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Health stories for Jan. 31, 2013

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UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Jan. 31, 2013 -

Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge are taking a skeptical look at some popular weight loss myths, which they believe can lead to bad policy changes and public health recommendations.

Among them, the theory that setting large weight loss goals will only lead to frustration and failure.. is false.

They say several studies show grander goals... actually lead to greater results.

Then there's myths about not needing to exercise to lose weight.

Dietitians Marisa Moore says, "It's a myth that you can keep the weight off without exercise.Exercise is an essential part of weight management and living a healthy life."

Another myth debunked is whether taking weight loss slow... leads to greater long term success.

Studies say there is no difference in pounds lost between low energy and very low energy diets.


How you divide up the household chores could affect your relationship.

Couples were more intimate if the husband stuck to the stereotypically male tasks like yard work, car maintenance, and bill paying.

They were less intimate if men did the female work like cooking and washing clothes.

The surveys were done years ago, but researchers say the data still holds up.


Bottles of Triaminic and Theraflu Cold and Allergy syrups are being pulled from shelves.

Officials say the child-resistant caps may be defective.


Researchers say they've found a new danger with a new favorite pet, the hedgehog.

It was found to carry a rare form of salmonella, which has made people sick and is even blamed for one death.

The CDC says you should wash your hands after handling the animals, and make sure their cages and equipment are properly cleaned.

Turtles, snakes, lizards and frogs are also known to carry the disease.



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