Consumer Reports Warns Against the Risks of Radiation Overexposure from Unnecessary CT Scans

Yuma, Arizona - X-rays have been used for almost 120 years and computed tomography, or CT scans, were introduced in the 1970’s. These newer scans allow doctors to see with unprecedented precision the inner workings of the human body through the use of multiple X-ray images.  Their use has grown from fewer than 3 million per year in 1980 to more than 80 million today.

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USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Severe Weather

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast due to the forecast for severe winter conditions.

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AMA Supports Private Enforcement of Medicaid’s Equal-Access Mandate

Washington, DC - The American Medical Association (AMA) and a coalition of several health care organizations have filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow private actions challenging states that break trust with Medicaid's promise to provide patients with equal access to medical care.

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Researchers identify key substance that protects against preterm birth

Dallas, Texas - Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified hyaluronon (HA) as a critical substance made by the body that protects against premature births caused by infection. Preterm birth from infection is the leading cause of infant mortality in many countries according to the World Health Organization. The findings of the study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, are the first to identify the specific role that HA plays in the reproductive tract.

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Breaking a smoking habit? Seek medical professional help

Rochester, Minnesota - You are not alone in your experience. Many people try to quit smoking and are not successful right away. The nicotine found in cigarettes is very addictive. Breaking a smoking habit is hard, especially when you try to do it on your own. The best way to quit is to seek help from your doctor or from a counselor trained as a tobacco treatment specialist. He or she can guide you through behavioral therapy, as well as offer approved medication treatments that can help you stop smoking for good.

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