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Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
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When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
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Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
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Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
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Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
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What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
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Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
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Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
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Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
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Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
EYE CARE, VISION
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
FITNESS
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
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Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Heavy Alcohol Use Linked to Cancer
Autumn Chores Often Hazardous
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
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HEARING
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
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Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
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Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
PAIN
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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PREGNANCY
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Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
SENIORS
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Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
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Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
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Natural Therapies for Menopause
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
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Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

(HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture and exercise may help women better handle the symptoms and risks that come with hormone imbalances caused by certain ovarian cysts, Swedish researchers report.

About one in 10 women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that can start in the teen years and cause irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Small immature cysts on the ovaries disrupt hormone production, causing excessive secretion of testosterone, the male sex hormone. In addition to infertility, it can increase a woman's odds of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, the study authors explained.

While the syndrome's cause remains mysterious, researchers believe it is linked to a highly active sympathetic nervous system, part of the body's internal controls that regulate several functions one cannot willingly manage, such as how wide one's pupils dilate.

In the study, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome were separated into three groups: one group received regular electro-acupuncture, in which weak electric current is sent through the needles; another group was given heart-rate monitors and told to exercise three or more times per week; the last group was given no additional treatment or instructions. After a four-month period, women in the acupuncture and exercise groups ended up with lower sympathetic nervous system activity, though the acupuncture group received additional benefits, the researchers found.

"Those who received acupuncture found that their menstruation became more normal. We could also see that their levels of testosterone became significantly lower, and this is an important observation, since elevated testosterone levels are closely connected with the increased activity in the sympathetic nervous system of women," study author Elisabet Stener-Victorin, an associate professor who has led the research at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, said in a news release issued by the institution.

SOURCES: University of Gothenburg, news release, Aug. 27, 2009