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Gargling Sugar Water could help improve Self-Control

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that rinsing the mouth with glucose helped improved participants’ self-control. The research results were published in the Oct. 22 issue of Psychological Science.

The study was co-authored by University of Georgia professor of psychology Leonard Martin and Matthew Sanders, a doctoral candidate who is also in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Wrong Dosage of Blood Thinning Medication given to 75 Percent of Patients

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute found that 75 percent of the patients taking blood thinners were not given the correct dosage. The study investigated 521 patients taking clopidogrel (Plavix) and prasugrel (Effient) and found that many had dosage amounts that were not effective. The study results were presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012 in Los Angeles.

The wrong dosage could be serious either way. Too much medication could cause uncontrolled bleeding, while too little medication puts the patient at an increased risk for developing blood clots. Blood thinning medication is often used as a way to prevent blood clots from forming. These clots can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Raw Sliced Carrot Chips recalled for possible Salmonella

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the voluntary recall of around 5,600 cases of the 16-ounce carrot bags that were shipped from Bolthouse Farms of Bakersfield, California, throughout the United States and Canada.

The recall was announced after a random sample from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services identified carrots with salmonella. So far, no illnesses have been reported.

The produce was packed with the names of Bolthouse Farms Carrot Chips, Safeway Farms Carrot Chips, or Farm Stand Carrot Chips on the bag. The 16-ounce bags of carrot chips have a “Best If Used By” dates of November 12 and November 13, 2012.

Pacemakers could be powered by Heartbeat

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers created an experimental device that could collect energy from heartbeats to help power pacemakers. The early study suggests that the technology holds promise and can improve the way pacemakers work. The study was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

Pacemakers, and possibly other devices such as implantable defibrillators, could take advantage of piezoelectricity technology as a power source. The energy charge is created from motion.

The findings suggest that patients could power their pacemakers — eliminating the need for replacements when batteries are spent. M. Amin Karami, Ph.D., lead author of the study and research fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said that these implantable devices require very little power to work.

Hereditary High Blood Cholesterol not Identified and Treated Effectively

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(Best Syndication News) - A research study from the University of Copenhagen and Herleve Hospital found that more Danes than previously thought have hereditary high blood cholesterol, and the condition is not being treated optimally. The study results were published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Dr Børge Nordestgaard, clinical professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and senior physician at Herlev Hospital, said of the 69,000 Danes investigated, they found that 1 out of 137 people in Denmark had hereditary high blood cholesterol.

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