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Costly sedation may be unnecessary for colon tests

CHICAGO – Few people want to be wide awake during their colonoscopy exams, but new research suggests too many are getting extra sedation treatment, costing as much as $1 billion yearly in...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Health department offers health services San Juan Basin Health Department’s Health Services offers appointments to cover health needs. People can call and get an appointment the next day for an...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

With sexual advances rejected, fruit flies often turn to alcohol

NEW YORK – Guys, when your sweetheart says “No thanks” to sex, do you knock back a few stiff drinks to feel better? Turns out fruit flies do pretty much the same thing. That’s the word from a new...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Poor pay higher prices to hospitals

Colorado hospitals charge their highest prices to the poorest, uninsured patients. That practice is now likely to end by late summer.Most people don’t know that hospitals charge different prices to...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Moving with age

LUBBOCK, Texas The country’s largest generation is running, walking, swimming and using exercise machines in hopes of changing the face of aging.Baby boomers – the 78 million Americans born between...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Tobacco users could be shocked into quitting

ATLANTA – Tobacco taxes and smoking bans haven’t budged the U.S. smoking rate in years. Now the government is trying to shock smokers into quitting with a graphic nationwide advertising...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Options for cervical cancer check depend on age

WASHINGTON – Forget one-size-fits-all advice: Guidelines released last week give women choices for cervical cancer testing that depend on their age.They were once recommended every year, but many...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Gynecology talk to be held Wednesday Mercy Regional Medical Center will host a free community presentation on minimally invasive options for treatment of common gynecologic problems from 5:30 to 7...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

How to check your credit score

When a debt collector goes after you for a late medical bill, your credit can suffer – even if you quickly pay up.Paid or unpaid, large or small amounts – all can affect a credit score, said...

DATE: March 11, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Keep on walkin’

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.Bob Landorf walked miles during his hospital stay, dragging his IV pole along, too, on a mission to upend disturbing statistics for patients his age.At least one-third of...

DATE: March 11, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Medical bills often source of credit-score nightmares

CHICAGO – Mike and Laura Park thought their credit record was spotless. The Texas couple wanted to take advantage of low interest rates, so they put their house on the market and talked to a lender...

DATE: March 11, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

Sodas dodge a cancer warning

NEW YORK – Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of...

DATE: March 11, 2012 | CATEGORY: Health

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