Rethinking PSA

The initials PSA aren’t popular with many men who know a high count during a physical could lead to a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Now a Canadian study is questioning whether the test for PSA — prostate specific antigen — is necessary in most cases. The study, led by Dr. James Dickinson of the University…
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A Cuppa Tea For Heart Health

Tea drinkers are not only consuming the world’s favorite beverage — they’re also being kind to their hearts. That’s the conclusion of a study presented today at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions, according to a news release from the organization. Researchers led by Dr. Elliott Miller of Johns Hopkins Hospital looked at…
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Too Much Salt

If you don’t have too much sodium in your diet, you’re part of a small minority, at least according to the U.S. government. More than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults eat more sodium than recommended int he 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, said a study released today by the Centers for…
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Norovirus In Minnesota

A new strain of norovirus, the illness many of us mistakenly call “stomach flu,” is showing up in Minnesota, according to the state’s health department. The new strain, called Gil.17 Kawasaki, caused many outbreaks in Asia last winter and has since migrated to the U.S., according to a Minnesota Department of Health news release. Sporadic cases…
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Woman drinking

‘No Safe Level’

Fetal alcohol syndrome may be more common than previously thought. The condition, a birth defect caused by the mother drinking during pregnancy, can cause brain problems and growth difficulties, according to the Mayo Clinic. Its prevalence in the United States has long been estimated at no more than three out of a thousand children, according to a…
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