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Health stories for Feb. 1, 2013

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Posted: Feb 1, 2013 2:39 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2013 6:32 PM
Source: WBRZ

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UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 1, 2013 -

People are going red in February for heart month, to make sure you stay heart healthy and know the signs of heart disease.

There are "Go Red" events all over the country, including in the Baton Rouge area, for the tenth anniversary of the "wear Red" movement.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana employees went out raising awareness and money to support the American Heart Association's efforts.

Heart disease is the number one killer among women, and kills nearly 600,000 people annually.

Both the Governor's Mansion and the White House will glow red for heart month.

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Living the single life could lead you to a heart attack.

A study from Finland showed unmarried men had a 60% greater chance to have some kind of heart ailment than their married counterparts.

The numbers were similar for women.

The chances of that ailment turning deadly were also much greater for unmarried people.

Doctors say they aren't surprised because having someone you can confide in and supportive helps may help reduce stress, along with the chances of a heart attack and death.

But people who were in unhappy relationships also put strain on their hearts, especially women.

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Candy, sports drinks and greasy foods may soon be out of school cafeterias.

Proposed government standards could take them off the menu.

Under the Department of Agriculture's proposed rules, only water, low calorie sports drinks and diet sodas would be available to drink.

Healthy pizzas, fruit cups, yogurt and baked chips would be available to snack on.

The rules are part of a law passed by the federal government back in 2010.

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A new study says overweight girls may be at a higher risk for multiple sclerosis, or a MS-type illness.

Researchers looked at children from a southern California children's health study and found that most kids diagnosed with Pediatric MS were overweight or obese, and more than half of them were girls.

Symptoms in those cases ranged from no disability years later to being confined to a wheelchair in less than a decade.

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The amount of alcohol ads your kids see may lead to alcohol-related problems earlier in life.

A report found seventh-graders who saw alcohol ads on TV, and enjoyed them, drank more between the seventh and tenth grades.

Researchers also noted that sometimes drinking was thought of as rebellious, cool or an adult thing to do, which also led to problems.

The alcohol industry did not comment on the study's findings.

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Roughly 35% of teens drink energy drink on a regular basis, and don't know the dangers.

The American Association of Pediatrics say the drinks can lead to heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and digestive problems.

Another study says people who mix energy drinks with alcohol don't realize how truly drunk they are, which can lead to traffic accidents.

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