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Flu patients use artificial lungs to heal

Toronto General Hospital physicians say they used Extra Corporeal Lung Support -- artificial lungs -- to aid the recovery of five influenza patients.

Signs increase male hand washing

Hand-washing reminders posted in restrooms increase hand washing among men if their message is relatable, U.S. researchers say.

Hypertensive blacks not given diuretics

Black patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure are not being prescribed beneficial, inexpensive diuretic drugs, U.S. researchers say.

People worldwide living longer, but sicker

The majority of the people in the world live longer, but spend more years in poor health compared to 20 years ago, U.S. researchers say.

Many favor cutting nicotine in cigarettes

Nearly 50 percent of U.S. adults say they support the idea of a federal mandate to reduce nicotine in cigarettes, researchers say.

U.S. obesity rate stable in 2012

U.S. adults were as likely to be obese last year as they were in 2011, a survey indicated.

Lightning may affect headache, migraines

Lightning may have "its own unique effect" on the onset of headaches and migraines, researchers at the University of Cincinnati suggest.

People who never married may die earlier

Not having a permanent partner or spouse during midlife is linked to a higher risk of premature death during that part of one's life, U.S. researchers say.

Brain metabolic rate may gauge injury risk

People who have had two brain injuries are more vulnerable than others to further traumatic brain injury, U.S. researchers say.

Children can generate new heart cells

Infants, children and adolescents are capable of generating new heart muscle cells, U.S. researchers say.

Down syndrome raises risk of dementia

People with Down syndrome have higher susceptibility to other conditions such as dementia, researchers in the United States and Argentina found.

Teen muscular strength, suicide link

Teens with a low muscular strength have a higher risk of developing psychiatric diseases and committing suicide, Spanish, Finnish and Swedish researchers say.

Better air quality = longer lifespan

Reductions in fine particulate matter in air pollution improved life expectancy in 545 U.S. counties from 2000 to 2007, researchers found.

Herbal therapies recommended for menopause

Herbal treatments for postmenopausal symptoms can be recommended as an alternative to hormonal replacement therapy, a U.S. researcher says.

Flu in Europe widespread, increasing

Influenza in Europe: 17 countries reported increasing transmission, while five countries reported decreasing rates, but flu was more widespread, officials say.

CDC: Elderly have two types of flu shot

This year's flu season hit the elderly the hardest and U.S. health officials still recommend the flu vaccine for the elderly, who have two vaccines available.

New moms may be riskier drivers

Most new moms say they're more cautious behind the wheel after giving birth, but their responses to a U.S. survey suggest they may take more risks.

CDC: Keep safe while keeping warm

Frigid temperatures have prompted U.S. health officials to suggest precautions for people using fireplaces or wood stoves to keep warm.

Parents not that worried about pain drugs

Despite drug overdose deaths due to narcotic pain medicines is double heroin and cocaine deaths combined, U.S. parents show little concern, a survey says.

Abusive partners sabotage birth control

U.S. researchers say they don't know how common reproductive coercion is, but it is common enough that healthcare providers should screen women.

Vitamin D lack linked to cancer growth

U.S. researchers suggest there is a possibility of a window of time for breast cancer prevention in the last three months preceding tumor diagnosis.

Gatorade removes brominated vegetable oil

A PepsiCo official says it will remove brominated vegetable oil from its citrus-flavored Gatorade, but not because of a teen's petition on Change.org.

Diet, preschool, reading may boost IQ

Diet, a quality preschool and engaging children in interactive reading are all ways that raise a young child's intelligence, U.S. researchers say.

Seniors: Extra care, hygiene in flu season

Visiting Angels, a private U.S. company that provides seniors with home care and assistance, advises special care and extra hygiene during flu season.

Flu waning in the South, rising in West

Influenza is waning in the South, Southeast, New England and Midwest but increasing in the Southwest and Northwest, officials say.
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