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Diet Booster Wards off Pregnancy Syndrome

A dietary supplement of amino acid and antioxidant vitamins can reduce the risk for pregnant women of a dangerous condition called pre-eclampsia, according to a study released Friday.

Affecting five percent of first-time pregnancies, pre-eclampsia leads to abnormally high blood pressure, protein build-up in urine, and swelling in the feet and ankles.

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Yoga Helps Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients who practice yoga experience lower stress and improved quality of life compared to counterparts who do stretching exercises, a U.S. study indicated.

Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center studied 163 women with an average age of 52 who were undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, ranging from early onset to stage three.

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Study Shows Immigrants Eat U.S. Junk Food to Fit in

Immigrants to the United States often ditch their ethnic diets for high-calorie American fare, partly because it is cheap and easy to find but also as a way to fit in, a new study shows.

Immigrants who eat American are consuming, on average, 182 extra calories and seven additional grams of saturated fat compared to immigrants who stick to their traditional diet, leaving the fast-food immigrants more likely to become obese and suffer chronic illnesses related to obesity.

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Tai Chi Improves Mental Health in Elderly

A review of medical studies gave the thumbs-up on to Tai Chi as a way of improving mental health in the elderly, but does not confirm other claims made for the Chinese martial art.

British and South Korean researchers looked at 35 assessments of Tai Chi found in English-language, Chinese and Korean databases.

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Study Shows Video Gaming Teens Sleep Less

Teens who play a lot of video games are likely to sleep less than the eight to nine hours a night recommended for the age group, researchers said Monday.

Speaking via teleconference from the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, researchers said that an analysis of data on 16,000 teens also found that youths who reported sleeping less than seven hours a night did not get enough exercise, which could also impact their health.

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Ebola Virus Case Reported Near Uganda's Capital

Initial test results indicate that a 12-year-old girl died of the deadly Ebola virus in a town about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Kampala, health officials told Agence France Presse.

Preliminary testing carried out at the Uganda Virus Research Institute showed on Friday that the girl died from the virus on May 6 at Bombo hospital, said Dr Miriam Nanyunja, disease prevention and control officer for the World Health Organization in Uganda.

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The Nose Knows: Allergy Season Here With Vengeance

There may be a whiff of truth to claims by allergy sufferers who sniffle that this season is, well, a bigger headache than years past.

And now, more bad news: It's also lasting longer, prolonging the misery of the millions of people for whom spring is a punishment, not a pleasure.

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Study Says Early drug Therapy Curbs HIV Transmission

People with HIV who take antiretroviral drugs before their health declines have a 96 percent lower risk of transmitting the virus to a partner, a breakthrough global study released Thursday said.

The large study that covered mainly heterosexual couples in Africa, India and the Americas was hailed by AIDS experts as a "game-changer" that will transform how the disease is managed, 30 years after it first surfaced.

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New Birth Control Methods Urged for Developing World Women

New contraceptive methods are needed for developing world women, including one in four in sub-Saharan Africa, whose needs for modern birth control are not being met, a study has found.

A 52-page report by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute urged new methods to reach 148 million women in three regions where there are 49 million unintended pregnancies every year resulting in 21 million abortions.

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Order of Nurses Discusses with Lebanon’s First Lady its Activities and Future Projects

On the occasion of the International Nurses Day on May 12, First Lady, Mrs. Wafa’a Sleiman welcomed President of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon, Mrs. Claire Ghafari Zablit along with Order members, Mrs. Ghada Al Ayli, Mrs. Rima Kazan, and Mrs. Vicky Gebran, to discuss future plans and activities carried out by the Order of Nurses.

First Lady was also put in the picture of the 1st International Conference: "Globalization and Nursing: Challenges and Perspectives", that will be held at Hotel Al Habtoor - Sin El Fil , on Thursday, May 12 2011 and which will remain for two days -until Saturday May 14- including distinguished keynote speakers from Lebanon, Canada, the United States, France, Switzerland, and the UK.

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