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Defibrillators Cut Cardiac Death By Third

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, (UPI) — Implantable cardioverter defibrillators reduced cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation by one-third in the Northern Netherlands, researchers say. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators are small battery-powered electrical impulse generators implanted in patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. Ventricular fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that makes the heart quiver so it can’t […]

'Green' Vacant Lots Evoke Safety

PHILADELPHIA, (UPI) — People who live near so-called greened vacant lots — lots cleaned of garbage and planted to reflect a park-like setting — feel safer, U.S. researchers found. Dr. Eugenia C. Garvin, a resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said the study […]

Weight Training Reduces Diabetes Risk

BOSTON, (UPI) — Men who do weight training — 30 minutes per day, five days a week — may reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 34 percent, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Anders Grontved, visiting researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health and a doctoral student in exercise epidemiology at […]

6-In-10 U.S. Adults Walk 10 Minutes/Week

ATLANTA, (UPI) — Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say they walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in the last week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005, officials say. However, the Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said 48 percent of all adults did […]

Less Red Tape To Save U.S. Healthcare $9B

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — New rules will cut red tape for U.S. doctors, hospitals and health plans and save up to $9 billion over the next 10 years, a governmental official says. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said a regulation that goes into effect Friday provides operating rules for […]

Allergies Linked To Lower Brain Tumor Risk

COLUMBUS, Ohio, (UPI) — People with allergies appear to have a lower risk of developing brain tumors called glioma decades later, U.S. researchers suggest. Lead author Judith Schwartzbaum, an associate professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University in Columbus, said men and women whose blood samples contained allergy-related antibodies had an almost 50 percent lower […]

Why Resistance To Chemotherapy May Develop

SEATTLE, (UPI) — In a discovery U.S. scientists said was “completely unexpected,” a protein was found to enable cancer cells to grow, invade tissue and resist chemotherapy. Dr. Peter S. Nelson, a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Human Biology Division, said the research team from the University of Washington, the Oregon Health […]

Chemical Restores Vision In Blind Mice

BERKELEY, Calif., (UPI) — A team at the University of Munich and U.S. scientists say they discovered a chemical that temporarily restores some vision to blind mice. Lead researcher Richard Kramer of the University of California at Berkeley said the chemical AAQ acts by making the remaining, normally “blind” cells in the retina sensitive to […]

Alcohol May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

BOSTON, (UPI) — Women in menopause who drink about two small glasses of wine a day have less of a risk of developing weaker bones, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at Boston University Medical Center said their study involved 40 healthy postmenopausal women of an average age of 56. The authors measured factors that relate to […]

Alzheimer's Hits 'Younger Elderly' Hardest

SAN DIEGO, (UPI) — Although age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s the disease hits the “younger elderly” — those in their 60s and 70s — hardest, U.S. researchers say. First author Dominic Holland of the University of California, San Diego Health Sciences, said by age 85, the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease is […]


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