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Task Force Suggests Guidelines For Gender Identity Disorder

Posted: 07/05/2012 - Mental health experts say Bono and people like him have Gender Identity Disorder (GID). “People with GID are distressed with the sense that they were born in the wrong body”, says Dr. William Byne, chair of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force that recommended forming the guidelines.

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Having Kids Cuts Risk For Common Cold By 52 Percent

Posted: 07/05/2012 - Parents may feel like they're always getting sick from a bug their child picked up at school, but a new study has found the opposite. Research from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh finds that being a parent may actually boosts a person's protection against the common cold.

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3 Die in Kansas City, Millions Baking in U.S. Heat Wave

Posted: 06/29/2012 - Kansas City authorities are probing 3 deaths that may be heat-related. One-third of the U.S. population was under some kind of heat warning Friday. The scorching conditions are expected to stretch into next week in some places.

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FDA Approves Anti-Obesity Drug

Posted: 06/27/2012 - Some people who suffer from chronic weight issues may soon get some help from a pill. Here's how.

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Burlington Builds Home From The Heart

Updated: 06/27/2012 - Construction launched this week in Burlington on a home for a young lady with a form of muscular dystrophy. The effort brought dozens of community members, who shunned the sweat to build from the heart.

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Safe Kids Kansas Urges Parents to Practice Summer Fire Safety

Posted: 06/26/2012 - Fireworks send 3,000 children under the age of 15 to emergency rooms each year in the U.S. Sparklers, viewed by parents as relatively harmless for children, cause serious burn injuries at this time of the season.

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Global H1N1 Death Toll May Be 15 Times Higher

Posted: 06/25/2012 - The actual number of deaths from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic might have been more than 15 times higher than previously thought, according to a study released on Monday.

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Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors

Posted: 06/25/2012 - The Red Cross says its blood supply has reached emergency levels, leaving about half the readily available blood products on hand today than this time last year.

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A Deadly Flu Virus Could Become Airborne

Posted: 06/22/2012 - Mutant bird flu would be airborne, scientists say. Here's what it takes to make a deadly virus transmissible through the air: as few as five genetic mutations, according to a new study.

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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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