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9:43am

Tue September 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:41 pm

via wacoal-america.com

I love caffeine. I would love to trim my derriere. Combining the two seems like such an obvious win. Evidently some manufacturers of women's undergarments thought so, too. And now they're $1.5 million poorer.

The Federal Trade Commission has ordered two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc. and Wacoal America, to stop marketing shapewear infused with caffeine. The firms claimed that the amped-up underwear would cause fat loss and a reduction in body size.

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1:35am

Tue September 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 1:11 pm

Daniela Chavarriaga holds her daughter Emma as Dr. Jose Rosa-Olivares administers a measles vaccination at Miami Children's Hospital.
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When essayist Eula Biss was pregnant with her son, she decided she wanted to do just a bit of research into vaccination. "I thought I would do a small amount of research to answer some questions that had come up for me," she tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And the questions just got bigger the more I learned and the more I read."

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4:05pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:15 pm

ProPublica's Dollars for Docs

On Tuesday, the federal government is expected to release details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country.

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12:12pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

Good for bodies and good for brains, the scientists say.
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As schools cut down on physical education and recess, kids are spending more time than ever in a desk. And while nerdy second-graders like me didn't ever consider arguing for more gym, there's increasing evidence that being active helps not just children's waistlines but their brains.

"If you consider the anthropology of humankind, we were designed to move," Charles Hillman, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tells Shots.

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11:10am

Mon September 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:15 pm

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Heart disease is the number one killer of people worldwide, so you'd think that we'd be up to speed on the risks. Evidently not, based on a poll of people in the United Kingdom.

Are you smarter than a Brit when it comes to risk factors? Take our quickie quiz and find out:

So are you smarter than a Brit? Here's how the 2,000 people polled by the British Heart Foundation fared:

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