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Heart scan may help cut cholesterol, blood pressure

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Calcium heart scans could help people lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a new study on the controversial x-ray tests.

Exercise May Be the Most Effective Weapon Against Aging

Research shows that physical activity may be your best bet in the battle against aging—even if you've lived a fairly sedentary lifestyle.

Herbal Medicine - The Power of Peppermint

At the mention of peppermint, candy canes and ice cream comes to mind. But did you know that peppermint is also an age-old herbal medicine that has been used to treat a wide range of abdominal woes?

Caffeine in diet supplements all over the map

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of caffeine in diet supplements varies widely and product labels are often inaccurate or have no caffeine information at all, according to a new study of supplements sold on military bases.

Mixed evidence on acupuncture for irritable bowels

The research on whether acupuncture helps ease irritable bowel syndrome has so far been a mixed bag, according to a new review of past clinical trials.

Hypnosis, even in "real world," may help IBS

Hypnosis may help some people with stubborn cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find some relief from their symptoms, a new study suggests.

Heart attack pattern shifted after Katrina

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Heart attacks are usually most common on weekdays and mornings, especially Mondays, but new data analysis shows that pattern reversed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

High gold price increases mercury use in mining -UN

OSLO (Reuters) - High gold prices are driving up the use of toxic mercury in small-scale mining in developing nations, spreading a poison that can cause brain damage in children thousands of miles away, a U.N.

Racial gaps in access to robotic prostate surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Minority and Medicaid cancer patients are less likely to have their prostates removed at hospitals that use robot-assisted surgery, according to a new study that stops short of suggesting the robotic technique represents better care.

Walking linked to fewer strokes in women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all, according to new research from Spain.

Email reminders encourage end-of-life talks

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Email alerts may encourage cancer doctors to talk with terminally ill patients about their end-of-life wishes and to record those preferences in their medical records, a new study suggests.

Dermatitis can lead to fingerprint ID failures

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults with excessively dry hands were four times more likely than healthy counterparts to fail computerized fingerprint verification tests in a small new study from Malaysia.

CORRECTION: Web-based info may not increase cancer screening

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Offering women information on colon cancer screening via the web does not get them to take up screening any more effectively than printed materials, according to a new study.

Study links milk-producing protein to aggressive breast cancer

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The discovery that a protein that triggers milk production in women may also be responsible for making breast cancers aggressive could open up new opportunities for treatment of the most common and deadliest form of cancer among women.

Free condoms to be dispensed by Philadelphia high schools

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - There will be something new in many Philadelphia high schools when students return to class next week - free condoms.

9/11 responders may have higher risk of some cancers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Rescue and recovery workers who provided aid after the World Trade Center attacks may have an increased risk of certain types of cancer, including prostate and thyroid cancers, a new study suggests.

Chest compression-only CPR shows long-term benefit

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who suffer cardiac arrest - in which the heart stops beating - were less likely to die in subsequent years when bystanders performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation using chest compressions only, a new study found.

HIV cases down for black women, up for gay men: CDC

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Fewer black women in the United States are being infected with HIV, but the number of young gay and bisexual men infected is rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

Two cups of milk daily enough for most kids: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Two cups of cow's milk per day may be enough for most kids to have the recommended amount of vitamin D in their blood while maintaining a healthy iron level, suggests a new study.

Daylight savings tied to bump in heart attack rates

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Setting the clock ahead for daylight savings time may set the scene for a small increase in heart attacks the next day, according to a small new study that suggests sleep-deprivation might be to blame.