Flip Flops 101: Potential Danger of Summer Footwear

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_0d266026a3.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- By now, most women have heard that wearing stiletto heels are not great for our feet, legs or back.  But if you think it’s safer to go with flats -- perhaps a natural-feeling flip-flop -- think again. Podiatrists’ offices are seeing women with foot pain caused by a summer season spent in slides, also known as flip-flops. Research from Auburn University has shown that wearing flip-flops for excessive amounts of time can cause temporary or even long-term damage to the musculoskeletal system.

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Are C-Sections Tied to Allergy Risk?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_74ad3848b1.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Deep in the bowels of our, well, bowels, lurk trillions of microscopic bacteria.  But don't be fooled by the big bad "B" word, intractably tied to infections and disease, as these bitty bugs can do us a world of good. "There's a certain 'ick' factor associated with gut bacteria," said Lita Proctor, director of the Human Microbiome Project, a National Institutes of Health initiative to describe the bugs that colonize our every crevice -- outside and in.

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High-Intensity Workouts Carry Risks, Rewards

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_43fa95ba52.jpgcollegespun.com(NEW YORK) -- Web entrepreneur Matt Lombardi said he just wanted to get into shape -- but it took only one session of the popular P90X workout series to send the 29-year-old to the hospital with rhabdomyolysis, a relatively rare condition he said his doctors told him occurs when muscle tissue breaks down to such an extent that toxins released into the blood stream can damage the kidneys.

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Turner Syndrome Tot Wins Life's Lottery

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_7194d6f222.jpgCourtesy Akron Children's Hospital(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Catherine Ward-Melvin has known since she was young that she would be unable to have children.  At 4-foot 8-inches tall, she was born with Turner syndrome, a genetic condition that causes short stature and, among other things, malformation of the ovaries. Ward-Melvin, who is a geneticist at Akron Children's Hospital, had never met another girl with Turner syndrome until she went to medical school. 

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Mixed Messages on the Value of Breakfast

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_b61a5e1b55.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The question of whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day has been researched a lot lately, but the headlines on some of the studies seem to indicate the findings have been contradictory. The most recent study, published in this week’s issue of the Journal of Obesity, found that eating a big breakfast and consuming a lighter dinner can lead to significant weight loss.

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