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2 Your Health stories for March 11, 2013

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BATON ROUGE - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 11, 2013:

People in Louisiana are getting hit by a double-dose of the flu and seasonal allergies. The former is still lingering around the state while constant weather changes have caused the latter to show up early.

Dr. Tasha Samlin said patients are lining up to get relief, even though many aren't sure which bug they have.

"Cross-over symptoms would be congestion and runny nose, and headache," she said. "But in general the symptoms are completely different."

The key difference, according to Dr. Samlin, are body aches: a tell-tale sign you're coming down with the flu, and not just the sniffles.

Nearly 50 million people in the U. S. suffer from allergies each year.


Aspirin may help lower your risk of melanoma, the most dangerous kind of skin cancer.

The longer people took aspirin, the more protected they were.

It's already been associated with a lowered risk of gastric, colorectal and breast cancers.


Researchers have long warned about the dangers of binge drinking, but a new study looks at how that kind of drinking affects the brain.

The liver converts alcohol into acetic acid, which the brain uses as fuel. Research shows that the brains of chronically heavy drinkers have twice the ability to take in acetic acid than light drinkers.

It creates a dependency and makes it much harder for heavy drinkers to cut down on or quit consuming alcohol.


Health officials issued warnings recently about a new, deadly virus.

Cases of the new coronavirus have risen to 14, though none have been in the U. S.

Doctors have been told to be on the lookout for patients with upper respiratory problems after traveling to the Arabian Peninsula.

The virus was first recognized in September. The two most recent patients from Saudi Arabia have died.


Stopping the heart during bypass surgery may be the best choice, even for elderly patients. New research says it is as safe as doing the operation while the heart is still beating.

Two large studies looked at groups getting the two different types of bypass surgery. One of the studies looked at patients 75 or older, thought to be more at risk for complication from stopping the heart.

After one year, there was no difference in outcomes between the two types of surgeries.



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