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4:33am

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Plame Wilson Wages Battle Against Postpartum Depression

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:47 am

Valerie Plame Wilson attends the 2010 AFI DC Labor FilmFest screening of the movie Fair Game at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Silver Spring, Md.
Leigh Vogel Getty Images

Sure, being a covert operative for the CIA was a challenge for Valerie Plame Wilson. And having her cover blown in a newspaper column thrust her into the public spotlight in a way she never expected.

But her experience with postpartum depression after giving birth to twins in 2000 tested her in ways that espionage never did, she told NPR's Tell Me More Tuesday.

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1:40pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Los Angeles Bets On Crusading Doctor To Turn Around Public Health System

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:24 pm

Dr. Mitch Katz rides his bike to work, defying the commuting norm in Los Angeles.
Michael Wilson L.A.County Health Services Dept.

It would be easy to confuse Dr. Mitch Katz with any other doctor at the Roybal Comprehensive Health Center in East Los Angeles. His desk in a closet-sized, windowless office is littered with patient records, X-rays and cans of Diet Coke.

His everyman demeanor belies his stature. As director of the county's Department of Health Services, Katz, 52, oversees Los Angeles' public hospitals and clinics, the health care of last resort for millions of low-income Angelenos. He oversees 22,000 employees and a $3.7 billion-dollar budget.

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12:07pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Americans' Cholesterol Levels Shrink, Even As Waistlines Expand

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:47 am

Americans are heavier than ever, yet the amount of cholesterol in our blood is on the decline.
iStockphoto.com

A curious — and good — thing has happened on the road to Obesity Nation: the share of the U.S. adult population with high cholesterol has dropped.

Data just out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that only 13.4 percent of adults in this country have high cholesterol, according to data collected in 2009 and 2010.

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8:36am

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dream Adventure Vacation Can Turn Into Medical Bill Nightmare

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 11:18 am

Here goes nothing. A big jump over the Zambezi River in Africa.
James Whatley Flickr

If your idea of fun while traveling abroad involves taking part in sports like scuba diving or jumping from someplace high while attached to a bungee cord, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise if you get injured.

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1:32am

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

If The Health Care Overhaul Goes Down, Could Medicare Follow?

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 3:18 am

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