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There's a Downside to Vigorous Interval Training

High-intensity interval training may boost your fitness at a cost -- perhaps increasing your risk for injuries. This popular type of training combines aerobics, weight lifting and calisthenics at maximum effort, followed by recovery periods. "These workouts are marketed as 'one size fits all.' However, many athletes, especially amateurs, do not have...

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Loan Forgiveness, Educational Debt May Affect Practice Patterns

Increased educational debt appears to directly influence physician practice choice, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Caleb J. Scheckel, D.O., from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and colleagues assessed intended practice patterns of recent graduates of colleges of osteopathic...

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Fennel: A Food Lover's Dream Ingredient

You might have seen fennel in the produce section of your market without knowing what exactly it was. Fennel is a fragrant bulb that can be a food lover's dream ingredient, because it has a refreshing taste, similar to anise or licorice, and pairs well with other ingredients to create gourmet dishes. Many cooks miss out because they aren't sure how...

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Health Highlights: April 19, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Researchers Get $350 Million to Fight U.S. Opioid Epidemic A $350 million grant for researchers to find ways to cut opioid overdose deaths in four states hardest hit by the U.S. opioid epidemic was announced Thursday by the U.S. National Institutes...

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Health Tip: Earache Home Care

-- An earache is a sharp, dull, or burning pain in one or both ears. The pain can have a variety of causes, from ear infections to pressure changes, says MedlinePlus. To care for an earache at home, you can: Place a cold cloth on the outer ear. Chew gum. Rest in an upright position. Use over-the-counter ear drops or an OTC pain reliever. ...

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Health Tip: Understanding the Tetanus Shot

-- A tetanus vaccine is important for people of all ages, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Though rare, people who get the disease can face serious, and possibly deadly, complications. Tetanus-causing bacteria can be found in dirt, dust and feces. The bacteria often enter the body through broken skin. There is no cure for tetanus,...

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Weight-Loss Surgery Just as Successful for Teens With Down Syndrome

Young people with Down syndrome or other cognitive impairments are just as successful in shedding excess pounds after weight-loss surgery as their peers, a new study finds. Researchers reviewed outcomes for 63 young people, aged 13 to 24, who had bariatric surgery at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. All were severely obese, and...

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Do-Anywhere Upper Body Stretches

Flexibility in your upper body is important for many everyday activities you take for granted, like twisting and turning while backing out of a parking space. Try these three stretches to help keep your upper body agile. They don't require any special equipment and can even be done in your office. Neck stretch: Do this easy stretch either standing...

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Even a Little More Exercise Might Help Your Brain Stay Young

Alzheimer's and dementia are not an inevitable part of normal aging, and a little exercise might help keep them at bay, a new study suggests. The researchers found that every hour of light exercise on top of recommended weekly levels of more intense activity reduced brain aging by about a year. "This study emphasizes the relationship we are seeing...

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Almost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse Inhalers

Many children with asthma don't use their inhalers properly and don't get a full dose of medicine, researchers report. They evaluated inhaler use among 113 children between the ages of 2 and 16 who were hospitalized for asthma. Such patients are at highest risk for complications and death from asthma. At least one crucial step in inhaler technique...

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The Veneral Pest Returns

The history of syphilis makes interesting reading. For a start, there’s controversy about its origins. Some believe it to have been prevalent from at least 3000BC, whereas the more popular theory links its general introduction to the world to the return of the Columbus navigators from the New World in 1493. Regardless of its actual […]

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The Feverish Pricing of MS Treatments

Towards the end of March, the FDA approved two new treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS): Mayzent (siponimod) and Mavenclad (cladribine). Both represent important breakthroughs for people with certain types of MS. But they come at a cost. The wholesale acquisition cost of Mayzent is $88,500 per year. Mavenclad is $99,500 annually. Even for those with […]

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Unique and Totally Interesting

Autism is a childhood condition that always seems to be surrounded by a cloud of myths and misconceptions. Myths such as it is caused by vaccination, bad parenting, or a poor diet. Misconceptions that children with autism can’t learn, don’t want to make friends, or don’t feel emotions. Not one of those is true. Nowadays, […]

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