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Proceed To Article Blood Pressure-Lowering DASH Diet Also Reduces Homocysteine
The blood pressure-lowering DASH diet also reduces levels of the amino acid homocysteine, according to a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded study. A high level of homocysteine appears to increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. More...

Proceed To Article Scientists Find Link Between Pre-1970s Diagnostic X-Rays For Scoliosis And Breast Cancer Mortality
Researchers have found that women with scoliosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine, who were exposed to multiple diagnostic X-rays during childhood and adolescence may be at increased risk of dying of breast cancer. The study appears in the 15 Aug 2000 issue of the journal Spine. More...

Proceed To Article Mayo Lung Project: After 20 Years, No Benefit From Chest X-Rays
After tracking smokers for 20 years, a large study indicates that screening for lung cancer with chest X-rays does not save lives. The new report reinforces original conclusions from the Mayo Lung Project, published in the mid-1980s, that X-rays at frequent intervals do not decrease the death rate from lung cancer. More...

Proceed To Article STAR Enrolls 6,139 Women In First Year: Study Seeks 16,000 More
The first year of the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) saw 6,139 postmenopausal women at increased risk of breast cancer enroll in this landmark prevention study and more than 47,000 women went through an individualized, no-obligation risk assessment to determine their risk of breast cancer and weigh the pros and cons of joining the trial. Enrollment began July 1, 1999. 16,000 more women are sought. More...

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Assessment of Suicidal Behaviors and Risk Among Children and Adolescents - A National Institute Of Mental Health (NIMH) Report
As indicated by the decision to include suicide as one of the leading indicators of health status in Healthy People 2010, research related to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of suicidal behaviors is a high priority. Because of increased awareness of suicidality as a problem, and because completed suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, efforts to identify youths who have engaged in suicidal behaviors or are at high risk for engaging in suicidal behavior have increased markedly over the last years. More...

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