Doctors Talk Very Little About Sex with Teens

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f59e020518.jpgAlexander Raths/Thinkstock (DURHAM, N.C.) -- Sex is one of those subjects that many youngsters are embarrassed to talk about even with those who can give them helpful advice. Duke University researchers say it’s for that reason that doctors should go out of their way to engage young patients in sex education. As it stands, according to their findings, physicians spend well under a minute discussing the topic of sex with adolescents, based on a study of 250 teens in North Carolina.

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Dog Owners Deal with Pet's Death in Various Ways

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f641eca714.jpgAlexander Copeland/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Losing a beloved pet can be an especially devastating experience but now, Israelis researchers have discovered just how much it affects owners. The scientists at Ben-Gurion University of Negev interviewed 29 people who put a dog down in the previous two weeks, asking them various questions, including why they did it, if they felt guilty about it and if they had time to prepare for the dog's passing.

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Walking on Ice Is No Cakewalk

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ab6635b1a3.jpgMaridav/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It's said you've got to learn how to crawl before you can walk. Here's a new adage: you've got to learn how to walk before you walk on ice. Specifically, physicians who are well aware of the calamities that can befall victims of ice falls recommend a certain style of walking that might help people navigate treacherous slippery surfaces that seem to be more prevalent than ever this winter.

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CDC Sounds Off on Alcohol Counseling by Health Care Professionals

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_12cb388cb9.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (ATLANTA) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday concluded a teleconference on a new report suggesting that doctors and other health professionals too often neglect to ask their patients about their alcohol consumption. The new report includes fresh data on how rarely these talks actually occur.

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Polar Vortex Freezes and Bursts Pipes at Three Hospitals

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_60ef782b4e.jpgPixland/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The extreme cold weather has caused pipes to burst in at least three hospitals around the nation Tuesday, prompting the relocation of dozens of patients due to flooding in their rooms. A pipe burst at 6 a.m. at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, prompting the hospital to divert patients from its emergency room and relocate about 30 patients, according to WCVB, ABC’s affiliate in Boston. Its emergency room started accepting patients again  Tuesday afternoon.

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