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ACCORDING to the January 2010 issue of The Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource, most individuals who smoke, eat too many sweets and snacks, or avoid exercise, realize that these behaviors can lead to health problems, but knowledge doesn’t automatically or easily translate to action so, after years studying what actually works in helping people make long-lasting behavior changes, health professionals have come up with the following 10 effective strategies:

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WHILE a class of drugs called biphosphonates has been widely prescribed to inhibit bone breakdown, recent research suggests that their long-term use could raise the risk of rare but serious thigh fractures, prompting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to announce on Oct. 13, 2010 that biphosphonates will now carry a warning sign to this effect, says the December 2010 issue of the Weill Cornell Medical College’s Women’s Health / Advisor.

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AFTER re-examining last year’s health news, the Johns Hopkins medical letter staff members have come up with five key pieces of research that you can act upon to help make 2011 a little healthier and happier, says the January 2011 issue of the Johns Hopkins’ Health After 50.

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A vexing question that millions of Americans...and their doctors...face each year is whether a chest pain is due to a heart attack or something else, because chest pain can stem from dozens of conditions besides heart attack, from pancreatitis to pneumonia or panic attack, says the May 2010 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter.

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THE recent findings that taking aspirin and Vitamin D supplements, after a first encounter with cancer, may reduce the recurrence of the disease provide enough evidence to merit further investigation with some well-designed clinical trials, says the October 2010 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Letter.

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