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Health Alert 8-7-12

Posted: 08/02/2012 - Doctors in London say the first child to undergo a stem cell tracheal transplant is doing well and stem cells extracted during liposuction could be used to help millions of people with heart disease.

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Health Alert 8-6-12

Posted: 08/02/2012 - The Capital Coalition for Health has unveiled its health and wellness priorities for Leon County following a year long assessment and giving birth at an older age may help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.

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Health Alert 8-3-12

Posted: 07/26/2012 - New research finds two out of three very obese children already have at least one risk factor for heart disease and vitamins C, E and Selenium could help reduce the risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

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Health Alert 8-2-12

Posted: 07/26/2012 - Check your refrigerator because there's a massive ground beef recall underway and you may want to shut off the TV and computer when you go to bed.

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Health Alert 8-1-12

Posted: 07/26/2012 - Timothy Brown sounds like a pretty common name, so it might not mean much to you but this particular Tim Brown is allegedly the only person ever cured of the HIV infection and a new study finds anxiety disorders among poor mothers are more likely the result of their difficult economic situation, rather than mental illness.

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Health Alert 7-31-12

Posted: 07/26/2012 - A highly-contagious illness that often infects infants is making a come-back in 20-12 and researchers are questioning the safety and effectiveness of drugs commonly prescribed for chronic kidney disease.

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Health Alert 7-30-12

Posted: 07/26/2012 - A new study of patients with cervical cancer finds one of the biggest reasons people are diagnosed in the late stages is their lack of insurance and drugstore chain, Walgreens, agreed Thursday to renew its relationship with drug plan administrator express scripts.

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Health Alert 7-27-12

Posted: 07/23/2012 - Another case of flesh eating bacteria is reported, now in South Carolina and high stress jobs may increase the risk of a heart attack. Boston researchers followed 22 thousand women and found those in the most stressful jobs were 67 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack.

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Health Alert 7-26-12

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The Food and Drug Administration says that baby bottles and children's drinking cups could no longer contain Bisphenol A or BPA, an estrogen-mimicking industrial chemical used in some plastic bottles and food packaging and a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine questions whether surgery is the right treatment for some prostate cancer patients.

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Health Alert 7-25-12

Posted: 07/23/2012 - A record 8 million people with HIV in poor countries were receiving potentially life-saving treatment last year and Florida's counties may reconsider a lawsuit against the state over disputed Medicaid fees.

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Health Alert 7-24-12

Posted: 07/23/2012 - Doctors say a popular treatment for multiple sclerosis is not effective and a British study finds a lack of physical activity causes 10 percent of deaths.

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Health Alert 7-23-12

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce that it will approve the obesity drug Qnexa and according to a new study, women who give birth to heavy babies are twice as likely to develop breast cancer.

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Health Alert 7-20-12

Updated: 07/20/2012 - Uncircumcised boys may be at a higher risk of contracting a urinary tract infection and students going into kindergarten and 7th grade need to have certain immunizations on file before schools starts back up in August. Throughout the summer, the Leon County Health Department is offering free immunizations.

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Health Alert 7-19-12

Updated: 07/19/2012 - Moderate drinking may reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that more people are ending up in emergency rooms with injuries from swallowing wire bristles from cleaning grills.

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Health Alert 7-18-12

Posted: 07/18/2012 - The discovery of an immune molecule could lead to new treatments for skin cancer and according to a new study, most kids aren't getting enough physical education.

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Health Alert 7-17-12

Posted: 07/17/2012 - A new study finds the HPV vaccine is lowering infection rates, even among young women who are not vaccinated and reducing stress could help patients with multiple sclerosis. Researchers at Northwestern studied 121 MS patients and found those who took part in a weekly stress management program prevented new brain lesions from developing.

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Health Alert 7-16-12

Posted: 07/16/2012 - Concussions appear to be increasing in college football players and sleep apnea appears to be worse during the winter months. Brazilian researchers tracked thousands of people who were tested at a sleep clinic.

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Health Alert 7-12-12

Posted: 07/12/2012 - New research questions the current recommendation not to give the shingles vaccine to patients with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis and according to a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, kitty litter boxes could be making women suicidal.

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Health Alert 7-13-12

Posted: 07/12/2012 - Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have been surging at an alarming rate in the U.S., but there's some good news the number blamed on methadone appears to have peaked and a report published online in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that the sending and receiving of sexual photos and messages via cellphone and computer, or sexting, is common among teens and may be linked to their sexual behaviors.

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Health Alert 7-11-12

Posted: 07/10/2012 - The first over-the-counter rapid HIV test will soon be available for use at home and a new study finds transferring just one single embryo during in in-vitro fertilization greatly reduces the risk of newborn death.

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Health Alert 7-9-12

Posted: 07/09/2012 - A new study in the Journal Pediatrics finds infants born at 37 or 38 weeks, who are technically "at term," have an increased risk of developmental delays or other medical difficulties and drug maker GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay a whopping three billion dollars to settle criminal and civil claims over some of its medications.

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Health Alert 7-6-12

Posted: 07/02/2012 - There will soon be a new diet pill available to help some overweight people fight the battle of the bulge and a new vaccine could help smokers quit for good.

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Health Alert 7-5-12

Posted: 07/02/2012 - Exposure to secondhand smoke may increase your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes and obesity and drinking coffee in moderation could reduce the risk of heart failure.

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Health Alert 7-4-12

Posted: 07/02/2012 - The American Red Cross desperately needs more people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood and health regulators are taking a closer look at metal hip replacements.

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Health Alert 7-3-12

Posted: 07/02/2012 - A new study by McAfee found that 70 percent of teens hide their online behavior from their parents and if you're looking for the perfect summer diet, you might want to stay away from the high protein and low carb ones.

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