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General Health
High-Magnification Endoscopes May Revolutionize GI Imaging Kennedy's Brain Tumor 'Very Bad News' U.S. ads push patients to shop for hospitals Germany Officials Outraged Over British Vote for Hybrid Human Cloning (more…)
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Coast Guard Backs Down, Allows Officer to Refuse Abortion-Based Vaccine Aspirin at Bedtime Lowers Blood Pressure Exercise may cut premenopausal breast cancer risk Snack ban 'helps healthy eating' (more…)
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High Blood Pressure Still Slipping Past Doctors Nasal Irrigation Can Help Fight Spring Allergies Families Will Make Case for Vaccine Link to Autism Child safety seats should be centered in back seat (more…)
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Marijuana – Concerns

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Parenting
Four recent medical news stories bring home the truth about the many dangers of smoking marijuana. The first is a White House report that links smoking marijuana to addiction, mental illness, and depression. The report says that depression, teens, and marijuana are a dangerous mix that can lead to dependency, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts. (more…)
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McCain assails Democratic health-care approach Tough job: Volunteers needed for chocolate study Chocolate may reduce pregnancy complication risk Gene Therapy Helps Near-Blind Type 2 Diabetes a Growing Problem in Pregnancy (more…)
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General Health
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Gives Birth to Down Baby Despite Abortion Pressure Heavily marketed kids' cereals are least healthy Aerobic exercise may shield aging brain Worst Menopause Symptom? Lack of Sleep A Blurry Outlook for LASIK? Girl to Have Giant Facial Tumor Removed Study indicates life expectancy declining for some American women Researchers say screening healthcare workers may reduce MRSA infections Columnist discusses differences between generic, brand name drugs
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Group urges heart test before kids get ADHD drugs Heart surgery results good in low-volume hospitals Spring Allergies Are Back: Five Natural Ways to Put Them in Check Short breastfeeds 'best for baby' Healthcare differentiates Democrats, Republicans more than any other issue. (more…)
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More Medical Schools Teaching Spirituality in Medicine

General Health
A story in AMA News tells how more medical schools are teaching spirituality to medical students. Here are some very appropriate comments on this news, as well as the topic of spirituality in medicine, by my good friend, Al Weir, MD: Patients want and need spiritual support in their illnesses, and doctors should be providing that support as a part of competent, whole person medicine. We should be teaching this to our students in our medical and dental schools. This is all good science. (more…)
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Hopefully More States/Cities will Require Posting of Calories on Menus

Children's Health, General Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity
  Health officials in New York City won a huge victory this week in the fight against the epidemic of childhood obesity. A federal judge upheld a proposed New York City regulation which will require some chain restaurants to post calories on menus. The Judge ruled, "It seems reasonable to expect that some consumers will use the information disclosed … to select lower calorie meals ... and these choices will lead to a lower incidence of obesity."  To their credit, some outlets, including Starbucks and Chipotle, have already started to post calorie information — and it’s time for more to do the same. In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, we wrote for the reasons we favor such legislation. Here's an excerpt from…
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A natural product may falsely claim it uses “secrets of ancient medicine.” Ya think?

Alternative Medicine, General Health
The Associated Press reported this week that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation of Kinoki Foot Detox. What's their alleged crime? They claim their foot "pads use secrets of ancient Japanese medicine to cure or lessen many health woes." As my co-author, Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, and I write in our book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely, one of the warning signs of quacks and frauds in the alternative medicine world is that they claim to use "ancient," or "forgotten," or "hidden" secrets to "cure" this and that and that and that, etc. (more…)
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Health Headlines

General Health
Big U.S. study links breast cancer to drinking Trans-fats linked to breast cancer risk in study Soy compound linked to lower breast cancer risk Martin Luther King Jr's Niece: Abortion and Racism Have Same Roots A Controversial Diagnosis for Herschel Walker Study Favors Once-A-Year Infusion over Oral Drug for Osteoporosis Barrack Obama Doesn't Know When Life Begins Congress Aims To Ease Doctor Shortage Expert panel urges improvements in elderly care Traditional acupuncture may ease migraines Raw milk's the rave? Demand grows despite risks Costs Soar for Mass. Health Care Law Measles hits home: Sobering lessons from 2 travel-related outbreaks
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The power of a healthy marriage

General Health, Marriage and Family Health
A good marriage is a great way to avoid loneliness and cultivate a warm and supportive relationship. Two news stories this week report that good marriages impact physical health. These stories confirm much previous research that shows that people who are happily married not only tend to live longer than those who are unmarried, but also appear to live more highly healthy lives; they have increased quantity and quality of life. (more…)
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Water Myths

General Health
Ever heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day? When I was researching my book 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People, I surveyed healthcare professionals about the essentials of being healthy. A common reply was “drink plenty of water,” or “drink eight glasses of water per day.” However, when I began to research this recommendation, I could find no medical studies to back up this belief. So, I did not include it in the book. (more…)
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MEDIA ALERT

General Health
Dr. Walt and Barb will appear as guests on the Thursday, April 3rd broadcast of "Living the Life" at 930 am on your local ABC Family Network. They will be discussing their newest book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. You can find where to view the program here. If you cannot watch it live, you can view the broadcast, after it is initially shown on TV, here. You can order a copy, and several for friends, at www.DrWalt.com.
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