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Activity May Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer's

Tue May 21, 2002

TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthScoutNews) -- An active and challenging life may protect your brain from Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

American and German scientists say they found that older mice who lived in an enriched setting where they were physically and mentally challenged grew and kept a higher number of new brain nerve cells linked to memory function.

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US: 7% of Grade School Kids Have Attention Deficit

Tue May 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Seven percent of US children aged 6 to 11 have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to results of a national survey released Tuesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The survey also found that half of children diagnosed with ADHD are told they have a learning disability as well. This brings the total number of children diagnosed with at least one of these disorders to 2.6 million, according to the CDC.

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US: States' Health 'Report Card' Mixed

Tue May 21, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A state-by-state analysis of US public health trends shows mixed results: while many states have improved in certain health measures, such as seat belt use and giving older people vaccines, smoking increased in 14 of 47 states, and obesity has increased nationwide, government researchers report.

Trial of Labor Found Riskier Than Repeat C-Section

Tue May 21, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - When a woman attempts to have a vaginal delivery after having a past cesarean section, the odds that her baby will die during labor or soon after are low. However, the risk is much higher than if she has a repeat C-section, according to the results of a new UK study.

C-sections are on the rise in most developed countries, leading government officials and insurers to encourage doctors to avoid C-sections when possible, the study's authors point out.

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Study Links Sleep Apnea with Risk of Blood Clots

Tue May 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older adults who suffer from a sleep disorder marked by breathing problems may be at risk of blood clots, preliminary study findings suggest.

According to the report of 68 men and women aged 60 to 65 with blood clots, 63% suffered from moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), and nearly one-fifth showed signs of the disorder.

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Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctica

Tue May 21, 2002

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Another new iceberg has broken away from Antarctica, the National Ice Center reported Tuesday.

The berg named D-17 broke off from the Lazarev Ice Shelf, a large sheet of glacial ice and snow extending from the Antarctic mainland into the southeastern Weddell Sea.

Bloodstream Infections on the Rise

Tue May 21, 2002

By ERIN McCLAM, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Sepsis, the bloodstream infection that destroys the body's organs by causing massive inflammation, is increasing at a rapid rate in the United States, according to a 20-year study released Tuesday.

The rate of sepsis infections rose an average of 16 percent a year from 1979 to 1999, the latest year for which statistics are available, said the study by Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Breast-Feeding May Reduce Sudden Infant Deaths

Tue May 21, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthScoutNews) -- A new study offers yet another possible benefit to breast milk -- a reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The Swedish research, published in the June issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood, found that babies who were breast-fed exclusively for fewer than eight weeks had a three to five times greater risk of dying from SIDS than babies who were breast-fed exclusively for four months or more.

Exercise the Key for Overweight Kids to Thin Down

Tue May 21, 2002

TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthScoutNews) -- Obese kids need to pump it up to tone their weight down.

Strength training combined with a low energy diet is the best way to tackle childhood obesity, says a new study from the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

This approach is more effective than dieting alone in promoting much healthier cholesterol levels while still allowing children to gain height, says the study published in the June issue of the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Australia Scientists Engineer Instant Wheat

Tue May 21, 2002

By Michael Byrnes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists are claiming a world first for creating biologically engineered wheat, used as instant dishes after boiling in water, and wheat crispies similar to the existing "snap, crackle and pop" rice crispies.

The engineered wheat, which has been field tested and is on the commercial table before leading Australian food and bakeries group George Weston Foods Ltd, by-passes the need to mill wheat for the first time in the world, leading scientist Bill Rathmell told Reuters.

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