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Senator Obama: Do you really want to know when life begins?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
On the eve of the Pope Benedict the 16th's first visit to the U.S., today's health headlines contain the two very different views of two very prominent African-Americans about unborn children in their mother's wombs. In one story, Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Barrack Obama confided that he did not really understand the biological fact that human life begins at conception. Obama said, "This is something that I have not, I think, come to a firm resolution on." He went on to say, "I think it's very hard to know what that means, when life begins. Is it when a cell separates? Is it when the soul stirs?" (more…)
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Postpartum depression common among American women

Mental Health, Woman's Health
As a family physician, I've had the privilege to deliver over 1500 babies in my career. Attending a birth and seeing the miracle of birth is one of the most wonderful aspects of being a family physician. Yet, even with my over 25 years of experience, I was surprised by a study showing that as many as one in five women in the U.S. may suffes from postpartum depressive symptoms. (more…)
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
MMR doctor admits ethics failing Kids With Cell Phones Not as Safe Crossing Streets British Study: Pro-Suicide Web Sites May Push People Over the Edge Postpartum depression common among U.S. women Revenge of the Mumps: New Vaccine Needed? Mumps Vaccine Good, Not Perfect India two-faced baby's family refuses special care Kids' access to cold drugs keeps ERs busy Virtual colonoscopy reduces bowel preparation Smoke Pot, Get Lead Poisoning? Study debunks heart attack-male baldness link Stand up and stretch to break up sedentary time Philly School Candy Ban Gets High Grades
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Scientists Admit Embryonic Stem Cell Research Hasn't Been Successful Embryonic Stem Cell Research Alternative Jumps Ahead With Parkinson's Success Pfizer warns of lung cancer with inhaled insulin Seven or more eggs a week raises risk of death Cavity-fighting candy helped cut tooth decay: study Moderate Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby’s Heart Smoking Before Pregnancy May Hurt Baby's Heart Sunbed use 'puts lives at risk' Surgeons perform first 6-way kidney transplant Drug regime reverses heart disease in diabetics Study: Estrogen therapy doubles rate of benign breast lumps Planned Parenthood Kills Record Number of Preborn Babies Two-Faced Baby Worshipped As Goddess Depression and Alzheimer's Risk Linked
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It’s time to stop wasting money on embryonic stem cell research

Bioethics
In a stunning news story, "Scientists Admit Embryonic Stem Cell Research Hasn't Been Successful," Lord Patel of Dunkeld, the chairman of the United Kingdom National Stem Cell Network and a chancellor at Dundee University, says "embryonic stem cell research is simply not working." As I've pointed out in media interviews for years, embryonic stem cell research has not been used to help a single person and is siphoning off research dollars that could be used to further adult stem cell research. (more…)
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
National OBGYN Group Backtracks on Abortion Policy, Pro-Life Docs Unsatisfied Simple regimen eliminates chronic bad breath Pope Says Catholic Church Must Minister to Women After Abortions Too Little Childhood Sleep Tied to Later Problems of Obesity and Depression In Massachusetts, Universal Coverage Strains Care Study: Med mix-ups hurt 1 in 15 kids Tight Backpack Straps Cut Blood to Shoulders, Arms 10 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Avoid 'Freshman 15' Theory Takes a Pounding
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Teens with TV in their bedroom highly unhealthy

Children's Health
A new study confirms what I’ve been saying for years – children who have a TV in their bedroom are less likely to be highly healthy or have healthy habits. This study followed 781 teens and reported on their television viewing patterns, study habits and grades, diet and exercise, and interaction with their family. Compared to those teens with no TV in the bedroom, the 2/3’s of teens that did watched TV four to five hours more per week. (more…)
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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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1% Animal, 100% Wrong

Bioethics
This, from the Family Research Council: In the midst of a vicious debate over a U.K. bill that would legalize inter-species embryo experimentation, Newcastle University scientists are flaunting their creation of an animal-human hybrid. Although Parliament has not voted to authorize such research, scientists were granted a special "license" to proceed with research that is ethically monstrous and almost universally opposed. (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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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Niece Says Abortion is the New Civil Rights Cause Planned Parenthood Report: More Abortions, Fewer Adoptions and Prenatal Care Cardio-metabolic risk can occur at normal BMIs 5 Home Remedy No-No's Soft Bed or Hard Bed for Back Pain? Houston Teen Mom Tragedies Show Need for Pregnancy Centers, Advocate Says Americans prefer energy fix to cancer cure: poll Therapists: Only minutes needed for best sex
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Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Pro-Life Groups Bash Barack Obama For "Don't Punish With a Baby" Comment Heart group urges "hands-only" CPR in emergencies Evangelicals less likely to divorce, Barna survey says More Planned Parenthood Abortion Businesses Accept Overtly Racist Donations Seat belts protect unborn babies: study Will Baby with Two Faces Survive? Wife's mental state key to cancer-survivor couples 91% of Kid Food Ads Unhealthy Can Too Much or Too Little Sleep Lead to Obesity? Thin People can be Fat Home defibrillators do not increase survival Weight loss surgery reverses heart changes in severely obese teens WellPoint won't pay for botched surgeries High dose Lipitor reduces artery inflammation: study Crestor: It worked so well in a trial, the study was halted
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Evangelicals less likely to divorce, Barna survey says

Marriage and Family Health
Marriage Myth Busted – Divorce Rate NOT 50% A common and oft repeated statement about marriage is that "50% of all marriages end in divorce." This appears to be a myth. The figure does not come from any long-term analysis, but rather, the fact that the number of new divorces each year is roughly 50% of the number of new marriages. However, the distortion in these numbers is the fact that people with failed marriages often marry and divorce a number of times. Now comes new data from my friend, pollster George Barna. He has found that of all Americans who have ever married, only one-third have ever been divorced. This means it is a myth that one in two marriages end in divorce. In fact, it’s only one in…
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Heart group urges “hands-only” CPR in emergencies

Heart Health
For CPR – kiss “mouth-to-mouth” goodbye The American Heart Association is now recommending what it calls “Hands Only” CPR (chest compressions alone with NO mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). According to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, bystanders who witness a person collapse should immediately call 9-1-1 and then, if the person is not breathing, begin hands-only CPR. The AHA recommends that the rescuer “push hard and fast in the middle of the victim’s chest without stopping until emergency medical responders arrive. “ The statement goes on to say bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s chances of surviving. This new statement changes a previous AHA’s statement, where the AHA had recommended on hands only CPR only for people unable or unwilling to do the mouth breaths. However, the…
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Pro-Life Groups Bash Barack Obama For “Don’t Punish With a Baby” Comment

Bioethics
Note to Senator Obama: Children are a Blessing, Not a “Punishment” In my opinion, Senator Barack Obama owes every mother, especially single moms, an apology. At a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania, Obama commented on what he believes is the importance of teaching both comprehensive sex education and abstinence to prevent HIV/AIDS. But almost no one on either side of that heated controversy was prepared for the shocking remark that followed: "The most important prevention is education, which should include ... teaching the children ... you know, that sex is not something casual... “ So far, so good. But, he goes on … “Look, I've got two daughters – 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals…” Even better. But…
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March 31, 2008 Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Cholesterol Drug Controversy Continues Cholesterol Testing Not Enough for Some You May Be the Key to Cancer Prevention Managing Stress Can Lower Heart Death Risk A Little Haggling Could Mean Big Savings on Med Bills Gov't Launches Hospital Comparisons Site Online ratings irk doctors Personal pyramid planner builds menus to your design
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Cholesterol Testing Not Enough for Some

Heart Health
This story is important for readers that plan to have their cholesterol level checked this year. Not only should you get an entire lipid profile (which should include [1] TC [total cholesterol], [2] HDL [what I call “healthy” cholesterol], [3] LDL [what I call “lethal” cholesterol,” and [4] TG [triglyceride]), but also, an additional and fairly inexpensive lab test, called the ApoB. I’ve been doing this test for my patients for over a decade and it’s good to see recommendations supporting my practice. This story explains why you should consider requesting this test from your doctor. Who should have a lipid profile? According to the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce, it is strongly recommended “that clinicians routinely screen (1) men aged 35 years and older, and (2) women aged 45 years…
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