August 2014


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Oral cancers in women rising, HPV sometimes a factor

Pat Folsom, 54, knows the importance of preventive medicine. As a health care worker, she goes for scheduled checkups.

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Active ImageMeasure for measure, a way to cut calories

The holiday season brings with it an overabundance of advice on how to avoid gaining weight in the face of all those festive meals, cocktail parties and plates of cookies brought in by co-workers.

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stressaspirations130x100.jpgI'm dreaming of a right-size Christmas

The daydreams start about this time every year: I imagine a Thanksgiving feast followed by post-turkey touch football on the beach; my children beside a picture-perfect Christmas tree and glowing menorah, gleeful over their gifts and good fortune; a rollicking New Year's dinner party with friends; and generally lots of togetherness and good cheer.

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Predicting Heart Disease Risk

Consumers are well aware of the dangers of oxidative stress, if the number of juices and teas advertised as containing antioxidants is any indication. But what is the best way to measure oxidative stress – and to fight it?

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Bypassing the Blues


Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients who were screened for depression after surgery and then cared for by a nurse-led team of health care specialists via telephone reported improved quality of life and physical function compared to those who received their doctors' usual care.

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Being thankful ... you’re not like mom and dad: Holidays can provide lessons about love amid quirky family dynamics

Thanksgiving  and Christmas brings the annual mix of happy anticipation and dread as we gather at the old homestead for a day of food, celebration and family politics.

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Study: Cut Global Warming, Save Lives Slashing; Carbon Emissions Would Reduce Heart, Lung Diseases, New Studies Show

Cutting global warming pollution would not only make the planet healthier, it would make people healthier too, newly released studies say.

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Can Food Lower Your Cholesterol?
Dr. Jennifer Ashton Tests Our Knowledge of Cholesterol and a Heart Healthy Diet


Almost 99 million adults in the United States have what is considered borderline or high cholesterol.  In time for Christmas, CBS's  Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Harry Smith talk about foods and cholesterol.

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Treating trauma victims may cause its own trauma

They listen to tales of life's worst moments, but they can't go home and tell their spouses about what they've heard. Sometimes no amount of schooling is enough to shield them from taking on some of their patients' suffering.

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A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain

It’s snowing heavily, and everyone in the backyard is in a swimsuit, at some kind of party: Mom, Dad, the high school principal, there’s even an ex-girlfriend. And is that Elvis, over by the piñata?

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suicides130x100.jpgSuicides in the downturn raise worries about recession’s real cost

Coroner John White is presiding over a sad tally in this northern Indiana county, tracking rising numbers of suicides he believes are linked to the lingering recession.

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Do Teen Sports Increase Risk of Teen Drinking and Violence?
Young Men Who Participate in Team Sports May Be More Likely to Fight, Drink


Conventional wisdom has always been that team sports build character, cooperation, and leadership skills. But new research suggests that being on the school football team may also be hurting your teen, especially boys.

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Diet Sodas May Be Hard on the Kidneys
Women Who Drink 2 or More Diet Sodas Daily Double Their Risk of Kidney Function Decline, Study Shows


Diet soda may help keep your calories in check, but drinking two or more diet sodas a day may double your risk of declining kidney function, a new study shows.

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Chew Away Hunger With Sugar-Free Gum

People who chewed sugarless gum in the morning reduced their calorie intake at lunch by 68 calories.

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Active ImageWhy memory lane is such a mortifying stroll
Your brain is wired to keep mental souvenirs from times you'd rather forget


Researchers hope gaining a better understanding how the brain stores memory will eventually help scientists figure out how to block disturbing memories, such as those suffered by people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Active ImagePatients Are Seeking 1st, 2nd Opinions on Internet, But Some Doctors Are Leary of Misinformation with Self-Diagnosis

With so much medical information online, many Americans are playing doctor, much to the dismay of "real" doctors.

But now, instead of shunning the Internet, some physicians are embracing it, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports.

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From Sweat to Blushing: Top 6 Body Betrayals
Some People's Uncontrolled Physical Reactions Can Dominate their Lives and Careers


For 30 years Wendy Allot had no control over the color of her face. "I'm a big time blusher," said Allot, 46, of Kirkland, Wash. "I could turn so red that it almost became a purple hue. It was not attractive or adorable -- it was humiliating."

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