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Is Your Coffee Fix Getting in the Way of Medication? — Health Check

The average American adult drinks about three cups of coffee a day, and while many can’t imagine a morning without it, people taking certain drugs may want to think twice.

Studies show that more than a dozen medications — antidepressants, estrogen, and thyroid and osteoporosis drugs, for example — can be affected by coffee, which can block absorption or enhance the effects of the drugs.

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Should an Obese Child Be Taken From His Parents? Some Authorities Thought So and Did

A boy in Cleveland, OH, who weighs more than 200 pounds, was taken from his mother by authorities last week. Officials were forced to remove the third-grader from his home when caseworkers decided that his mother’s inability to reduce his weight constituted medical neglect.

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Get Off the Couch or Striiv’s Pedometer Will Text You Into Shape

Doctors have been telling us to take at least 10,000 steps a day to stay in shape and prevent health risks, but who has the time? Apparently, the new Striiv pedometer proves that it’s not a question of having time, it’s a question of having the right motivation.

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Should We Be Concerned About Obesity in Kindergarteners? — Health Check

We never used to think of chubby kids as being anything other than adorable, but researchers are now more concerned about children’s eating habits now that more Americans are being considered obese.

According to a new study, 40 percent of American children enter kindergarten with a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 75 percentile. Anything over the 85th percentile is considered “overweight,” and over the 95th percentile is “obese.”

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Can Singing Help Heal Depression, Improve Parkinson’s Conditions? — Health Check

Parkinson’s Disease is a frustrating and frightening medical condition, and treatment options are few. However, a group in Canterbury, England may have made a surprising discovery that could benefit not only them, but everyone else in the world – singing seems to make them feel better.

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Could You Be Suffering From ‘Sleep Texting’ Syndrome?

Mom gets a text about putting a necktie on your duck. The guy who sits across from you at work gets a text about a clown made of marshmallows. Your ex-girlfriend gets a text about that one time when you saw Osama Bin Laden at Best Buy playing ‘Mario Kart.’ All of those texts can now easily be explained by the newest bedtime nuisance, sleep texting.

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Watch Out for ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’ on Thanksgiving — Health Check [VIDEO]

While you should eat, drink and be merry on Thanksgiving, doctors are warning not to overdo it. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to what’s known as “holiday heart syndrome.”

The term was coined back in the 1970s when researchers detected heart rhythm abnormalities in 24 study participants, none of whom had a history of heart disease — but all of whom had too much to drink over the holidays.

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Hey Ladies, Fight Cancer by Drinking Coffee — Health Check

If you’re one of those women people tease because you’re never seen without a Starbucks cup in your hand, you may actually be bettering your health. All that coffee might be warding off cancer.

Researchers at Harvard University who followed the medical records of more than 67,000 women over a 26-year period found that those who drank at least four cups of java per day had a 25 percent lower risk of developing endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus lining), with a seven percent decrease seen in those who drank two cups daily.

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AIDS Deaths and HIV Infections Hit Lowest Numbers Since Start of Epidemic

The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is reporting world AIDS deaths and new HIV infections have each dropped 21 percent since the peak of the AIDS pandemic, the most optimistic report the group has ever issued.

Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS program, says in a news release, “We have seen a massive scale-up in access to HIV treatment, which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere.”

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Is Gum Our Secret Weapon Against Ear Infections? — Health Check

Painful ear infections, common among children, are frustratingly heartbreaking for parents. But what if you could stave them off simply by having your kids chew gum?

Scandinavian researchers have found “fair evidence” to support the conclusion that children who chew gum containing the natural sweetener xylitol may have a lower risk of developing middle ear infections. In fact, regular consumption of xylitol in gum, lozenges or syrup was associated with a 25 percent reduced risk for such infections.

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Testosterone-Fueled Macho Men May Be More Likely to Use Condoms — Health Check

A new study finds that while elevated testosterone may typically be associated with a higher propensity for risk-taking, such behavior apparently doesn’t carry over into the bedroom. Research conducted on a group of college freshman found those with higher testosterone levels to be more accepting toward condoms and protected sex.

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Want to Weigh Less? Eat More Often — Health Check

A new study finds those who’ve lost weight and kept it off tend to eat more often than heavier people — yet still took in fewer daily calories.

Lead researcher Jessica Bachman, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, was part of a group that profiled 250 people who’d lost significant amounts of weight. The key was to learn how they maintain their weight loss in order to help others lose weight and keep it off.

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