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Take Steps to Protect from Pertussis

Updated: 06/21/2012 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has confirmed 56 cases already this year. It recorded 52 in all of 2011.

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Seattle Cancer Survivor Allowed To Swim Topless

Posted: 06/21/2012 - Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams announced he was giving breast cancer survivor Jodi Jaecks an exception to the department's clothing policy.

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Teen Survives Spear Through Brain

Posted: 06/19/2012 - CBS Miami reports that 16-year old Yasser Lopez' survival may be a result of the spear miraculously missing the major blood vessels in the teen's brain.

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Growing Number Of Children Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure

Posted: 06/19/2012 - High blood pressure is a serious problem among adults, but a study out Monday shows an alarming number of children have it too. Hospital visits for kids with high blood pressure nearly doubled in a 10-year period to more than 24,000. Fourteen-year-old Kyle Mutschler has been hospitalized four times because of dangerously high blood pressure. He takes four medications and his mother Lynette keeps track of everything he eats. "It's definitely a much different lifestyle than the average person lives," Kyle said. "You're constantly having to monitor your blood pressure, constantly having to have different foods, constantly having to exercise." The study released today looked at the number of children like Kyle who had to be hospitalized for high blood pressure. The increase in cases has also lead to a 50 percent increase in treatment cost -- to more than $3billion. "We've all seen it. We've seen it associated with the marked increase in obesity, but not to these numbers," said Dr. Rick Kaskel, pediatric kidney specialist at Montefiore Hospital in New York. "And, I think the hospitalization rate is what is astounding here." Kaskel said 70 percent of his new patients have high blood pressure. While researchers believe is a major culprit, genetics and environment also play a role. For kids like Kyle, the cause is a mystery. So he monitors the problem with an app on his iPod. The program measures his blood pressure and emails results to his doctor. The concern is for bigger problems down the road. "The elevated blood pressure early on is having an effect on that patient's organs such that at some point as they become adults the damage is done," Kasel said. "It may be irreversible, and set them up for major risk for cardiovascular disease as adults." This could just be the tip of the iceberg. The numbers of kids treated who did not go to the hospital is not known, but many estimate it is going to be a huge problem. Over the last generation, the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled to nearly 20 percent so it's not surprising we're now seeing surges in conditions caused by obesity, such as hypertension and diabetes.

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ADHD Rx Rates Rise In Kids, Antibiotic Rates Down

Posted: 06/18/2012 - A new study - published online June 18 in Pediatrics - tracked trends in drug prescriptions among infants, children and adolescents between the ages of 0 and 17 from 2002 to 2010.

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'Mindfulness' To Reduce Stress Becoming More Popular

Posted: 06/14/2012 - In what's become a daily ritual, Tim Ryan finds a quiet spot, closes his eyes, clears his mind and tries to tap into the eternal calm. In Ryan's world, it's a stretch for people to get this relaxed. He's a member of Congress.

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Are We Prepared For 18 Million Cancer Survivors?

Posted: 06/14/2012 - An estimated 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive on January 1, 2012, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. And that survivor number is only growing.

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GMA's Robin Roberts Faces New Disease Threat

Posted: 06/11/2012 - "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts faces an MDS diagnosis, a disease attacks blood and bone marrow. The ABC host's sister says she's a "perfect match" for a marrow transplant.

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E-Coli Sickens 14 People in Six States

Posted: 06/08/2012 - A Louisiana toddler is only fatality. The State of Georgia has five cases, the most in one state. The cause of the outbreak is unknown, but local and federal officials are investigating it.

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