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12:58pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Fat Doctors Make Fat Patients Feel Better, And Worse

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:28 pm

Dr. Michael Fleming, past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, considered himself obese when this photo was taken in 2004. He led efforts by doctors to lose weight.
Mario Villafuerte Getty Images

People who are overweight or obese often feel like they're getting dissed by doctors.

So you'd think that a fat doctor would understand. Well, yes and no.

Patients are more apt to trust overweight doctors when it comes to diet advice, a study finds.

But they're also more likely to feel that the overweight doctor is judging them about their weight.

This contradictory bit of data is the latest to reveal the complex attitudes that doctors and patients have about weight and how best to deal with it.

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12:29pm

Wed June 5, 2013
The Salt

Keeping Hepatitis A Out Of Frozen Berries Starts At The Farm

Frozen berries have been implicated in a hepatitis A outbreak.
iStockphoto.com

The news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that at least 49 people in seven states have gotten hepatitis A from eating organic frozen berries has given our smoothie-making some pause.

Frozen berries are full of health-promoting compounds; plus, they're convenient and delicious. So we wondered: Is there a way to keep all those positives, and hold the virus? We checked with food safety experts to find out.

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9:28am

Wed June 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Will A Pedometer Get You Off Your Duff?

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 6:27 am

Pedometer, an app, keeps track of your steps, distance traveled and calories burned.
Benjamin Morris NPR

Are you more likely to sit less and exercise more if you've got a little device tracking you every step of the way?

Quite a few people think so. But public health do-gooders bent on getting Americans out of their chairs and off their couches want to know for sure.

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8:57am

Wed June 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Komen Foundation Scales Back Fundraising Walks

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 2:36 pm

The Susan Komen for the Cure Foundation is pulling back from some high-profile fundraising walks.
LM Otero AP

Fallout from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's controversial and short-lived decision to halt funding for Planned Parenthood projects appears to still be piling up.

The group is pulling the plug on three-day events featuring fundraising walks in Washington, D.C., and six other cities in 2014. The Washington Post reported on the change Tuesday.

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3:35pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Big Questions About Testosterone Treatment For Men

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:30 am

Prescriptions for testosterone medications, such as Testim and AndroGel, to men 40 and older rose threefold over the decade ending in 2011
MICHAEL BRYANT MCT/Landov

Some men have testosterone so low that it's a medical problem.

But how low is too low? And how many men really need a pharmaceutical version of the hormone to replace the testosterone that they might be missing?

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