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Health News Archive - July 11, 2012

Today, nearly 4,000 adolescents in the United States will smoke their first cigarette, and about a fourth of those youth will become daily smokers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports.

A new single-gene cause of chronic kidney disease has been discovered that implicates a disease mechanism not previously believed to be related to the disease.

Improving access to health care for minority women of childbearing age could improve pregnancy outcomes and reduce racial differences in infant mortality.

Epidemiologists have determined that levels of hepatitis C virus (HCV) found among injection drug users (IDUs) were higher in individuals who are male or African American even after differences in other factors were considered.

Researchers from Spain established that liver stiffness, measured by transient elastography (TE), is an independent predictor of liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and mortality in cirrhotic patients coinfected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Even as we spend more on healthcare every year, the number of people with chronic health problems continues to rise in developed countries like the United States.

The common barnyard chicken could provide some very uncommon clues for fighting off diseases and might even offer new ways to attack cancer.

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Recently, researchers revealed that, through clinical trials, they have discovered a nutrient mixture that can boost memory in patients who are diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s.

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Scientists discovered that, while having more babies can lead to a higher body mass index, the longer a woman breastfeeds causes a lower body mass index (BMI) later on.

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Scientists recently found that middle-aged women who work long hours have a higher chance of leading less healthy lifestyles and have a greater likelihood of gaining weight.

Word of the Day
reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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