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Health News Archive - June 28, 2012

Nicotine Addiction

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have successful developed and tested a new vaccine on mice that blocks chemicals related to addictive nicotine chemicals.

Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals weight loss drug approved by FDA

The FDA has approved the anti-obesity prescription drug Belviq from Arena Pharmaceuticals to be sold on the market; the last time the agency made such a decision was 13 years ago.

It’s hard enough sleeping with someone who tosses and turns at night, but imagine if they kicked and punched instead! Thankfully, researchers may have possibly identified risk factors associated with this rare sleep disorder.

A new study exposes the danger of the chemical butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP), a chemical found in the households of nearly 100 percent of the mothers studied. BBzP is often used in vinyl flooring and artificial leather, and it’s slowly released into home air. It can also increase a child's risk for developing eczema.

Over 3,000 Americans are affected by muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder primarily affecting skeletal muscle that results in greatly impaired mobility and, in sever cases, respiratory and cardiac dysfunction.

Social interactions during adolescence can affect health many years into adulthood.

Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare

The Supreme Court has just declared ObamaCare, Obama’s highly controversial healthcare reform program, to be constitutional.

MRI Video Reveals Inside View Of Childbirth

Researchers recently released a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) video of a woman giving birth; the clip allows people the opportunity to better understand what childbirth looks like from the interior.

Medical residents are an essential part of the hospital workforce.

Standing for long periods during pregnancy may curb the growth of the developing fetus.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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