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Less Sleep and Obesity associated with Kids who have TV and Electronics in Bedroom

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(Best Syndication News) - Children who have a TV, computer, video game console, or mobile phone in their bedroom are at an increased risk for being overweight or obese, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta.

The researchers conducted a survey of almost 3,400 5th grade students in the province of Alberta, Canada. They wanted to see if there was a relationship between a child’s sleeping habits, the number of electronic devices in their bedroom, and their weight. Around half of the students surveyed had a TV, DVD player, or video game console in their bedroom. They discovered that 21 percent of the children had a computer, and 17 percent had a mobile phone. Only 5 percent of the students had all three kinds of electronics.

Heart Attacks more deadly for Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women have a higher chance of dying from a heart attack (ST elevation myocardial infarction) than men. Dr Guillaume Leurent from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Rennes, France presented the study’s findings at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2012 meeting in Istanbul, Turkey this week. This is the first annual event hosted by the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

The researchers found that women tended to have longer delays before being treated. The women suffering a heart attack were treated less aggressively, and there were more complications with longer hospital stays.

Previous research showed women having worse outcomes with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) events. So the French researchers decided to investigate whether there were any gender differences in the way they were treated.

Banana Boat Sunscreen Recall announced for Fire Hazard

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of several Banana Boat sunscreen products with the continuous spray mist. Before the sunscreen is completely dry, the person wearing the product could potentially catch on fire if exposed to an ignition source.

Energizer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ENR) based out of St. Louis, MO are the distributors of the Banana Boat branded products. They have voluntarily recalled 23 different products (see recall list below) that spray or mist the sunscreen on the skin. The company distributed the recalled products nationwide between January of 2010 and September 30, 2012.

Low Calcium Diet associated with an increased risk for Primary Hyperparathyroidism

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found an increased risk for developing primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) in women who ate a low calcium diet. Primary hyperparathyroidism is a condition where the parathyroid gland is releasing too much of the parathyroid hormone into the body. The condition can cause weak bones, fractures, and kidney stones. Additionally, other studies have associated untreated PHPT with higher rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

PHPT is most often found in post-menopausal women between 50-60 years of age. One in 800 people will be affected by PHPT during their lifetime.

Stroke risk associated with SSRI Antidepressant Medications

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found there is an increased risk for stroke from taking SSRI antidepressant medications; however the study did show that the risk was low. The study was published in the October 17, 2012 online issue of Neurology.

The researchers looked at data from 16 studies that investigated a combined 500,000 participants. The participants had been taking SSRIs antidepressant medication and in this meta-analysis they wanted to see if there was an increased rate for stroke in the SSRI medication group compared to a group that didn’t take the medication.

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