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Health News Archive - May 01, 2006

Paul Mburu Karanja points to the banks of rubbish lining the slime-green waters flowing through Kenya's Kibera shantytown.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - He served out his prison term two years ago and is widely reviled by fellow Israelis as a traitor, but nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu stands little chance of starting a new life abroad any time soon.

By Julia Reynolds, The Monterey County Herald, Calif.

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"Use it or lose it" has long been the battle cry of physical fitness experts. But many scientists are now expanding upon the traditional concept of exercise, moving beyond big biceps and brawny backs to focus on perhaps the most important organ in the human body: the brain.

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While erectile dysfunction is usually considered a condition that affects older men, it can also be a problem for young males.

By Charnicia E. Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Consuming one less soda or candy bar and walking an extra 2,000 steps every day may help prevent excessive weight gain in children, researchers report.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A mother's attentiveness early in life makes an important difference in tiny preemies' development, even through elementary school, according to a study published Monday.

Women who gain weight between pregnancies have an increased risk of developing recurrent disorders marked by high blood pressure in a second pregnancy, researchers from Iceland report.

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For people who suffer from winter depression, the most common type of seasonal affective disorder, bright-light therapy and Prozac are equally effective, Canadian researchers report in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

A new study has identified structural and metabolic brain changes that may predict dementia or cognitive decline in normal older adults.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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