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April 2, 2009

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Modest Reduction in Salt Intake Could Reduce Heart-related Death

Currently, the average U.S. diet consists of 9 to 12 grams of salt per day, or 3,600 to 4,800 milligrams of sodium, with much of it coming from processed foods. This is far more than the 5 to 6 grams of salt, or 2,000 to 2,400 milligrams of sodium, that health organizations say would be more than sufficient. More

 
Study: 'Smart drug' Provigil May Be Habit-forming

Scans of 10 healthy men showed that the prescription drug Provigil caused changes in the brain's pleasure center, very much like potentially habit-forming classic stimulants. More

 
Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Several Risk Factors in Teenagers
Low levels of vitamin D were associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and metabolic syndrome in teenagers, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention. More
 


Prostate Test Found to Save Few Lives
The PSA blood test, which measures a protein released by prostate cells, does what it is supposed to do -- indicates a cancer might be present, leading to biopsies to determine if there is a tumor. But it has been difficult to know whether finding prostate cancer early actually saves lives. The studies conducted confirm concerns about the wisdom of widespread prostate cancer screening. More
 
Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer
People with moles and other features that put them at higher risk of skin cancer may also have an increased chance of developing melanoma of the eye, a new study says. Canadian researchers found links between skin moles, freckles, moles on the iris and risk of uveal melanoma -- cancer of the eye's iris, ciliary body or choroid. Among the findings were that people with atypical moles (ones that appear different in shape or color from common moles) had almost three times the risk of having uveal melanoma as did those without such moles. More
   
New Hope for Pollen, Milk Allergies
Doctors report early success with a new approach that shortens the course of allergy shots for people allergic to ragweed and grass. Other researchers found that an experimental skin patch may help children who have milk allergies. One approach includes a counterintuitive therapy in which patients swallow tiny amounts of the very food they are allergic to. It's the same approach that is being used successfully in children with peanut allergies. More
 
   
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