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Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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ANIMAL CARE
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CANCER
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CAREGIVING
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Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
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Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
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DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
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Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
DISABILITIES
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Fish in U.S. Rivers Tainted With Common Medications
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
EYE CARE, VISION
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Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
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Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Vitamin D Best Taken With Largest Meal of Day, Study Finds
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
MEN'S HEALTH
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Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
PAIN
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
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PREGNANCY
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Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
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Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
Iodine in Prenatal Vitamins Varies Widely
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
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Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death

(HealthDay News) -- A study of H1N1 swine flu in Mexico finds that while babies and people under the age of 40 are most likely to get sick, elderly people have the highest death rates.

The research, published online Nov. 11 in The Lancet, analyzed medical records of patients at clinics in the Mexican Institute for Social Security network, who became sick with flu-like illnesses between April 28 and July 31, 2009.

The researchers found 63,479 cases of flu-like illness. Of the 6,945 confirmed cases of H1N1 swine flu, about 1 percent (63 patients) died. Seven percent (475 patients) were admitted to the hospital and lived.

Of those aged 70 and older who got sick, 10.3 percent died. By contrast, 0.9 percent of those aged 20 to 29 died, the study authors noted.

The researchers found that the risk of infection fell by 35 percent in those who received vaccinations for seasonal flu. Chronic disease boosted the risk of death by six times.

Those who didn't go to the hospital within four days after developing symptoms boosted their risk of death by 20 percent for each extra day they delayed a hospital visit.

Pregnant women made up 6 percent of the deaths in Mexico. That rate is a bit lower than in the United States (8 percent) over the same time period.

"In Mexico, all pregnant workers were sent home during the peak of the pandemic, which probably accounts for this difference," Dr. Victor Borja-Aburto of the Mexican Institute for Social Security in Mexico City, and colleagues wrote.

SOURCES: The Lancet, news release, Nov. 11, 2009 Published on: November 11, 2009