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But It’s Only Tylenol …

With cold and flu rampant in Colorado, here’s a warning about using a popular pain and fever reliever — acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol. But as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports, more than 600 products contain acetaminophen, making it easy to overdose — and suffer liver failure.

01/18/2014

Wide receiver Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos catches a pass against linebacker Moise Fokou #53 of the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on Dec. 8, 2013 in Denver. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Which Position Suffers The Most Concussions?

No question football is violent, especially when it comes to the head. With 22 guys crashing into each other at full speed, which position is the riskiest? CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida looks at the stats.

01/12/2014

Temperatures were in the upper 20s in Denver for the fireworks downtown on the 16th Street Mall on the evening of Dec. 31, 2011, and into the morning of Jan. 1, 2012. There were fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. (credit: CBS)

The No-Resolution Resolutions

New Year’s means more than flipping a calendar, or writing the wrong date repeatedly. It’s also the time for resolutions. The problem is: only 8% of resolutions are successful at the one-year mark. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr Dave Hnida looks at the most popular (and hardest to keep) resolutions– and offers a short list of vows that may be a little easier, and more practical to live with.

01/05/2014

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Get Ready. Get Set. Get Sick.

Welcome to the influenza season of 2013-2014.
Health officals say the bug has hit hard and fast– and it you haven’t had your flu vaccine, it’s not to late… but you had better hurry up. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports on the worst season since 2009.

01/04/2014

Cake With A Hatchet
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Please Eat The Cake, But Not The Decorations

Nothing like a nice piece of cake to celebrate an occasion — just be sure you stop at the cake, and don’t mindlessly swallow everything else in sight. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports on a case of a person who went a little overboard when it was time for dessert.

12/26/2013

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Why Von Miller May Have Failed His Lachman Test … And What It Means To The Broncos

The Broncos won the game, but may have lost Von Miller. After suffering a knee injury, Miller was quickly declared out for the rest of the game. Up next: an MRI. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr Dave Hnida explains how doctors and trainers test a knee on the field for an early diagnosis.

12/22/2013

Antibacterial Soap
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Why Elbow Grease Is The Best… And Safest Cleaner

If you want to scrub your hands free of germs, it seems like using an anti-bacterial soap would be a good idea. But as CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida reports, the FDA has concerns that these products aren’t simply worthless, but may be harmful as well.

12/16/2013

Wide receiver Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos hauls in a pass against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on Dec. 8, 2013.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Welker Forecast: Out

After yet another injury, Wes Welker has entered the mystery world of concussion management. By all indications, he should be on the no-play list this week. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr. Dave Hnida explains the NFL guidelines for concussions as well as the forms and checklists used by doctors to make decisions.

12/09/2013

Viagra

A New Use For Viagra… In Women

The little blue pill has been around for awhile, and as time goes on, more and more medical uses are being found for it. CBS4 Medical Editor Dr Dave Hnida reports how a drug for “E.D.” in men may provide relief for painful menstrual periods in women.

12/09/2013

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You Don’t Need More Than A Pinch

It’s a relatively common and simple problem, yet more than half of us self-treat the wrong way. As we head to frigid temps, Dr. Dave Hnida reports on a new study that looks at one of the most frequent of winter problems: nosebleeds. His advice: don’t take them lying down.

12/02/2013