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  1. Hilary Swank's New Role: Malaria Hero

    A heartbreaking scene unfolds in the new HBO film Mary and Martha. Hilary Swank (as Mary of the film's title, opposite British actor Brenda Blethyn's Martha) witnesses a grief-stricken mother leaving a South African health clinic with her deceased toddler, who is wrapped from head to toe in a white

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  2. Flame Retardant Chemicals in House Dust, Sofas

    Nov. 28, 2012 -- Many people may be breathing in chemical flame retardants that are seeping from their upholstered furniture, electronics, and other common household items, a new study suggests. Researchers from the environmental research group Silent Spring Institute found potentially unsafe levels

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  3. Brooke Burke-Charvet Has Thyroid Cancer

    Brooke Burke-Charvet, co-host of Dancing With the Stars, announced Thursday that she has thyroid cancer. The 41-year-old mother of four will undergo surgery to have a thyroidectomy, a procedure to remove part or all of the thyroid gland.  The thyroid, which is found in the neck, produces hormones th

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  4. 10 Small Changes with Big Health Payoffs

    By Sarah Jio See why minor lifestyle tweaks can make a major difference for your overall well-being   Does it ever feel like you have to spend hours and hours at the gym, change your diet dramatically or jump way out of your comfort zone to reap any rewards in the health department? Think again. Our

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  5. Smoking Can Cut 10 Years Off a Woman's Life

    Oct. 26, 2012 -- Smoking cigarettes can shave 10 years off of a woman's  life, a large new study shows. But quitting before her 40th birthday (preferably well before it) avoids more than 90% of this increased risk of dying, and stopping before 30 avoids more than 97% of it.  These are the main findi

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  6. Red Wine Compound May Not Help Healthy Women

    Oct. 25, 2012 -- New research raises doubts about the health benefits of the much-hyped red wine compound resveratrol. In a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, healthy women in their late 50s and early 60s who took resveratrol supplements showed no improvement in factor

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  7. Hormones May Not Raise Alzheimer’s Risks

    Oct. 24, 2012 -- Women who take hormones within five years of menopause may have a slightly lower risk of Alzheimer's disease compared to women who don’t ever take them, a new study shows.  The study, which is published in the journal Neurology, provides some support for a theory called the timing h

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  8. Panel Advises Against Hormones to Prevent Disease

    Oct. 22, 2012 -- An influential panel of government advisors says hormone replacement therapy shouldn’t be prescribed to women after menopause to stave off chronic medical conditions like heart disease or osteoporosis. After considering the latest scientific evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Ta

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  9. Calcium May Help Prevent Hormone Disorder

    Oct. 18, 2012 -- Women who supplemented their diets with modest amounts of calcium had a lower risk for the hormone disorder known as primary hyperparathyroidism. The study, which is published in BMJ, also found that women with diets low in calcium may be more likely to get the disorder, which erode

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  10. Study Questions the Value of Annual Physical Exams

    Oct. 16, 2012 -- Regular physical exams are annual rituals for many Americans. Now a new research review finds that these kinds of checkups don’t help people live longer, and they don’t cut the risk of dying of cancer or heart disease. “We did not find any signs of benefit,” on death risk, says rese

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