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Alzheimer's May Be Linked to Body Shape

Alzheimer's May Be Linked to Body Shape

October 25, 2001 By Emma Hitt, PhD

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Alzheimer's disease may be more common among people with a relatively small waist but sizable hips than among people with the opposite proportions, researchers suggest.

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Study Looks at Asthma, Obesity Link

Study Looks at Asthma, Obesity Link

October 29, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the ongoing debate over the relationship between obesity and asthma, new study findings suggest that adolescents with asthma are no more likely to be obese than their non-asthmatic peers.

The study, which included primarily African-American adolescents, seems to counter previous studies that found a link between the two conditions.

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Scientists Learn How Lupus Destroys Nervous System

Scientists Learn How Lupus Destroys Nervous System

October 31, 2001 By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Scientists announced on Wednesday that they may have identified how the autoimmune disease lupus destroys the central nervous system. Antibodies produced by the disease seem to kill nerves by latching on to a receptor on neurons, according to a report in the November issue of the journal Nature Medicine.

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Even Slightly High Blood Pressure Poses Health Risk

Even Slightly High Blood Pressure Poses Health Risk

October 31, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with blood pressure levels that tend to be slightly elevated but still considered to be within normal ranges--called high-normal--are at increased risk for suffering from heart disease, according to a new study.

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