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For Questions About Dietary Supplements, NIH Website Offers Clear Answers

When it comes to dietary supplements, there are often more questions than answers. Although many Americans report using them, their benefits can be questionable. The website of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements addresses such issues. (Washington Post)

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Smalltown America Seeing More Severe Obesity

During 2013-2016, the prevalence of adult obesity was higher in less populated areas of the U.S., researchers reported. Some 42% of men who resided in metropolitan areas with populations less than 1 million were obese. (MedPage Today)

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Risk of Weight-Related Diabetes Reversible in Childhood

Overweight boys who achieved normal weight by the time they were teens seemed to eliminate their heightened risk of adult-onset type 2 diabetes, a new study found. (Medpage Today)

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Bystander Defibrillator Use Tied to Better Cardiac Arrest Outcomes

Cardiac arrest patients may be more likely to survive and avoid permanent disabilities when bystanders use a defibrillator to treat them before an ambulance arrives, a new study suggests. (Reuters Health)

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Why Is It so Hard to Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

Why exactly are some people able to maintain a healthy weight while others can try and try with no luck? The process of weight gain and weight loss involves a complicated combination of genetics, complex body systems and the environment. (University of Washington)

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A Hoop Player’s Sudden Return from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Fewer than 8 percent of those who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital survive. But this high school basketball player did—because there was an automated external defibrillator on hand and people who knew how to use it. (Rivard Report)

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Feeling Fit: There’s an App for That!

In this timely review, learn about the latest technology for working out or tracking personal wellness—From Apple Health and Google Fit to fitness apps and wearable trackers and smartwatches. (University of Washington)

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Knowledge About Concussions Mixed Among High School Coaches, Athletes

Most high school coaches, athletes and parents do not know that a concussion is a brain injury. But they generally understand the importance of being symptom-free before returning to play and how a concussion affects the risk of future concussions. (Mayo Clinic Proceedings)

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Abnormal Electrocardiograms Common in NBA Players

Many elite basketball players of the National Basketball Association have abnormal ECG readings even when the latest athlete-specific screening criteria are applied, according to researchers. (Medpage Today)

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Helping Your Child Choose a Sport

It can be difficult choosing the right sport for your child. Finding a sport that’s a good fits depends on many factors. (Stanford Children’s)

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