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1:22am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Two New Drugs May Help In Fight Against Obesity

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 9:59 am

Doctors may recommend that obese patients use weight-loss drugs to trick their hunger pangs.
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The Food and Drug Administration approved two new medications this year to help obese and overweight individuals lose weight.

Diet drugs have been around in different forms for a while, but now researchers hope one of these two might actually help make a dent in the obesity epidemic.

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1:20am

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Is CrossFit Training Good For Kids?

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 7:08 am

Evan Ciangiulli, 4, completes a warmup that teaches him the right way to lift weights.
Karen Castillo Farfan NPR

For thousands of people across the country, going to a regular gym just doesn't cut it. Instead, they prefer CrossFit routines: like swinging kettlebells, flipping tires, and doing squats and dead lifts until they drop. Now kids as young as 4 are taking part.

The idea behind CrossFit Kids, says co-founder Jeff Martin, is to pair fitness and fun. Since he started the program with his wife Mikki in 2004, it has taken off. There are hundreds of CrossFit Kids classes across the U.S., and more in cities across the world.

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2:15pm

Sun September 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

The Next Frontier For Elite Med Schools: Primary Care

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 3:51 pm

Mount Sinai Medical student Demetri Blanas wants to specialize in family medicine. It is a new specialty offered by his medical school.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Johns Hopkins, Yale, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell. What do these medical schools have in common?

Beyond their first-rate reputations, they're also on the short list of top U.S. med schools that don't have departments of family medicine. Elite schools have long focused on training specialists and researchers, but with the federal health law's emphasis on primary care, some schools are looking harder at family medicine.

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5:53am

Sun September 23, 2012
Health

'Freshman 15' Is More Of A 4-Year Phenomenon

Originally published on Sun September 23, 2012 10:43 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Keeping the weight off can be a challenge for college students, too. Many college freshmen dread that infamous Freshman 15 - the extra pounds that come with a diet of pizza, snacks and sodas. Well, a new study from Auburn University has found that the average college student actually gains about 12 pounds over FOUR years. Sareen Gropper is a nutrition professor at Auburn. She is the co-author of this study. And she joins us from Auburn, Alabama. Professor Gropper, thank you for being with us.

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12:13pm

Sat September 22, 2012
Health

Boulder Debates Making Pearl Street Mall A No-Smoking Zone

Downtown Boulder

The City of Boulder is considering a proposal to ban smoking along the four blocks of the Pearl Street Mall. An open house to give the public more details is scheduled for Wednesday.

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