Be careful with cat bites

    A recent study from the Mayo Clinic showed that cat bites to the hand are particularly dangerous. One-third of victims required hospitalization, and often surgery to resolve the infection. Wounds near joints and over the wrist were most problematic.

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    If you are worried about a failing memory as you age, read this

    A German research study published in Topics in Cognitive Science concluded that a normal persons’ memory does not necessarily deteriorate with age.

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    Pesticide exposure linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

    A recent study published in Neurology showed that people with Alzheimer’s disease had DDT pesticide traces at a level four times greater than people without this disease. Pesticides have already been strongly linked to Parkinson’s disease.

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    The US may soon ban consumer anti-bacterial soaps

    Anti-bacterial soaps containing the chemical triclosan have been shown to be no more effective at killing germs than plain soap, and triclosan may have long-term side effects. Several European countries have already restricted its use, and it seems like the US will soon follow.

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    Dengue fever and the World Cup

    Next year at the World Cup, outbreaks of dengue fever are possible. People in at-risk areas should take measures to prevent mosquito bites, and support public health measures to decrease the mosquito population.

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    The symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest

    “Sudden cardiac arrest” is a sudden electrical disturbance of the heart, and for a person to survive, he must be treated within a few minutes. Previously it was thought this problem came without warning symptoms, but a recent study found over half of sufferers did have symptoms up a month before the event.

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    Sitting for long periods might increase your chance of colon cancer

    Recent research studies showed that many hours sitting per day can increase your risk of suffering from colon cancer, as well as having a bigger waist and a worse cholesterol profile.

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    How to sleep better (part 2)

    Part two of a two-part series on sleep issues, including hints and highlights from an interview with a Harvard Medical School neuroscientist and sleep researcher.