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August 4th, 2010
07:31 PM ET

Report: Dietary supplements pose health risks

Just because a supplement is labeled natural, doesn't mean it is safe, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports.

The report lists 12 ingredients found in supplements  which are linked to serious side effects and which haven’t been shown to do what they claim to do.

They are: aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia, yohimbe. FULL POST


August 4th, 2010
06:30 PM ET

Born to be fat?

Expectant mothers who watch their weight during pregnancy increase the chances their baby will maintain a healthy weight throughout life, according to a study in the British journal The Lancet.

But when pregnant women overindulge and gain too much weight during their 9 months, they tend to give birth to heavier babies who are at higher risk for obesity as children and adults, the researchers found.

Obesity is associated with a number of health issues including cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma.

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August 4th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

CDC: More people obese now than in 2007

The number of obese people in the United States has increased by 2.4 million since 2007, according to a CDC special report released Tuesday.

The report also says that 9 states – up from 3 in 2007 – now report obesity levels at 30 percent or higher (in 2000, no states were in that category). Not a single state has reached the 15 percent goal set in the CDC's "Healthy People 2010" initiative.

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August 4th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

Proposed guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer’s updated

Experts from the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institutes on Aging have proposed the first changes in more than 25 years to update diagnostic recommendations for Alzheimer’s disease.

"These criteria will serve us in finding the kind of diagnostic tools and interventions that will help treat people in the earliest stages of the disease and avoid the severe symptoms that are so debilitating," says William Thies, chief medical and scientific officer for the Alzheimer's Association.

The current guidelines have not been updated since 1984. Now, there are several advances making headway, and the panel wants to address shortcomings and provide clinicians with new guidelines. The use of biomarkers was among the top concerns.

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Cheerleading, not a sport, but produces injuries
August 4th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

Cheerleading, not a sport, but produces injuries

No, cheerleading isn’t a sport, said a judge in a July ruling.

In a case involving Quinnipiac University, a federal judge ruled that cheerleading does not “qualify as a varsity sport for the purposes of Title IX and, therefore, its members may not be counted as athletic participants under the statute.”

But it doesn’t mean that cheerleading doesn’t produce serious injuries. FULL POST


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