Obese Girls May Hit Puberty Earlier, Study Finds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_148cb1be99.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new study finds that young girls with a higher body mass index tend to have an earlier onset of puberty. The researchers, who published a report in the journal Pediatrics, followed over 1,200 girls for seven years. They reported that African American girls began developing breasts before the age of nine, while white girls on average were beginning puberty around age nine-and-a-half.

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Wisconsin Community Rallies Around Boy Born With No Eyes

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_e4de88f80f.jpgCaringforcalvin.com (OCONOMOWOC, Wis.) -- The family of a Wisconsin toddler born deaf and without eyes is turning to their local community for help raising funds to cover medical costs. Calvin Brezgel was born with SOX2 Anopthalmia, a rare genetic disorder that in Calvin resulted in his undeveloped eyes and deafness. SOX2 Anopthalmia affects one out of every 250,000 people, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Study Links Psoriasis with Increased Risk of Heart Failure

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_b2c5ea9a38.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- People who suffer from the skin disorder psoriasis may be at higher risk for heart failure, experts say. Research presented at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology meeting analyzed data from adults in Denmark. The researchers found that those with psoriasis were more prone to developing heart failure.

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Malaria Cases in US Hit 40-Year High

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_dcdd16e428.jpgiStock Photo/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest data found that malaria cases reported in the U.S. have hit a 40-year high. A report from the CDC showed approximately 2,000 cases of malaria diagnosed and treated in the U.S. in 2011. That figure is the largest number of reported cases since 1971.

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Top Hospital Suspends Black Lung Program After ABC News Report

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_4c9a7c935f.jpgABC News (BALTIMORE) -- Johns Hopkins Medicine has suspended its black lung program pending a review in response to an ABC News investigation with the Center for Public Integrity that showed how medical opinions from doctors at the prestigious hospital have helped the coal companies thwart efforts by ailing mine workers to receive disability benefits.

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