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More vitamin D? Yes, but take it easy

WASHINGTON – Got milk? You may need a couple cups more than today’s food labels say to get enough vitamin D for strong bones. But don’t go overboard: Long-awaited new dietary guidelines say there’s...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Good’ bacteria may aid children

CHICAGO – A leading medical group says there’s some evidence that probiotics, or “good” bacteria, may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children.But the group says the science isn’t...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Virtual biopsy’ may detect athletes’ brain injuries from concussions

CHICAGO – Football players with memory and behavior problems have no way of knowing for sure if getting hit too many times caused brain damage. The only test to diagnose their condition is done...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

A focus on the future

The KidSight program of the Colorado Lions Clubs, which screens preschoolers for vision problems, is based on the reasoning that foresight beats hindsight.“In some cases, children start school and...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Pilot transplant project aims to spur kidney swaps

WASHINGTON – Too often, would-be kidney donors are wasted because the friend or loved one they want to help isn’t a match. Now a new national database promises to help find matches for those...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Compassionate Friends’ help bereaved

The sorrow children feel at losing a parent or that a spouse experiences at losing a mate pales in comparison to the grief felt when a child dies – taken out of turn as it were – says a Durango...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Women at risk should schedule mammograms

LONDON – Women in their 40s with a moderately high family risk of breast cancer should get yearly mammograms, a new British study suggests.Though such testing is standard in the U.S. for that age...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

‘Two different drugs’

CHICAGO – People with diabetes should mix aerobics with weight training to get the best results in lowering blood sugar, a new study suggests. The combination worked best for weight loss, too,...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Parkinson’s group to meet Dec. 15 Patients with Parkinson’s disease will meet at 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive. The emphasis of the...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

High blood pressure zapped

CHICAGO – Some people who couldn’t get their blood pressure under control despite taking a fistful of pills every day found relief from an experimental treatment that shows promise as a permanent...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

United Blood Services announce drives United Blood Services will hold blood drives at these locations:b 1 to 6 p.m. today, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the United Blood...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

New drug showing good promise

CHICAGO – For more than a decade, millions of lives have been saved by statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocor, which lower bad cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks.The drugs were so safe and...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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