true of women, a new study suggests.

In a survey of more than 14,000 adults, Canadian researchers found that respondents with major depression tended to drink more than non-depressed men and women. However, this was not the case for depressed men who were on antidepressant medication.

Among women, on the other hand, those with depression drank more regardless of whether they were taking an antidepressant.

It's not clear that the medication helped depressed men cut down on their drinking, or that it failed to help women, according to the researchers. It's possible, for instance, that doctors are more likely to warn male patients against drinking while taking the drugs.

"We do not know whether antidepressants have different pharmacological effects on men and women, whether depression differs by gender, or whether the differences in the process of being treated for depression account for this discrepancy," study co-author Dr. Kathryn Graham, of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Ottawa, said in a statement.

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Active ImageMom's gum disease ups risk of premature birth

Pregnant women with periodontal (gum) disease are at increased risk for delivering their infants prematurely, according to a pooled analysis of 17 studies involving 7,151 women, 1,056 of whom delivered their infants preterm or at a low birth weight.

Drs. Jean-Noel Vergnes and Michel Sixou of the Dental School in Toulouse, France found that mom's gum disease increased the risk of early birth or having a low birth weight infant nearly threefold.

For preterm birth alone, periodontal disease increased risk 2.27-fold, while it more than quadrupled the risk of having a low birth weight infant.

While the current study supports a periodontal disease-prematurity link, the authors say, the strength of the association they found should be interpreted with care, given that the higher quality studies they analyzed tended to show a weaker link.

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300 Children With Broken Bones, Bruises, Sprains Studied At Canadian Hospital

Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains.

Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital.

The youngsters, aged 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups. But starting an hour after taking the medicine, children who got ibuprofen reported substantially greater pain relief than the other two groups.

Children rated their pain on a 100-point scale before and after taking the medicine. At 60 minutes afterward, scores for children who got ibuprofen had dropped 24 points, compared with 12 points for the acetaminophen group and 11 points for the codeine group. The differences remained at 120 minutes.

Also at 60 minutes, about half the ibuprofen children reported what doctors considered "adequate" pain relief, or scores below 30, compared with 40 percent of the codeine children and 36 percent of the acetaminophen group.

There were no major side effects although one child was accidentally given an overdose of codeine and was removed from the study. That child was treated and monitored but showed no ill effects, the researchers said.

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Report: FDA Eyes Kids' Cold Drugs

Common children's cold and cough medicines are coming under scrutiny from federal drug regulators, who say the remedies and their recommended doses have not been studied enough in children, a newspaper reported.

Dr. Charles J. Ganley, a top Food and Drug Administration official, said the agency was "revisiting the risks and benefits of the use of these drugs in children," especially those younger than 2 years old, The New York Times reported in Friday's editions.

Most over-the-counter cold and cough medicines have been insufficiently tested in children, said Ganley, the director of the FDA's office of nonprescription drug products.

"We have no data on these agents of what's a safe and effective dose in children," he told The Times in an interview.

The FDA said it could not yet determine whether new regulations would result from the safety review, according to the newspaper.

A group of pediatricians and public health officials asked the agency Thursday to bar drug manufacturers from marketing such remedies as Toddler's Dimetapp, Infant Triaminic and Little Colds to children under 6.

A recent study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that more than 1,500 children under 2 had experienced serious health problems and three died after taking common cold medicines in 2004 and 2005. The American College of Chest Physicians last year recommended avoiding using cough and cold medicines in children, especially young ones.

In above-normal doses, cold medicines can lead to heart arrhythmias, and some have been linked to hypertension and stroke when taken in high doses, The Times reported. In rare cases, children have had medical problems after taking recommended doses, the article said.

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The number of overweight children and teenagers has more than tripled in the last 25 years. They are at higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other problems.

Registered dietician Elisa Zied, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, has advice to turn the trend around in her new book, "Feed Your Family Right."

On The Early Show Monday, Zied began a three-part series on food and families with a look at keeping kids at healthy weights.

Zied told Tracy Smith the book had its roots in her high school years, when she was 30 pounds heavier than she it now and her weight was always fluctuating.

"My family struggled with our weight," Zied recalled, "and now, as a mother of two, I realize how tough it is to raise healthy children.


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Senay: More Studies Show Men's Ability To Father Healthy Kids Diminishes With Age

When people discuss biological clocks, they're likely to be referring to women.

But, reported The Early Show medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay Monday, evidence is mounting that men have one, too.

She summarized it for co-anchor Harry Smith by saying, "Male menopause, no. A biological clock, probably yes.

"There's no timeframe after which men no longer make sperm the way women go through menopause and they cease to be fertile at all. But, I think a lot of men assume that because they make sperm throughout their lives that they have the equal ability to conceive healthy children in their 70s, or even beyond in some cases, as they do in their 20s and 30s. And the science is really starting to build and mount that that's just not the case."

There's evidence, Senay pointed out, that age can make it harder for men to produce sperm that's able to conceive a child. And perhaps more importantly, various studies have suggested that the risk of birth defects rises the older the father is.

A fairly recent study suggested that men over 40 are nearly six times more likely to father an autistic child than men under 30. Schizophrenia may also be more prevalent in children fathered by older men. A link between the mother's age and Down syndrome has long been suspected.

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