Extra Steps May Help Lower Risk of Heart Attack

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_2392f41b7c.jpgCraig Veltri/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a new study shows an extra 2,000 steps can also keep the doc at bay. An international study published in the medical journal Lancet looked at more than 9,300 people with heart disease who were also in the highest risk category for diabetes. The researchers found that participants who added an extra 2,000 steps to their day lowered their risk for heart attack and stroke by 8 percent.

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Many Children Go Online Unsupervised, Survey Finds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_d3e3f70ced.jpgMypurgatoryyears (NEW YORK) -- Going online is second nature for kids today, but a new survey finds a significant majority are hitting the Internet without an adult overseeing what they’re viewing. According to the survey of 1,000 families by AVG Technologies N.V., a provider of Internet and mobile security services, 64 percent of the parents surveyed with children under 7 admit to letting their kids spend time on the Internet while they’re not in the same room. The survey also finds 33 percent of respondents plan to buy their child a mobile device this year.

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E-Cigarettes Added to NYC Indoor Smoking Ban

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_8df17d9177.jpgAnneMS/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Bad news for proponents of e-cigarettes. Lawmakers in New York City voted Thursday to expand the city's indoor smoking ban to include the devices.  The bill bans individuals from using e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants and workplaces. Many scientists say e-cigarettes are safe because they only heat up a nicotine solution and emit water vapor, but anti-smoking activists say the jury is still out on whether the devices are truly safe.

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Potentially Harmful Bacteria Found in 97 Percent of Chicken Breasts

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3840c79dbf.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) --  A Consumer Reports' test of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at nationwide retailers found potentially harmful bacteria in 97 percent of the samples. The study, released Thursday, indicates about half the samples tested had at least one bacteria that was resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics. The bacteria involved in testing included E.coli and salmonella, along with four other types.

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New Smartphone Accessory May Help Monitor Cholesterol

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_85aa6165f6.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) --  Calorie counters and fitness trackers aren't the only way smartphones can keep track of your health. Researchers at Cornell University in New York are currently developing an app and accessory called SmartCARD, short for Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics, that can measure your cholesterol. David Erickson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Cornell, said that smartphones were a natural fit for a cholesterol tracking device.

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