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7:01am

Thu August 16, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Should Lack Of Exercise Be Considered A Medical Condition?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:46 am

Doctors need to prescribe exercise to patients who don't get enough exercise, a Mayo Clinic expert says.
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"You've got a bad case of deconditioning," the doctor says.

Actually, it would be the rare doctor who would say that to anyone. And though it might sound like something to do with hair, in fact, deconditioning is a familiar and more profound problem: the decidedly unnatural state of being physically inactive.

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3:44pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Bill Gates Crowns Toilet Innovators At Foundation's Sanitation Fair

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:23 pm

Bill Gates, co-founder of the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, checks out a toilet demo at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle, Wash. The festival featured prototypes of high-tech toilets developed by researchers around the world.
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This week, Bill Gates was at a summer fair in Washington State, but he was not eating deep-fried butter on-a-stick, or checking out livestock.

Gates was inspecting cutting-edge toilet technology on display at an event his foundation hosted in Seattle — the Reinvent the Toilet Fair.

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2:45pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Safety Flag Raised For Codeine In Kids

When it comes to pain relief for kids, there may be better options than codeine.
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The Food and Drug Administration has warned doctors to be careful with codeine to relieve children's pain.

The agency noted reports of three kids who died and one who almost did after taking codeine following surgery. The kids had their tonsils or adenoids removed to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

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2:02pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Health

Hazy Summer Days Keep Coloradans Coughing

California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon are feeling the heat. On August 14, 2012, numerous fires blazed across the four western states, burning through everything from sagebrush to grass to beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests.
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11:42am

Wed August 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Johnson & Johnson Pledges To Purge Controversial Chemicals

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 12:50 pm

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Under pressure from consumer groups, Johnson & Johnson has decided to curb or eliminate a slew of ingredients from its beauty and baby care products.

The company says all the chemicals — including some preservatives and trace byproducts — are safe in the concentrations found in the products. Nevertheless, the company acknowledges that some people remain concerned about the risks.

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