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Was Your Flu Shot A Waste Of Time This Year?

There are alerts today from the Centers for Disease Control about this year’s flu season. First, the season may be severe. Second, this year’s flu vaccine is not protecting people from the most common strain circulating through the country. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr Dave Hnida has more on what could be a rough winter.

12/04/2014

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More People Have The Blues Than Ever… Are You One?

A new study shows that rates of depression in America have climbed, with women aged 40 and over having the highest rates of the condition. Of biggest concern is the finding that two of three who are severely depressed do not seek treatment. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida explains the theory behind the climb in rates, as well as signs and symptoms

12/03/2014

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Scooting Along To A Broken Wrist

A new study shows a 40 percent increase in the number of emergency room visits for injuries caused by children’s toys. One type of “toy” leads the pack. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida has details.

12/01/2014

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I Bet You Didn’t Eat As Many Thanksgiving Calories As You Think You Did

You probably woke up this morning worried that your clothes would feel a lot snugger than yesterday morning. But research shows people actually gobble down fewer calories than they think they do on Thanksgiving. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr Dave Hnida explains the new and improved numbers, and how to beat the “average” holiday waistline spread.

11/28/2014

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Study: You May Have Diabetes And Not Know It

More than 28 million Americans have diabetes, but more than 8 million don’t even know they have it. And as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports, that can lead to complications such as heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure, and a host of other life threatening health issues. He has advice on how to be screened for diabetes, and a simple test to check your risk of having the disease.

11/19/2014

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An Eye Opener If You Wear Contacts

A warning for contact lens wearers. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports on a news study that says the number of serious eye infections from contacts are on the rise — he has tips that may preserve your vision.

11/16/2014

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Are You At Risk For ‘The Frozen Five’?

As temperatures plummet, your risk of health problems skyrocket, including some issues you might not ordinarily associate with a plunging thermometer. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida takes a look at the “Frozen Five” — five health problems that go hand-in-hand with a visit from this unusual early blast of winter.

11/12/2014

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They May Look Like Candy To Your Child, But …

The price of convenience may make “laundry detergent pods” seem like a good deal, but these products may carry a high cost to your child’s health. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports on a new study which shows a high number of poisonings from these pods since their introduction just a few years ago.

11/10/2014

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Don’t Let This At-Home Machine Lead You Down The Wrong Road

Let’s face it. We all like the idea of the “empowered” patient. But a new study may take some of the steam from that empowerment. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida has advice on a new study that looks at the home blood pressure cuffs.

11/06/2014

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Friday Ebola Update — Including A New Use Of Tabasco

Here’s the latest news on Ebola, including a new case in New York City, the recovery of one of the Ebola-infected nurses — all the way to the use of Tabasco sauce to help health care workers protect themselves from the virus. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida wraps up the latest developments.

10/24/2014

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