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Athletic Participation Benefits Girls in Many Ways
02/06/2004

    Title IX has helped to level the playing field for women athletes in the past 30 years. As more girls and young women participate in sports, we…

Cervical Cancer Screening: New Guidelines, New Choices
01/30/2004

    New guidelines can help women know when and how they should be screened for cervical cancer. An expert says screening can be critical in detecting…

Cold-Weather Workout Tips
01/20/2004

    Just because it’s cold outside, you don’t have to put your workout on hold until spring. An expert has some tips for modifying your exercise…

Reducing Post-Bypass Readmissions
01/09/2004

    A significant number of patients return to the hospital following their coronary bypass operations. A recent study looked at some of the factors…

Start Blood Pressure Screening at Age 3
01/07/2004

    To help address the growing problem of childhood obesity, new guidelines call for children to begin annual blood pressure screenings at age 3. Such…

Understanding Clinical Trials
01/02/2004

    As new medical treatments are developed, volunteers are needed for clinical trials to help ensure that treatments are safe and effective. An expert…

Flu Season Hitting Harder Than Expected
12/12/2003

    Because of an unforeseen strain of influenza and greater-than-anticipated demand for vaccine, flu shots are becoming unavailable in some parts of…

Battle Holiday Bulge and Stress with Workday Workouts
12/05/2003

    Give yourself a healthy gift this holiday season. Start a workday workout program with a friend or co-worker. It’s a great way to reduce stress and…

Toddlers’ Baby Fat a Serious Problem
11/28/2003

    French fries and soft drinks are routinely given to some children as young as two years of age. An expert looks at the alarming increase in early…

Diet Decisions for Turkey Day
11/20/2003

    Big holiday meals can signal the start of winter weight gain. An expert says a little strategic planning can help prevent overindulgence without…

The Life-saving Gift of Bone Marrow
11/14/2003

    November is National Marrow Awareness Month. A Duke expert encourages people to join the national marrow donor registry to help treat patients with…

Pharmacists Play Key Role in Patient Safety
11/07/2003

    Recent studies have shown that the addition of a pharmacist to the hospital rounds team can reduce medication errors among patients by as much as…

Alcohol a Two-edged Sword for Teens
10/31/2003

    The adolescent brain is more sensitive to alcohol’s effects on many mental functions than the adult brain, but less sensitive to alcohol’s sedative…

‘Scare’ Tactics for Parents
10/24/2003

    As Halloween nears, children are seeing more and more images of supernatural creatures. For some small children, this can be troubling and may lead…

Taking Flu Season Seriously
10/17/2003

    Despite several years of mild flu seasons, complications from flu still kill more than 30,000 people a year and hospitalize many more. This year,…

Teens May Face More Nicotine Risk
10/10/2003

    The younger smokers are when they take up the habit, the more likely they are to develop an addiction to nicotine and the more difficulty they will…

Living With Diabetes
10/03/2003

    If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can make a big difference in managing the disease. An expert offers some…

Heart Attacks Aren’t Just For Men
09/26/2003

    Warning signs for heart attacks in women are often different from the “classic” symptoms for men. An expert describes common symptoms and explains…

Alcohol Hits Teen Brains Hard
09/19/2003

    A new national report confirms many earlier findings about the health consequences of teenage drinking. Neuroscientists and other researchers are…

Long-distance Care Can Help Elderly
09/12/2003

    Adult children who live at a distance can still help parents who are in a long-term care setting. A geriatric medicine expert offers some practical…

Low-dose HRT Could Cut Women’s Health Risk
09/05/2003

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can build bone strength in women. But HRT is linked to increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer. A…

Back Packs and Back Pains
08/29/2003

    A backpack can be one of your child’s most useful tools for school. But many kids carry too much weight in their packs, which can lead to back pain…

Avoiding the ‘Freshman 15’
08/22/2003

    Weight gain is a problem for many college freshmen. An expert identifies some of the common reasons why some students tend to put on the so-called…

African-Americans Face Greater Glaucoma Risk
08/15/2003

    Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans, striking this group much earlier and progressing faster than in the rest of the…

Exercise Benefits Women During and After Menopause
08/08/2003

    Menopause brings with it a wide range of changes to a woman’s body. One of the most effective ways for menopausal and post-menopausal women to…