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October 17, 2014
October Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available
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The October issue of NIH News in Health is now available.

Featured stories include "Sweet Stuff: How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health" and "Cold, Flu, or Allergy? Know the Difference for Best Treatment". Also, check out the health capsules and the featured Web site.


October 17, 2014
Director's Comments: Exercise does not Increase ALS Risk
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Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "Exercise does not Increase ALS Risk". The transcript is also available.

A meta-analysis of 37 studies suggests exercise is not a risk to develop Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), finds a recent study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology...


October 8, 2014
October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For news, interactive tutorials and other resources on this subject, visit the MedlinePlus breast cancer topic page.


October 8, 2014
Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke
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Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and what to do in an emergency. Visit the MedlinePlus stroke topic page.

A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to your brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die...


October 7, 2014
Director's Comments: Enterovirus 68 Overview
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Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "Enterovirus 68 Overview". The transcript is also available.

As of this writing, four deaths may or may not be linked to the spread of enterovirus 68, a respiratory infection, which has been diagnosed mostly among children in more than 40 U.S. states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 472 cases of enterovirus 68 in early October and noted the actual number of cases probably was higher...


October 2, 2014
There are many ways to quit smoking.
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Find out how you can quit by visiting the Medline Plus Quitting Smoking topic page.

Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. About half of the people who don't quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems....


September 30, 2014
Director's Comments: Helping Smokers Quit
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Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on "Helping Smokers Quit". The transcript is also available.

Hospital-discharged smokers (who received automated phone calls and a choice of free medications) stopped smoking more than peers (who received general smoking cessation advice and paid for a pre-selected medication), finds a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association...