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  1. Many Cars Rank High for Whiplash Risk

    Nov. 16, 2004 -- Of all the cars on the road, which ones do the best job of curbing whiplash risk when hit from behind? Certain models of Volvo, Saab, Jaguar S-Type, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen New Beetle fit the bill, according to the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS re

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  2. Hands-Free Cell Phones Reduce Driving Ability

    Nov. 16, 2004 -- Driving and chatting on hands-free cell phones just doesn't mix. That's the latest finding of a study looking into the "phoning while driving" debacle. According to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, drivers who use hands-free cell phones struggle to see

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  3. Little Improvement Seen in Medical Errors

    Nov. 4, 2004 -- Five years after a major report about an epidemic of medical errors in the U.S. health care system, little progress has been made to make medical care safer, experts say. Observers site a lack of money and political will needed to fund safety research and implement safeguards in hosp

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  4. Phonics Tutoring Helps Defeat Dyslexia

    Oct. 27, 2004 -- People of any age can make gains against dyslexia, America's most common learning disability, according to a new study. The key, according to the report published in the Oct. 28 issue of the journal Neuron, is tutoring which relies on word processing skills called phonics. Such trai

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  5. Average Weight for Americans Growing Heavier

    Oct. 27, 2004 -- If you could go back in time to 1960, you might notice that men, women, and children were a bit shorter then and had a lower average weight than today. Americans of all ages are "dramatically" heavier and slightly taller than they were back then, according to the CDC. "On average, b

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  6. Common Head Injury Treatment Raises Risks

    Oct. 7, 2004 -- A commonly used treatment for head injuries may actually do more harm than good, according to a major new international study. Researchers found people with head injuries who were treated with anti-inflammatory drugs called corticosteroids were nearly 20% more likely to die within tw

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  7. Fatal Traffic Accidents Rise After Terrorism

    Sept. 20, 2004 -- Terrorism's lethal ripple effects can last beyond an attack's immediate devastation. In Israel, fatal car wrecks jump by 35% three days after a terror attack, according to a new study. The study was conducted by Guy Stecklov, PhD, MA, of Hebrew University's department of sociology

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  8. Nice Guys Finish Last

    Sept. 14, 2004 -- It usually pays to be nice, but new research suggests that being a team player may leave you stranded at the bottom of the corporate ladder. The findings come from the Sept. 13 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Researcher Nikos Bozionelos of the Un

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  9. Bloodletting's Benefits

    Sept. 10, 2004 -- Score one for the medical experts of the distant past. The old practice of bloodletting may have worked, and new research may show us why. Before antibiotics were developed, bloodletting was used to treat serious illnesses. In fact, America's first president, George Washington, is

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  10. Over 450,000 Medical Device Injuries Yearly

    Sept. 10, 2004 -- More than 450,000 Americans went to hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to medical devices between July 1999 and June 2000, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fortunately, most cases were not fatal; fewer than 1% of

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