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Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

National Fire Prevention Week begins Oct. 9

Health: As the country marks National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15, the American Red Cross in Greater New York, is urging everyone to help save lives by making sure their home is protected by smoke alarms. Comment

Medical aspects of the religious fast

Health: Many religions throughout the world include fasting as an important and integral part of the religious observance. One consequence of this is often the fasting headache, which is usually diffuse or located in the frontal region. The pain is non-pulsating and of moderate intensity usually starting after 16 hours of fasting and resolves within 72 hours after resumption of food intake. Comment

Overweight, obese Black women at higher risk of death

Health: Live slimmer, live longer. That is at least according to a new study showing a higher risk of death for Black women who are overweight or obese. The study shows that a larger waist size is also associated with a higher risk of death. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

Don’t let Hepatitis C stay hidden

People: Have you seen the yellow Cs in New York City over the past week and wondered what they are all about? Comment

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Herbal supplements and your health

Health: Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years and used by people in every country on every continent. As an example, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, the spice used in curry, so popular in India was reported at a recent meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology to possibly be able to reduce the incidence of diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile in hospitalized patients. Commonly referred to as C. difficile, this germ produces a toxin (poison) that has been shown to be the cause of many cases of severe life-threatening diarrhea. Comment

Tips to reduce work-related aches, pains

Health: No matter where you work, chances are you’ve come home after a long day with some aches and pains -- even if you spend most of your time at a desk, work station or behind the wheel. Comment

‘Menthol Effect’ keeps minorities hooked

Health: You try and try, and then try again, but you can’t quit smoking. Well, there may be a good reason for it. Especially if you smoke menthol cigarettes. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011

Obama’s health care cuts spread the pain

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care savings in President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction plan would squeeze future Medicare recipients, cut payments to drug companies and hospitals, and shift costs to states. Comment

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

Tips for reducing low back pain

Health: Have an aching back? You’re not alone. Comment

Eyecare helps avoid future health problems

Health: Did you know that everyone needs a regular eye exam—even someone who doesn’t wear glasses? Comment

Necessity is the mother of invention

Health: History points to Plato, student of Socrates, and teacher of Aristotle as the first written source of the idea that “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”. The more people that suffer with a particular problem, the greater becomes the necessity to find a solution to that problem. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

Red blood in the toilet bowl

Health: Of all the things that frighten us, blood in the urine is near the top of the list. There are many possible causes; some serious, others not. Comment

Strokes increase among younger Americans

Health: More children and young adults may be having strokes according to a new study. The study, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, showed an increase of up to 37 percent for a certain strokes among Americans aged 5 to 44. The research was published in the Annals of Neurology. Comment

New strains of Gonorrhea difficult to treat

Health: I have read that there is a new kind of gonorrhea which is untreatable. Is this true? Worried Comment

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

Lifestyle Change Award recipient

Health: The American Heart Association has named Anna Lemay as their 2011 Lifestyle Change Award recipient. Comment

Tips to keep your lungs in shape

Health: When your lungs are out of shape, your whole body suffers. Simple daily activities like walking can be difficult. And certain lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can gradually reduce lung capacity. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011

What can your prostate do for you?

Health: Mention the word “prostate” to a man or to a woman for that matter and the almost universal reaction is negative. Most people hear that word and immediately think “trouble”; often really serious trouble. Comment

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