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Number Of ‘Sweet People’ Doubles — And Why That’s Bad

Experts call it an epidemic. New research shows the number of Americans with diabetes. or “sweet blood,” has doubled since 1988. And as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports, odds are you know someone with diabetes — or have it yourself.

04/14/2014

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Your Sneeze Traveled How Far?!

We know that droplets from a cough or sneeze can travel at NASCAR-type speeds for long, long distances, But new research says the reality of mucus travel is worse than we thought. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida looks at how a sneeze in the basement can sicken someone in the attic.

04/10/2014

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Knees Achy? Drink A Glass Of Milk

Arthritis of the knees tends to start developing as early as the mid-20s. For some, it’s not that big a deal. For others, it rapidly advances until there is a lot of pain as bone rubs on bone from a loss of cartilage. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida looks at a new study which says low fat milk may protect your knees by slowing down everyday wear and tear.

04/07/2014

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Your Band-Aid: Yank, Tug, Or Coax?

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this one: what’s the best speed to remove a Band-Aid? Slow and coax? Or just get it over with with a turbo-charged rip? CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida looks at a study that tried to answer the question.

04/07/2014

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One In 68. What’s Behind The Jump In Children With Autism?

The CDC now estimates that one in 68 children in America has some form of autism. That’s a 30 percent jump in just a few years. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida takes a look at the new numbers, and has advice on what you need to know as a parent.

03/27/2014

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E-Cigs Equal E Z-Quit?

The latest and greatest way to kick the cigarette habit is “E-Cigs.” Nicotine vapor filled tubes that are supposed to make your yearnings for the real deal smolder to ashes. But as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr Dave Hnida reports, a new report shows E-cigs aren’t necessarily a magic puff.

03/24/2014

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You Believe What?!?

A lot of people love conspiracy theories, and it’s no different when it comes to health. But as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports, what you falsely believe may hurt you.

03/20/2014

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A Study On Chocolate? Sign Me Up!

Researchers announced that they are looking for 8000 volunteers to look at the health effects of chocolate. Talk about millions who would be willing to be a lab rat for this one! CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida looks at this mouthwatering study, and the no-so-sweet rules to participate.

03/18/2014

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The Five Second Rule? Make It 30 … Plus

For years, the unofficial “5 second” rules says it’s safe to eat food that’s been dropped on the floor, provided you pick it up before the clock strikes five seconds. Now a new study says the five seconds may be too strict. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida looks at the latest “research.”

03/17/2014

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If It’s Only An Hour, Why Do I Feel So Lousy? The True March Madness

It may not seem like much: a simple loss of one hour on the clock as we “spring ahead.” But for some people, the time change is pure misery. And as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports, there can be some real health problems as we get thrown overnight into Daylight Savings Time.

03/09/2014