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Sabetha Hospital Receives Trauma Designation

Posted: 05/09/2012 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has designated Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems in Beloit and Sabetha Community Hospital as Level 4 trauma centers.

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Obesity To Affect 42% Of Americans By 2030

Posted: 05/08/2012 - By 2030, roughly 42 percent of Americans will be obese, researchers announced today to kick off the "Weight of the Nation" obesity conference in Washington, D.C. That staggering rise will contribute to a rise in major health care costs, so much so that the researchers behind the study say keeping obesity rates level over the next 20 years could save nearly $550 billion.

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Precocious Puberty Might Be The New Normal

Posted: 05/08/2012 - The thought of adolescence can bring some frightening images to a parent’s mind: head-butting over the car keys, general contrariness, and the horrified way in which your kid can groan “mo-om!” However, it is becoming increasingly common for girls to begin sprouting breasts and pubic hair before the age of 10, according to the New York Times.

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Why Up To 90% of Asian Schoolchildren Are Nearsighted

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Scientists say an epidemic of myopia, or nearsightedness, is sweeping through Asian children, and is likely due to students’ spending too much time indoors studying and not enough time outside in the sunlight.

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Longer Commutes May Steal Health And Fitness

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Anybody who has a long daily commute knows the frustration of sitting in traffic with nothing to do but wait. Now, a study suggests that long commutes can take away more than just precious time - they also negatively impact your fitness and health.

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Infections Cause One In Six Cancer Cases

Posted: 05/08/2012 - One in six cancer cases worldwide are caused by infections, many of which are preventable or treatable, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Oncology.

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HIV Pill May Prevent People From Contracting AIDS, Says FDA

Posted: 05/08/2012 - Federal drug regulators on Tuesday affirmed landmark study results showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill can also help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. While the pill appears safe and effective for prevention, scientists stressed that it only works when taken on a daily basis.

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42% of Americans Obese by 2030, Study Predicts

Posted: 05/07/2012 - The report suggests an additional 30 million Americans will be obese in 18 years. This would cost an additional $549.5 billion on medical expenditures.

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Salmonella In Dog Food Sickens 14 People

Posted: 05/04/2012 - Those 14 people in at least 9 states have been sickened by salmonella after handling tainted dog food from a South Carolina plant.

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Topekans March For Babies

Updated: 05/04/2012 - The Topeka High School Drum Line kept the beat as teams hit the streets of Gage Park for the annual March for Babies.

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Kansas Kids Get Fit

Updated: 05/04/2012 - More than 600 third graders from 10 Topeka-area schools turned out for the 22nd annual Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day.

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U.S. Ranks Lower Than Iraq, Afghanistan On This List

Posted: 05/03/2012 - There are few places that illustrate the fragility of life better than a neonatal intensive care unit. Premature babies, hooked up to tubes and monitors, their tiny legs sticking out of the smallest of diapers: it's a sight can bring tears to your eyes and a prayer to your lips.

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Drinking Energy And Sports Drinks Like "Bathing" Teeth In Acid

Posted: 05/03/2012 - Energy drinks and sports drinks might provide a quick boost for consumers, but at the cost of their teeth. A new study finds people who drink these types of beverages are "essentially bathing their teeth with acid," the authors said.

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25 Die From Rare Bacteria In San Francisco

Posted: 05/03/2012 - A researcher at an infectious diseases laboratory in San Francisco has died of a rare bacteria strain, California health officials said, raising fears the man's friends and fellow researchers may too have been infected.

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107 Charged in Health Fraud Bust

Posted: 05/02/2012 - Federal agents say the operation uncovered $450 million in false billings. At least 91 of the defendants in the case have been taken into custody.

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