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New screening guidelines for checkups

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released its updated list of recommended health care screenings for children, which includes checking for depression, high cholesterol and HIV. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician Dr. Angela Mattke says the revised recommendations are a “firm affirmative to pediatricians that doing these screenings or testing will be beneficial to the child’s health.”

Hookah, e-cigarettes popular with teens

Almost 10 percent of 11th and 12th graders are using e-cigarettes, and other alternative tobacco products are increasingly popular, according to a new study.

Jaw support may help sleep apnea

Patients with sleep apnea who are tired during the day because they can’t wear a breathing mask all night to keep their airways open may be able to reduce daytime sleepiness by using a jaw support instead, a research review suggests.

Pill appears to deliver weight loss without surgery

A gastric balloon that’s swallowed like a pill and then sits in the stomach filled with fluid helped patients lose more than a third of their excess weight over a four-month period, researchers have reported.

Paying attention to ADHD, in all its forms

ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It’s a condition that is common in young and old alike, and can occur in both males and females. It tends to start during the early grade school years and very often persists into adulthood.

Quick hints for improving men’s health

Hesitant about going to the doctor for a checkup? Don’t be. A healthy patient-provider relationship and some regular maintenance can give you a long, healthy life.
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Running: The magic number

When it comes to the idea that running is good for the heart, six miles a week may be the magic goal number. In a review study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, experts found running about six miles a week — or 52 minutes — may add from three to six years to your life.

Most U.S. fast-food chains still raise meat on antibiotics

LOS ANGELES — Most large U.S. fast-food chains still serve meat from farm animals that have been routinely fed antibiotics, consumer groups said in a new report, which concluded that many companies have not yet laid out plans to curb the practice.

Japan partly lifts poultry ban after bird flu

U.S./CANADA — Japan’s Farm Ministry on Friday partiality lifted a ban on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from the United States and Canada following an outbreak of bird flu.

Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears legislative hurdle

CALIFORNIA — The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that advanced in the Senate on Thursday, including one to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21.