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Report: Labor in tub OK but water births’ benefits unproven

Sitting in a tub of warm water can relieve a mom-to-be’s pain during the early stages of labor, but actually giving birth under water has no proven benefit and may be risky, say recommendations for the nation’s obstetricians.

Shingles remain lifelong threat

If you had chickenpox (varicella zoster) as a youngster, you probably remember it well.

How to strengthen your core

Core, core, core. Yes, we hear it ad nauseam: “You need to strengthen the core” or the other favorite, “It’s all about the core.”

Are we raising kids to have ‘digital dementia’?

The national obsession with all things digital, from smartphones to online games, has some health experts worried about kids today – especially their brains.

Duped by fruit: Eat the real stuff

When Bullwinkle the moose tells his buddy Rocket J. Squirrel, “Hey, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” a rabbit is never what appears. That kind of switcheroo isn’t so comic, however, when certain snack and cereal bars claim on their front label that they contain (ta da!) real fruit. If you look at the ingredients list (in small type hidden on the back) to see what you’re really getting, like Bullwinkle, it might not be what you were hoping for.

Sickle cell disease no longer means a short, painful life

New research and better and more aggressive treatment have begun to change sickle cell disease from an inherited condition that often condemned children to painful and short lives into a condition that can be managed with less pain and has a better life expectancy.

Eating disorders are not just a women’s issue

For 27 years, Brian Cuban struggled in silence. “When I first began to starve myself in 1979, eating disorder awareness didn’t really exist,” Cuban writes in the online magazine Greatist.com. “It was certainly not what boys and men did. At least, I didn’t think so. I had been taught that men strive to be leaders. Men love sports. Men go on dates with pretty girls.”

Foods that could help you save your own skin

Our skin is our largest organ. It protects us from harsh temperatures, sunlight and chemicals, and also prevents infections from entering our bodies. It makes Vitamin D and has sensors that tell our brains what is happening in the world outside our bodies. Our skin also excretes toxins and waste products – pounds of them a day. And for the aged, it can often tell a story right on our faces.

Heart disease differs between genders; prevention remains the same

One in three people in the United States will die of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a ratio more deadly than all cancers combined. CVD includes stroke, high blood pressure, angina (chest pain), rheumatic heart disease and disorders of the heart blood vessels which may lead to heart attack.

For young hands, button batteries are a peril too easily in reach

Lincoln Punch was a week old in April 2011 when his 3-year-old sister found a pair of tweezers with a tiny light attached. The girl broke open the compartment containing two button batteries that powered the light, then fed the shiny disks to the baby.

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