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Health Alert 5-4-12

Updated: 05/02/2012 - A half dozen teenagers in southern California had to be taken to emergency rooms in the past few months over hand sanitizer and the fourth case of mad cow disease was recently reported in the United States.

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Health Alert 5-3-12

Posted: 05/02/2012 - According to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry, violence can prematurely age children, by as much as 7 to 10 years and sweet and refreshing, berries are thought of as a summer treat, but new evidence suggests that these fruits eaten regularly may also help preserve brain function.

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Health Alert 5-2-12

Posted: 05/02/2012 - Researchers believe millions of lives could be saved if more countries adopted anti-smoking policies and lifting heavy weight might not be the only way to build big muscles.

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Health Alert 5-1-12

Posted: 05/01/2012 - New research claims there's a bias when it comes to publishing studies about autism drugs and a new report from Harvard researchers estimates that deaths from cardiovascular disease could be reduced up to 3 percent if the food industry reduced salt content and salt products were taxed.

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Health Alert 4-30-12

Posted: 04/30/2012 - U.S. health officials say only 13 percent of adults in this country have high total cholesterol and as the weather gets warmer and plants start to bloom, trees and grasses release pollen into the air, triggering allergic symptoms in those with seasonal allergies.

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Health Alert 4-25-12

Posted: 04/25/2012 - Research shows a new drug can detect changes in the brain that could help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's Disease earlier and being upbeat and optimistic just may help protect against heart disease.

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Health Alert 4-27-12

Posted: 04/25/2012 - Blood tests look promising in diagnosing depression and experts say a new technique to treat early prostate cancer may have far fewer side effects than existing therapies.

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Health Alert 4-26-12

Posted: 04/25/2012 - Brain scans may be able to predict who will become overweight and preliminary research shows, treatment with testosterone may help heart failure patients feel better and exercise more.

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Health Alert 4-23-12

Posted: 04/23/2012 - A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests people who get short, disrupted amounts of sleep have an increased risk of diabetes and obesity and keeping your body active is just as important as exercising your brain when it comes to warding off Alzheimer's disease.

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Health Alert 4-20-12

Posted: 04/16/2012 - Researchers have discovered the reason why many overweight people don't lose weight is because they don't know they have a problem and federal judges hear arguments over new, proposed warning labels for cigarette packs.

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Health Alert 4-19-12

Posted: 04/16/2012 - Scientists have discovered two new genes which could lead to childhood obesity and according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sex education is becoming less prevalent in American middle schools.

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Health Alert 4-18-12

Posted: 04/13/2012 - People who smoke menthol cigarettes are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke, compared to those who smoke non-menthols and fish oil may be short on benefits for stroke and heart attack survivors.

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Health Alert 4-17-12

Posted: 04/13/2012 - Researchers may have found a way to prevent an age-related eye disease from getting worse and a new study says a widely used test to measure electrical activity in the heart may help identify elderly people at risk of a heart attack.

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Health Alert 4-16-12

Posted: 04/13/2012 - A mother's weight and diabetic condition may increase the risk of her unborn child developing a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism and officials in London are using technology to help prevent a potential pandemic during the 2012 Olympic games.

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Health Alert 4-12-12

Updated: 04/17/2012 - A new report by nine physician groups, the Consumers Union and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation suggests many tests are overused in doctor's offices and new research finds breast cancer survival rates are lower in patients who have arthritis.

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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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