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People taking blood thinners to reduce their risk of stroke should consult with their doctors before undergoing surgery. A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology says for minor operations, such as dental work and minor surgical procedures, the risk of bleeding even while on blood thinners is fairly small. But health experts say patients may want to temporarily stop taking blood thinners if they are undergoing other procedures -- such as hip and colon surgeries -- because the risk of bleeding may be higher.

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A new study shows the recent relaxation of Colorado's marijuana laws has caused a spike in the number of children treated for accidentally ingesting the drug. Researchers looked at emergency room visits since October 2009 when medical marijuana collectives opened in the state. 14 children were treated for marijuana exposure, eight of those coming directly from eating foods that contained the drug such as cookies and brownies. Colorado is now developing child-resistant packaging for marijuana products.

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And a new analysis of movies aimed at adolescents… shows images of smoking have gone down but images of alcohol are on the rise. Exposure to tobacco and alcohol in the movies has been associated with increased smoking and drinking among teenagers. Ever since 1998, paid cigarette brand placements have dropped dramatically following an agreement between tobacco companies and the states. But during the same period alcohol brand product placements have increased from 80 to 145 per year.

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