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Kate Long looks at the laundry list of problems that extra body fat can cause, including Alzheimer's Disease, sleep apnea and incontinence. This story is part of a Charleston Gazette series called "The Shape We're In."

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The stories we tell about black women.

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Think about this: More than 200,000 West Virginians have contracted a disease that kills people. About 69,000 of them don't know they have it.

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West Virginia has the nation's worst statistics in 10 of 12 categories in the new 2011 Gallup Healthways ranking. More than one in three West Virginians -- 35.3 percent -- are now obese.

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A victory for contraception advocates, a ban on painkiller distribution, a new weight loss pill and more from our Daily Briefing.

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West Virginia is among the top five states on just about every national chronic disease list. Journalist Kate Long investigates what's behind the state's poor showing.

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Biblical weight loss, good news about whooping cough, and health wonkery from the Daily Show's Jon Stewart, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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The Consumer Electronics Show's Digital Health Summit this week focused on new apps and devices for obesity. But are they merely digital ThighMasters, soon to be tossed by unmotivated consumers? 

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The December issue of Wired Mag­azine pro­files David Kirchhoff, CEO of Weight Watchers, in a story on new ways to measure calories and food. It’s an inter­esting piece, with several points worth con­tem­plating at the start of the year.

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Veterans encounter delays in mental health treatment, health reform questions facing the U.S. Supreme Court and public health worries over Occupy Wall Street, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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