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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.

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.

Obesity Causes Disability Even After Weight Loss

Wed May 1, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults who are obese are more likely to become disabled later in life--even if they ultimately manage to take off the weight, researchers report.

"People who were obese and lost weight were still at a higher risk of disability than those who were never obese," lead author Dr. Kenneth Ferraro, a professor of sociology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, told Reuters Health. "It seems once the body gets across a threshold of weight, it may have long-term consequences."

Shock-Wave Therapy May Help Heel Pain

Fri Apr 12, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low-energy acoustic "shock-wave therapy" appears to be an effective treatment for heel pain due to chronic plantar fasciitis and may help patients avoid surgery, according to a recent report by German researchers.

The use of such therapy for musculoskeletal disorders is controversial, lead author Dr. Jan D. Rompe and colleagues note. However, there have been some reports suggesting that it could be beneficial for patients with chronic plantar fasciitis.

Gum Disease Linked to Diabetes

Tuesday April 24, 2001

By Jason Kahn

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Chronic gum disease may increase the risk of type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes, researchers report.

Diabetes was already known to increase the risk of gum disease, and the reverse may be possible, too, investigators said recently at a dental research meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.

Length of Hospital Stays Declining in the US

Tuesday April 24, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The average length of a hospital stay in the US declined from more than 7 days in 1980 to 5 days in 1999, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Obesity Harder on Health Than Smoking

Tue Mar 12, 2002

By Deena Beasley

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Obesity exacts a higher toll on health and healthcare costs than either smoking or drinking as serious obesity-related problems like diabetes are near epidemic levels, according to a study released on Tuesday.

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.

More Caution Urged with Contact Lens Use

Tue Mar 12, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many people underestimate the risks of contact lenses, continuing to wear them when their eyes become tired or irritated and not cleaning them as directed, according to a Florida doctor.

In the short term, these missteps can lead to sore, itchy eyes, abrasions and sometimes to potentially blinding ulcers and infections, said Dr. Thomas J. Liesegang, an ophthalmologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.