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New Chinese Bird Flu Still Pandemic Threat

Throughout April and early May 2013, news headlines focused on a bird flu virus that was sickening people in China's urban centers. Chinese influenza experts isolated the avian (bird) flu virus and determined it was an influenza A (H7N9) subtype, which had never been identified in humans before. As new cases and fatalities were reported almost daily, media headlines focused on the pandemic potential of the virus.

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No Tragedy at the Boston Marathon

The blasts at the Boston Marathon are not a tragedy. They are something far worse.

Last Saturday, my four-year-old ran her first race. It was a just-for-kids, 1.2 mile run in the midst of a panopoly of races that I can only call a celebration of running. There was a marathon, a half-marathon, a 10K, a 5K, and then the kids’ race, with 1500 kids and parents all trotting around a soft, grassy Midwestern park. It took half an hour to get to the start line –and almost as long to run the mile.

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runners at sunset
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runners at sunset

Heart Attack or Heartburn? Nine Ways to Tell

You’ve just finished a not-so-lovely dinner of hamburgers and French fries when the chest pain strikes. How do you know if the chest pain is a symptom of a heart attack -- or indigestion? Do you know the signs of heartburn versus the signs of heart attack?

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Heart attack can be sudden and dramatic. When the heart comes to a screeching halt, it is called sudden cardiac arrest.

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How to "Spring Forward" after Daylight Saving Time This Year

It’s time to “spring forward” into daylight savings time on March 10, 2013. That one-hour shift in time can disrupt sleep patterns, especially people who have sleep problems and children. But with a little preparation, you can indeed “spring” out of bed on Sunday morning after a good night’s sleep.

Why is it so hard to adjust to a simple one-hour shift in the clock? The answer has to do with your circadian rhythm – the internal clock that tells your body when it’s time to sleep, rise, eat, exercise, be alert, and … you guessed it… sleep.

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waking up happily
waking up happily
waking up happily
waking up happily

Seven Things You Need to Know about Cancer

World Cancer Day, 2013, is a day to reflect on the global impact of cancer. This year, 7.6 million people around the world will die from cancer. Four million of them will be adults between the ages of 30 and 69 years; many others will be children. According to the The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), 1.5 million of those people could be saved with better prevention and control programs and policies.

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Get Hangover Help from Asparagus

Asparagus contains compounds that may help cure alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.

Planning to imbibe this New Year’s Eve? Eat some asparagus before and after you drink, and you just might lessen the misery of a hangover.

Asparagus – genus Asparagus officinalis – is part of many cuisines. It is widely used by herbalists, who claim a range of benefits for the spear-like green vegetable, ranging from hangover cure to aphrodisiac to anticancer properties. Asparagus has been shown to have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic properties.

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Beta-Blockers Don’t Block Heart Attacks or Stroke

Beta-blockers, a type of drug frequently prescribed for people with heart disease, may not reduce the risk of a second heart attack, death, or stroke in people with coronary artery disease (CAD). In people with risk factors for heart disease, beta-blockers may increase the risk of such events, according to findings from a recent large observational study conducted by a team of investigators from the Cardiac and Vascular Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Ten Ways to Reduce Indoor Air Pollutants

Chances are, you’re sitting inside right now. But do you know what’s in the air that you’re breathing? How much do you know about your in home air quality? Most people spend the majority of time indoors, whether in homes, workplaces, school, or other buildings. Yet indoor air pollutants are often abundant in homes and other indoor spaces.  

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Early Symptoms Key to Ovarian Cancer Detection

Want to tackle the fifth-leading cause of cancer death in women? Start with a pencil and paper.  A simple three-question survey, developed by a research team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, may help identify women who could benefit the most from screening tests for ovarian cancer.

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Ovarian Cancer Detection
Ovarian Cancer Detection
Ovarian Cancer Detection
Ovarian Cancer Detection
Ovarian Cancer Detection

Ten Steps to Stop a Headache

Headaches are an extremely common and disabling condition. Headaches can range from mild to severe, and the causes of headache vary widely. For some people, something as simple as missing their morning cup of coffee or eating a bar of chocolate can bring on a headache or migraine.

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