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Health stories for Feb. 20, 2013

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Posted: Feb 20, 2013 6:44 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2013 6:44 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: women's heart month, heart attack, snoring, stroke, Michelle Obama, let's move, program, dancers, injuries

UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 20, 2013 -

February is women's heart month and there's reason to celebrate because women are more aware about their number one killer, heart disease.

Public information campaigns are said to be working.

The American Heart Association says 65% of women now say they could call 911 if they thought they were having a heart attack.

That's up 12%

African-Americans and Hispanic women have greater heart awareness, but still lag behind white women.

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Another thing bad for your heart, snoring.

Researchers say it's a bigger risk factor for a stroke or heart attack than smoking, high cholesterol or being overweight.

They sat it's because of trauma from the vibrations of snoring.

Previous studies showed a reverse link, with artery damage causing breathing interruptions.

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First lady Michelle Obama is going around the country to promote her "Let's Move" program to combat childhood obesity.

She will be on a three state tour next week, with stops in Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri.

It's part of the third anniversary of the program.

She will announce new ideas to bring back more physical activity to schools and make school lunches healthier.

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More young dancers are dealing with injuries than in years past.

A study looked at dancers from the ages of three to 19.

Among the reasons for the increase, more advanced skills at younger ages and increased time devoted to dancing.

Sprains and strains were the most common injury.

Falls contributed to most others.

So, to keep dancers say, make sure they are well hydrated, get plenty of rest and use proper techniques.

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