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Mediterranean diet, with olive oil and nuts, beats low-fat diet

In a head-to-head contest, a Mediterranean diet, even drenched in olive oil and studded with nuts, beat a low-fat diet, hands-down, in preventing stroke and heart attack in healthy older subjects at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Canada's universal healthcare may not be so universal after all

You’re more likely to get a doctor’s appointment in Canada if you’re rich than if you’re poor, even though the government pays the bills, according to a new study.

Are only children to blame for the obesity crisis?

A new study suggests an intriguing explanation for the rise in obesity rates — the growing number of only children.

Doctors debate telling patients to smoke marijuana

Perhaps you know whether you’d want to use marijuana to relieve severe pain or nausea. But if you were a doctor, what would you tell patients who asked about taking something that’s against federal law?

Telomere length linked to catching a cold in preliminary study

Test subjects with shorter immune cell telomeres faced an increased risk of catching a cold, researchers wrote Tuesday in JAMA ( abstract here.)

Cooking up toxic air pollution

When UC Davis scientists collected air pollution particles in Fresno and then exposed laboratory mice to them, they found that one of the most toxic sources was the backyard grill.

Acupuncture helped allergies -- a little, study says

Acupuncture gave some relief to people suffering from seasonal allergies, but the improvements didn’t last much beyond treatment, researchers said.

Fatal drug overdoses in U.S. increase for 11th consecutive year

Fatal drug overdoses have increased for the 11thconsecutive year in the United States, new data show.

Intensive care MDs: More white coats, fewer piercings preferred

It's not just your mom who's suspicious of body art: Families of patients in intensive care units said that physicians who don't display piercings or tattoos make a better first impression, according to survey results released Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

Doctors who cook say they give better nutrition advice

Perhaps the next time you see your doctor, he might finish the visit with a reminder to take a medication and a conversation about cooking salmon.

Does childhood TV viewing lead to criminal behavior?

Two recent studies linking childhood television viewing to antisocial behavior and criminal acts as adults are prompting some pediatricians to call for a national boob tube intervention.

FDA OKs device that helps improve vision lost to retinal disease

The FDA on Thursday approved a bionic eye that improves vision for patients blinded by a rare eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa. The Argus II system, a video camera and transmitter mounted on eyeglasses, translates light and movement into electrical signals, which are sent directly to an array of electrodes implanted into a patient's retina.

California voters say soda can make you fat

Nearly 70% of California voters say taxing sugar-sweetened beverages is a good idea if the money goes to school nutrition and physical activity programs, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

GPA can be contagious among high school students, study finds

Researchers have some new advice for high school students who want to improve their grades: Become friends with academically oriented classmates.

Nutrition group petitions for federal regulation of sugary drinks

A nutrition advocacy group joined with scientists and health agencies Wednesday to ask the federal government to decide just how much sugar is “safe” in sodas, raising the bar in its crusade to curb the “dangerously high” amounts Americans consume.

Some plastics should be classified as hazardous, scientists say

Less than half of the 280 million metric tons of plastic produced each year ends up in the landfill.  A fair bit of the rest ends up littering the landscape, blown by the wind or washed down streams and rivers into the sea.

Praise the action to raise problem-solvers, researchers say

Parents who want to raise children who are good at solving problems – and who doesn’t? – should watch how they hand out praise to their toddlers, researchers said Tuesday.

USC research on cold sensitivity could help control pain in future

Researchers at USC have made mice insensitive to near-freezing temperatures by deactivating select neurons, a development that could one day lead to new treatments for pain in humans.

Cutting salt saves lives? Yes. No. Maybe.

It would be hard to argue that we should keep gobbling down 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day in the face of research suggesting that a gradual reduction in our salt intake could save close to a half-million American lives in 10 years alone. But what if proposals to cut back salt in Americans' diets could not be shown to prevent any deaths at all? Would we still do it?

Folic acid linked to reduced risk of autism spectrum disorders

Mothers who took folic acid supplements around the time they became pregnant were less likely to have children with an autism spectrum disorder, a new study has found.

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