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Knowing Personal Risk May Spur Lifestyle Changes

Thu Mar 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Old habits are hard to break, but it may be easier when people have the cold, hard facts about their personal risk of disease, research suggests.

Few studies have looked at whether knowing about "biomarkers" like high cholesterol readings spur the average person to make lifestyle changes, but what evidence there is suggests that more information is better, according to one researcher.

Vision Loss on the Rise in American Adults

Wed Mar 20, 2002

By Alicia Ault

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - As the US population gets older, more Americans than ever before are facing the loss of their vision, a joint private-federal study released Wednesday shows.

Some of this vision loss is preventable, said Dr. Paul A. Sieving, director of the National Eye Institute, in an interview with Reuters Health. "I think the American people should pay attention to periodic eye care," he said.

Laser Acupuncture Doesn't Help Kids with Asthma

Tue Mar 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Laser acupuncture does not lessen exercise-induced constriction of the airways in children or adolescents with asthma, Austrian researchers have found.

For some people with asthma, exercising can trigger a number of symptoms, including tightness in the chest, wheezing and difficulty breathing. This reaction, called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, occurs in 40% to 90% of pediatric asthma patients, according to lead investigator Professor M. S. Zach of the University of Graz, Austria, and colleagues.

'Cosmeceuticals' Prove a $5 Billion Sales Wrinkle

Mon Mar 18, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Baby boomers are opening their wallets to an increasingly sophisticated array of anti-ageing products, creating a billion-dollar market in so-called "cosmeceuticals," industry experts said on Monday.

Standing on the frontier between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals are sold over-the-counter but have active ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids and vitamins that claim therapeutic benefits.

The most accurate predictor of a person'spotential lifespan

by Contributing Editor: Health Sciences Institute, 3/21/2002

If you were asked to name the most accurate predictor of a person's potential lifespan, what would you say?

Smoking habits? Heart health? The presence of disease, like diabetes?

All good guesses. But according to new research, it's none of the above.

The miracle life extension therapy that's totally free

Mycoplasmas chameleon-like microbes may be causing your chronic or autoimmune disorder

by Institute of Health Sciences, L.L.C.

Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lou Gehrig's disease, and lupus are insidious diseases that have stymied mainstream medicine for over a century. But growing research into stealth-like microbes may hold the key to offering patients the hope they've been searching for. These microbes now appear to be a common link among chronic and autoimmune disorders.

Dental Appliance Beats Surgery for Sleep Apnea

Wed Mar 27, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A dental appliance worn at night appears to be more successful in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) than surgery, according to a study conducted in Sweden.

People with OSA stop breathing dozens of times each night, causing them to gasp for breath. The condition is conservatively estimated to affect up to 4% of middle-aged Americans, and is particularly common among obese people.

Many with Migraine May Miss Out on Pain Relief

Mon Mar 25, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About 13% of US adults experience migraine pain, but only half are being treated by a physician for the condition and even fewer use prescription medications to control migraine pain, according to a report.

A Hassle a Day Keeps Docs Away From Patients

Tuesday April 17, 2001

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Primary care doctors are being interrupted each day with ``managed-care hassles"" that can eat up as much as 40 minutes or more--cutting into quality time with patients, according to a new survey.

MRI Identifies Brain Problems After Heart Surgery

Tuesday April 17, 2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Newer forms of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that locate defects in blood flow are useful for investigating stroke and other neurological complications that sometimes occur after heart surgery, researchers report.

The imaging technique may also help doctors get a better grasp on the causes of post-surgery stroke and other neurological symptoms, which are poorly understood.