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The Trans-Fat Battle

New York City recently banned trans-fats in its restaurants. The health-conscious are applauding the effort, citing the dangers of trans-fats when it comes to clogging arteries. The less-than-health-conscious aren't all that pleased, claiming that that the Big Apple's decision is effectively stripping the flavor out of their food. Trans-fats, say...
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The Medication “Hassle”

A while back, there was an incredibly annoying commercial for a Herpes treatment that did in one dose what competing medications took seven daily doses to accomplish. The young people in the commercial talked about what a hassle it was to take seven pills to control their sexually-transmitted disease, though...
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Only 80%?

I was expecting to break the scale! Perhaps what kept me from the 100% mark is that salesmen don't sell me things I don't really want because I'm not so submissive to them: I can still put up quite a fight when a salesman is being a jerk. Your Social...
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100 Years Ago This Month

I can't let November end without mention of a grim anniversary. It was April, 1901 when a woman named Auguste Deter was brought by her husband to a German psychiatric hospital presenting strange symptoms which included memory loss, unusual mood changes ranging from paranoia to hostility, and the loss of...
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Chinese Canine Catastrophe

It has all the makings of a nightmare. Stormtroopers invade neighborhood after neighborhood, making noise in the night, luring family pets to bark, alerting their owners to potential danger. Except that the only danger is to the dogs themselves, who are tracked down by their bark and slaughtered in front...
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Fear of Fear

President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced a Depression-weary nation in 1933 and said that the only thing to fear was fear itself. It turns out that for many people, fear itself is quite enough! A recent article at CNN.com talks about the fear of fear putting people's health in jeopardy. People...
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Being Sick is Expensive

The doctor at the "Doc-in-a-Box" I visited yesterday gave me a prescription for antibiotics to fight off this delightful bacterial infection that's going around. This morning, I stopped by a local pharmacy to get it filled. The technician asked if I had health insurance with drug coverage, and I said...
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A Hypochondriac at the Doctor’s Office

I've been feeling under the weather lately, and I decided to go to the local "doc-in-a-box" during my lunch hour. They asked me about my symptoms, and I gave them the laundry list: congestion in my head and chest, coughing, sore throat, slight fever at times, some general aches and...
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300 Million…and Counting

I watched the 300 Millionth American being born this morning. That is to say, I watched the nation's population clock, which estimates the number of people in the country based on birth and death records, flip to 300,000,000 on NBC's Today. The real 300 millionth may or may not have...
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Depression Makes You Fat

It came by no means as a surprise, as I had noted my slacks getting slowly tighter, that I had lost more ground in the battle of the bulge. Feeling "blah" can encourage you to eat. Eating can make you feel a little less "blah," at least while you are...
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Softening the Blow

There's a debate about whether or not young people should be told the truth about their weight. Why's it such a big deal? Because we're a big country that's getting bigger by the year! Don't believe me? Take a look at an animated map that MSN produced based on statistics...
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