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Top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2011 - MSNBC (video)

Dr. Roshini Rai talks to Today's Ann Cury about some groundbreaking medical innovationsfor 2011, including drugs for cancer, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis.

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Gupta: Chemicals 'innocent until guilty' - CNN (video)

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta testifies about how chemicals might be harming the health of children.

 

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Dr. Peterson of Women'sHealth; 5 ways to fend off a cold this cold and flu season - Today (video)

Take a daily probiotic supplement (Culturelle):
- increases antibodies the body produces in intestines, macrophage that kill bacteria, T-Cell white blood cell count that fight infection.

Vitamin D:
- fights infections, increases production of a protein called cathelicidin which directly fights bacteria and viruses.
- People who were deficient in vitamin D got respiratory infections 36% more.

Green Tea (Yogi):
- is a miracle beverage, loaded with antioxidants called catechins found to increase T-Cell count like probiotics.

20 Minute Massage:
- 20 minute massage can help decrease cortisol levels, a stress hormone.
- Cortisol can weaken the immune system, lowering cortisol can help improve your immune system.

Socialize:
- study found people with friends have a healthier immune system.
- cortisol is found to be higher in people who are isolated and lonely.

Read more: Dr. Peterson of Women'sHealth; 5 ways to fend off a cold this cold and flu season - Today (video)

9 months before birth shape life, says author - MSNBC (video)

Thomas Roberts talks with author Annie Murphy Paul about her new book "Origins".

- Diabetes, stress & Obesity begin partially in the womb.
- Depressed women likely to give birth prematurely.

- Pregnant women need moderate stress level.
- Fish and chocolate good during pregnancy.

- When women got PTSD following 911 babies were born with the same biological marker, passing on trauma.
- If a women is diabetic we can intervene with that child to make sure that they don't go on to develop diabetes.

Read more: 9 months before birth shape life, says author - MSNBC (video)

Melissa Matthews of Woman's Day magazine; 8 beauty sins you may be committing - Today (video)

From wearing ponytails to washing your face with hot water, Melissa Matthews, of Woman's Day magazine, reveals which steps of your beauty regimen may actually be doing more harm than good.

- Wash hair then face.
- Too much moisturizer can clog your pores.
- Not washing your face at nights clogs your pores.
- Cleansing with too hot water can cause capillaries under the skin to burst.

- Fluffy pillows are better than a firm one.
- Sleeping on the same side of your face can promote wrinkles.
- Drinking through a straw can lead to wrinkles around mouth.
- Skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body the more stretch and pull the more it is going to sag.

- Pony tails should be loose and not tight.

Read more: Melissa Matthews of Woman's Day magazine; 8 beauty sins you may be committing - Today (video)

Toxic Sludge Poses Serious Health Risks - ABC News (video)

Emory University's Dana Barr, PhD, discusses the short- and long-term effects.

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Dating website for ugly people - CNN (video)

UglySchmucks.com's creator says he takes the superficiality out of dating from the start by targeting only the homely.

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NYC: No soda if you use food stamps - CNN (video)

New York's mayor wants to ban the city's food stamp recipients from buying soft drinks or other sugar-sweetened drinks.

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Repairing Sun Damaged Skin - ABC NEWS (video)

Tips from beauty expert Maggie Gallant.

- hyper pigmentation is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun.
- what can help with brightening and hyper pigmentation , 'Even Better' by Clinique, KIEHL'S has a kit.
- the area around the eyes, LA MER eye balm intense, famed for finding and harvesting the most healing properties of ocean algae.
- the chest area, SPONGE skin care a line from greece, harvesting avocado oil.
- Exfoliation, POND'S wet cleansing towelettes, during the summer there is a lot of dead skin cells from damage from the sun.

Read more: Repairing Sun Damaged Skin - ABC NEWS (video)

Diet and exercise, what really works? - CNN (video)

Susan Hendricks reports that intervention programs work when it comes to teaching people about exercise and diet.

- intervention programs lowered health care costs.

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Antibiotics may severely disrupt the balance of microbes living in the gut, with unforeseen health consequences - Reuters (article link)

- An intimate study of three women given ciprofloxacin showed the drug suppressed entire populations of beneficial bacteria,
- Microbes in the intestines help digest food and "good" germs can take up space and keep bad germs away. -- Gut microbes can affect obesity and may play a role in allergy. -- Lactobacillus reuteri, found in breast milk, may protect against rotavirus infections,

Several recent studies have found that certain bacteria cause inflammation that can affect appetite as well as inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn's disease and colitis.

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Self magazine Fitness Editor Liz Miersch showed Harry Smith how to get fit at home - CBSNEWS (video)

- jump rope can burn up to 12 calories per minute.
- hula hoop helps to tone your waist.
- stability ball and free weights to work the chest.
- gliding discs for lunges and leg exercise.
- a playground ball to squeeze between your legs while doing crunches.
- tennis ball will help you role out sore muscles or self massage.

Read more: Self magazine Fitness Editor Liz Miersch showed Harry Smith how to get fit at home - CBSNEWS (video)

Harry Smith spoke with the cast of "The Doctors" about 5 minute health fixes that can keep you healthy - CBSNEWS (video)

- The Doctors 5 minute Health Fixes
- Your health is defined by small decisions you make everyday, 5 minutes or less that make a huge difference in your health.
- Better food choices and small things that can reduce stress.
- Sex, date night, taking a vacation very important for women.
- Dipper creme is a great moisturizer, great anti-aging creme full of zinc, vitamin A, D, C.
- Eat a piece of dark chocolate once a day for 2 weeks can lower your blood pressure.

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Some doctors in India swear by the healing qualities of cow urine - WSJ (video)

Some doctors in India swear by the healing qualities of cow urine.

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New flu patch without syringe - CNN (video)

HLN's Christi Paul reports on the development of a new way to administer the flu vaccine.

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Recognize and say 'goodbye' to bed bugs - CNN (video)

Bed bug infestation is on the rise across the U.S. and Christi Paul offers tips on how to get rid of them in the home.

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Scientists: New 'super-bug' discovered - CNN (video)

ITN's Lawrence McGinty reports on the discovery of a new "super-bug." What does this mean for public health? Watch.

- Scientists have discovered a super-bug with a gene that makes them resistant to all antibiotics.
- The new gene creates and enzyme that kills all antibiotics apart from 2.

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Malpractice liability costs U.S. $55.6 billion, most of it in "defensive" medical practices - Reuters (article link)

(Reuters) - Medical malpractice liability costs the U.S. healthcare system more than $55 billion a year, most of it in "defensive" medical practices such as extra tests and scans, according to a report released on Tuesday.

- These costs account for 2.4% of annual U.S. healthcare spending.
- they noted there is no comprehensive system for tracking such damages,
- "Notably missing from this list are malpractice insurance premiums,"
- "We cannot debate the potential for medical liability reform to bring down health care costs in any meaningful way without realistic cost estimates,"

Total malpractice indemnity payments were $5.72 billion a year in 2008 dollars -- about $5 billion in actual damages and less than $2 million in punitive damages.

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U.S. Healthcare reforms will increase demand for services as over 30 million people gain coverage and reduce prices - Reuters (article link)

(Reuters) - New U.S. reforms are poised to dramatically shift the nation's healthcare spending, not only curbing Medicare costs but also pumping more money toward the private sector as roughly 32 million people gain coverage.

- "There's definitely going to be a larger demand for services in 2014," -- CMS's National Health Statistics Group.
- Nearly 16 million people will buy health insurance from private companies through the exchanges in 2014, growing to more than 30 million by 2019,
- That would nearly double the amount of money spent on health care for such consumers while also helping to reduce prices,
- Health care is already expected to reach 17.5 percent of GDP this year.

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Experts will study short and long-term health effects of BP oil spill - Reuters (article link)

The study will focus on exposure to oil and dispersant products and potential health consequences such as respiratory, neurobehavioral, carcinogenic, immunological conditions, and mental health concerns.

- "No. 1 is air quality, which was maybe the biggest concern early on when the well was still leaking" -- "The second is skin contact with the oil"
- She said oil contamination of seafood is also a serious concern as fisheries have been reopened. "The main fisheries in the Gulf include shrimp and oysters, which happen to be very inefficient in clearing oil-related spills,"

A survey of 599 local residents done a year after the Exxon Valdez spill found that people who had been exposed to the spill were 3.6 times more likely to have an anxiety disorder, 2.9 times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder and 2.1 times more likely to show signs of depression.

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