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Health Week in Review -- Jan. 5, 2007

Weight Loss Pills Under Fire, a Parkinson's Patch, and More Top Stories
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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

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Jan. 5, 2007 -- The lowdown on high school binge drinking, why magazine articles about dieting could be bad for teens, and how to prevent homesickness. From weight loss pills to Parkinson's disease, get a snapshot of the biggest stories in health news.

Magazines Linked to Unhealthy Dieting
Teen girls who often read magazine articles about dieting and weight loss appear to be three times as likely to engage in extreme dieting practices, such as vomiting and using laxatives. Read more.

Teen Binge Drinking: Common and Risky
If high school students are drinking, they're probably binge drinking, a new study shows. And this drinking problem often comes with other health risks, such as smoking. What are some additional risks? Read more.

Alcohol May Lower Heart Attack Risk
A drink or two a day isn't bad for men with high blood pressurehigh blood pressure -- and may lower their risk of heart attack, new research shows. Read more.

Parkinson's Patch Nears U.S. Approval
A once-a-day patch is a safe and effective treatment for early Parkinson's disease, a clinical trial shows. How does the patch work? Read more.

14 Ways to Prevent Kids' Homesickness
When kids leave home for camp or school, prepare them for homesickness but don't promise to come get them early, experts say. Get more tips for preventing and coping with homesickness. Read more.

Weight Loss Pill Ads Draw Costly Fine
The marketers of four weight-control pills will pay $25 million to settle false advertising claims brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Which marketers have to pay? Read more.

Call for More Down Syndrome Screening
With new, less-invasive ways to check for Down syndrome, screening for the genetic birth defect should now be offered to all pregnant women, regardless of age, says a leading obstetricians group. Read more.

What's the Greatest Medical Advance?
Fifteen medical advances, ranging from anesthesia to vaccines, are vying for the title of "greatest medical breakthrough." What didn't make the cut and how to cast your vote. Read more.

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