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Family Resemblance May Be in Eyes of Beholder

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Do children really inherit their fathers' chins and their mothers' eyes? Perceptions that a child resembles a parent may be based on an assumption the two are genetically related rather than a strong similarity in features, Italian researchers report.

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Air Pollution's Ill Effects Seen in Blood Vessels

Mon Mar 11, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even in healthy people, breathing air contaminated with pollutants found in car and truck exhaust causes blood vessels to constrict, according to the first study of its kind.

The findings may explain why people with cardiovascular disease seem to be particularly susceptible to poor air quality, researchers say.

Earlier Bedtimes May Help Girls Cope with Stress

Wed Mar 13, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Now parents have a scientifically valid reason for putting their young girls to bed before 8 PM. New study findings show that it may help the youngsters cope better with stress during the day.

"How girls perceive stress might be directly influenced by the time they went to bed the night before," lead researcher Vincent F. Capaldi II, of Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, told Reuters Health.

Spirituality, Compassion Linked to AIDS Survival

Wed Mar 13, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having faith in God and a sense of peace, as well as showing compassion toward others, may help people with AIDS to live longer, a team of Florida researchers reports.

"There are many good reasons for trying to connect with the sacred," lead researcher Dr. Gail Ironson, a psychologist at the University of Miami, told Reuters Health. "Our research shows that it's related to both long survival and less distress."

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EU Parliament Backs Stricter Food Supplement Rules

Wed Mar 13, 2002

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament on Wednesday voted to support Commission plans to boost controls on the sale of food supplements throughout the 15-nation bloc, the EU executive said.

The new law will limit amounts of additives put into food supplement pills and ensure all vitamins and minerals used are quality tested and clearly labelled.

But the legislation has proved controversial. Some manufacturers, fearing sales of their products would be hit, have lobbied fiercely against the new laws.

Big Tobacco 'Light' Cigarette Con Exposed

Tue Mar 12, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Using recently released US tobacco company documents and other trade sources, Canadian researchers have detected a concentrated effort to deceive the public about the health risks from cigarettes described as "Light" or "Ultra-Light."

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Sweet Taste Boosts Adults' Pain Tolerance

Wed Mar 13, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mary Poppins had it right: a spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down. According to research presented at the American Psychosomatic Society's annual meeting in Barcelona this week, adults are better able to tolerate pain if they have a bit of sweetness on their tongue.

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A new way to spell relief

Contributing Editor: Health Sciences Institute, 4/3/2002

Far worse than the garden variety indigestion that we all endure every so often, dyspepsia is a chronic stomach pain with no clear cause - and no clear cure. Over the years, there have been many different schools of thought on treating it, and many different treatment approaches, both conventional and alternative. Now, Italian researchers are suggesting another way to treat dyspepsia that may surprise you.

Spicy condiment actually cuts indigestion symptoms in half

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Heredity's Role in Pancreatic Cancer Confirmed

Fri Mar 8, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study of people with a family history of pancreatic cancer shows them to be at increased risk of developing the disease, according to Canadian researchers.

Dr. Steven A. Narod of the University of Toronto and his colleagues suggest that these first-degree relatives of patients with pancreatic cancer, who are themselves at high risk for the disease, "might benefit from increased surveillance or chemoprevention."

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Gum Chewing Found to Boost Brainpower, Memory

Wed Mar 13, 2002

By Jeremy Laurence

LONDON (Reuters) - The often-maligned act of chewing gum could in fact make us smarter, according to British research.

A joint study carried out by the University of Northumbria and the Cognitive Research Unit, Reading, has found that chewing gum has a positive effect on thinking, memory and other cognitive tasks.

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