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Today's Top Medical Stories for Wednesday, March 5, 2014

California researchers say eating meat and cheese may be as bad for you as smoking.
Eating a cheeseburger could be as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. That's according to researchers at U.S.C. Davis who tracked the diets of more than 63-hundred adults over 50 for almost two decades. They found a high-protein diet during middle age makes you nearly twice as likely to die, and four times more likely to die of cancer. But they say eating protein in moderation over 65 is good for you.
(source: Cell Metabolism)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging hospitals to use a new checklist to improve the way antibiotics are prescribed. A new CDC report says doctors at some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics as doctors at other hospitals to treat similar symptoms. The report also says some antibiotics are being over-prescribed, and others, under-prescribed.
(source: CDC)

And a new study in the British Medical Journal says pregnant women who eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains, and drink enough water, are far less likely to deliver a premature baby. European researchers came to this conclusion after checking the diets of 66-thousand expectant moms between 2002 and 2008.  (source: British Medical Journal)

(Alexis Christoforous, CBS News)

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