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Health News Archive - November 11, 2011

When given alongside radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, acupuncture has shown for the first time to reduce the debilitating side effect of xerostomia.

The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF), a nonprofit organization funding innovative research through its Alzheimer’s Disease Research (ADR) program, today announced that the number of scientists seeking ADR research grants through its annual application process increased by 33% this year.

Current thinking about Parkinson's disease is that it's a disorder of mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles inside cells, causing neurons in the brain's substantia nigra to die or become impaired.

In everyday life, attention and awareness appear tightly interwoven.

Two separate studies presented during the American Society of Nephrology's Annual Kidney Week agree that diabetics with kidney failure shouldn't lower their blood glucose levels as much as diabetics without kidney failure.

Having a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or "mini stroke," can reduce your life expectancy by 20 percent.

A two-year study of patients in the landmark PARTNER trial, which compared transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients who have severe aortic stenosis and are not candidates for open heart surgery, confirm the one-year findings and support the role of TAVR as the standard of care.

Image 1 - Hand-held Drug Testing Prototype Launched

The world’s first prototype of a hand-held fingerprint drug testing device has been created by University of East Anglia spin-out company Intelligent Fingerprinting.

Image - Wood Smoke From Cooking Fires Linked To Pneumonia, Cognitive Impacts

Two new studies spotlight the human health effects of exposure to smoke from open fires and dirty cookstoves.

FDA Steps Up Tobacco Enforcement

In an effort to curb underage smoking, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted a sting operation to locate retailers who illegally sell tobacco to minors.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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