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Toothpicks Match Needles for Acupuncture

Posted May 12, 2009

A sham form of acupuncture using toothpicks that don’t penetrate the skin works as well as traditional needle acupuncture for relieving back pain, researchers report in the May 11 Archives of Internal Medicine. Both procedures outperformed non-acupuncture alternatives, such as medication alone.

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Raw Food Diet Offers Considerable Benefits

Sunday, May 10, 2009 by: Sheryl Walters, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) A raw food diet is a healthy and nutritious natural way of eating. Followers of raw food diets finally have some support as to the health benefits, as mainstream studies have recently shown some considerable benefits associated with following a raw food diet.

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Breastfeeding Halves SIDS Risk

Sunday, May 10, 2009 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Babies who are breastfed for at least six months are significantly less likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than those who are formula fed, according to a study conducted by researchers from the German Study of Sudden Infant Death Study Group and the University of Munster, Germany, and published in the journal Pediatrics.

More Pills Means Diminished Quality of Life for Kidney Patients

(NaturalNews) Around 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to the National Kidney Foundation. And some 200,000 of them have such limited or failed kidney function they have to go through dialysis, a several-times-a-week procedure that filters waste from the blood. CKD patients on dialysis also are subjected to more prescription medications than most other people with chronic diseases. In fact, they often are given a mind-boggling number of pills to take daily.

Developments on swine flu worldwide

Key developments on swine flu outbreaks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and government officials:

_Deaths: Global total of 61 — 56 in Mexico; three in the U.S.; one in Canada and one in Costa Rica. One of those who died in the U.S. was a toddler from Mexico. Officials said the Canadian, U.S. and Costa Rican victims also had other medical conditions.

Blueberries Reduce Belly Fat and Diabetes Risk

Eating blueberries could help you get rid of belly fat, and a blueberry-enriched diet could stem the conditions that lead to diabetes.

New research gives tantalizing clues to the potential of blueberries in reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. The effect is thought to be due to the high level of naturally occurring antioxidants called phytochemicals contained in blueberries.

How Time and Mutations Engineered the New H1N1 Strain

By David Brown

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 11, 2009

Once Upon a Time there was a little flu virus. It was probably born in Kansas in late 1917 or 1918, although nobody is really sure. Its name was H1N1. It grew up to be very wicked.

The story of the new strain of swine influenza now circling the world actually starts a lot farther back than the 20th century, but the year the "Spanish influenza" appeared is a good place to start.

Obama To Unveil Healthcare Cost Controls

The Politico reports that a number of healthcare industry groups are scheduled to announce that they will participate in a White House plan intended to reduce healthcare costs "by as much a $2 trillion over 10 years" through a series of voluntary measures. The Obama administration says the plan is intended to "build momentum behind a comprehensive overhaul this year. Obama is expected to tout the voluntary effort Monday as an 'unprecedented commitment' by the organizations to put aside their differences and work toward fixing the health care system.

Dietary silicon intake and bioavailability

Increasing evidence suggests that silicon plays a major role in bone formation, yet the bio-availability of silicon from the diet is unclear. It is assumed that silicon is available only from fluids, such as water and beer, but not from solid foods.

However, because fluids account for only 20 to 30% of total silicon intake and because silica in solid foods could be hydrolyzed in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, further research is needed on the bioavailability of silicon.