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Health Alert 9-14-12

Posted: 09/14/2012 - A new study suggests having a blood sugar level that's even on the "high end" of normal could have damaging effects on the brain also, if you buy organic fruits and vegetables, you know they often cost a lot more than conventionally grown produce. But is it worth it?

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New York City's Large Soda Ban Divides Local Residents

Updated: 09/14/2012 - New York City's board of health has approved a ban on large sodas. Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates looks at the local reaction to a big city decision and whether it could spread to Georgia.

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Health Alert 9-13-12

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Health officials have sent warnings to Yosemite National Park visitors, from 39 other countries, about a potentially deadly hantavirus uncovered at some of the park's cabins this summer and new study says men who sleep in the same room as their children have lower testosterone levels.

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Those in Pain Seek to Gain in Capitol Rally

Updated: 09/13/2012 - Florida is dealing with a prescription drug epidemic. More people die each day from prescription drug abuse than all illegal drugs combined. But critics say the state's laws put into place to combat the abuse only pile on the pain for those who truly need the drugs.

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Health Alert 9-12-12

Posted: 09/12/2012 - Researchers have identified the farm where a deadly Salmonella outbreak started that infected 178 people including a Lowndes County girl and a new study by British researchers suggests the shape of a person's beer glass may affect how fast they drink it.

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Health Alert 9-12-12

Updated: 09/11/2012 - Chronic stress may trigger strokes and if your type "A", that risk is double and a new study suggests that cutting calories won't prolong your life.

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Fewer Florida Teens Smoking

Updated: 09/11/2012 - Tobacco use in teens in Georgia is down this year, and now the numbers show the same goes among Florida teens.

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Health Alert 9-10-12

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Obesity may be linked to our body clocks. A new paper suggests shiftwork, artificial light and a 24-hour lifestyle have thrown off our natural rhythmns, which regulate the sleep-wake cycle and a new study finds eating moderate amounts of chocolate may lower the risk of stroke in men.

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Prostate Cancer and Testing Recommendations

Updated: 09/07/2012 - WCTV is committed to the fight against cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors are taking the time to tell men how a simple test could save lives.

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Health Alert 9-6-12

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Health officials in Chicago say two deaths are now part of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the JW Marriott hotel and six other people were also diagnosed with the disease, which is a severe form of pneumonia and people who are normal weight but have fat around the belly have a higher risk of death than those who are obese.

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Health Alert 9-7-12

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Lack of sleep could be a new risk factor for aggressive breast cancer and new federal standards this year require schools to serve more nutritious meals.

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Health Alert 9-6-12

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Health officials in Chicago say two deaths are now part of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the JW Marriott hotel. Six other people were also diagnosed with the disease, which is a severe form of pneumonia and people who are normal weight but have fat around the belly have a higher risk of death than those who are obese.

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Health Alert 9-5-12

Posted: 09/06/2012 - According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Stanford University found that many heart patients who relied on drugs alone, ended-up needing emergency stent procedures to open up their arteries later and researchers at the University of Texas found that people who exercised 20 percent more in their 30's, 40's, and 50's decreased their chances of heart failure, Alzheimer's and colon cancer, decades later, by 20 percent.

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Health Alert 9-4-12

Updated: 09/06/2012 - A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that post menopausal women have less energy and are more likely to lose their motivation after starting to lose weight and the American Academy of Pediatrics is also putting out new guidelines when it comes to children and sleep disorders.

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Health Alert 9-3-12

Posted: 09/03/2012 - Researchers at the national institutes of health have identified a new disease in Asia that causes Aids-like symptoms but is not associated with HIV and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, new evidence shows the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks for newborn boys, but the benefits are not enough for doctors to routinely recommend it for all boys.

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Health Alert 8-31-12

Updated: 08/31/2012 - A vaccine to prevent tuberculosis may help people with type one diabetes and new research shows binge drinkers are happier with their college experience and social life than their non-drinking peers.

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Health Alert 8-30-12

Posted: 08/30/2012 - new study in the Lancet finds the benefits of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins outweighs the increased risk of diabetes and a new report in USA Today says Boston Market is getting rid of salt shakers on tables inside the restaurant.

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Health Alert 8-29-12

Posted: 08/29/2012 - Medical officials are warning people about a new strain of Swine Flu called H3N2 that has infected more than 200 people in nine states and if you can't get through your day without a coffee break or two, here's good news for you, Harvard researchers say the evidence is fairly strong for coffee preventing Type II Diabetes and Parkinson's because of its antioxidants.

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Health Alert 8-28-12

Posted: 08/28/2012 - Georgia may have links to a new rash of cantaloupe contaminations and a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience finds musical training in childhood makes for better listeners later in life.

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Health Alert 8-27-12

Posted: 08/27/2012 - People whose spouses suffer a sudden heart attack have an increased risk of anxiety, depression, or suicide, even if their spouse survives and a specific scan may save your life. Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found a heart calcium scan is the most effective way to predict heart disease in patients who are currently classified at intermediate risk.

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Health Alert 9-24-12

Posted: 08/20/2012 - Millions of Bumbo baby seats are being recalled because some babies are getting seriously hurt and volunteers are needed in Valdosta, Georgia for the Look Good, Feel Good Program which teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients.

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Health Alert 8-23-12

Updated: 08/23/2012 - An antibacterial chemical could weaken your muscles as you wash your hands and August is National Immunization Awareness Month. In Georgia the Department of Health is reminding citizens to get their booster shots for illnesses such as meningitis.

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Health Alert 8-22-12

Posted: 08/20/2012 - A new study found men who used Propecia and developed persistent sexual side effects experienced depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts and the CPSC says backpack injuries in children ages 5 to 18 increased more than 6 percent between 2010 and 2011.

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Health Alert 8-21-12

Posted: 08/20/2012 - The Government Accountability Office is asking the Federal Communications Commission to update its cell phone radiation standards and doctors agree that breastfeeding is the best option for both babies and moms.

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Health Alert 8-20-12

Posted: 08/20/2012 - Selling or possessing bath salts and other synthetic drugs is already illegal in Florida and is now illegal in New York and a new study finds changing the type of video games and television shows your child watches can lead to a better night's sleep.

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