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Koop Turned Surgeon General's Office Into Mighty Education Platform

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died Monday. He was 96. As Surgeon General, Koop turned an office with little power into a mighty platform to educate Americans about AIDS prevention and the dangers of smoking.
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Most People Can Skip Calcium Supplements, Prevention Panel Says

There's no evidence that calcium supplements help prevent bone fractures in most people, a preventive services task force says. And calcium supplements boost the risk of kidney stones, and perhaps heart disease.
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To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies

Researchers say that the heartbeats and breathing of babies may help identify the kids most likely to struggle with poverty later on. Biology matters, the scientists say, but so does baby's relationship with Mom.
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Study: Mediterranean Diet Can Greatly Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke

There's a rare bit of good news for debt crisis ridden Spain, Italy and Greece. A new study finds that 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and heart disease can be prevented in high risk people if they switch to a Mediterranean diet that includes olive oil, nuts, fish, fruit and vegetables.
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Increased Humidity From Climate Change Could Make It Harder To Tolerate Summers

It's not just the heat — it's the humidity. Health experts actually apply that principle to workers, soldiers and sportsmen who toil outside and in places that lack air conditioning. A study in Nature Climate Change says that global warming will noticeably reduce the amount of time people can spend working and playing safely outside.

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