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“Tanorexia” problems may begin with mom

Teen girls use tan beds. They tan before prom. College girls tan. They tan year-round, but mostly right before spring break. This is no breaking news. What a recent study has revealed, though, is that the phenomenon all too jokingly called “tanorexia,” meaning when people (usually females but not always) tan way too much and…

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Will IVF result in a baby? There’s an app for that

A new iPhone app, which can also be accessed online at, was recently developed by British researchers and will predict a woman’s chances of conceiving when using in vitro fertilization (IVF). The tool asks nine questions and then calculates the probability of IVF leading to a baby. The test, created by Debbie Lawlor from…

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Eating disorders increase among kids

An American Academy of Pediatrics report shows that hospitalizations for eating disorders in children younger than 12 have increased by 119 percent from 1999 to 2006, according to an article in Medical News Today. The article talks briefly about some items that influence eating disorders, such as the relationship with food modeled by family members…

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Fried fish is tasty, but possibly fatal for Southerners

A study published in the journal Neurology points to a higher rate of fatal strokes in eight southern states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Scientists are labeling these states, where coincidentally fried fish is eaten more often than non-fried fish, the “stroke belt.” The news gets worse if you…

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Massive polio outbreak in Nigeria prompts new health communication plan

Health communication is recognized as part of the solution to decrease the incidences of polio in northern Nigeria, as reported on A team of communication experts is traveling to Nigeria this week in order to talk to the Nigerian community and develop better ways to get public health messages about polio vaccines out to…

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