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Health care is one of the most difficult issues facing the nation today. While most of the focus is on universal access to health insurance, many already insured Americans are having issues with access as well. A new study indicates that depending on where you live, it could take months to see a doctor.

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You probably know your individual health history and you might know your family s health history, but do you know your ethnic group s history?

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Who:People with origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Acupuncture And Health
"Acupuncture is very much an art," says Mark Samuelson, M.D. "Anyone can stick a needle in, but it s an art to figure out what s going on with a patient and how to place those needles."

While the technique may be an art, the practice of acupuncture has been scientifically proven to improve various health conditions.

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Dr. Matthew Narrett is the chief medical officer for Erickson Retirement Communities, heading up America s leading group of experts in geriatric health care.

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Mark Samuelson, M.D. Medical Director, Linden Ponds Hingham, Massachusetts Dr. Samuelson received his bachelor s degree in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, Mass., and his master s degree in biology from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. He also has a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston.

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Which of these foods is better for your eyes? The answer might surprise you! (File photos; illustration by Gerry Fey) Of all five senses sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing people usually say sight is the most important. "It s the number one sense people say they would not want to lose," says Lori L.

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Q: My wife drinks diet cola every day with her meals. Is this bad for her health?

A: ' Although a few studies have shown an association between high cola consumption and either decreased bone mineral density or increased fractures in teenagers, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that drinking cola can harm you.

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Imagine touching something and not being able to feel it. Now picture the other extreme nerves that often, sometimes constantly, feel as if they are on fire. These are just a few of the symptoms experienced by sufferers of peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy affects 20 million Americans.