Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Health News

Kids with ADHD need to fidget, study says, May 26, 2009

Fidgeting helps kids with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder focus by moving to maintain alertness, a University of Central Florida study has found.

Study leader Dr. Mark Rapport suspects they are "under-aroused" -- that their brains do not produce enough dopamine to keep them alert during normal day-to-day activities -- so the kids move around to jiggle or wake their brains and bodies up. Read Original Article>>

Acid Blockers Linked to Pneumonia Risk

WebMD, May 26, 2009

Use of proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs was associated with a 30% increased risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia in a study by researcher Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Medicine.

Herzig and colleagues estimate that 180,000 cases of hospital-acquired pneumonia and 33,000 deaths each year may be due to their use. Read Original Article>>

Scientists find shared genetic link between periodontitis and heart attack, May 25, 2009

A suspected genetic relationship between the dental disease periodontitis and coronary heart disease (CHD) has been confirmed by reseachers at the Institute for Clinical Molecular Biology, University of Kiel, Germany.

Both CHD and periodontitis are propagated by the same risk factors -- most importantly, smoking, diabetes and obesity. Read Original Article>>

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