Doctor's Orders: Oct. 3, 2005

THE RISKS OF BEING A GREASE MONKEY A Swedish study found that men working with mineral oils such as those found in asphalt or hydraulic or motor oils may increase their risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis by 30%. Exposure to the lubricants may trigger inflammatory processes that swell joint linings.

1 BILLION The number of people around the world who are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization. The heaviest populations include those in the U.S., Egypt, New Zealand, Turkey and the Western Pacific Islands.

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR SMILE? Periodontal disease, a dangerous infection of the gums that...

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