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Brain Turns Back Developmental Clock for Repairs

Wed Jul 17, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After an injury, the brain produces synchronized electrical pulses that appear to act as a signal to generate new nerve connections, according to a team of researchers who made the discovery while studying the brains of rats.

Such signals--which are normally seen in early brain development--have been observed for years after brain injuries, but their function has been unclear.

Misdiagnosing Appendicitis Studied

Sun Jul 14, 2002

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Removing a healthy appendix may be more harmful than many have thought, requiring longer hospitals stays and an increased rate of side effects, according to a new study showing the dangers of misdiagnosing appendicitis.

The findings suggest that overlooked ailments cause the increased risks and underscore the harm in mistaking other serious conditions for appendicitis, the researchers said.

Eye Sore

Mon Jul 15, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- If you wear contact lenses, you might want to take extra care when swimming or taking a shower.

According to the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, lens wearers are at risk of eye infection caused by an amoeba commonly found in tap water, ponds and lakes.

The organism, Acanthamoeba, is resistant to chlorine used to sterilize tap water. Warning signs of infection are redness, vision loss and eye pain. If you experience these symptoms, consult an ophthalmologist immediately

Eat Safe on the Road

Mon Jul 15, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- If you're planning a vacation to some exotic locale, you might wonder how to make sure the food you eat is safe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you have good reason to take precautions, especially if you visit areas with poor sanitation. Since any raw food can be contaminated, it's best to stay away from salads, uncooked vegetables and fruit, unpasteurized milk and milk products, raw meat and shellfish.

Does water fluoridation have negative side effects?

A critique of the York Review Objective 4, Sections 9.1 – 9.6 : CANCER

STUDIES

by Peter Meiers,

Saarbruecken, Germany
October 30, 2000

(Note by Andrew Saul: Fluoridation of water owes its continued existence more to politics than to science.  If safety and effectiveness are truly considered, fluoride would be questionable even as a prescription drug.  But to freely add it to public water supplies, often without any public vote whatsoever, is far beyond questionable.  Mr. Meiers' discussion of the dangers of fluoride is important reading.)

Obese Show Different 'Hunger Hormone' Response

Fri Jul 12, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Recently, researchers discovered a so-called "hunger hormone" that rises just before eating and falls after a meal. Now, UK researchers have discovered that while this fluctuating pattern may occur in lean people, the hormone behaves quite differently in those who are obese.

Co-author Dr. Steve R.

Ala. Woman Gives Birth to Sextuplets

Wed Jul 10,  2002

By MARK NIESSE, Associated Press Writer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Sextuplets born three months premature are growing stronger each day and all six are breathing on their own, a doctor said.

The babies — four boys and two girls — were in serious condition in intensive care but have been taken off ventilator support without many complications, Dr. Namasivayam Ambalavanan said on Tuesday. The babies were born after 26 weeks; a full-term pregnancy is typically about 40 weeks.

Short 'Power Naps' Found Best Performance Booster

Mon Jul 8,  2002

By Nic Rowan

ADELAIDE, Australia (Reuters Health) - A 10-minute nap is better than a half-hour snooze at improving work performance, according to new Australian sleep research.

Associate Professor Leon Lack and postgraduate student Amber Tietzel studied the effect of varying nap lengths in the School of Psychology Sleep Laboratory at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Census Tracks Grandparent Caregivers

Sun Jul 7, 9:38 PM ET

By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer

THURMONT, Md. (AP) - Hunched on the living room floor in front of a Lego set, 5-year-old Michael Simmons turned and waved at his grandmother. "Look, Grandma," he said, holding a newly built toy in hand.