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Bisexuals at Risk for Anxiety, Depression

Wed May 1, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Bisexual people are more likely to have mental health problems than either heterosexual or homosexual adults, a study published on Wednesday found.

An Australian study published in the May issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry found that young and middle-aged adults who identified themselves as bisexual had the deepest feelings of anxiety, depression and negativity.


Mercury ups heart disease risk

American Heart Association's Asia Pacific Scientific Forum Meeting Report

HONOLULU, April 24 - Finnish men with the highest concentrations of mercury in their hair also had the highest death rates from cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure and stroke, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association's Asia Pacific Scientific Forum.

Right-To-Die Briton Loses Final Appeal

Mon Apr 29, 2002

STRASBOURG/LONDON (Reuters) - A terminally-ill British woman who wants to die with her husband's help lost the final round of her legal fight in a landmark decision at the European Court of Human Rights on Monday.

Diane Pretty, 43, who is paralysed and unable to kill herself, took her "right-to-die" case to Europe after her husband Brian was denied immunity from prosecution by Britain's highest court.

Seven judges at the European Court in Strasbourg, eastern France, ruled that Britain had violated none of her rights.


Calcium Plus Protein Equals Strong Bones: Study

Mon Apr 29, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting enough calcium is essential for building and maintaining healthy bones, but new research suggests that protein may also play an important role in preventing bone loss.

Testosterone Linked to Mental Ability in Older Men

Mon Apr 29, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older men with naturally higher levels of testosterone seem to perform better on tests of mental abilities than men with lower levels of the "male hormone," researchers have found.

According to their study, men with high levels of "bioavailable" testosterone--a type of "free" testosterone that is not bound to protein--performed a bit better on such tests than men with lower levels. The investigators found no link between total testosterone and mental performance.


Curious, Active Tots Showing Signs of Bright Mind

Mon Apr 29, 2002

By Suzanne Rostler

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Your toddler's constant questions may at turns delight, annoy, stump or embarrass you, but according to a recent study, curiosity may be a sign of superior intelligence.

The report found that curious 3-year old children, dubbed "high stimulation seekers," scored 12 points higher on IQ tests and had better reading skills by age 11 regardless of the parents' occupation and education.

Zinc May Contribute to Alzheimer's Plaques

Mon Apr 29, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The formation of brain deposits linked to Alzheimer's disease may depend in part on zinc released by nerve cells, according to the results of a new study.

The findings suggest that interrupting the interaction between zinc and the proteins that form the brain deposits, called plaques, may be helpful for treating Alzheimer's disease, the study's lead author told Reuters Health.

British Group Says Patients Can Refuse Treatment

Tue Apr 30, 2002

By Richard Woodman

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Patients have the right to refuse medical treatment even if this results in their death, according to draft new guidance issued by the body that regulates doctors working in Britain.


Hearing Loss Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

Mon Apr 29, 2002

By Martha Kerr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older patients with a history of heart attack are about 80% more likely than those without a history of heart attack to have impaired hearing, according to a Wisconsin researcher.

The findings were presented recently at the American Heart Association's Asia Pacific Forum in Hawaii.

In the study, Dr. Peter Torre III of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, looked at 1,600 individuals between the ages of 52 and 97 years. About 41% of the participants were men.

Biological Clock Starts Ticking in Late 20s: Study

Tue Apr 30,10:33 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - A woman's biological clock starts ticking in her late 20s, not her mid-30s, and male fertility also begins to wane with age, doctors said Tuesday.

In what is thought to be the first study to show a drop in female fertility below the age of 30, researchers in the United States and Italy said their results do not mean older couples will not be able to conceive, it just might take them longer.