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9 months ago

Feds to study health benefits of screening and linking to social services - USA TODAY

UP NEXT03 Druid Heights was once one of Baltimore's most vibrant African-American neighborhoods. Violence and poverty have turned it into one of the city's least healthy. Residents and community activists look at what's wrong and what can be done to fix it. Video by Ryan Connelly Holmes for USA TODAY

9 months ago

WATCH LIVE: Health experts discuss Zika virus, protection - KLTV

WATCH LIVE: Health experts discuss Zika virus, protectionWATCH LIVE: Health experts discuss Zika virus, protection

Updated: Thursday, February 4 2016 11:52 AM EST2016-02-04 16:52:19 GMT

Health experts are holding a conference Thursday to address concerns regarding the spread of Zika virus.

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Health experts are holding a conference Thursday to address concerns regarding the spread of Zika virus.

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9 months ago

Authorities investigating potential health risks of exposure to air pollutants found in SE Portland -

Oregon authorities are investigating the potential health risks of exposure to high amounts of cadmiumand arsenic found in the air in Southeast Portland.

The pollutants have been found in the air near Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard, according to preliminary air quality monitoring data.

Thepollutants in the air are present at levels higher than short- and long-term health standards, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority said in a news release Wednesday.

The effects of exposure to the pollutants depends on how much of the pollutants people are exposed to and the duration of time they're aroundthem, the news release said.

The agencies are makingmaps that will show the affected areas, according to the news release. The intersection of Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard is next to PowellPark, and Cleveland High School is among other nearby landmarks.

"The agencies need, and are working to collect, more monitoring data and analysis to supply the community with accurate and specific health related information," the news release said.

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9 months ago

Bernie Sanders' health record reveals 'remarkably healthy' candidate - WPTZ The Champlain Valley

As he barnstorms across Iowa in search of votes this week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was seeking to allay any concern about his health by releasing a letter from the attending physician of the United States Congress.

The summary, from Dr. Brian Monahan, described Sanders as in "overall very good health," with no history of cardiovascular disease, normal blood pressure and vital signs, and no significant chronic condition.

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"Thank God, I'm in very good health," Sanders told NBC's Lester Holt.

Aside from acid reflux that triggers laryngitis from time to time, and a couple of hernia repairs, Monahan suggested the 2016 presidential candidate is good to go.

At the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Ben Littenberg, a professor and primary care physician, confirmed the diagnosis.

"He's a remarkably healthy 74-year-old man," Littenberg said after analyzing the letter and summary from Monahan. "(Sanders') medical history shows a few routine problems many people his age have but there's not anything especially threatening to his longevity and nothing too concerning here."

If Sanders were to win the Democratic nomination and go on to win the general election, he would be 75 years old on inauguration day, the oldest person ever to become president.

By contrast, President Ronald Reagan was a couple of weeks shy of 70 years old when he was sworn into office in 1981.

How long might Sanders expect to live?

"He could live a very long time," Littenberg said. "For any one individual it's extremely hard to predict -- he could get hit by a truck -- but on average if you take everybody who is a 74 year old man in America, you live about 12 (more) years."

That population, however, includes men with cancer, heart disease and a range of other serious health risks.

"So, a very healthy 74-year-old man like Bernie Sanders is on average going to live a lot longer than 12 years," Littenberg said.

Even if under the the daily stress and rigors associated with being the leader of the free world?

"It's not clear if that shortens anyone's lifespan," Littenberg said. "It seems to hurt your facial appearance a bit, and hair color, but I don't know that it shortens your life."


11 months ago

Here Is What Everyone Should Know About Fitness

The level of commitment and dedication it takes to maintain and achieve a high level of fitness is beyond what some people think they're capable of. It does not necessarily need to be a difficult thing to do. By altering your daily routine in a few ways, you can get fit and live the life you have always wanted.

Try your best to push yourself every time you work out. Your body gets used to the same workout regimen over and over so try to switch it up and push yourself each time. Try to work out different areas of the body so you let others rest while building other areas.

The best fitness tip for endurance is to start your runs out at a slow pace, progress to your normal pace,