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60-Second Health

English, Sciences, 1 seasons, 145 episodes, 3 hours 18 minutes
Scientific American reporter Dina Fine Maron gives a weekly one-minute report on the latest health and medical news. To view all of our archived podcasts please go to
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Emulsifiers in Food Linked to Obesity in Mice

The common food additives altered mice microbiomes to encourage gut inflammation and overeating. Dina Fine Maron reports  
25/02/20151 minute 56 seconds
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Menopause Symptoms Have Unappreciated Staying Power

Although clinical guidelines assume just two years for hot flashes and night sweats, a large study finds a median symptom duration of more than three times that length. Dina Fine Maron reports   
17/02/20151 minute 40 seconds
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Wearable Step Counters Offer Exercise Leg Up

High-tech pedometers do a decent job of counting steps accurately. Dina Fine Maron reports.
12/02/20151 minute 40 seconds
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Millions Risk Alcohol–Medication Interactions

Some 42 percent of U.S. adults who drink have been prescribed a drug that may interact negatively with alcohol. Dina Fine Maron reports
30/01/20151 minute 42 seconds
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Life Extension May Add Just Bad Time

Strains of the lab workhorse roundworm C. elegans that lived longer added more time being frail and had the same portion of their lives being healthy as normal worms. The work has implications for life-extension ideas such as caloric restriction. Dina Fine Maron reports  
20/01/20151 minute 37 seconds
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6 Steps to Women’s Heart Health

Researchers tracked 70,000 for decades to find lifestyle clues for better cardiovascular condition. Dina Fine Maron reports
13/01/20151 minute 41 seconds
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Avoid Back-Lit Reading before Bed

Volunteers who read from an iPad before bed took longer to fall asleep and had less restful nights than when they read from a printed book. Dina Fine Maron reports.  
23/12/20141 minute 33 seconds
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Raw Milk Sicknesses Rise

Nonpasteurized milk is fueling more outbreaks and hospitalizations. Dina Fine Maron reports
16/12/20141 minute 43 seconds
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Abortions in Medical Settings Rarely Have Major Complications

Careful tracking of more than 50,000 women during the six weeks after the procedure finds that serious adverse effects are rare. Dina Fine Maron reports  
09/12/20141 minute 32 seconds
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Diabetes Prevention in Midlife Helps Protect Aging Brain

People with type 2 diabetes in middle age had greater cognitive impairment in the following decades than did their nondiabetic counterparts. Dina Fine Maron reports  
04/12/20141 minute 34 seconds
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Drownings Kill 140,000 Kids Annually

The World Health Organization issues a new report on the neglected public health issue of drowning
25/11/20141 minute 36 seconds
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Steamy Smooches Share Batches of Bacteria

A 10-second makeout session can also transfer some 80 million oral bacteria. Dina Fine Maron reports
20/11/20141 minute 33 seconds
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Snake DNA Left in Bite ID's Serpent Assailant

A first-of-its-kind study finds it’s possible to analyze snake DNA left in a bite victim’s wound to identify the species—and thus the correct antivenom. Dina Fine Maron reports  
12/11/20141 minute 34 seconds
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Plan Now for Future Ebola Outbreaks

Diagnostics, vaccines and new drugs could vastly improve the way future Ebola outbreaks manifest in Africa, according to emerging infectious disease expert Jeremy Farrar. Steve Mirsky reports  
31/10/20142 minutes 8 seconds
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Ebola Efforts Helped by Flu Shots

Should Ebola continue to crop up in the U.S., having fewer people coming to emergency rooms with the similar symptoms of flu will help the public health system respond. Steve Mirsky reports  
24/10/20141 minute 9 seconds
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Kids Who Exercise Don’t Sweat Tests

Physically active children are healthier and score better on intellectual tests than their sedentary peers. Dina Fine Maron reports
09/10/20141 minute 28 seconds
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Smart Park Benches Weigh Sitters

In a bid to boost fitness, new park benches in Moscow will let sitters see their weight and receive health tips. Dina Fine Maron reports  
01/10/20141 minute 25 seconds
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Dry Roasting May Up Peanut Allergic Potential

A study in mice suggests that chemical changes that occur during dry roasting may increase the odds of an allergic reaction. Dina Fine Maron reports  
24/09/20141 minute 19 seconds
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Drug-Resistant Bacteria Hang Out in Hog Workers

A new study reveals that bacteria associated with staph infections can hitch a ride in workers’ noses. Dina Fine Maron reports
16/09/20141 minute 31 seconds
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Graying Parent Care Falls to Daughters, Not Sons

Sisters spend double the time caring for parents as their brothers. Dina Fine Maron reports
26/08/20141 minute 31 seconds
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Tweets Identify Food Poisoning Outbreaks

In Chicago monitoring Twitter for reports of food poisoning led to 133 restaurant inspections for health violations, with 21 establishments shut down. Dina Fine Maron reports  
20/08/20141 minute 28 seconds
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Poor Diabetics Suffer More Amputations

Patients in low-income zip codes were up to 10 times more likely to lose a leg or foot than diabetic patients in more affluent zip codes. Dina Fine Maron reports
12/08/20141 minute 40 seconds
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Heat Fells More Distance Runners Than Do Hearts

An analysis of 130,000 runners in events during a seven-year span revealed that competitors were 10 times more likely to experience heat stroke than serious cardiac problems. Dina Fine Maron reports
31/07/20141 minute 20 seconds
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Prescription Refill Appearance Change Puts Patients off Meds

When refilled prescriptions for post–heart attack care resulted in the same medication looking different in shape or color, patients were significantly more likely to stop taking their meds. Dina Fine Maron reports  
25/07/20141 minute 16 seconds
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Heavy Metal Headbanging Rare Risk Revealed

Headbanging can cause pain or even whiplash. But a 50-year-old Motörhead fan developed a more serious condition, bleeding in the brain that required surgical repair, after headbanging at a concert. Dina Fine Maron reports  
14/07/20141 minute 34 seconds
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Robotic Exoskeleton Gets First-Ever FDA Approval

The ReWalk exoskeleton allows some people paralyzed from the waist down to walk again, with the aid of crutches. Dina Fine Maron reports  
01/07/20141 minute 28 seconds
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Tanning Mice Get Physically Addicted

Mice regularly exposed to UV light produced feel-good endorphins and behaved like addicts. If humans do, too, it could explain why we seek sun, despite damage. Dina Fine Maron reports  
24/06/20141 minute 17 seconds
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Hi-Tech Helmet Heads Off Stroke Damage

A helmet placed on the head of a stroke victim sends low-intensity microwaves through the brain to quickly determine whether a blockage or hemorrhage is taking place, making faster treatment possible. Wayt Gibbs reports  
17/06/20141 minute 18 seconds
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Wikipedia Dicey as Medical Info Source

Researchers who compared peer-reviewed articles to the Wikipedia pages for the 10 most costly medical conditions in the U.S. discovered incorrect information on nine out of 10 pages. Dina Fine Maron reports  
11/06/20141 minute 27 seconds
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Heroin Has Expanded Its User Base

Compared with 50 years ago, today's heroin user is whiter, more suburban and had prescription opioids for a gateway. Dina Fine Maron reports  
04/06/20141 minute 33 seconds
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Laser Light Coaxes Damaged Rodent Tooth Repair

Low-power laser light shined on damaged rat teeth activates growth factors that cue stem cells to generate the tooth constituent dentin, leading to regeneration.  Dina Fine Maron reports  
28/05/20141 minute 23 seconds
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Vitamin C Helps Pregnant Smokers Have Healthier Babies

Children of smokers who popped vitamin C during pregnancy had better lung function than kids of other women who also smoked during pregnancy. Dina Fine Maron reports  
20/05/20141 minute 21 seconds
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Some Nail Salon Dryers Bombard Skin with UV

Just a few nail drying sessions under the highest output UV bulbs used in some salons could age the skin and bump up the risk of skin cancer. Dina Fine Maron reports  
07/05/20141 minute 25 seconds
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Snot Clouds Achieve Unexpected Buoyancy

Sneeze and cough particles form a cloud whose turbulence pulls in surrounding air, which allows the goop to maintain buoyancy and move farther than expected. Cynthia Graber reports
29/04/20141 minute 14 seconds
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Morning Light Exposure Tied to Lower Weight

Exposure to bright light in the morning appears linked to reduced appetite and lower body weight, regardless of sleep patterns. Sophie Bushwick reports  
18/04/20141 minute 19 seconds
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Hand Soap Ingredient Can Up Body Bacteria Burden

Residues of the antimicrobial agent triclosan can paradoxically boost bacterial growth in our bodies, by giving microbes a comfortable biofilm in which to rest. Christopher Intagliata reports  
09/04/20141 minute 20 seconds
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Many More Americans Issue End-of-Life Instructions

The number of Americans aged 60 or more who issued advance directives governing their end-of-life care went from 47 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010. Dina Fine Maron reports  
04/04/20141 minute 22 seconds
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Goo Keeps Bones Strong but Supple

Bones are filled with a viscous fluid that’s key to their function as support structures, and which could inform osteoporosis research. Dina Fine Maron reports  
27/03/20141 minute 24 seconds
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Dodgers Doc: No Noninjury Tommy John Surgery to Improve Performance

Stan Conte, vice president of medical services for the L.A. Dodgers, advised parents and coaches of young athletes to not consider Tommy John surgery on healthy arms for the sake of improving performance. He spoke at the SABR conference in Phoenix on March 13. Steve Mirsky reports  
18/03/20141 minute 15 seconds
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Flu Vaccine Keeps Connecticut Kids from Hospitals

After flu shot regulations upped Connecticut kids' vaccination rate, their hospitalization risk went down. Dina Fine Maron reports  
12/03/20141 minute 19 seconds
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Bedroom TV Linked to Kid Weight Gain

The mere presence of a TV in a child's bedroom is linked with weight gain—regardless of how many hours per week a youngster watches it. Dina Fine Maron reports
05/03/20141 minute 25 seconds
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Store Receipts on Thermal Paper Can Transfer BPA

Volunteers who handled receipts containing the hormone-altering compound bisphenol A for two hours showed elevated BPA levels in their urine. Dina Fine Maron reports
26/02/20141 minute 20 seconds
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Concussions Abound in Soccer, Too

A meta-analysis finds that concussions accounted for between 6 and 9 percent of all injuries sustained on soccer fields. Dina Fine Maron reports  
12/02/20141 minute 19 seconds
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Dengue Fever Makes U.S. Inroads

The CDC reports that locally acquired Dengue killed a Texas woman in 2012 who had been misdiagnosed with West Nile virus. Dina Fine Maron reports  
03/02/20141 minute 18 seconds
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Diet Soda Mixers Up Breathalyzer Readings

People who drank vodka with a diet mixer had breath alcohol levels 18 percent higher than when they drank alcohol with full-calorie soda. Sophie Bushwick reports
14/01/20141 minute 20 seconds
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The Mercury's Women's Seafood Consumption

Between 1999 and 2010 changes in seafood consumption meant that blood levels of mercury in women of childbearing age dropped by a third, and the percentage of such women who have worrisome blood levels of mercury dropped by two thirds. Dina Fine Maron reports
07/01/20141 minute 16 seconds
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Teens and Docs Abstain from Sex Talk

In annual physicals teens and docs failed to talk sex a third of the time and usually too briefly when the subject was addressed. Dina Fine Maron reports
01/01/20141 minute 17 seconds
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Older Couch Potatoes Benefit from Even a Little Exercise

Middle-aged to elderly adults with no history of exercising still saw significant health benefits from even small additions of regular physical activity to their schedules. Dina Fine Maron reports
24/12/20131 minute 17 seconds
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Apple a Day Could Keep Statins Away

A population model suggests that a small dietary change, such as eating a daily piece of fruit instead of the equivalent calories in less healthful fare, may stave off as many heart-related deaths as would statins. Christopher Intagliata reports
17/12/20131 minute 18 seconds
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Resurgence of Swaddling Brings Hip Fears

Swaddling infants is safe when done correctly. But done wrong, it raises the risk of osteoarthritis and the need for hip replacement in middle age. Dina Fine Maron reports
22/11/20131 minute 17 seconds
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Mondays Top Quit-Smoking Google Searches

Based on the number of searches for info about smoking cessation on Google, it appears more people consider quitting on Mondays than any other day. Dina Fine Maron reports
12/11/20131 minute 17 seconds
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TV Drug Ads May Cause Disinfo Swallowing

An analysis of TV drug ads finds that six of 10 for prescription drugs and eight of 10 for OTC drug ads are misleading. Katherine Harmon reports.
23/10/20131 minute 24 seconds
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Vaccinated Kids Show No Long-Term Ill Effects

No measurable increase in risk for neurological conditions could be found in a large cohort of pre-adolescent children who had been vaccinated on schedule when infants. Wayt Gibbs reports
03/09/20131 minute 18 seconds
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Different Placebos Can Have Different Effects

In a study of patients asked to tolerate discomfort, different placebo treatments achieved different levels of relief, in keeping with individual expectations. Katherine Harmon reports
27/08/20131 minute 19 seconds
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Anorexics Display Behaviors Common in Autism

Understanding that, for example, anorexics and autists both tend to have high interest in systems could inform treatment choices. Erika Beras reports
20/08/20131 minute 18 seconds
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Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal for Dieters

Women who ate half of 1,400 daily calories at breakfast lost almost 80 percent more weight than women who ate half their 1,400 calories at dinner. Katherine Harmon reports
16/08/20131 minute 19 seconds
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New Tick-Borne Disease Waits in the Woods

The lone star tick has been fingered as the carrier of a recently characterized infectious disease called Heartland virus. Katherine Harmon reports
25/07/20131 minute 19 seconds
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Use Care with Cat Caca

Our feline friends might be carrying hazardous organisms in their waste, so be careful when scooping that poop. Katherine Harmon reports
18/07/20131 minute 19 seconds
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Skimping on Sleep Packs On Pounds

Sleep deprivation raises levels of hormones associated with hunger, and provides more awake hours for eating. Katherine Harmon reports
10/07/20131 minute 19 seconds
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Exercise without Diet Still Benefits Type 2 Diabetics

A small group of type 2 diabetes patients lost significant amounts of fat around their hearts and in their livers and abdomens with regular exercise, even without dietary changes. Katherine Harmon reports
26/06/20131 minute 20 seconds
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New Runners Need Not Sweat over Shoes

Run-of-the-mill neutral running shoes do not lead to more injuries for beginning joggers whose feet pronate or supinate. Katherine Harmon reports
21/06/20131 minute 21 seconds
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Patients Prefer Diet Skinny from Big Docs

Overweight patients are more likely to take weight-loss advice from overweight doctors, but the advice from thin doctors may be of higher quality. Katherine Harmon reports
14/06/20131 minute 19 seconds
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Confessional Tweeting May Help Dieters

Participants in a media-assisted weight-loss program had some success, and those who tweeted about their efforts lost a bit more. Karen Hopkin reports
06/06/20131 minute 18 seconds
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Mouthy Motivators May Weaken Workouts

Exercisers who worked out to a video featuring a verbally encouraging gym buddy showed lower stamina than those who watched the muted video. Amy Kraft reports
30/05/20131 minute 24 seconds
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Fluoride Loosens Bacterial Enamel Grip

Rather than significantly hardening tooth enamel, fluoride may cut cavities by making it harder for oral bacteria to stick around. Karen Hopkin reports
23/05/20131 minute 17 seconds
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Nightcap Drink Disrupts Important Sleep

Two or more drinks cut REM sleep, which is important for memory and health. Katherine Harmon reports
30/01/20131 minute 19 seconds
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Skin-Cancer Spotting Apps Miss Their Marks

New smart phone apps that purport to assess patients' skin lesions as cancer or not are unreliable, according to a new study. Katherine Harmon reports
17/01/20131 minute 18 seconds
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Surgical "Never" Events Happen Nevertheless

The errors known as surgical "never events," which are never supposed to happen, still occur some 4,000 times annually in the U.S. Katherine Harmon reports
08/01/20131 minute 18 seconds
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Video Helps with Weight Info Basics

The American Chemical Society has produced a YouTube video with info to help you survive the holiday eating season. Katherine Harmon reports
20/12/20121 minute 17 seconds
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Flu Web Searches Predict Disease Outbreaks

Weather prediction models armed with citizens' flu symptom query data enable researchers to predict flu outbreaks. Katherine Harmon reports
11/12/20121 minute 18 seconds
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E-Visits to Doctors Might Streamline Care

A study finds that patients who enter information online about common infections get decent diagnoses from docs, although antibiotics may be overprescribed. Katherine Harmon reports.
29/11/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Patients Should Ask Docs to Scrub

Patients know that health care workers should wash their hands, but are are often reluctant to ask a doctor or nurse to lather up. Katherine Harmon reports
13/11/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Exercise Lengthens Life Regardless of Weight

Just a couple of hours of physical activity each week adds years to average life expectancy. Katherine Harmon reports
07/11/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Your Fat Needs Sleep, Too

A small study finds that sleep-deprived fat cells are less sensitive to insulin, a condition that often precedes diabetes. Katherine Harmon reports
16/10/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Facebook Community Can Help Cut STIs

Young adults at risk for getting a sexually acquired infection were more likely to use a condom if they followed a social media's sex education campaign. Katherine Harmon reports
12/10/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Peeking at Doctors' Notes Helps Patients

Patients are more likely to follow doctors' orders if they have access to their notes. Katherine Harmon reports
03/10/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Kids Gulp 7 Trillion Calories Per Year

Obese kids have higher cardiovascular risks as adults, and sugary beverages are stoking that obesity epidemic. Katherine Harmon reports
27/09/20121 minute 19 seconds
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Make Healthy Choices Easier Options

Making bad choices harder is actually the best way to help people get healthier, say public health experts. Katherine Harmon reports
21/09/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Experts Offer Tips to Lower Risk of West Nile

This year has had the most recorded cases of West Nile virus on record in the U.S. Public health experts offer tips to avoid the virus. Katherine Harmon reports
12/09/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Organic Benefits Don't Include Enhanced Nutrition

Produce grown organically cuts pesticide use and the promotion of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But nutrient levels appear similar to conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Katherine Harmon reports
06/09/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Midlife Fitness Cuts Chronic Disease Later

Being in good shape in your 30s through 50s not only increases life span but also improves quality of life for decades to come. Katherine Harmon reports
29/08/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Better Sidewalks Could Bring Improved Public Health

Better sidewalks and other changes to the physical environment could encourage more activity and improve the overall health of the public. Katherine Harmon reports
21/08/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Doc Calls Deconditioning a Condition

A Mayo Clinic doc says physicians may miss the signs of extreme deconditioning and prescribe medication instead of long-term exercise programs. Katherine Harmon reports
15/08/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Color-Coded Food Helps Consumers Make Healthful Choices

Six months after color coding its food choices as least, somewhat or most healthful, Massachusetts General Hospital saw its cafeteria users substantially decreased their least healthful food choices and increase the more healthful ones. Katherine Harmon reports
08/08/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Many Olympians Suffer from Asthma

The most common chronic condition among all Olympic athletes is asthma. But many don't start suffering symptoms until their later years, suggesting that endurance training could be a trigger. Katherine Harmon reports
02/08/20121 minute 31 seconds
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Certain Airports Are Disease-Spread Hot Spots

M.I.T. researchers used real traveler patterns, geographical information and airport waiting times to predict what U.S. airports are most likely to spread an epidemic from its origin. Katherine Harmon reports
24/07/20121 minute 20 seconds
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Food Diary Helps Cut Pounds

Dieting women who kept a diligent food diary lost more weight than other women in a cohort. Skipping meals and eating out slowed weight loss. Katherine Harmon reports
17/07/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Mice Hit Protein to Stop Hunger

Normal mice fed protein stopped eating much sooner than mice that lacked the receptor to sense they were eating protein. Katherine Harmon reports
11/07/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Meta-Study: Moderate Coffee Cuts Cardiac Failure

Sixteen ounces of coffee a day cut the risk of heart failure, but 40 daily ounces of coffee upped the odds of ticker trouble. Katherine Harmon reports
26/06/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Hotel Rooms House Bountiful Bacteria

A new study locates the bacterial hot spots of your hotel room. Tip: don't turn anything on. Katherine Harmon reports
19/06/20121 minute 28 seconds
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Hospital Noise May Disrupt Patient Improvement

Hospital sounds raised volunteer sleepers' heart rates, and the effects on sick patients may be impeding recovery. Katherine Harmon reports
13/06/20121 minute 29 seconds
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Aspirin Could Lower Some Cancer Mortality Risk

Daily aspirin could lower the risk of dying from some nonvascular-related diseases, including specific cancers. Katherine Harmon reports
08/06/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Bloodletting Makes Comeback for Metabolic Syndrome

A small study shows that a little blood loss might improve cardiovascular health for obese people with metabolic syndrome. Katherine Harmon reports
30/05/20121 minute 28 seconds
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Waves of Walkers Wander without Waking

A large survey finds evidence that millions of Americans had at least one episode of sleepwalking in the last year. Katherine Harmon reports
22/05/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Car Commutes Can Counter Conditioning

Car commutes are linked to increased metabolic health problems, and the longer the ride the worse the issues. Katherine Harmon reports
15/05/20121 minute 20 seconds
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Pacifiers Won't Make Newborns Shun Breast

The conventional wisdom that pacifiers can interfere with early breast-feeding efforts might not hold milk. Katherine Harmon reports
02/05/20121 minute 19 seconds
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Blood Flow Fingered in Ice Cream Headaches

The anterior cerebral artery widens just before brain freeze, sending warming blood to the brain but increasing the pressure to painful levels. Katherine Harmon reports
25/04/20121 minute 19 seconds
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U.S. Fast Food Contains More Salt

Fast food chains say it's hard to hold the salt, but outlets in other countries are already cutting back on sodium. Katherine Harmon reports
18/04/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Biological Clock Ticks Despite Technology

Women who wish to conceive later in life have benefited from improvements in reproductive technology. But even those have expiration dates. Katherine Harmon reports
11/04/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Kids Fail to Get Outdoors

Boys get more outside playtime than girls, and almost half of parents do not take their preschool-aged kids out to play once a day. Katherine Harmon reports
06/04/20121 minute 19 seconds
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Frequent Chocolate Eaters Have Lower BMIs

People who ate chocolate frequently consumed more calories and more saturated fat, yet had lower average body mass indexes than those who did not eat chocolate. Katherine Harmon reports
29/03/20121 minute 19 seconds
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Strong Food Smell Cuts Down Quantities

People take smaller bites of food that has a strong smell. Could more aroma help people lose weight? Katherine Harmon reports
21/03/20121 minute 19 seconds
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How Yoga Might Relieve Stress-Linked Ailments

Yoga may increase parasympathetic nervous system activity and neurotransmitter levels, helping to decrease symptoms of some stress-related illnesses. Katherine Harmon reports
14/03/20121 minute 20 seconds
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Exercise Instantly Affects DNA

Signals to improve muscle tone alter the expression of genes after just one workout. Katherine Harmon reports
07/03/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits

The teen brain suffers more long-term damage from concussions than does the child or adult brain. Katherine Harmon reports
01/03/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Stress Linked to Aging Chromosomes

Chromosome-protecting telomeres are shorter in people with depression--which has been linked to irregular stress hormone levels. Katherine Harmon reports
23/02/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Stem Cells Help Heal Broken Hearts

After a heart attack, cells from the patient's bone marrow can help improve heart function. Katherine Harmon reports
15/02/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Smart-Phone App Catches Depression Onset

A smart-phone app in development for depression patients tracks contacts and movement, and prompts activities when patterns show withdrawal. Katherine Harmon reports
10/02/20121 minute 17 seconds
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Honey Helps Heal Wounds

Manuka honey stopped a skin strep in its tracks. Katherine Harmon reports
31/01/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Brown Fat Furnishes Physiological Furnace

Men with more brown fat burn more calories in the cold to keep warm. Katherine Harmon reports
26/01/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Dish Color Affects Serving Size

When dishes were the same color as the food served, people took bigger portions. Katherine Harmon reports
19/01/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Soda Tax Could Turn Health Profit

A penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks would cut consumption, obesity and health care costs. Katherine Harmon reports
10/01/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Hit the Gym to Help Hit the Books

A meta-analysis finds that keeping kids active also boosts their academic performances. Katherine Harmon reports
04/01/20121 minute 18 seconds
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Fat May Put Hypothalamus on the Fritz

Obesity and high-fat diets might alter brain function, changing, in particular, the hypothalamus and hunger. Katherine Harmon reports
27/12/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Cruise Ship Bug Takes to the Skies

Norovirus, famous for ruining cruises, sickened successive crews and passengers on an Air New Zealand plane. Katherine Harmon reports
21/12/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Paul Farmer: International Health Is Equity Issue

After decades of working on health problems in Haiti and other poor countries, Paul Farmer suggests equity is the best way to better health. Katherine Harmon reports
13/12/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Motorcycles Take Bite out of Snake Venom Deaths

In rural Nepal volunteer motorcyclists are transporting snakebite victims to medical care soon enough to cut deaths by 95 percent. Katherine Harmon reports
07/12/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Soccer Headings Can Harm Brain

A specialized form of brain imaging finds that soccer players who head the ball more than 1,000 times a year face risks similar to those with head trauma. Katherine Harmon reports
29/11/20111 minute 38 seconds
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Get Ready to Gobble Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Many meat and poultry products probably carry drug-resistant bacteria before cooking. Katherine Harmon reports
22/11/20111 minute 28 seconds
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1 in 5 Has Significant Hearing Loss

One in five Americans has their daily life affected by hearing loss--and earbuds blaring loud music may be just a small factor. Katherine Harmon reports
17/11/20111 minute 29 seconds
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Hybrid Grapefruit Busts Drug Interactions

Common grapefruits have a compound that can negatively interact with some medications. A new hybrid grapefruit solves the problem. Katherine Harmon reports
08/11/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Computer Training Boosts Bedside Manner

A computer training program improves how oncologists respond to negative patients. Katherine Harmon reports
02/11/20111 minute 18 seconds
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BP Meds at Night Lowers Cardiovascular Risk

People who took at least one of their blood pressure medications before going to bed had a reduced risk of circulatory problems compared with morning pill poppers. Katherine Harmon reports
27/10/20111 minute 19 seconds
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Hairdressers Can Be Skin Cancer Detectors

Hair care pros often spot possible skin cancers on the scalp. Dermatologists recommend they be trained to do it more and better. Katherine Harmon reports
19/10/20111 minute 20 seconds
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Diet Counters Bad Gene

People with genetic variant 9p21, which predisposes them to heart disease, lowered their risk with a healthful diet. Katherine Harmon reports
11/10/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Sewage Is a Virus Gold Mine

Researchers looking to expand our knowledge of viruses should dip into some raw sewage. Katherine Harmon reports
04/10/20111 minute 20 seconds
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Docs Think We Get Too Much Doctoring

Many U.S. physicians think that their patients and their patient's purses could get by with less medical care. Katherine Harmon reports
28/09/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Eternal Vigilance Fingers the Flu

The influenza virus is hiding and changing in animal populations. Virologist Ab Osterhaus explains how that could make it more lethal and how we have to keep a constant eye on its development. Katherine Harmon reports
20/09/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Five Factors Cut Diabetes Risk

Dealing with any one of five key lifestyle risk factors can lower the risk of developing diabetes by about a third. Katherine Harmon reports
13/09/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Yellowing Eyes May Keep Seniors Awake

Yellowing of the eye lenses changes the array of incoming light wavelengths, which can affect circadian rhythms, including sleep patterns. Katherine Harmon reports
06/09/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Best Acne Treatment Remains Elusive

For picking off pimples, few reliable studies exist to show clear benefits of one treatment over another. Katherine Harmon reports
31/08/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Being Married Affects Heart and Waist

Married women gain weight but survive bypass surgery better than unmarried people do. Katherine Harmon reports on two studies
23/08/20111 minute 20 seconds
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Pre-Bed Booze May Bust Rest

A nightcap may force the body to work harder at repair during sleep, making for a less restful night. Katherine Harmon reports
17/08/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Beat Gluttony with Gullibility

Eating-behavior expert Brian Wansink offers tips on fooling yourself into eating less. Katherine Harmon reports
09/08/20111 minute 17 seconds
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Study Says Avoid Colon Cleanses

The alternative therapy of colon cleansing typically does little good, and may cause significant harm. Katherine Harmon reports
03/08/20111 minute 19 seconds
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Hospitals Try to Become Mickey Mouse Institutions

Hospitals are hiring Disney to help them create environments that patients prefer. Katherine Harmon reports
27/07/20111 minute 17 seconds
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Health Literacy Affects Individuals' Health

People who have trouble understanding health and medical information are more likely to get hospitalized. Katherine Harmon reports
19/07/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Sodium and Potassium Together Determine Risk for Heart Disease Death

A new study says high sodium and low potassium intake are the twin culprits in many cardiovascular syndromes. Katherine Harmon reports
12/07/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Women's Study: Exercise, Good Diet and Non-Smoking Greatly Reduce Sudden Heart Death Risk

The Nurses' Health Study finds that the risk of death from sudden cardiac arrest in white women can be lowered by 92 percent through lifestyle maintenance alone. Katherine Harmon reports
05/07/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Cleaner Water Worldwide But Still Out of Reach for Millions

In the last decade, more than a billion people have seen improved water safety and sanitation. But 800 million are still at risk of water-borne disease. Katherine Harmon reports
28/06/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Accurate Blood Pressure Needs Multiple Measurements

Many blood pressure assessments rely on too few measurements in an intimidating environment. Katherine Harmon reports
21/06/20111 minute 17 seconds
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Infant Exposure to Pets May Lower Risk of Later Allergies

Having pets in the house during a baby's first year was associated with a lower risk for allergies through the child's teens. Katherine Harmon reports
14/06/20111 minute 19 seconds
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Mouse Study: Yo-Yo Dieting Beats Not Dieting at All

Mice fed an alternating high-fat and low-fat diet lived almost as long as mice on a constant low-fat diet--and longer than mice on a constant high-fat diet. Katherine Harmon reports
07/06/20111 minute 18 seconds
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Cell Phones in Hospitals May Be Covered with Germs

A study in a hospital in Turkey found that three quarters of cell phones belonging to patients and visitors carried staph bacteria. Katherine Harmon reports
31/05/20111 minute 19 seconds
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Future Cars Could Count Miles per Heartbeat

On the drawing board are cars that would monitor the health markers of its passengers. Katherine Harmon reports
24/05/20111 minute 20 seconds