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Brushing Your Teeth Just May Save Your Life — Health Check

A multi-year study of more than 100,000 people by researchers in Taiwan found dental cleanings can be associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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Women Who Exercise More and Watch Less TV Tend to Be Happier — Health Check

A study of almost 50,000 women over a 14-year period found older women who exercised more and spent less time watching television were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression.

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Panel Says Kids Should Get Cholesterol Tests by Age 11 — Health Check

In a country with a soaring childhood obesity rate, doctors on an expert panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics announced Friday that children should be tested for high cholesterol as early as age 9.

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Wow! Man Loses Nearly 200 Pounds in Bet With Wife [VIDEO]

Frustrated by her husband’s lack of motivation, Angela Wornick of NY challenged him to see who could lose weight the fastest as part of a New Year’s resolution. As a result of the bet, husband James shed an amazing 191 pounds over the span of 10 months. It was a losing bet of the very best kind.

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Scary Data About Drink-Spiking Released — Health Check

Frightening new data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals that in 2009, more than 14,000 people visited hospital emergency room for intentional drug poisoning.

Peter J. Delany, PhD, the director of SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality in Rockville, Maryland defines intentional poisoning as an attempt “to harm someone by deliberately getting them to take a potentially harmful substance without their knowledge.”

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Governor of North Carolina Beverly Perdue (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Governor of North Carolina Beverly Perdue (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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North Carolina Looking To Compensate Victims Of Forced Sterilization

In 1967, 13-year-old Elaine Riddick was taken to the hospital to give birth to her son.  Riddick was living in Winfall, NC when she was raped by her neighbor, resulting in the pregnancy.  After waking up in the hospital, Riddick found her stomach wrapped in bandages with no explaination of what had happened

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Spending Time Outside Could Actually Protect Kids’ Sight

A new review of previous research indicates that there could be a correlation between the amount of time children spend outside and nearsightedness.

Researchers analyzed the results of eight different studies, involving more than 10,000 participants, and found that children who are nearsighted spend an average of 3.7 fewer hours a week outside than children with normal vision.

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Woman Breaks Hip in Hospital Lobby, Told to Call 911

If you’re going to fall and hurt yourself, you might think a hospital lobby is a pretty lucky place to do it. After all, the building does house doctors and nurses who can tend to you right away.

That’s what 82-year-old Doreen Wallace thought. But she was wrong.

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Personal Trainer Intentionally Gains 70 Pounds to Identify With Overweight People [VIDEO]

As a way to better understand the hardships that overweight people face, personal trainer Drew Manning packed on a whopping 70 lbs. over a period of six months by forgoing exercise and eating nothing but junk food. Now that’s dedication!

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Is This The Most Relaxing Song Ever?

In England, scientists, sleep therapists, and a new age band called Marconi Union have teamed up to create what they believe is the WORLD'S MOST RELAXING SONG.

It's an eight-minute song called "Weightless".  They say it's so good at making people fall asleep, that you should NOT listen to it in your car.  And their studies found that it relaxed people even more than a MASSAGE.

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Health Alert! Beware of “Text Neck”

If your like me your phone is probably almost glued to your hand, but did you know that texting can be harmful to your health?

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Addiction Vaccines Will Potentially Cure Nicotine and Drug Dependencies

Scientists in San Diego are developing new vaccines that will potentially cure addictions, allowing cigarette and drug abusers to kick their habits with a simple injection.

Dr. Kim D. Janda, a Scripps Research Institute professor, is one of the leading experts, having made addiction vaccines his main priority for the past 25 years. “We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” he tells The New York Times in reference to rehab programs.

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