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April 2015

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More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study

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By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Despite medical advances, a new study shows that more people are dying of heart disease and stroke worldwide than did a quarter century ago because the global population is growing, and growing older.The good news is that the death rate — the number of deaths in relation to the size of the population — fell in most regions of…

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Could Fish Oil Interfere With Cancer Care?

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By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fish oil supplements, and even certain fish, may hinder the effectiveness of cancer-fighting chemotherapy, a new study suggests.Dutch researchers found herring, mackerel and three other fish oils increased blood levels of the fatty acid called 16:4(n-3) in cancer patients. Experiments in mice have suggested this fatty acid makes cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy, the researchers said. But, it’s not…

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Music Soothes Cats During Surgery

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Hearing music — especially classical music — may help cats relax during surgery, a new small study reports. The research included 12 female pet cats who were being spayed. The felines were outfitted with headphones while under anesthesia. They heard two minutes of silence, followed by two minutes each of a classical music piece, a pop song and…

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Travelers Bringing Drug-Resistant Bacteria to United States

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A drug-resistant strain of bacteria that causes diarrhea is spreading in the United States, federal health officials warned Thursday. Travelers are bringing a drug-resistant strain of the Shigella sonnei bacteria to the United States and spreading it to other people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These outbreaks show a troubling trend in Shigella…

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Experimental Melanoma Vaccine Shows Early Promise

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By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A highly personalized vaccine can spur an immune response in people with advanced melanoma, a preliminary study finds.The experimental vaccine was tested in just three patients, and experts stressed that the findings show only that it can coax an immune response — not that it can effectively treat the potentially deadly skin cancer."This is a proof-of-concept" study, explained Dr….

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Packaged Grocery Foods Often High in Salt, Study Finds

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By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than half of packaged grocery store foods included in a new study contained too much added salt, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.That’s important because eating too much salt (sodium) is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure, according to the study authors. And high blood pressure can contribute to heart disease and strokes."We looked at packaged food…

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CDC: Imported, drug-resistant stomach bug becoming a growing cause of US illnesses

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This illustration made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Shigella bacteria. On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the CDC said a drug-resistant strain of a stomach bug made its way into the U.S. and spread, causing more than 200 illnesses since last May. Many cases were traced to people who had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic, India or other countries. (AP Photo/CDC) By MIKE STOBBE,…

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Belief That Moon Influences Hospital Admissions Is Lunacy, Researcher Says

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The belief that a full moon is linked to increases in hospital admissions and births is just an old wives’ tale, an astronomist says. "The moon is innocent," Jean-Luc Margot, a professor of planetary astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a university news release. Yet the myth persists, even among a fraction of nursing…