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Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
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Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
CANCER
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
CAREGIVING
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
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Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Former Inmates at Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
EYE CARE, VISION
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
FITNESS
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
MEN'S HEALTH
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Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
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Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The common cooking spice turmeric may help prevent against Type 2 diabetes, as well as reducing the dangerous inflammation associated with obesity, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center, published in the journal Endocrinology and presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Francisco.

The effect is believed to come from curcumin, a key ingredient in turmeric that is known to function as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

"It's too early to tell whether increasing dietary curcumin - via turmeric - intake in obese people with diabetes will show a similar benefit," researcher Drew Tortoriello said. "Although the daily intake of curcumin one might have to consume as a primary diabetes treatment is likely impractical, it is entirely possible that lower dosages of curcumin could nicely complement our traditional therapies as a natural and safe treatment."

The researchers fed high doses of dietary curcumin to obese male mice that had been fed a high-fat diet and to obese female mice that had been bred to be deficient in the appetite-regulating hormone leptin. Mice that were fed the curcumin experienced a small but statistically significant decrease in body weight and body fat percentage, even though their diet had not changed. They exhibited improved glucose tolerance and blood sugar levels, indicating a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. They also showed lower levels of inflammation in their fat tissue and livers.

Turmeric has long been used as a dietary supplement, natural medicine and even as an antiseptic applied directly to wounds. Recent research suggests that it may have benefits for the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer's disease, cancer and liver problems. There are no known negative side effects to consuming the spice in quantities of up to 12 grams (0.42 ounces) per day.

-David Gutierrez