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Article ID: 6746

Sports science: Bad knees? New UD technique reveals who can safely `play now and get fixed later'

University of Delaware

A new screening method helps determine which athletes with torn knee ligaments can safely delay surgery to complete a sports season, University of Delaware researchers reported today. "For athletes, the question is always, 'Can we play them now and fix them later?'" explains UD's Lynn Snyder-Mackler. "And, weekend athletes looking forward to a skiing vacation or workers who can't take time off also should benefit."

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Is senility preventable? High blood pressure could mean higher risk of dementia

American Heart Association (AHA)

DALLAS, March 20 -- Just because you're getting older doesn't mean senility is inevitable. In fact, a Swedish study published in this month's Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that controlling blood pressure may help prevent the memory loss associated with aging.

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Article ID: 6715

Cigars double risk of cardiomyopathy

American Heart Association (AHA)

Santa Fe, N.M. -- With U.S. cigar sales up 44 percent since 1993, a major new health study on the effects of cigar smoking offers both good news and bad news for the growing number of American men and women now puffing "stogies," say researchers today at the American Heart Association's epidemiology and prevention conference.

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Just how heavy is cigarette smoking's toll on non-smokers?

American Heart Association (AHA)

A new "meta-analysis" of data from 14 studies involving 6,166 individuals with coronary heart disease (CHD) finds that passive smoking was associated with an overall 23 percent increase in the risk of CHD among men and women who had never smoked.

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Blood clotting disorder -- a new heritable risk factor?

American Heart Association (AHA)

Santa Fe, N.M. -- Blood clotting abnormalities, which have emerged as a potential risk factor for heart disease and stroke, appear to run in families, according to two studies reported today at the American Heart Association's epidemiology and prevention conference.

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Article ID: 6686

'T'ai chi' lowers blood pressure for older adults

American Heart Association (AHA)

Santa Fe, N.M. -- T'ai chi -- a slow, relaxed physical activity program created in ancient China -- lowered blood pressure in older adults nearly as much as moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, researchers reported today at the American Heart Association's epidemiology and prevention conference.

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Article ID: 6840

New Guidelines to Improve Public Understanding

International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation

Feeling more confused than enlightened after reading or hearing about the latest dietary study du jour? Newly-released guidelines, based on an advisory group convened by the Harvard School of Public Health and the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, aim to help the public have a better understanding of emerging nutrition, food safety and health science.

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Article ID: 6822

Aerospace engineer seeks the perfect dimple

Mississippi State University

Dimples and bluff bodies may sound like they belong in the world of high fashion models, but they are actually part of the world of Bob Thurman, an aerospace engineer whose designs would not be at home on the fashion runway or airport runway.

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28th National Conference on Breast Cancer

American College of Radiology (ACR)

Studies covering topics ranging from computer- assisted mammography to the role of ultrasound in breast cancer detection will be presented at the 28th National Conference on Breast Cancer. The meeting, sponsored by the American College of Radiology, will be held April 18-21 at the Marriott Hotel on Woodley Road in Washington, DC.

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Article ID: 6807

An Additional Quarter of a Million Smokers Quit Each Year Due to Increased Access to Proven Therapies

Porter Novelli, New York

According to the current issue of Tobacco Control, the number of U.S. smokers who successfully quit every year has increased approximately 20 percent since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter (OTC) sale of nicotine medications to help smokers quit just two years ago.

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