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Saw Palmetto No Better Than Sugar Pill For Prostate Problems

A clinical trial that gave saw palmetto every chance to succeed — eventually increasing the daily dose of the stuff to three times the usual amount — found it was no better than a placebo at relieving enlarged prostate symptoms.
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Growing Listeria Outbreak In Cantaloupe Prompts Focus On Prevention

Listeria's long incubation period in the gut or even in the fridge means the threat is potentially sticking around longer than in other food-related outbreaks. So its more important than ever to be vigilant about what's in the fridge and how you fix it.
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Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not Enough To Waste

In sub-Saharan Africa, where agricultural productivity is lowest and food shortages are most common, "huge volumes of rainwater are lost or never used," says Alain Vidal, director of the Challenge Program on Water and Food, which commissioned the studies.
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Boomers' 'Delusion' About Health In Retirement

A new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds most baby boomers say they're planning on an active and healthy retirement. But some experts worry that when it comes to their health, boomers are still woefully unprepared — or worse, in denial.
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Problems Behind Drug Shortages Are Clear; Solutions Aren't

A daylong session on drug shortages convened by the Food and Drug Administration documented lots of issues and no easy remedies.
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Poll: Seniors Disappointed By Golden Years

Florida has long sold itself as a destination for retirees looking for the good life — golfing, social activities and easy living in "active adult" communities. But, a new poll from NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that many retirees find retirement isn't living up to their expectations. A quarter of those surveyed says life is worse in retirement than it was before. Many say they're not able to travel and remain as active as they'd like, and major factors are finances and health.

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