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Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
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B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
CANCER
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
Tiniest Babies Carry Biggest Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
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Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
EYE CARE, VISION
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Maximize Your Run
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
Go To Work But Skip The Car
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At 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