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With Elbows, Cortisone Shots May Hurt More Than Help

Cortisone shots offer quick relief for tendon problems. But they also carry a risk of side effects. A look at alternatives for treatment of tennis elbow finds that being patient may be the best approach to take.

Nigeria Moves To Clean Up Lead Pollution From Gold Mines

Thousands of kids have been exposed to toxic levels of lead around illegal gold mines in northern Nigeria. After months of delay, the Nigerian government has released money to clean up the lead in these areas.
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District Summit Addresses Concussions Amongst Youth Athletes

Concussions continue to be a problem afficting the nation's young athletes, and a group of area health care professionals and advocates sought to shine some light Tuesday on the unreported injuries.


Exercise Can Be Good For The Heart, And Maybe For Sperm, Too

A study finds that guys who watched a lot of TV had lower sperm counts than more active fellows. The effect held true even when other factors, such as body weight and diet, were taken into account.

Aggressive Care Still Common For Dying Seniors, Despite Hospice Uptick

Even as deaths in acute-care hospitals declined in recent years, the use of intensive care units in the last month of life increased. There has been greater use of hospice care, but much of it was for three days or less at the very end of life, a study finds.

Mixing Alcohol With Diet Soda May Make You Drunker

Turns out, the sugar in regular soda helps slow down your body's absorption of the alcohol in cocktails. So switching to diet in your rum and cola will save you calories but may leave you spinning.