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4 Your Health: Acupuncture helping colicky babies

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Tucson- A new Swedish study has found acupuncture could be an effective treatment for infant colic .

Researchers divided a group of colicky babies to get twice-weekly acupuncture or standard care.

After two weeks, infants in the acupuncture group cried significantly less than those not treated with needles.

Doctors recommend parents keep a diary of their baby's crying episodes and eliminate cow's milk from their diet before seeking more help.

Also, new data suggests the onset of high blood pressure, late in life, could actually lower the risk of dementia.

Researchers tracked a group of elderly patients for nearly three years. Those diagnosed with hyper-tension in their 80's, were almost half as likely to develop dementia than those with no history of high blood pressure.

Dementia risk was even lower when hypertension began after age 90.

And a new machine could help wipe out drug-resistant bacteria in hospital rooms.

The portable device emits U-V light disrupting the DNA of bacteria in hard to reach areas, like open drawers or between cabinets. Duke researchers found the machine reduced the transmission of four major superbugs by 30 percent.

Experts say the machines are effective, but they are very expensive and take about 30 minutes to work in an empty room.

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