Health News of the Day

25% of stroke patients die within a year

25 percent of people who had a stroke died within a year and 8 percent had another stroke within a year. They said 50 percent either died or had another stroke or a heart attack within four years.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61E4TD20100215

Girls' involvement in team sports can mean lifelong improvements in educational, work and health prospects. NYTimes.

Counting Sheep Does Not Help You Fall Asleep

Subjects took slightly longer to fall asleep on nights they were instructed to distract themselves by counting sheep or were given no instructions at all. But when they were told to imagine a relaxing scene — a beach, for example — they fell asleep an average of 20 minutes sooner. Don’t count sheep; instead, try picturing relaxing images.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/health/16real.html

Non-hospitalized patients dealing with an IBD flare-up are 16 times more likely to suffer a blood clot in a vein

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61E4ON20100215

China discovers doughnuts — with salmon

"Patrick Lin is sure he can succeed where others have failed, and get the Chinese hooked on doughnuts. Doughnuts are shaped like pearl bracelets, and toppings include ham and cheese, red spaghetti sauce, salmon, spicy beef and seaweed flakes. "Dunkin' Donuts has dropped the sugar level as the Chinese, like Taiwanese, don't like snacks that are too sweet," she said. "It has also added new varieties, such as one with pork." Chinese newspapers don't have a word for doughnuts and call them "tian tian quan" or "sweet, sweet rings."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35394535/ns/business-consumer_news

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