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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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Health Alert 8-16-12

Posted: 08/10/2012 - Health officials say West Nile Virus, which is the disease spread through infected mosquitoes, is on the rise around the country and A new study published in the Annals of Allergy Asthma and Immunology finds that Americans are less likely to improve their home environment if they are renters.

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Health Alert 8-15-12

Posted: 08/10/2012 - Various leaders of the Leon County health community gathered to discuss the results of surveys and interviews conducted by residents and a new government study finds overall cholesterol levels in children and teens have decreased over the last two decades.

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Health Alert 8-14-12

Posted: 08/10/2012 - People who use long term blood pressure medications may be at greater risk for developing lip cancer and researchers at Columbia University may have found a way to help convert the fat we store in our bodies into energy.

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Health Alert 8-10-12

Posted: 08/02/2012 - Scientists say a new strain of Bird Flu could theoretically pose a threat to humans and more Americans have multiple health problems.

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Health Alert 8-9-10

Posted: 08/02/2012 - Say good-bye to paying a co-pay for the pill and new research shows moderate exercise helps heart failure patients both mentally and physically.

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Health Alert 8-8-12

Posted: 08/02/2012 - There's another benefit to having cataract surgery, it can lead to fewer broken bones and a major grant may help cancer research in our area.

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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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