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Jasmine-Sniffing Snoozers Catch Higher Quality Z's

Mon Oct 14, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who sleep enveloped by the soothing smells of jasmine may get a more restful snooze than others, new research suggests.

Dr. Bryan Raudenbush and his colleagues at the Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, found that people who slept in rooms infused with jasmine appeared to sleep more peacefully and report higher afternoon alertness than when spending the night in a lavender-scented room, or one with no added smell.

Repair Thyroid Function with Fulvic Acid

Stimulate, nourish, and repair Thyroid function with nature’s remedies while relieving deadly symptoms; Fulvic acid offers hope

Natural therapies can prevent and treat thyroid disease, including hypothyroidsim (underactive thyroid), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), Graves Disease and Wilson’s Syndrome, which are the underlying causes of many serious illnesses.

Longevity and Health Linked to Fulvic Acid

Renowned longevity and health of isolated Himalayan cultures is linked to fulvic acid extracted from fossil-like humic substances

For centuries traditional medical doctors in remote areas of the Himalayas have claimed that "shilajit", a rare humic substance high in fulvic acid, can "arrest the aging process" and "induce revitalization". Historical documents testify to the amazing longevity and health of these people who often live well beyond 100 years of age.

Abuse of the Mind

THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthScoutNews) -- Psychological abuse by an intimate partner can be as dangerous as sexual or physical abuse in terms of putting victims at risk for long-term physical and mental health problems.

That's the claim of a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study examined data from the National Violence Against Women Survey, which included 16,000 American adults aged 18 to 65.

The Height of Feeling Lousy

(HealthScoutNews) -- Are you headed for a high-altitude ski holiday or other elevated adventure?

Don't be surprised if you feel a little woozy for the first few days. The higher you go, the lower the levels of oxygen and humidity. This may leave you with a variety of symptoms such as nausea, insomnia, diarrhea, constipation, headache, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, fatigue, cough, restlessness, and rapid heartbeat.

Homocysteine Risk Not as High as Expected

Tue Oct 22, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - During the past few years, researchers have suspected that high levels of the amino acid homocysteine increase the risk of heart disease. Now, two new reports bolster the connection between high homocysteine and a higher risk, but the risk is more modest than expected.

Inexperienced Can Use Defibrillators

Thu Oct 17, 2002

By JEFF DONN, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) - No medical degree? No job on an ambulance? No sweat!

A study suggests you can still operate the simplified defibrillators that many heart specialists want to spread around public places to revive people who go into cardiac arrest.

The first-of-a-kind research project found that ordinary passers-by, without any training, were willing and able to come to the rescue with defibrillators stationed like fire extinguishers in glass cabinets around three Chicago airports.

Researchers Baffled by Calif. Autism

Fri Oct 18, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Researchers say they are baffled by the skyrocketing number of autism cases among California children.

The rise has little to do with evolving diagnostic methods and population increases, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.

A previous report showed an increase of 273 percent in the number of reported autism cases in California between 1987 and 1998.

West Nile Transfusion Link Eyed

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities were testing donated blood to determine if three people in Ohio, including one who died this week, contracted West Nile virus through blood transfusions.

"We are aware of potential cases" involving transfusions, said Bernadette Burden, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.