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  1. Newer Vitamin D Tests Often Inaccurate: Study

    June 25, 2012 -- Two new lab tests to measure blood levels of vitamin D are inaccurate more than 40% of the time, according to a new study. Researchers say newer tests tend to overestimate the number of people who are deficient in vitamin D, a problem that could cause patients to be anxious about th

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  2. Dirtiest Spot in Hotel Rooms

    June 17, 2012 -- One of the most contaminated things you're likely to encounter in a hotel room may surprise you. It's not the bed or even the door handle. It's the TV remote control. That, and bedside lamp switches, are among the most contaminated surfaces in hotel rooms, a new study shows. Researc

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  3. How Housework Can Hurt a Relationship

    June 13, 2012 -- If a couple doesn't split household chores fairly, it can add strain -- especially for women, a Swedish study shows. But the problem goes beyond the list of chores. It's not so much about who does what, as it is about equality within the relationship. The researchers, based at Swede

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  4. CT Scans, Other Imaging Tests Becoming More Common

    June 12, 2012 -- Another major study is pointing to significant increases in radiation exposure from the growing use of medical imaging tests such as CT scans. For the latest study, which is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers combed through the medical records

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  5. Racial Gap in Life Expectancy Shrinking

    June 5, 2012 -- The life expectancy gap between African-Americans and whites in the U.S. has hit an all-time low. A new report shows the racial gap in life expectancy rates declined by about a year for both men and women between 2003 and 2008. The results showed the difference in life expectancy at

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  6. Study: Trash Old, Unused Drugs

    May 18, 2012 -- Prescription medication "take-back" programs are increasingly promoted as a way to safely dispose of unused drugs, but they are no better for the environment than simply throwing old drugs in the trash, a new study suggests. When researchers used a complicated methodology called "com

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  7. Kyra Sedgwick on Work, Family, and Empty Nests

    Kyra Sedgwick has to jump on another phone. It's her husband calling. She and actor Kevin Bacon will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary this September, and there's a melty tenderness in her voice when she says, "Hi, honey … is everything OK?" There's a pause, and you can hear the smile -- that

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  8. Sunscreen Ingredient Linked to Endometriosis

    May 11, 2012 -- Certain chemicals that are widely used in sunscreens and other products because they protect against UV light are associated with an increased risk of developing the gynecological condition endometriosis, a new study shows. But the Personal Care Products Council, a group that represe

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  9. Menopause: Smokers Have More Hot Flashes

    May 3, 2012 -- There are countless reasons why women who smoke should kick the habit for their health, but here's one more. Smoking women have more hot flashes as they transition through menopause, and this is especially true for women who carry certain genes, a new study finds. Previous research ha

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  10. Mental Stress May Be Harder on Women's Hearts

    April 24, 2012 -- Coping with mental stress may be harder on a woman's heart than a man's, according to new research. Men and women given the same stressful math problem all had an increase in blood pressure and heart rate while solving it, as expected, says researcher Chester Ray, PhD, professor of

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