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Medical Minute 3-23-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

March 23, 2012 - The CDC says chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States but not enough women are getting tested for it. It's recommended sexually active women under the age of 25 get tested for chlamydia every year. But, according to the CDC, only 38 percent of them were tested last year. The disease often does not have symptoms and is easy to cure. But if left untreated, it can hurt a woman's ability to have children.

Also, less sleep can make you eat a lot more. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say sleep deprived people eat an extra 500 additional calories a day. They found lack of sleep effects hunger hormones in the stomach. Doctors say sleep deprivation is a growing problem and is likely contributing to the obesity epidemic.


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