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Cholera vaccine, antibiotics urged for Haiti
December 10th, 2010
07:19 PM ET

Cholera vaccine, antibiotics urged for Haiti

The cholera epidemic in Haiti continues to spread, particularly in the rural areas in the north, which has public health advocates calling for more to to be done to try to stem the spread of disease.

In a commentary published Friday in the journal The Lancet, Dr. Paul Farmer, a co-founder of Partners In Health and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, calls for more antibiotics and vaccines to be shipped to the small Caribbean nation.

He and his co-authors told reporters Friday that there are still areas and even some camps where only few people have been infected with the waterborne disease, which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration and in extreme cases can lead to death in just a few hours.

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What the Yuck: Do flip-flops really protect me in the gym shower? ww
December 10th, 2010
06:42 PM ET

What the Yuck: Do flip-flops really protect me in the gym shower? ww

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: Do flip-flops really protect me from catching something in the gym shower? The water pools right onto my feet!

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Fit Friday: How Army is turning to lipo, sports not giving kids cardio
December 10th, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Fit Friday: How Army is turning to lipo, sports not giving kids cardio

“Army Strong” or Army, tad pudgy?

They’re increasingly turning to starvation diets,  weight-loss pills, laxatives and even liposuction.

No, these aren’t the antics of models or even housewives on reality cable shows.  The Army Times reports that soldiers are turning to extreme diet measures to meet the military’s weight requirements.

About 24,000 soldiers were discharged between 1992 and 2007 for failure to comply with weight standards, according to a military fitness report.  Weight can kill military careers making them ineligible for promotions, leadership positions or professional military schools. FULL POST


New Alzheimer's clues?
December 10th, 2010
09:12 AM ET

New Alzheimer's clues?

Preliminary research on Alzheimer's disease suggests a protein that accumulates in the brain at very high levels in Alzheimer's patients is not being overproduced, it's just not being cleared efficiently from the brain.

The study, published in Science, measured beta-amyloid levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of twelve 74-year old patients with late-onset Alzheimer's and twelve without. Researchers looked at how fast beta-amyloid was produced and how quickly it cleared the brain.

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