Health

Top Ten Tips from a cardiologist for a heart-healthy season
December 31, 2007 11:36 PM - UC San Francisco Newswire

San Francisco - The holidays can be a hectic time. A leading cardiologist has 10 tips for getting through the season feeling healthier and less stressed. “For most of us, even if we’re healthy the rest of the year, holidays can really take a toll on our stress levels and diets,” says Rita Redberg, MD, director of UCSF Women’s Cardiovascular Services and author of numerous books, articles and scientific papers on heart-health and lifetime wellness.

Brain imaging and genetic studies link thinking patterns to addiction
December 31, 2007 11:18 PM - UC San Francisco Newswire

San Francisco - Scientists have for the first time identified brain sites that fire up more when people make impulsive decisions. In a study comparing brain activity of sober alcoholics and non-addicted people making financial decisions, the group of sober alcoholics showed significantly more "impulsive" neural activity.

China to crack down on unlicensed production, sale of food
December 31, 2007 11:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Beijing - China will launch another nationwide campaign on Jan. 1 next year to crack down on unlicensed production and sale of food, in a fresh effort to ensure food safety, the country's top quality inspection watchdog said.

Nobel Expert: Car Industry Can Reach, Exceed New Standards
December 31, 2007 10:54 PM - UC Davis, Newswire

Davis California - UC Davis auto fuels authority Daniel Sperling says that despite years of automakers "kicking and screaming" about the new mileage standards that Congress set this week, the industry should be able to reach -- even exceed -- 35 mpg by 2020.

More Resolve to Take on More in 2008
December 31, 2007 10:25 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LONDON - A new survey shows a trend towards taking more on, rather than giving things up for the New Year. The clichéd resolutions to give up smoking and junk food are making way to more positive decisions to learn new skills, take up more hobbies and be more active.

Blacks, Hispanics Less Likely to Get Strong Pain Medications in Hospital Emergency Departments
December 31, 2007 10:13 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Blacks and Hispanics who go to hospital emergency departments in pain are significantly less likely than whites to get pain-relieving opioid drugs, according to a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Utilities Remind Customers: Protect Home From Carbon Monoxide
December 31, 2007 10:07 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SAN FRANCISCO - Many customers are turning gas furnaces on to stay warm as cold winter weather arrives in force. The west coast utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company reminds customers nationwide to make sure all gas furnaces and appliances inside the home are in proper working order. Gas appliances that do not burn properly can produce unsafe concentrations of carbon monoxide, a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that can cause serious illness and even death if not detected.

Mutation may cause inherited neuropathy
December 31, 2007 09:54 PM -

Chicago - Mutations in a protein called dynein, required for the proper functioning of sensory nerve cells, can cause defects in mice that may provide crucial clues leading to better treatments for a human nerve disorder known as peripheral neuropathy, which affects about three percent of all those over age 60.

Restless legs ups heart disease, stroke risk
December 31, 2007 05:56 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with restless legs syndrome, or RLS, are twice as likely as those without RLS to suffer a stroke or heart disease, and the risk is greatest in those with the most frequent and severe symptoms, according to the results of a large study. RLS is a movement disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs that worsen when a person is inactive, such as during sleep. This is not the first study to link RLS with cardiovascular disease, the study team notes in the January 1st issue of the journal Neurology. However, the prior two studies that supported an association did not use current RLS diagnostic criteria and one of them included only men.

Lack of deep sleep may raise diabetes risk
December 31, 2007 05:07 PM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Deep, restful sleep may be important for keeping type 2 diabetes at bay, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

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