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7:02am

Thu March 22, 2012
Health

Coloradans Getting Fat, Just Like Everyone Else

Colorado has lost its distinction as the only state with less than 20 percent of adults rated as obese.
Centers for Disease Control.

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Thu March 22, 2012

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Wed March 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Aspirin Might Reduce Cancer Risk, But It Has Risks, Too

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 3:57 pm

Aspirin helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but the jury's still out on cancer.
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Regular aspirin use might reduce the risk of cancer by as much as 38 percent, according to a big new review of research on the issue. But "might" is the key word here, other scientists say. And even if it works, that benefit comes with costs, including an increased risk of ulcers and internal bleeding.

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9:58am

Wed March 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

High Altitude Got You Down? Try Ibuprofen

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 7:17 am

If hiking in the High Sierra gives you a headache, ibuprofen could help.
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If you're the type who likes to hike, ski or climb mountains, you might want to pack a bottle of ibuprofen — not just for achy muscle aches, but to help prevent altitude sickness.

Tens of millions of people travel to high-altitude spots each year, and a quarter of them wind up with acute altitude sickness from ascending too fast. The headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms can ruin a vacation. In severe cases, it can cause fatal swelling in the brain.

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7:58am

Wed March 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors' Missteps Online Can Lead To Disciplinary Action

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 3:01 pm

Doc, don't be caught red-faced online!
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Can your doctor really say that online?

Well, doctors can and do say all kinds of derogatory things about patients online. On the other hand, some doctors take another tack and use their computers and smartphones to ask patients out. And then there are the doctors who go online to prescribe medicines for patients they've never seen.

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