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'D' study creates debate

Vitamin D is at the center of a debate after an Institute of Medicine report found that many of the health claims attributed to it could not be substantiated by its review of more than 1,000 studies.
Health | Life | Health Care
Smoking bans are healthy solution to a problem

...there last year. Similar results have been reported in the United States. A study done in Helena, Mont., by the British Medical Journal in 2004 showed a 40 percent drop in heart attacks after a smoking ban was put in place. Smoking costs vary...
Readiness for weight loss boosts success rate

To predict your ability to lose weight permanently, take this quiz. Part 1 (this week) probes your eating and activity, and Part 2 looks at your behavioral readiness and other key factors. Though the quiz is not scientific, it is based on key studies and experts' advice. Check your score to find out whether you're ready to shed those pounds for good.
Healthful nighttime snacking is possible

I'll confess - snacking after dinner is one of my longtime eating behaviors. I kick back, watch a movie and eat. .
Study: Drivers using cell phones more likely to crash

WASHINGTON - Drivers using cellular phones are four times as likely to get into a crash that can cause injuries serious enough to send them to the hospital, said an insurance study released Tuesday.
Life & style
War in Iraq is lost on several levels

...cost of getting rid of Saddam Hussein? More than 1,000 American soldiers have died and some estimates, from the British medical journal The Lancet, put total deaths over 100,000. We've spent more than $100 billion, and the cost is rising...
Two counties will address smoking ban

For Nathalie Brouillac, coming to Augusta from France meant finding freedom - from cigarette smoke.
Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission | Columbia County Commission
Baby briefs

Parents of young children likely will tell you there isn't enough time in the day to get everything done, but, according to Parents magazine, there is a right time of day to do everything.
Family briefs

New research may change the rationale behind when couples should time intercourse when trying to conceive, according to an article in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Life & style

The Augusta-Aiken Swim League finished third of 19 teams last weekend at the Georgia Senior State Championships for its best result in the event.
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