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Feb 22,2008
In recent months, concern has risen over the use of polycarbonate plastic bottles that contain Bisphenol A or BPA, a man-made chemical classified as an endocrine disruptor.   NASTY FORMULA - Plastic with BPA, a man-made chemical of concern, is commonly used in products like reusable water containers such as baby bottles, food can linings, water pipes and dental sealants. CNS Photo.    MEDTRONICA - The Family Practice Notebook Web site at fpnotebook.com contains roughly 5,000 topics divided ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Even though over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen are sold without prescription, you would be mistaken to think that they are completely harmless. Acetaminophen is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter medicines - from headache relievers to cough and cold remedies to sleep aids. It is also found in combination with many prescription painkillers, such as codeine. Because it is so readily available, people often fail to realize that they are taking it in dangerous amounts. ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
The moves: Performing a shoulder internal rotation stretch using a towel for assistance.   SHOULDER STRENGTH - To help stretch the rotator-cuff muscles, firefighter Jeff Akens performs a shoulder rotation using a towel or strap. CNS Photo by Michael Franklin.  Works on: Stretching the rotator-cuff muscles of the shoulder. Precautions: This stretch can be uncomfortable, so don't push it. Keep the torso upright and don't bend forward at the waist. Setup: Can be performed sitting or standing. ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
  Anabolic steroids are drugs that help build muscle tissue and increase body mass, along with enhancing athletic performance. Using anabolic steroids not only is illegal, but it can cause serious health problems: acne, baldness, deep voice, headaches and nosebleeds, increase in men’s breast size, increased blood pressure … [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
If you are the parent or guardian of a young child, experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a warning for you. An estimated 7,000 children ages 11 and younger are treated in hospital emergency rooms annually after ingesting cough and cold medications, according to a study by the CDC. CDC researchers reviewed data from the years 2004 and 2005, the most recent available, from ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
  There are different variations of twins like identical, fraternal and occasionally semi-identical. Twin births occur in about 1 percent of all pregnancies with fraternal twins making up 70 percent of those births … [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
The long-lived TV show "ER" lasts an hour. If trends continue, that will soon be the average wait for a real patient in a real emergency room, with some risk that the real patient may become "short-lived."   WAITING A LIFETIME - Harvard researchers report that waiting times in U.S. emergency rooms have increased 36 percent for all patients. CNS Photo.    MEDTRONICA - The Surgeon general reports at profiles.nlm.nih.gov/NN are compiled by the National Library of Medicine ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
A recent study has revealed that a certain over-the-counter earwax softener can cause severe inflammation and damage to the eardrum and inner ear, says researchers from The Children's Hospital and the McGill University Health Centre, both in Montreal, Canada. The study results, published in the January 2008 edition of The Laryngoscope, suggest that use of these medications should be discouraged. "Patients often complain that wax is blocking their ears and is causing discomfort and sometimes ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
A few years ago, a private health-care foundation survey asked how often American men and women saw their doctor. Not surprisingly, adult males were infrequent visitors. In fact, one-third said they didn't even have a regular doctor.   MAN DATES - Generally speaking, men make lousy patients. They often avoid visits to their doctor until things get out of control. CNS Illustration by Cristina Martinez Byvik. Generally speaking, men make lousy patients. They avoid physicians like the ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
The moves: A chopping motion using a medicine ball.   TAKE YOUR MEDICINE - To help strengthen the core and work on trunk rotational flexibility, Fire Captain Thom Morris moves a medicine ball up and across his body in a diagonal chopping motion while performing a squat. CNS Photo by Howard Lipin. Works on: Core, arm and shoulder strength. Trunk rotational flexibility. Level: Beginner. Precautions: This is a dynamic exercise that can make you sore. Start with ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
  For more than 50 years, the Framingham heart study has helped with the prevention of heart disease. The third generation of the study looks to further understand how genetic factors relate to this disease. Objectives of the third generation study are: 1.        identification of genes that contribute to the … 2.        identifying new disease risk, especially those related … 3.        developing new imaging tests that can detect …  [full story]
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Jan 18,2008
  Fat makes important contributions in the body, including the provision of energy, temperature maintenance and promotion of healthy cell functions. However, an excess of fat intake can lead to problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.  [full story]
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Jan 18,2008
PORTLAND - Methadone is a possible cause of sudden cardiac death at therapeutic levels for relief of chronic pain or drug addiction withdrawal, a U.S. study found. Researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland did an evaluation of all sudden cardiac deaths in the greater Portland metropolitan area form 2002-06 in which detailed autopsies were performed. The analysis, published in the American Journal of Medicine, compared two groups, one group consisted of 22 ... [full story]
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