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9:14am

Tue April 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Gynecologists Question Use Of Robotic Surgery For Hysterectomies

When does it make sense to use a da Vinci robot like this one for surgery?
Keith Srakocic AP

Bolstered by a recent study that found doctors performing hysterectomies performed using a pricey robot didn't produce better results for patients than ordinary — and cheaper — procedures, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently threw down a latex gauntlet against the use of robots.

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1:27pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

The Warts That Bind Your Family And Friends

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:30 pm

Warts: Easy to get and hard to get rid of.
iStockphoto.com

There's lots of advice on the Internet about how to avoid warts, those unsightly gray lumps that speckle hands and feet, and are especially common in children.

Wash your hands. Wear flip-flops at the pool. Cover warts with bandages while swimming.

But nowhere do they say avoid your family and friends.

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10:45am

Mon April 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

As Injuries Rise, More Calls to Refuse The 'Cinnamon Challenge'

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 10:16 am

An undated photo provided by Frederick Reed shows Dejah Reed, an Ypsilanti, Mich., teen who was hospitalized for a collapsed lung after trying the cinnamon challenge.
Frederick Reed AP

It's hard to stop a fad, even one that sometimes goes bad.

But it's time to end the so-called cinnamon challenge, doctors say.

If you're one of the few who hasn't heard about it already, that's probably a good thing.

The game, if you want to call it that, involves trying to quickly swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon without the benefit of anything to wash it down. It's practically impossible.

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5:30am

Mon April 22, 2013

1:28am

Mon April 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scammers Find Fertile Ground In Health Law

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:18 am

Confusion over the details of the new health care law is leaving many people vulnerable to con artists. Evelyne Lois Such, 86, was recently the target of an attempted scam.
Matt Nager for NPR

One recent morning, Evelyne Lois Such was sitting at her kitchen table in Denver when the phone rang. Such, who's 86, didn't recognize the phone number or the deep voice on the other end of the line.

"He asked, 'Are you a senior?' and I said yes, and he said, 'Well, we are sending out all new Medicare cards, and I want to make sure I have all your statistics just correct,' " Such recalls.

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