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med BRIEFS Study looks at noninvasive treatment for uterine fibroids

Researchers are evaluating a new, noninvasive way to treat uterine fibroids, non-cancerous tumors that occur in one of every four or five women over age 35. The new technique, an alternative to hysterectomy, is described in the October issue of Women's HealthSource. The procedure converts ultrasound waves into heat energy to destroy fibroids. There are no incisions. Results of the study are expected next year.

Treatment might not be needed for varicose veins

Most varicose veins, veins that are large and twisted with valves that have stopped working, don't need treatment unless a woman wants cosmetic changes, according to the October issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. If there are troublesome symptoms such as throbbing, cramping or swelling, or you simply don't like the look of the veins, talk with your doctor about treatment options.

Free booklet for mental sharpness

Mayo Clinic is offering a free booklet with tips for keeping a person's mental sharpness. To receive a copy of "Staying Mentally Sharp," call 631-369-6433.

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Several conditions can cause forgetfulness and some can be reversed, the clinic says. Usually, people with Alzheimer's disease have more than one symptom from a list that includes memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language, disorientation with regard to time and place, poor or decreased judgment, problems with theoretical or speculative thinking, misplacing things, changes in mood or behavior, changes in personality, and loss of initiative.

Grant will help in asthma fight

The Minnesota Department of Health has received a $700,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement a strategic plan to decrease the effect of asthma on the state.

One in 10 Minnesota adults reports having had asthma disease at some point. This has cost the state more than $33 million in hospitalizations and emergency room visits each year, the department says.

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