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Audio Smoking, drinking can cause dental fillings to fail

Jan 9, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you drink or you’re a man who smokes, keep your dentist’s phone number handy. Those who imbibe or men who light up are more likely to lose their dental fillings. These two vices aren’t completely to blame for lost fillings. A genetic difference can also cause premature loss […]

Audio Are you apple- or pear-shaped? It could signify greater health risk

Jan 8, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhere your body stores fat, not just the amount of it, may accurately predict an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes according to a study that compared fat distribution patterns among overweight and obese men and women with their cardiometabolic risk. People of the same weight or […]

Audio Study suggests age and gender predictors of distracted driving

Jan 5, 2018 • By Karin Lillis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s no secret that distracted drivers are a leading cause of vehicle accidents. The World Health Organization estimates more than 1 million people are killed in traffic accidents each year, and distraction is a major factor in many of them. A study by researchers in Norway focused on who […]

Audio Depression among new fathers more common than first thought

Jan 4, 2018 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDepression among new mothers is a well-known condition. New research suggests depression among new fathers is more common than previously believed — and that it is not easily detected. A study of 447 new fathers by Swedish researchers found that new fathers are not screened for depression, although previous […]

Audio Workplace bullying could trigger rise in diabetes risk

Jan 3, 2018 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadResearchers have identified various factors in the rising levels of Type 2 diabetes such as poor diet, sedentary lifestyles and genetic disposition. Now, a large study in Scandinavia has found two more possible causes: bullying and workplace violence. Other studies have shown links between job insecurity, long working hours […]

Audio Normal blood pressure just got a little harder to attain

Jan 2, 2018 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMany Americans who recently went to bed thinking they had normal blood pressure woke up with hypertension. That wasn’t the aftereffect of a nightmare. Blood pressure guidelines have changed. A revamping of guidelines by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology now defines high blood pressure […]

Audio Don’t kiss the puppies

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecently, 39 people in seven states became ill after touching Campylobacter-infected puppies at a national pet store chain. Nine people were so sick they had to be hospitalized. Campylobacter [CAMP-ill-δ-back-ter] is an organism that causes severe intestinal illness and fever. Although infections usually resolve within a week, they can […]

Audio Pet protection in winter

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn spite of their luxurious coats, our furry friends can take a hit in winter weather, just like we do. But there are ways to help them out before the spring thaw. Fur loses lots of its insulating power when temperatures plummet or it gets wet. And hairless areas […]

Audio Keeping up with dog diets

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf your head is spinning over diet choices for your dog, you’re not alone. First our pooches are meat-loving wolves, but now it’s all about exotic plants and grains. What’s a pooch parent to do? Remember, it’s all about nutrients and not just ingredients. And the fact is, dogs […]

Audio Medals for canine courage

Jan 1, 2018 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRecently, before a packed Capitol Hill audience, military officers bestowed the Medal of Courage on five heroes. That they were canine heroes didn’t surprise anyone. These valiant dogs honored represent the hundreds of dogs protecting our soldiers in combat. For example, Ranger searched out IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq. […]

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