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Jan 26,2007
Low back pain is an extremely common condition: 80% of Americans experience at least one bout of it some time during their lives. Usually, rest, some pain relievers, and perhaps some exercises help it go away. But for many millions, the pain lingers and may become severe and debilitating. How do you know when back pain warrants surgery? The February 2007 issue of the Harvard Health Letter investigates. Deciding to have surgery is never simple, ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
Oregon's Immunization ALERT, the statewide immunization information system administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services, nearly doubled its capacity this month for providing information on the immunization status of Oregon children. ALERT consolidates immunization records for Oregon children to allow health care providers and other authorized users access to a child's complete immunization history and status.   ALERT nearly doubled its capacity this month for providing information on the immunization status of Oregon children. Previously, ALERT ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
On February 2, 2007, American Heart Month kicks off with National Go Red for Women Day (www.goredforwomen.org).  Americans are encouraged to wear red, and by doing so, to help raise awareness about the #1 killer of women.    Heart disease is responsible for more deaths among women—about 480,000 women every year—than the next four most common causes of death combined.  One in three women will develop heart disease in a lifetime, but many women still do ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved six additional companies to begin selling generic versions of the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor(R) (simvastatin), effective Dec. 27, 2006. Previously, only two generic simvastatins competed against Zocor; these drugs were approved in June 2006 and granted 180-day exclusivity, which ended on Dec. 23. "Statin drugs, such as Zocor, Lipitor(R), and the eight generic simvastatins are proven to be very effective in lowering cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular disease," ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Tired of not filling out swimsuits and T-shirts to her satisfaction, 32-year-old Kristin Brackemyre decided it was time to get some serious breasts. But before that could happen, she knew she had to do some serious homework. She and her lawyer boyfriend researched breast-augmentation surgery as if they were preparing a case for trial. They consulted other plastic surgeons, checking the academic and surgical successes of each. They looked into risks, possible negative side effects ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
After 14 years, women who want to surgically add more curves to their figures again have a choice: saline or silicone. However, those who opt for the newly approved silicone breast implants may find their choice is padded in confusion, frustration and added costs. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration lifted its ban on silicone gel implants, dismissing concerns about harmful effects from leaks as unsupported by extensive testing. But the agency, along with manufacturers ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Because clothes hang well and look better on tall models with lean figures, the trend toward employing such women in advertising is probably here to stay. However, many psychologists suspect they are seeing more and more young girls with eating disorders as a result of this trend. What's more alarming for mental health experts is the fact that girls with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa have gotten younger in recent years. Glamorizing ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
If you're up against a wall, you might as well get some exercise. Firefighter Brenda Monteleone demonstrates the initial Wall Angel exercise. CNS BETTER POSTURE - Keeping her arms, shoulders and spine against the wall. CNS THE MOVE: Standing "wall angel." WORKS ON: Stretches the chest, shoulders and neck while strengthening multiple "postural" muscles. SETUP: Lean back against a wall and bend the knees slightly. Move feet 18 inches from wall. Flatten your entire spine ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
If your obstetrician-gynecologist is also your primary physician, then your conversation should extend beyond reproductive health to include other health risks specific to women, such as high blood pressure. High blood pressure is an often-overlooked and easily detected risk factor that affects more than 39 million American women. Most women are astonished to learn that 80 percent of middle-aged women, ages 40 to 60, have one or more risk factors for heart disease, including high ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
MEDTRONICA H2O Dot Con www.chem1.com/CQ The Web and the world are awash in water scams, from the claimed elixirlike properties of oxygenated water (all water is oxygenated) to magnetic laundry balls that produce only clean magnets. Learn more here. BODY OF KNOWLEDGE The left side of your brain is responsible for your choice of words, the right side for your tone of voice. GET ME THAT. STAT! Further proof that it's tougher to be a ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Whether it's called shingles or "St. Anthony's Fire," a vivid testament to this skin disorder's intensely painful red rash and blisters, new treatment options are offering hope for millions of Americans with this condition. The varicella zoster virus that causes shingles is a member of the herpes virus family and is the same virus that causes chickenpox. While your chances of getting shingles increase as you get older, the disease can occur at any age ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Coalition could serve as model for other disorders The world's leading muscular dystrophy organizations have launched a historic coalition that will pool knowledge and resources in an attempt to accelerate development of promising treatments and a cure for the most common childhood form of the disease.At a meeting in Paris, the organizations -- The Association Française contre les Myopathies (AFM) of France, the Muscular Dystrophy Association  (MDA) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), both of ... [full story]
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Jan 19,2007
Demonstration by St. Jude Researchers That Special Niches Made of Capillaries Protect and Stimulate Cancer Stem Cells in the Brain Explains the Origin of These Cancers and Their Reappearance Following Treatment Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have found a vulnerable spot in brain tumors they are exploiting to improve treatments and prevent tumors from returning. The researchers showed in laboratory studies that brain tumors appear to arise from cancer stem cells (CSCs) that ... [full story]
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