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Lead exposure puts adults, children at risk

Excessive exposure to and absorption of lead can cause lead poisoning, a harmful condition that can result in lots of suffering for adults and children alike. While many people are aware of lead poisoning, few might understand its prevalence and just how big a risk it can pose. Gaining a greater understanding of lead poisoning can help adults protect themselves and their children from this potentially debilitating condition.
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Vitamin D might help fight symptoms of depression

People experiencing the blues, feelings of depression and other mood disorders might be able to use vitamin D to alleviate symptoms of depression. New studies point to low blood levels of vitamin D as a culprit in depression. Simply increasing these levels offers marked improvement.
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What to know about esophageal cancer

Experts predict that roughly 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and 2,000 cases in Canada this year, according to the American Cancer Society and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. Although not as prevalent as some other cancers, cancer of the esophagus is a concern for many men, who are more likely than women to be affected. Despite its prevalence, esophageal cancer remains relatively under the radar among the general public.
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Knowledge important in the fight against HIV/AIDS

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 25 million people have died from HIV/AIDS since the onset of the epidemic roughly 30 years ago. By 2008, more than 33 million people across the globe were living with HIV/AIDS, including more than two million children under age 15.
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Shedding light on 'the biggest disease no one has ever heard of'

Allison Moore, founder of the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF), has made it her life's mission to educate people about a neurological condition known as CMT after experiencing sudden-onset CMT in 1997. The disease was triggered from a chemotherapy drug in her cancer treatment. A new federal grant issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will now enable Moore and her HNF associates to push the boundaries on awareness and research surrounding CMT through several initiatives.
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Popular health myths debunked

Well-meaning parents or grandparents often tell children not to do something with the warning that a serious health implication could result. Kids often take their elders at their word. But some of these warnings bear more truth than others. Here's the scoop on some of the more common misconceptions.
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Desiccant not so dangerous

Parents fret over many of the items kids come into contact with, particularly small objects that can present choking hazards or items that may be poisonous. One common thing that often turns up in a home are packets of silica gel.

Silica gel is a desiccant, which means it is designed to draw moisture out of something to keep it fresh. Silica packets are often found tucked into new shoes or handbags, and small pouches of silica gel may be in the vitamin bottles in the medicine cabinet.
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Lung cancer remains the deadliest of all cancers

According to the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer will claim the lives of more than 150,000 Americans before the end of 2011. In Canada, where the national population is considerably smaller than that of the U.S., lung cancer will still take a heavy toll, causing more than 20,000 deaths according to the Canadian Cancer Society. Meanwhile, Cancer Research UK reports that within in the United Kingdom lung cancer accounts for roughly 6 percent of all deaths, and 22 percent of all deaths from cancer.
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