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Parent's Depression Ups Kid's Risk of Anxiety

Wed Apr 17, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having at least one parent with major depression increases a child's risk for depression as well as substance abuse and anxiety disorders in late adolescence and early adulthood, new study findings show. What's more, the child's depression is likely to be more severe than the parent's, a team of German researchers report.

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Brain Cells Killed During Binge Drinking Episodes

Wed Apr 17, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A few days of binge drinking can lead to the almost immediate death of brain cells, new research conducted in laboratory animals confirms.

"Very high alcohol consumption, even for a short period of time, damages the brain," study lead author Dr. Fulton T. Crews, professor of pharmacology and director of the center for alcohol studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told Reuters Health.

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Light Therapy May Lift Depression During Pregnancy

Wed Apr 17, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bright-light therapy may be an effective treatment for depression in pregnant women, Yale researchers report.

"The availability of an easy-to-use, potentially non-toxic antidepressant--light therapy-- in pregnancy is a clinically attractive option," lead author Dr. Dan Oren, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, told Reuters Health.

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Teens' Self-Esteem Linked to Virginity Loss

Thu Apr 18, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Self-esteem appears to be linked to when young teens lose their virginity, new study findings suggest. And self-esteem seemed to play a different role for each gender. While girls with higher self-esteem were less likely to have sex early, the researchers found, the opposite was true for boys.

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HIV to Hit 30% of S.Africa Workers by 2005

Thu Apr 18, 2002

By Andile Ntingi

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Almost a quarter of South Africa's workforce is already infected with HIV/AIDS and the figure will rise to nearly 30% by 2005, a labour consultancy said in a report on Thursday.

South Africa has more people living with HIV-AIDS than any other country in the world, with one in nine people infected with HIV.

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Middle of the Night Wakening Throws Off Body Clock

Thu Apr 18, 2002

By Anne Harding

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Being woken up and exposed to bright light at night can throw off a person's biological clock for the next few days, a new study shows. What's more, the researchers found that being woken up at night at all--even in a dark room--also disrupts the body's timing, although to a lesser degree.

The wakening seem to introduce a "lag" into the body clock, pushing back the release of hormones and other body processes by as much as an hour and a half.

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US Teens Suffering Weekday Sleep Deprivation

Thu Apr 18, 5:27 PM ET

By Alan Mozes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many American adolescents who sleep late on the weekends may be trying to compensate for chronic sleep deprivation during the week, researchers say. And, they warn, catching extra sleep on non-school days won't make up for this deprivation.

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Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice Has More Vitamin C

Fri Apr 19, 2002

By Alan Mozes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Orange juice made from frozen concentrate can have higher levels of active vitamin C than ready-to-drink orange juice, researchers report. And once reconstituted, the vitamin in frozen juices may keep its potency longer.

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Cigarettes, Tea Linked to Lower Parkinson's Risk

Fri Apr 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research provides more evidence of the unusual link between smoking and a lower risk of Parkinson's disease (news - web sites).

But far from recommending smoking as a way to reduce Parkinson's risk, researchers point out that understanding the relationship could help identify the cause of the disease and ways to treat or prevent it.

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