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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.

WHO Declares Europe and Central Asia Polio-Free

Fri Jun 21, 2002

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday declared Europe and Central Asia free of polio, a highly infectious disease that once paralyzed thousands of children every year.

The declaration came after no indigenous cases were registered for three years in the WHO's 51-country European region, which stretches from Greenland to Turkey and across the Russian Federation and the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union.

Anaesthesia Type Brings on Temporarily Twitchy Legs

Wed Jun 26, 2002

By Hannah Cleaver

BERLIN (Reuters Health) - People who have spinal anaesthesia should be warned that they may experience restless legs syndrome afterwards, but that this restlessness will disappear on its own within a few months.

This is the conclusion of a study on possible triggers for the condition, which often robs sufferers of their sleep as severe discomfort in their legs can only be reduced by walking around or at least moving the legs.

Got Gallstones? It May Be in Your Genes: Report

Wed Jun 26, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one third of painful gallstones may be caused by genes, researchers report.

How genetic factors influence gallstones is probably very complex, according to lead author Dr. Attila Nakeeb of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and his co-authors.

Night-Eating Syndrome: Much More Than Midnight Snacks

Tue Jul 2,12:03 PM ET

By Jennifer Thomas
HealthScoutNews Reporter

TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you wake up and find crumbs in your bed or the remains of a food fest in the kitchen, you could have Night-Eating Syndrome.

Also called Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder, it is a real but little understood condition in which people wake from sleep and compulsively binge on large quantities of food.