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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.

Men Want Commitment as Much as Women

Tue Mar 19,2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research suggests that not only are men not afraid of commitment, but they may want it just as much as women do.

In what researchers say contradicts the evolutionary idea that women naturally seek a single, long-term mate while men prefer to play to the field, the study found that both sexes typically want a lasting, monogamous relationship.


St. John's Wort a Hazard in Transplant Patients

Mon Mar 18, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The evidence is piling up that St. John's wort can be dangerous for organ transplant patients, a British researcher reports.

One way to avoid the problem is for doctors and patients to be more candid about herbal medicine use, according to Dr. E. Ernst of the University of Exeter, UK.

Bleeding Ulcers on the Rise Among British Elderly

Mon Mar 18, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Bleeding ulcers are on the rise among elderly UK patients, British researchers report.

Peptic ulcers are sores or raw areas in the lining of the stomach or the upper portion of the small intestine, known as the duodenum. Up to 15% of people with ulcers will experience bleeding, a serious and in some cases life-threatening complication. Perforation of the stomach or duodenal wall can also occur.


'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.

Selenium deficiency can have serious implications

Studies show that high incidence of cancer has an astonishing correlation to selenium deficiency. Hypothyroidism (low thyroid), premature aging, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, and hardening of the arteries can all be similarly implicated. Recent research discloses that Selenium is needed to form a key enzyme that converts thyroxin (T4) into triiodothyronine (T3), the major thyroid hormone that makes cell metabolism of nutrients possible. This explains why selenium deficiency can be a cause of hypothyroidism (low thyroid), sluggish metabolism, and obesity.

When C isn't for Cancer

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

Every day, we get letters from HSI members and e-Alert readers with questions, comments, and concerns. We get an extraordinary amount of mail, so we can't possibly answer every one personally. But occasionally I'll notice a common thread running through the mail, a question or topic that seems to come up again and again. That's just what I've been seeing lately - and fortunately, I have a powerful answer.


The Sacred Cow Behind the Elephant

by Contributing Editor: Health Sciences Institute, 3/19/2002

Last week, I saw the same headlines again and again: "Dietary soy reduces pain, inflammation." "A Diet Rich in Soy Products May Help Soothe Pain from Inflammation." Soy has been big news in the health press lately - and all of the coverage I've seen has been positive.