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Health Alert 4-11-12

Updated: 04/17/2012 - Americans may be more overweight than they think and The Mildred Hunter Community Center in Valdosta is stepping up the fight against childhood obesity.

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Health Alert 4-9-12

Updated: 04/17/2012 - The Food and Drug Administration says it wants the tobacco industry to tell consumers about every harmful chemical in cigarettes and according to a new lab study, birth control pills may affect women's taste in men.

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Medical Minute 4-6-12

Posted: 04/04/2012 - A new study suggests healthy living could help the prevention of all cancers and scientists are finding new ways to personalize cancer treatments.

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Medical Minute 4-5-12

Posted: 04/04/2012 - Unroasted coffee beans may be the key to quick weight loss and a new report from the World Health Organization says Europeans are the biggest alcohol drinkers in the world.

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Medical Minute 4-4-12

Posted: 04/04/2012 - Pregnancy can increase a woman's chance of dying from a heart attack and scientists may have discovered a new way to fight cancer cells.

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Medical Minute 4-3-12

Posted: 04/02/2012 - Giving out free nicotine patches and counseling smokers may not help them kick the habit and, a new study suggests red meat makes you happy.

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Medical Minute 4-2-12

Posted: 04/02/2012 - People who live alone may be at higher risk of depression and researchers in Japan discovered that music can have a positive effect on organ transplants.

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Medical Minute 3-23-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - The CDC says chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States but not enough women are getting tested for it and, 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.

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Medical Minute 3-22-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - A sonogram 20 weeks into pregnancy has been the only way for a pregnant woman to really know a baby's gender and, a study of 99 men attending a U-S fertility clinic found those eating junk food diets had poorer sperm quality.

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Medical Minute 3-21-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - Health professionals have found a potentially life saving use for cell phones. They say text messages can be used to remind millions of HIV patients to take their medicine and there's new evidence that parenting classes can help disruptive children and their parents.

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Medical Minute 3-20-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - Americans are living longer. A new study from the centers for disease control looked at mortality rates from the last 75 years. It finds that the overall risk of dying has dropped 60 percent since 1935 and, new data says that metal hip replacements fail much more often than those made of plastic or ceramic.

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Medical Minute 3-19-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - Researchers have discovered that losing belly fat allows blood vessels to work better and a group called Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is hoping the phrase, "hot dogs cause butt cancer" is enough to make drivers in Chicago think.

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Medical Minute 3-16-12

Posted: 03/16/2012 - new study finds that women who drink a low to moderate amount of alcohol are at a reduced risk of stroke and a new report suggests doctors need to be more careful when prescribing certain painkillers to older patients.

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Medical Minute 3-8-12

Posted: 03/08/2012 - While cancer deaths are on a steady decline in Europe, researchers estimate more than a million people will die of cancer in the european union this year and hypnosis may be used by some for entertainment, for others, it's a way to change a bad habit.

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Medical Minute 3-13-12

Updated: 03/13/2012 - The American College of Physicians is releasing new colorectal cancer screening guidelines and the youngest kids in class could be over diagnosed with attention-deficit hyper activity disorder or ADHD.

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Medical Minute 3-12-12

Updated: 03/12/2012 - Regular pap smears can increase the odds of surviving cervical cancer and a new study in the journal of sexual medicine finds 90-percent of women seeking treatment for headaches were likely to suffer from a lower sex drive.

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Medical Minute 3-9-12

Posted: 03/08/2012 - Sleepy transportation workers may be putting their passengers and those around them at risk and the more teens are exposed to alcohol use in movies...the more likely they are to binge drink.

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Medical Minute 3-7-12

Updated: 03/07/2012 - An internet treatment for teens with chronic fatigue syndrome is proving to be much more effective than traditional therapy and some elderly lung cancer patients may be getting unnecessary radiation treatments.

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Medical Minute 3-6-12

Updated: 03/06/2012 - American children are consuming a lot of added sugar and most of it comes from processed foods, not sugary drinks and the grocery store meat counter will look a little different the next time you shop since it is now mandatory to put nutrition labels on raw meat.

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Medical Minute 3-5-12

Posted: 03/02/2012 - Women can only get pregnant while they're still producing eggs. However, between the ages of 30 and 40, the chance of conceiving naturally drops to 50-percent. And from the ages of 40 to 42, it drops by half again. By age 45, the chance of getting pregnant is less than one-percent. One option is to freeze your eggs.

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Medical Minute 3-5-12

Updated: 03/02/2012 - There are close to seven-thousand rare diseases, affecting about 25 million Americans and this week, families are coming together in Washington DC to raise awareness for rare diseases and the FDA announced the entire class of statin drugs will get new labels that alert the public to safety concerns.

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Medical Minute 3-1-12

Updated: 03/02/2012 - You won't see graphic anti-smoking images and messages on cigarette cartons. A federal judge threw out a mandate requiring tobacco companies to place the images and words on their products. Also, new research finds that women who eat fish... May be reducing their colon cancer risk. Previous studies have linked fish consumption to a lower risk of heart disease for both genders.

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Medical Minute 02-29

Posted: 02/29/2012 - Falling to the ground at any given moment without having control over their bodies. It's what children with atonic seizures live with everyday. For some, removing part of a major organ, seems to be the key to ending the dangerous cycle. Andrew McIntosh has the story.

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Medical Minute 02-28

Posted: 02/28/2012 - Did you know that mixing licorice and blood pressure meds could lead to paralysis? If you're not careful, the drugs meant to save you could actually do more harm than good. Andrew McIntosh shows us how everything from the time of day, to the type of food we eat could do us harm.

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Medical Minute 02-27

Posted: 02/27/2012 - Passed from mother to son…Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disease of children. One in 35-hundred boys is diagnosed with it. Over time, they lose more and more muscle, until their lungs or heart become so weak they die. But as Andrew McIntosh reports, a therapy that's been tested in dogs could change that.

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