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Health News for 08/06/10

August 06, 2010

'Locally Grown' May Mean Healthier, But Not Always

"Locally grown" has become a catchphrase for healthy and environmentally friendly foodstuffs. It's a concept that has made many Americans scan their supermarkets' shelves for signs that the foods they buy have been raised nearby.
Farmer's Markets Reflect Go-Local Boom

Elanor O'Brien and her husband, Jack, have worked the fields of Persephone Farm in Lebanon, Ore., since 1985, growing fresh produce for the surrounding area.
Ethicists Charge Doctor With Trying to Prevent Homosexuality in the Womb

Bioethicists are accusing a noted American pediatric endocrinologist and researcher of what they claim is the first attempt to prevent homosexuality and bisexuality in the womb in a dispute that has drawn in leading major medical organizations.
Health Tip: Understanding Torticollis

Torticollis is congenital condition that is generally noticed within the first six to eight weeks after a baby is born, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Health Tip: Things That Raise Your Risk of Thrush

Thrush is a yeast infection that forms in the mouth and on the tongue.
Narcissistic Men Typically Direct Their Rage at Straight Women

Ever met a guy who talks only about himself, thinks he's superior to everyone and who tends to view women as little more than playthings?
Statins, Painkillers May Upset PSA Test Results

Some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States may skew results of prostate cancer screening tests, possibly causing errors in diagnoses, a new study finds.
Surgeons' Group Weighs In on Football Injury Prevention

With football season about to begin, it's time to remind players, parents and coaches how to prevent head and spinal cord injuries, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Depression Linked to Slow Healing of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The healing of diabetes-related foot ulcers is affected by patients' coping styles and their levels of depression, new research shows.
Breast Abscesses Linked to Smoking, Nipple Piercings

Smoking greatly increases the risk of breast abscesses, painful inflammatory lesions that are difficult to treat and tend to recur at rates as high as 40 to 50 percent, a new study has found.
Rotavirus Vaccine Trials Show Positive Results in Africa, Asia

Two new studies find that a vaccine against rotavirus is safe and effective in preventing severe rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVG), which is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting and fever, and causes the deaths of more than half a million children worldwide each year.
Could Lifestyle Changes Cut Dementia Rates?

It may be possible to lower the incidence of dementia by reducing rates of diabetes and depression, boosting education, and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study.
Foot Doctors Can Help Diabetics Avoid Amputation: Study

Being treated by a podiatrist helps diabetes patients reduce their risk of amputation, research shows.
How Parents Come to Accept Down Syndrome Diagnosis

The negative feelings parents first experience when told their child has Down syndrome in most cases will eventually turn into joy and resilience, U.S. researchers report.
Women Can Safely Get Pregnant Right After Miscarriage, Study Shows

Women who get pregnant within six months after having a miscarriage stand the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy with the fewest complications, Scottish researchers report.
Health Highlights: Aug. 6, 2010

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