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Health News for 12/27/10

December 27, 2010

With Cataracts, Misinformation Seems to Abound

When medical experts talk about prevalence, they're usually referring to how common a particular disease might be. But in the case of cataracts, they might just as well be talking about how common it is to uncover misinformation and misunderstanding about the condition.
Have Cataracts? Get Surgery, Woman Urges

Marilyn Norred has known for 30 years that she had cataracts in both eyes.
Carbon Monoxide May Be Greater Threat in Winter

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious threat, especially during the winter when people may use ovens and heating appliances to keep warm, says the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Health Tip: Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins in the legs that can be painful, although they're usually not serious.
Health Tip: Understanding Thyroiditis

Thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid gland in the neck, located below the Adam's apple and above the collarbone. The thyroid regulates your body's metabolic processes, controlling your heart rate, for example.
Dieting Resolution Works Best When Done in Stages: Expert

If your New Year's resolution involves losing weight, your best chance of success may be to divide your goal into small, manageable parts that you can work on every day, suggests an expert.
Type of Formula May Influence Infant Weight Gain

The kind of formula babies drink has a major impact on weight gain and could affect their future risk of developing obesity, diabetes and other diseases, new research suggests.
People Look to Eyes for Signs of Life, Study Finds

How do people recognize an image of a face as belonging to a living human being and not a replica such as a doll or mannequin? A new study suggests that the eyes have it: they are crucial to helping people distinguish real faces from those that are not.
Scientists Spot DNA Linked With Dangerous Heart Rhythms

Scientists have identified DNA sequence variations associated with abnormal heart rhythms that can cause heart damage and sudden death.
Epilepsy Found to Be More Common in U.S. Than Thought

A new study suggests that one of every 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their life.
Size of Key Brain Region Linked to Size of Your Social Network

The size of your amygdala, an almond-shaped portion of the brain involved in emotions, may be as strong a marker for having rich and varied social relationships as how many "friends" you have on Facebook, researchers say.
Clinical Trials Update: Dec. 27, 2010

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