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Americans’ waistlines grow as obesity rates level off, study finds

The average American woman’s waist size has increased at a much faster rate than the average American man’s, according to a new study published in JAMA.

Filmmaker Banker White and his mother, Pam White.

Banker White

Film honors a mother and illuminates Alzheimer’s

The film, “The Genius of Marian,” offers some universal truths for families battling Alzheimer’s.

Health Answers

What does it mean if your potassium levels are high?

Potassium is an electrolyte, a mineral that carries an electrical charge, and is a critical component of the body.

Be Well

Anti-anxiety medications linked to Alzheimer’s disease

The findings suggest that people prescribed benzodiazepines should take them for as short of time as possible.

Wearing sunglasses can help vision later in life, study shows

New research suggests wearing sunglasses could be a key way to prevent the condition called exfoliation syndrome.

Jason Roush, an EmersonCollege instructor who is gay, is among those who have decided against taking the drug, despite the recommendations. “I worry about potential toxicity. I don’t want to put any medication into my body unless it’s something I absolutely have to take.”

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Taking a pill to prevent HIV

Concerns and stigma remain about a new drug meant to protect against HIV infections, leading some gay men to hold off despite recommendations.

Get moving, for a good cause

Moving Day, the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual fundraising walk, will have a local event Oct. 11 in Boston.

Dr. Leana Wen

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How transparent should doctors be with their patients?

Dr. Leana Wen believes transparency is a must for keeping doctors honest.

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UMass study questions Alzheimer’s treatments

More than half of patients with advanced dementia who are in the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease continue to receive drugs that have questionable benefits.

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Enterovirus 68 outbreak: which kids most at risk?

Federal health officials have been scrambling to determine where Enterovirus 68 is spreading and why it’s hitting some children harder than others.

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Experts say Janay Rice’s misplaced blame is not unusual

Specialists in responding to and preventing domestic violence expressed little surprise at Janay Rice’s reactions, saying they are common among abuse victims.

Daily Dose with Deborah Kotz

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Kotz reports on the latest consumer health news and advice including fitness, new treatments, nutrition, and more.

Continuing Globe coverage

Coverage

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Globe coverage of the national outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.

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