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January 13, 2012

Need to Exercise More? Think How It Will Help You Now

Health and fitness experts have for years tried to entice people to exercise more by flogging long-range benefits such as losing weight or avoiding long-term illness caused by chronic disease.
Health Tip: Take Care of Dry Skin

Dry skin can be itchy, uncomfortable and even painful if the skin begins to crack.
Health Tip: Buy Safe Toys

Youngsters may get hurt if the wrong toys end up in the wrong little hands.
Salt Water Won't Stop Python Invasion in Florida: Experts

Salt water may not stop the spread of Burmese pythons from the Florida Everglades, a new study indicates.
'Exoskeleton' Helps Paralyzed Stand, Take Steps

Veteran ski patrol member Mike Rhode was speeding down a snowy slope at Hunter Mountain in New York state when his ski unexpectedly popped off.
Normal Pregnancies May Be Misdiagnosed as Ectopic

Women with normal pregnancies that were misdiagnosed as ectopic who were treated with methotrexate in the first trimester either miscarried or gave birth to a severely deformed baby, the results of a small study suggest.
Recent Rotavirus Vaccines Safe, Study Says

Updated vaccines for rotavirus -- once the leading cause of gastrointestinal illness among U.S. children -- do not appear to increase the risk of potentially deadly side effects, a new study finds.
Surgeons Offer Advice on Avoiding Varicose Veins

An estimated 50 percent to 55 percent of pregnant women in the United States develop varicose veins, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Statins Cost Four Times More in U.S. Than in U.K.

Widely used cholesterol-lowering statin drugs cost about 400 percent more in the United States than in the United Kingdom, a new study shows.
CDC Warns Against Sharing Insulin Pens

Due to a growing number of reports about improper use of insulin pens, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a reminder that the devices must never be used on more than one person.
At More U.S. Workplaces, Smokers Need Not Apply

Following the lead of the Cleveland Clinic and a growing number of other hospitals, Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System will turn away job applicants who smoke starting next month.
Bored Workers Often Turn to Chocolate, Booze, Study Finds

Chronic boredom grips one-fourth of office workers, which may affect their quality of work as well as their physical and mental health, a new study suggests.
Work-Life Balance Tougher for Couples With Similar Jobs

Couples with similar jobs are more likely to have trouble finding a good work-life balance than those in different lines of work, according to a new study.
Weight Gain Often Unrecognized by Young Women

Many young American women fail to recognize recent weight gain, and self-perception of weight gain appears to be significantly influenced by race, ethnicity and birth control methods, according to a new study.
Experts Urge Public Action to Aid Cancer Prevention

Community support is essential for healthy behaviors that can reduce cancer risk, according to updated guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention released this week by the American Cancer Society.
Antidepressants While Pregnant Linked to Slight Risk of Lung Problem in Babies

Women who use antidepressants called selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac and Celexa during pregnancy run a slight risk of having an infant with high blood pressure in the lungs, a new Swedish study finds.
Health Highlights: Jan. 13, 2012

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