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    Researchers Find More American Women May Be Obese Than Thought

    Researchers Find More American Women May Be Obese Than Thought
    One-half of white women and more than two-thirds of Hispanic women in the United States may be obese by an international standard, researchers said. Lead author Dr. Mahbubur Rahman of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston said current U.S. National Institutes of Health body mass index values may not account for ethnic differences, and almost half of the reproductive-age ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Mass. Town Takes Steps to Trim Fat (Really), Healthcare Costs

    Mass. Town Takes Steps to Trim Fat (Really), Healthcare Costs
    Kelle Shugrue's 7-year-old son eats fresh fruit and vegetables at his public school, rides his bike along neighborhood paths and walked to school last week as part of a community effort to get kids moving. The Shugrue family lives in Somerville, Mass., a Boston suburb hailed by health advocates for its seven-year investment in programs fighting childhood obesity and encouraging healthful ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Too Sick to Work? Need Health Care? Take a Number

    Too Sick to Work? Need Health Care? Take a Number
    WASHINGTON – Master toolmaker John McClain built machine parts with details so small they couldn't be seen with the naked eye. Then a lump on his neck turned out to be cancer. Shalonda Frederick managed a bakery, and decorated cakes for special occasions. One day her face and hands, and her arms and legs, started clenching up. Then she fell off ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message

    Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message
    TRENTON, N.J. — "Hey baby, you OK?" Mike asks his girlfriend as she sits down next to him. "Yeah, I'm OK," Toni says, and she puts her head on his shoulder. Mike thinks it's safe to move in for a kiss. "Slow down," she says, pushing him back. "Just because I've decided to take you back, it doesn't erase the fact ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?

    How Much Vitamin D Do I Need?
    Vitamin D - the so-called sunshine vitamin - is the wonder nutrient of the moment. While the vitamin is best known for helping build strong bones and absorb calcium, a vitamin D deficiency can raise the risk of everything from immune disorders to colds and flu, according to recent research. But testing for a vitamin D deficiency may raise more questions ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Millions of Older Americans Use Risky Drug Combos

    Millions of Older Americans Use Risky Drug Combos
    CHICAGO – At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix — from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to aspirin and ginkgo capsules — a new study warns. Among older men, the numbers are particularly alarming — one in 10 are taking potentially harmful combinations, according to the study. The ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic

    WHO: Swine Flu Now a Pandemic
    GENEVA — The World Health Organization told its member nations it was declaring a swine flu pandemic Thursday – the first global flu epidemic in 41 years – as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. In a statement sent to member countries, WHO said it decided to raise the pandemic warning level from phase 5 ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Walgreen Offers Free Care to Jobless, Uninsured

    Walgreen Offers Free Care to Jobless, Uninsured
    NEW YORK - Drugstore operator Walgreen will offer free walk-in clinic services to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, though they'll still pay for prescriptions. The program provides tests and routine treatment for minor ailments and illnesses to patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31. Walgreen says it doesn't know how much the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +5
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    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym

    How Walking the Dog Beats the Gym
    For those who are keen to keep fit but low on motivation, a personal trainer is often the best option. But the human version may not be the most effective. Dog owners get more exercise walking their pet than someone with a gym membership, researchers have found. On average they exercise the animal twice a day for 24 minutes each time ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Folic Acid Even More Baby-Protective Than Thought

    Folic Acid Even More Baby-Protective Than Thought
    WASHINGTON — Baby-protecting folic acid is getting renewed attention: Not only does it fight spina bifida and some related abnormalities, new research shows it also may prevent premature birth and heart defects. Now pregnancy specialists are asking if it's time for the government to boost the amount being added to certain foods to help ensure mothers-to-be get enough. But for older ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Parents Fight For Diabetic Kids' Rights

    Parents Fight For Diabetic Kids' Rights
    Her diabetic son wasn't allowed to prick his finger in school to test his blood sugar, and some days the nurse wasn't available, so Kari Christiansen would drive there every two hours to make sure he didn't suffer a serious reaction. Christiansen had to shuttle the then-kindergartner's blood-testing device back and forth from Westchester Primary School. It was banned from the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Once-a-Day Heart Combo Pill Shows Promise in Study

    Once-a-Day Heart Combo Pill Shows Promise in Study
    ORLANDO, Fla. – It's been a dream for a decade: a single daily pill combining aspirin, cholesterol medicine and blood pressure drugs — everything people need to prevent heart attacks and strokes in a cheap, generic form. Skeptics said five medicines rolled into a single pill would mean five times more side effects. Some people would get drugs they don't need, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    A Taste of Help to Keep Cancer Patients' Pounds Up

    A Taste of Help to Keep Cancer Patients' Pounds Up
    WASHINGTON - The statistic is shocking: Severe malnutrition and weight loss play a role in at least one in five cancer deaths. Yet nutrition too often is an afterthought until someone's already in trouble. A move is on to change that, from hospitals that hire fancy gourmet chefs to the American Cancer Society's dietitians-on-call phone service. With cancer, you've got to ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Ground Beef Recalled Over E. coli Illnesses

    Ground Beef Recalled Over E. coli Illnesses
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A New York meat company has recalled almost 546,000 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with a bacteria that has caused illness and one death, according to health officials. The meat sold by Ashville, N.Y.-based Fairbank Farms was linked to cases of E. coli-related illness in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Food Poisoning Strikes 1 in 4 Americans Each Year

    Food Poisoning Strikes 1 in 4 Americans Each Year
    ATLANTA – Next time you have a case of diarrhea that lasts a day or more, chances are better than 1 in 3 that it was food poisoning. As many as a quarter of Americans suffer a foodborne illness each year — though only a fraction of those cases get linked to high-profile outbreaks like the recent salmonella-peanut scare, according to ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hard to Hear at Holiday Parties? Blame Your Brain

    Hard to Hear at Holiday Parties? Blame Your Brain
    NEW YORK – It's almost New Year's Eve, a time for plunging into boisterous crowds bathed in loud music. And for some of us, that means turning to an old friend and hearing things like this: "Did you know (BOOM-da-da-BOOM) went over (Bob! You look wonder-) so she said (clink-clink) and then I (Here, have another one) what would you do?" ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    First US Swine Flu Death, Spread Deepens in Europe

    First US Swine Flu Death, Spread Deepens in Europe
    WASHINGTON — Virulent swine flu swept deeper into Europe Wednesday, extending its global reach as President Barack Obama mourned the first U.S. death, a Mexican toddler in Texas, and said wider school closings in the United States may be necessary. Total U.S. cases surged to nearly 100. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was questioned closely by senators at a hearing in ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Cancer Survivors Take to the Road to Help Patients

    Cancer Survivors Take to the Road to Help Patients
    Betty Beeson says the hardest thing about being a driver for the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program is she doesn't get called on enough. Not enough people know about it, she says. Road to Recovery is a free program for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society matches patients with drivers who take them to and from the hospital for ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says

    Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says
    How happy you are may depend on how happy your friends' friends' friends are, even if you don't know them at all. And a cheery next-door neighbor has more effect on your happiness than your spouse's mood. So says a new study that followed a large group of people for 20 years — happiness is more contagious than previously thought. "Your ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Study: Gender Gap Remains For Heart Attack Care

    Study: Gender Gap Remains For Heart Attack Care
    NEW YORK (AP) — Women hospitalized with heart attacks still don't get the treatment they need and are more likely to die than men if they suffer a massive heart attack, a new study of U.S. hospitals shows. Overall, women survive heart attacks about as well as men when they are under a hospital's care. But the study found that a ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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