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‘Vigorous’ Mitt Romney Fit to Be President, Doc Says

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages(LAS VEGAS) -- Health records released Friday suggest Mitt Romney is in good health and has no impairments that would make him unfit for the White House.

He’s allergic to penicillin, has had an appendectomy and once got stitches in his right hand, but his doctor of more than 20 years said the 65-year-old “appears years young than his age.”

His most recent physical, conducted in August at his home in Massachusetts, “revealed a healthy appearing [sic], energetic, strong, physically fit male,” according to Dr. Randall Gaz, Romney’s doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

[Read Romney’s full medical record here.]

“He has shown the ability to be engaged in multiple, varied, simultaneous activities requiring complex mental, social, emotion and leadership skills,” wrote Gaz, who added that Romney’s a “vigorous man.”

“He has reserves of strength, energy and stamina that provide him with the ability to meet unexpected demands,” said Gaz.

Romney’s routine health examinations have included colonoscopies, blood tests and “extensive prior cardiac evaluations.” His family history includes heart attacks and prostate cancer. Like many older men, Romney takes a low-dose aspirin and the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor.

Most notable of Romney’s record is that his resting heart rate is just 40 beats per minute, far under the normal range of 60-100 beats per minute.

Romney’s doctor attributes the low rate to Romney’s “past intensive exercise with regular running.”

Nowadays, Romney is known to hit the gym on the trail, but prefers the elliptical machine to the treadmill.

While Romney’s doctor reported that Romney eats a “high fiber diet with abundant fruits and vegetables,” and limits eating “high cholesterol foods and concentrated sweets,” a guy can only do so much on the campaign trail, where the candidate has been spotted digging into the occasional homemade pie or bag of Cheetos in between campaign events.

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Could Spanking Children Cause Harm in Adulthood?, Canada) -- Physical punishment such as spanking, pushing, grabbing or slapping in childhood could do more harm than good, according to researchers.

A study, authored by Dr. Tracie Afifi of the University of Manitoba and colleagues, suggests that childhood spanking could be linked to adult personality disorders.  The researchers found an increased risk of substance abuse and anxiety, mood and personality disorders in adults who reported physical punishment in their childhood. Between two and seven percent of mental disorders are attributable to physical punishment, researchers reported in the study published in the journal Pediatrics.

If not a firm connection, but the researchers say there's at least an association between physical punishment of children and mental problems when they grow older.  Child psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Kate Eshleman, who was not involved in the study, agrees.

"There is no direct link.  The study just shows that kids that have been physically disciplined are at an increased risk for these things," Eshleman said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics already opposes spanking and Eshleman says spanking is not an effective way to change behavior. She suggests other methods such as removing privileges when children are doing things they are not supposed to do.

"You know, taking a break from the things that they want to do. Or, for older kids, you know, taking away cell phones," she said.

Eshleman cautions that physical punishment affects every child differently and should be avoided despite individual cases where this kind of discipline produced seemingly positive results.

"Certainly there are kids who have been, you know, spanked who have turned out just fine. But, if there are things that we know place people at an increased risk, and we can avoid these things, we certainly want to do so," she said.

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President Obama ‘in Excellent Health’

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The results of President Obama’s second periodic physical exam are in and they show that Obama is “fit for duty.”

“The president is in excellent health and ‘fit for duty.’ All clinical data indicate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” Dr. Jeff Kuhlman, a Navy captain and the physician to the president, concluded.

The results of the exam, which was conducted last week, found the president is taking a number of steps to remain healthy, including being “tobacco free,” physically active, and only drinking alcohol in moderation.

The president, who works out regularly and eats a healthy diet, has “ideal” cholesterol and normal blood pressure. He is 6’1″ in height and weighs in at 181.3 pounds.

“The President is current on all age-appropriate screening tests. He is ‘fit at fifty’ and ‘staying healthy at 50+,’” Kuhlman writes in the report, recommending the president’s next physical take place in December 2012.

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Breaking Up Hurts: Ending Relationships Can Trigger Physical Pain 

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- As anyone who's experienced a broken heart, and as countless songs, stories and movies confirm, love can hurt. That pain, according to a new study, is physical as well as emotional.

Researchers led by Ethan Kross, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, found that the experience of social rejection, such as a romantic breakup, activates the same parts of the brain involved in sensing physical pain.

"These results give new meaning to the idea that rejection 'hurts,'" the authors wrote.

Experts believe this study can offer new insight into the complexities of social rejection, and how the experience can be emotionally and physically debilitating.

"The psychic pain that follows from the breakup of a relationship definitely affects physical health," said Susan Heitler, a Denver clinical psychologist. "Research has shown, for instance, that grieving increases the risk of heart attacks."

Heitler also said rejection can lead to depression and avoidance of other relationships.

Bonnie Levin, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, said the study highlights a biological link between social pain and physical pain, something that has been long suspected.

"It shows us that social pain and physical pain share a common neurocircuitry," Levin said. "It involves a highly specific pattern of brain activation, and this finding is really important."

She also said this biological similarity helps explain why breakups hit some people harder than others.

"Just as some of us are better able to tolerate pain, some of us are more vulnerable to experiencing rejection," she said.

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