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Zumba class listings

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, May 18, 2014 12:00 am

LOWER TOWNSHIP

Adult walk-in Zumba in Lower Township

Zumba instructor Lindsay Bechtler

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Measles still a threat to the unvaccinated

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, May 04, 2014 12:00 am

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years. Yet in 2014, the program’s 20th anniversary, 129 people in the United States have contracted measles in 13 outbreaks as of April 18, according to CDC officials.

In 1994, the Vaccines for Children program was launched in response to a measles resurgence that caused tens of thousands of cases and more than a hundred deaths, despite the availability of a measles vaccine since 1963. The program provides vaccines to children whose parents or caregivers might otherwise be unable to afford them.

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New guidelines aim to improve care for babies with heart problems in the womb

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 02, 2014 04:34 pm

 New guidelines aim to improve care for babies with heart problems in the womb New guidelines aim to improve care for babies with heart problems in the womb

Fetal heart experts working with the American Heart Association have developed guidelines to help healthcare providers care for unborn babies with heart problems, as well as their families.

The statement, Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Cardiac Disease, is published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.

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Dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, May 02, 2014 12:00 am

 Dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study recently published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period.

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Study shows the benefits of surgery for prostate cancer patients

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 04:46 pm

More than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the United States, but determining the course of treatment remains a source of considerable debate.

A new study by researchers from Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues, which draws from one of the few randomized trials conducted to directly address this issue, finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy.

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Avoiding allergy triggers is the best way to reduce symptoms

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 07:48 am

 Allergy shots have been shown to provide long-term relief of allergic rhinitis symptoms.  Allergy shots have been shown to provide long-term relief of allergic rhinitis symptoms.  Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. This condition is called seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.

Hay fever can affect your quality of life. It can lead to sinus infections, disrupt sleep and affect ability to learn at school or be productive at work, according to the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology.

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Research links insomnia and stroke risk

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 12:00 am

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The risk of stroke may be much higher in people with insomnia compared to those who don’t have trouble sleeping, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

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Risk of obesity from eating fried foods may depend on genetics

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 01, 2014 12:00 am

 Risk of obesity from eating fried foods may depend on genetics

People with a genetic predisposition to obesity are at a higher risk of obesity and related chronic diseases from eating fried foods than those with a lower genetic risk, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.

It is the first study to show that the adverse effects of fried foods may vary depending on the genetic makeup of the individual.

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Fussy infants and toddlers tend to have more exposure to media

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014 08:44 pm

Fussy infants and toddlers tend to have more exposure to media  Fussy infants and toddlers tend to have more exposure to media

Babies who have problems with self-regulation also tend to have more media exposure, and their parents may be especially likely to benefit from help with managing these aspects of their children’s development, according to a new study.

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Alzheimer’s a greater threat to older women than breast cancer

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, April 30, 2014 06:38 pm

According to the Alzheimer's Association 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released in March, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is one in six, compared with nearly one in 11 for a man.

As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

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