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Blood Pressure Screenings Focus Of Virginia Initiative

As part of the "Million Hearts Challenge," healthcare providers all over the Commonwealth of  Virginia are tasked with trying to perform one million blood pressure screenings by the end of May.

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Pros And Cons Of Prostate Screening

One in 1,000 men could be saved by prostate-specific antigen screening, but many more will undergo unnecessary--and often dangerous--treatments as a result. So says a task force that recently recommended doing away with routine prostate screening tests.

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Alice Randall On Race, Weight, And 'Ada's Rules'

Author Alice Randall recently raised eyebrows when she wrote in an op-ed, "black women are fat because we want to be." This comes after the release of her new novel Ada's Rules where a preacher's wife takes care of everyone but herself, until she realizes she's gained 100 pounds. Host Michel Martin speaks with Randall and regular moms contributors.
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Tracking The Junk Food The World Eats After Dark

Data from a mobile phone app shows that people all over the world eat less healthy foods later in the day and at night. Is it a lack of healthy options? A lack of willpower? Whatever the answer, it's not good for our health.
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Trained Interpreters Can Help Prevent Medical Errors

Though they may be well-meaning, not to mention more affordable than trained interpreters, relying on accidental interpreters, such as family members, during medical treatment isn't the best idea, research has found.
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All Routine PSA Tests For Prostate Cancer Should End, Task Force Says

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says the testing doesn't save enough lives to justify the risk of unnecessary surgery and radiation. But one testing supporter says, "If all PSA screening were to stop, there would be thousands of men who would unnecessarily suffer and die from prostate cancer."

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