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1:34am

Mon February 18, 2013
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Targeted Cancer Drugs Keep Myeloma Patients Up And Running

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:13 pm

Don Wright runs at an indoor track at the Maplewood Community Center in North Saint Paul, Minn.
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Don Wright got diagnosed with multiple myeloma at what turned out to be the right time. It was 10 years ago, when he was 62.

That was at the beginning of a revolution in treating this once-fearsome blood cell cancer, which strikes around 20,000 Americans every year. The malignancy can literally eat holes in victims' bones, which can snap from the simple act of bending over to pick up a package.

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3:23pm

Fri February 15, 2013
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What Nuclear Bombs Tell Us About Our Tendons

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:57 am

Nuclear bomb tests like this one, conducted at the Nevada Test Site in 1957, are helping scientists understand how the human body works.
Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

You really don't want to mess with your Achilles tendons. Trust us, injury to these tendons can take months to heal, and even then recovery is often not complete.

A big reason the Achilles is such a foot-dragger at getting better is that the tendon tissue we have as adults is basically the same as we had when we were teenagers.

That finding was published earlier this week in The FASEB Journal.

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2:18pm

Fri February 15, 2013
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Popular Workout Booster Draws Safety Scrutiny

Some sports supplements contain the ingredient DMAA. The FDA has warned that DMAA may not be safe.
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Richard Kessinger loves to hit the gym. But some days he needs a little something to get him pumped up for his weightlifting routine.

"You might be a little bit sore. You might be tired. You might have had too many beers the day before," says Kessinger, 23, of Arlington, Va. "So you might start putting up a set and you get a few reps in and you're like, 'I'm not feeling this. I can't keep going.' "

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11:27am

Fri February 15, 2013
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Don't Count On Extra Weight To Help You In Old Age

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:47 am

Extra weight is no defense against aging, says a demographer who argues that the apparent benefits from being overweight are a mirage.
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Wouldn't it be great, considering how many of us are overweight, if carrying a few extra pounds meant we'd live longer?

A recent analysis of nearly 100 published studies involving almost 3 million people found, surprisingly, that being a little overweight was associated with a lower risk of death than having a normal weight or being obese.

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3:02pm

Thu February 14, 2013
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Darkness Provides A Fix For Kittens With Bad Vision

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:57 am

Scientists found that darkness worked far better than they expected as a treatment for kittens with lazy eye.
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When it comes to treating a lazy eye, there's evidence that turning the lights off may help — if you're a kitten.

A study in the latest issue of Current Biology reports that kittens with a type of visual impairment known as amblyopia, or lazy eye, were able to regain normal eyesight after being plunged into total darkness for 10 days.

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