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Today's Top Medical Stories for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Researchers come up with a new way to reduce the number of needless antibiotics prescriptions and a new study links pesticide exposure to Alzheimer's disease. Adriana Diaz has today's health stories.
Exposure to the pesticide DDT may increase elderly people's risk of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found levels of DDE were four times higher in Alzheimer's patients compared to people who do not have the memory-robbing disease. DDE is the chemical compound left when DDT breaks down. The United States banned DDT in the seventies but other countries we import food from still use it.

A California study has found a way to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for colds. Many patients still push for antibiotics even though they don't work on colds. Researchers found when doctors posted large letters in their exam rooms explaining their commitment to reducing inappropriate prescriptions,  the rate of unnecessary scripts dropped 20-percent.

And researchers in Ohio found breast cancer survivors who practiced yoga twice a week for three months saw a 57 percent reduction in fatigue and a 20 percent reduction in their inflammation. The researchers added the more the women practiced, the better their results. Those are some of the day's top health stories.

(Adriana Diaz, CBS News)

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