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Sitting Can Increase Changes Of Diabetes
Sitting down may increase odds of deadly disease. A new Dutch study suggests that even 40 extra minutes of sitting can dramatically increase risk of getting type two diabetes. Participants who sat for nine hours a day were 22-percent more likely to develop the disease. Experts suggest taking a few minutes every hour to get up and walk around.
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What Happens When A Total Colonoscopy Fails?
What happens when a total colonoscopy fails? There's a new piece of technology that is FDA  approved, for use after an incomplete colonoscopy. It's called pillcam colon and is a minimally invasive tool that uses a miniaturized camera contained in an easy to swallow and disposable capsule. Results are considered highly accurate. Borland-Groover Clinic is the only site in Florida and only 1 of 11 nationwide. 
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Screening For Cholesterol In Children
Childhood obesity has doubled in the U.S. in the past 30 years. Evidence has shown this trend can also lead to increases in heart disease risk factors like type two diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in children. Because of this, some organizations are now calling for earlier cholesterol screening for children beginning as young as nine years of age. Doctor Michael Rocco with the Cleveland Clinic, says that some recommendations include screening for children as young as two years old in cases where one or premature cardiovascular disease. Doctor Rocco says catching high cholesterol early enough in children may enable them to make lifestyle changes that will prevent them from having to battle with high cholesterol problems as adults.
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Obesity Leads To Increased Risk For Colon Cancer
Obesity carries an increased risk for colon cancer. New research out of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia finds that a new drug could target the link between the two. Experts estimate that people who are considered obese carry about a 50-percent greater risk of developing colon cancer. Scientists believe that a hormone found in the intestine can trigger a greater risk for cancer. The approved drug can help suppress that hormone.
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FDA To Drug Epidemic
A growing drug epidemic in the U.S. is getting the attention of the federal government. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it plans to implement changes aimed at curbing the abuse of painkilling drugs, while being sensitive to patients' legitimate pain needs. The FDA says it will explore the risks and benefits of opioids, pain management options and alternative therapies. The agency says it will also take a hard look at new drugs seeking approval and the labeling of pediatric painkillers.
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High-Fiber Diet Can Reduce Teen RIsk For Breast Cancer
Teenage girls who have a high-fiber diet could be at lower risk for developing breast cancer later in life. A new study out of Harvard University finds that a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk by between 12 and 19 percent. The benchmark for fiber consumption is about 28 grams a day in one's teen years. The results of the study are published in the journal "Pediatrics". 
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