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11:27am

Fri January 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Tears Go 'Pac-Man' To Beat Bacteria

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 1:39 pm

Tears contain an enzyme that eats bacteria the way Pac-Man eats Power Pellets.
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10:01pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dissolvable Tobacco Products Draw FDA Scrutiny

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a gathered a group of scientists and other experts to study flavored melt-in-your-mouth tobacco products.

The panel, meeting this week, will hear from two camps of stop-smoking advocates: those who worry that dissolvables are a gateway to smoking and others who say they help people kick the habit.

Gregory Conley, a 24-year-old law student at Rutgers University, pops a dissolvable during class or while he's studying.

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3:26pm

Thu January 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Spot Quiz: Name The Health Issue That Affects 1 In 5 Americans

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The correct answer is mental illness.

Mental illnesses are among the most common health problems facing Americans, with 20 percent of adults having a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. That's according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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4:30pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Many Older Women May Not Need Frequent Bone Scans

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NPR journalist Gisele Grayson got her hip bone scanned a couple of years ago and discovered she has osteopenia.
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The bone-thinning disease called osteoporosis is a big problem for women past menopause. It causes painful spine fractures and broken hips that plunge many women into a final downward spiral.

So it seemed to make sense to monitor older women's bones on a regular basis to see when they need to start taking drugs that prevent bone loss and fractures. Since Medicare will pay for a bone-density scan every two years, that's what many women have been getting.

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12:53pm

Wed January 18, 2012
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Porn Industry Faces Condom Requirement In Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, condoms could soon be mandatory on the sets of adult films.
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Advocates for the mandatory use of condoms in the production of porn films moved a step closer to victory in Los Angeles.

The city council there voted 9-1 in favor of an ordinance that would require use of condoms to protect performers from sexually transmitted diseases.

Under the new rule, filmmakers wouldn't get a permit to make a movie unless they comply with the condom requirement. The measure is expected to be signed into law, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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