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Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year
Dr. Jason Cabler sits in the exercise room of his home in Hendersonville, Tenn. Cabler, 46, suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day in 2012 while lifting weights in the basement gym.
'Tis the season - for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year. It's not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing.

Holiday Button Battery Dangers

Holiday Button Battery Dangers

With the holiday season comes the danger to small children from button type batteries, that are toxicm, and potentially lethal if swallowed by a child

Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says

Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says
FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, file photo, Matt Redmond, 3, and his father, Mike, ride a sled down a hill after an overnight snowfall in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

NYC expands smoking ban to include e-cigarettes

NYC expands smoking ban to include e-cigarettes
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo made with multiple flash exposures, a model pulls on an electronic cigarette backstage before the Chado Ralph Rucci fashion show in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Years after being exiled to New York City's sidewalks by a ban on smoking in indoor public places, some smokers relished electronic cigarettes as a way to come in from the cold.

FDA warns of dangerous erections from ADHD drugs

FDA warns of dangerous erections from ADHD drugs
Ritalin tablets (Wikimedia Commons photo by en:User:Sponge)
The Food and Drug Administration is warning that a stimulant used in treatments for the childhood condition attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder can trigger painful, long-lasting erections in rare cases.

FDA raises safety concerns on antibacterial soaps

The Food and Drug Administration says there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks.

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Anal

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Anal
Top left - Jan Van Voorst, top right - Mark Goldstein, bottom left - Cecelia Izzo, bottom right - Hyla Dobaj. All of these people were diagnosed with a cancer that draws little public interest. Dobaj was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2011.

Two years ago, Hyla Dobaj of Bellevue was shocked to learn she had anal cancer, a disease she knew nearly nothing about.

Man travels world in pink tutu to make his wife laugh during chemo

Man travels world in pink tutu to make his wife laugh during chemo
Courtesy The Tutu Project / Bob Carey.

Okay, grab the tissue box. To help support his wife during her fight with breast cancer a man has traveled the world in a pink tutu taking ridiculous - and yet beautiful - photos to keep her spirits up.

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Men’s breast cancer

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Men’s breast cancer
Top left - Jan Van Voorst, top right - Mark Goldstein, bottom left - Cecelia Izzo, bottom right - Hyla Dobaj. All of these people were diagnosed with a cancer that draws little public interest. Goldstein was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988.

Survival rates for women with breast cancer are encouraging, but for men the statistics are bleak. Research shows men are typically diagnosed later stage than women, and their mortality rates are 25 percent higher.

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Ovarian

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Ovarian
Top left - Jan Van Voorst, top right - Mark Goldstein, bottom left - Cecelia Izzo, bottom right - Hyla Dobaj. All of these people were diagnosed with a cancer that draws little public interest. Van Voorst was shocked when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.

With high morbidity rates and far fewer cases than breast cancer, ovarian cancer has inspired few public conversations and little awareness. Meanwhile, 14,000 women who never imagined they would get ovarian cancer will die this year.

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Lung

Cancers you probably don’t care about: Lung
Top left - Jan Van Voorst, top right - Mark Goldstein, bottom left - Cecelia Izzo, bottom right - Hyla Dobaj. All of these people were diagnosed with a cancer that draws little public interest. Izzo is a Seattle woman who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004. She said the public often assumes lung cancer is self-inflicted, even though some cases are not caused by smoking.

While women fighting breast cancer have the powerful pink ribbon on their side and men promote prostate health with fashionable facial hair, not all cancers garner the same level of public interest.

Tuberculosis shot may also prevent Multiple Sclerosis

Tuberculosis shot may also prevent Multiple Sclerosis
Medical professional preparing a vaccination shot. Photo courtesy the Associated Press.

A new study finds a vaccine, typically used to prevent tuberculosis, may also help prevent multiple sclerosis.