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2:29pm

Thu April 19, 2012
Health

Medical Marijuana Group Seeks to Repeal Fort Collins Dispensary Ban

Infinite Wellnes and 19 other dispensaries closed in Fort Collins on Feb. 14 due to a voter-approved ban.

An alliance of former dispensary owners, employees and medical marijuana patients will start gathering signatures tomorrow in an attempt to repeal a ban passed by Fort Collins voters in November.

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11:48am

Thu April 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When It Comes To A1C Blood Test For Diabetics, One Level No Longer Fits All

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 12:38 pm

A person with diabetes may need to test blood glucose levels up to 10 times a day.
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If there's one thing that people with diabetes get pounded into their heads, it's that they've got to keep their A1C level under control. That's the blood glucose measure that's used to decide how well a person is managing their diabetes.

But new diabetes management guidelines announced today will cut many people with diabetes some slack.

Where old guidelines from the American Diabetes Association said that people should maintain an A1C of 7, the new guidelines say that patients should work with their doctors to determine an appropriate A1C target.

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9:51am

Thu April 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Staying Active Fends Off Alzheimer's, Even In People Over 80

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 10:39 am

This would count. But even washing the dishes helps fend off dementia in old age.
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Activity cuts the risk of Alzheimer's disease and slows cognitive decline, even in the very old, according to a new study.

There's been plenty of evidence for the "use it or lose it" theory of brain capacity. But this study is one of the first to show that activity of all sorts benefits people over age 80, even if they're not "exercising."

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8:46am

Thu April 19, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Flossing Is Good For The Gums, But Doesn't Help The Heart

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 8:24 am

It's still a good idea. But it won't protect you against heart disease.
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Think flossing and brushing is helping to fight off heart disease and stroke? Think again.

An expert panel of dentists and cardiologists, writing in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, says there is no evidence that treating or preventing gum disease has any direct effect on heart health.

That's a big turnaround. For the past decade, the medical establishment has been telling people that cardiovascular disease can be caused by poor oral hygiene. Why the change?

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2:13pm

Wed April 18, 2012
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What We Can Learn From Warren Buffett's Prostate Cancer

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 2:25 pm

Billionaire Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will be treated for prostate cancer starting in July.
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Benjamin Davies, a urologic cancer specialist, doesn't mince words.

On Twitter today, the good doctor said he would fire on the spot any medical resident who biopsied the prostate of an 81-year-old man.

And that would include Warren Buffett, the 81-year-old CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, who disclosed Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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