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Study Casts Doubt on Safety of Herbal Drug Kratom

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Kratom, made from the leaves of a Southeast Asian plant, is usually used to treat pain and addiction. But poison control center data shows it has been tied to seizures, withdrawal, hallucinations, agitation and rapid heart rate, researchers report.

July 18th 2019, 12:21 pm

The 'Bottom' Blood Pressure Number Matters, Too

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A new study confirms that both numbers are, in fact, critical in determining the risk of heart attack and stroke.

July 18th 2019, 12:21 pm

Money Might Motivate Smokers to Quit Long Term

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Financial rewards for quitting smoking do help smokers -- including pregnant women -- kick the habit and remain smoke-free, a new study confirms.

July 18th 2019, 11:17 am

Ground Bison Linked to E. Coli Outbreak: CDC

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An E. coli outbreak in the United States that's linked to ground bison produced by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc. of Canada is being investigated by federal and state officials.

July 18th 2019, 10:48 am

Overdose Deaths Fall for First Time in Decades

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For the first time in three decades, drug overdose deaths in the United States fell last year.

July 18th 2019, 10:48 am

WHO Says Congo Ebola Outbreak Is Health Emergency

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency.

July 18th 2019, 7:15 am

Autism Largely Caused by Genetics, Not Environment

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he largest study of its kind, involving more than 2 million people across five countries, finds that autism spectrum disorders are 80% reliant on inherited genes.

July 17th 2019, 3:00 pm

Clues to Women’s Higher Odds for Alzheimer's

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Rates of Alzheimer's disease are higher in women than in men, and researchers now think they know why.

July 17th 2019, 2:49 pm

Harmful Germs in Ocean Water? How to Tell

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Recent cases of flesh-eating bacterial infections have made headlines, yet you’re far more likely to wind up with nausea, diarrhea, or a respiratory infection after a trip to the beach.

July 17th 2019, 1:30 pm

Study: Tough State Gun Laws Help Keep Kids Safe

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When states have stricter gun laws, fewer children die from gun violence, new research shows.

July 17th 2019, 1:30 pm

Menstrual Cups Safe and Effective, Study Says

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A new study finds menstrual cups to be just as safe and as effective as disposable pads or tampons.

July 17th 2019, 10:56 am

Can a Broken Heart Contribute to Cancer?

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While the extreme stress of losing a loved one has been linked to heart troubles in prior research, a new study found that one in six people with broken heart syndrome also had cancer.

July 17th 2019, 10:44 am

Obesity May Boost Odds for MS in Kids

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Obese children may be twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.

July 17th 2019, 9:44 am

Would You Like a Lizard With That Salad?

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Researchers analyzed online news between 2003 and 2018 and found 40 articles about U.S. consumers discovering live, dead or severed parts of animals in their produce.

July 16th 2019, 4:00 pm

Evolution Could Explain Why Staying Slim Is Tough

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New research suggests that the reason why it's hard to keep weight off lies far back in human evolution, with an anti-starvation mechanism that primes the body to store fat.

July 16th 2019, 4:00 pm

Newer Lung Cancer Screening Saves More Lives

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Using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for lung cancer screening instead of X-rays helped reduce lung cancer deaths in current and former smokers, a new study says.

July 16th 2019, 4:00 pm

Tough E-Cig Rules Might Push Folks Back to Smoking

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Banning flavors and lowering nicotine levels in electronic cigarettes is a strategy that could backfire, a new study suggests.

July 16th 2019, 2:56 pm

Kids Sent to Foster Care Doubles Due to Opioids

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The number of kids placed in foster care in the United States due to parental drug use has more than doubled over the past two decades, rising to nearly 96,700 in 2017 from about 39,100 in 2000.

July 16th 2019, 10:54 am

The Happiness Dividend: Longer, Healthier Lives

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People happy with themselves and their well-being tend to live longer and healthier lives than those who are perpetually down in the dumps, British researchers report.

July 15th 2019, 4:25 pm

Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens

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Too much social media might be too much for the mental well-being of teenagers, new research suggests.

July 15th 2019, 4:25 pm

Healthy Living Counteracts Alzheimer's Genetic Risk

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Even if you are unlucky enough to carry genes that predispose you to Alzheimer's disease, a healthy lifestyle can minimize that risk, new research shows.

July 15th 2019, 4:25 pm

Nearly 13,000 Pounds of Beef, Chicken Recalled

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Nearly 13,000 pounds of beef and chicken cubes has been recalled by Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc. because the label does not warn that it may contain wheat, a known allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

July 15th 2019, 12:20 pm

Is Sex Good Medicine for Parkinson's?

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Can sex help improve the health of a Parkinson's patient?  It might -- at least for some.

July 15th 2019, 11:04 am

Tropical Storm Barry: What to Know and Do

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Taking action before the storm may help lessen problems during and after the storm.

July 12th 2019, 5:27 pm

Many Pneumonia Patients Get Too Many Antibiotics

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Each year in the United States, pneumonia sends 1 million adults to the hospital. The new study examined the medical records of 6,500 pneumonia patients treated at 43 Michigan hospitals. Of those, 60% were interviewed by phone within a month after they left the hospital.

July 12th 2019, 4:27 pm

Just 300 Fewer Calories a Day Brings a Health Benefit

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In the study, just over 200 adults younger than 50 with a healthy weight or just a few extra pounds were told to reduce their calorie intake by 25% for two years.

July 12th 2019, 3:27 pm

Rabies Warning Issued for Walt Disney World Area

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The 60-day warning was issued by the Florida Department of Health in Orange County for a two-mile radius of the intersection of Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, which includes Disney's Epcot Center theme park, USA Today reported.

July 12th 2019, 2:27 pm

CPR Less Likely for Poor Black Kids Study Finds

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The findings suggest there's a crucial need for CPR training programs in poor, non-white, lower-education neighborhoods, said study lead researcher Dr. Maryam Naim.

July 12th 2019, 2:27 pm

Fertility Clinic Mix-Up: How to Choose IVF Center

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More than 284,000 cycles of assisted reproductive technology, or ART, were performed at 448 reporting fertility clinics in the U.S. during 2017, according to the CDC.

July 12th 2019, 2:27 pm

Cuts to Trainee Doctors' Hours Haven't Affected Care

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They analyzed nearly 486,000 hospitalizations of Medicare patients before and after the training hours cap was implemented and found no evidence that it had any impact on the quality of care delivered by new physicians.

July 11th 2019, 4:39 pm

Tongue Snip Surgeries May Be Overused on Newborns

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In some cases, movement restrictions caused by tongue-tie and lip tether can result in difficulty with breastfeeding. In rarer cases, they may affect dental health or speech later in childhood.

July 11th 2019, 4:39 pm

More Evidence Fried Food Ups Heart Disease Risk

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People who ate fried foods one to three times a week had a 7% higher risk of heart attack and stroke compared to those who ate fried foods less than once a week. For those who ate fried foods daily, the risk jumped to 14% higher.

July 11th 2019, 1:36 pm

Sugary Sodas, Juices Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

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The study uncovered links between the consumption of sugary drinks and the risk of cancer in general, and for breast cancer specifically

July 11th 2019, 11:52 am

Poor Social Life Might Harm Women’s Bones

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In a long-term study of more than 11,000 postmenopausal women in the United States, lower bone mineral density was associated with higher "social strain," a measure of negative social interactions and relationships. Weaker bones were also tied to lower levels of social activity.

July 10th 2019, 5:12 pm

Trump to Sign Order to Improve Kidney Disease Care

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There's a severe organ shortage, which could impede the push for more transplants. In order to tackle that problem, the administration wants to ease financial challenges for living donors.

July 10th 2019, 5:12 pm

'Toy Story 4' Toys Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

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About 80,000 of the toys of a character from Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 were sold in the United States, and about 650 were sold in Canada.

July 10th 2019, 5:12 pm

Is Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep?

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Mattresses are known to release minute amounts of gaseous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs come mainly from the polyurethane used in the mattress, but also from other chemicals used in flame retardants and plastics, the researchers said.

July 10th 2019, 4:39 pm

Older Women Having Less Sex for Many Reasons

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A number of psychological factors contribute to the drop in libido, a new study claims.

July 10th 2019, 4:39 pm

When Epilepsy Is Fatal

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Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder, the hallmark of which is unprovoked seizures. It affects people of all ages, though it’s more common among young children and older people.

July 10th 2019, 12:25 pm

Buns Recalled; May Have Plastic Bits in Them

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Flowers Foods says the products include buns sold at 7-Eleven, Walmart, Target, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Ingles, and IGA stores, among others, and include brands such as Wonder, Great Value, Market Pantry, Nature’s Own, and Sunbeam.

July 10th 2019, 11:55 am

First U.S. Baby Delivered Via Transplanted Womb

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The healthy baby girl was delivered by C-section in June. This is only the second time such a delivery has happened worldwide, the first having occurred in Brazil in December.

July 10th 2019, 10:23 am

CDC: Polio-like Illness in Kids May Be On Its Way

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The largest recorded outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) occurred last year, with the illness debilitating 233 people in 41 states across the nation, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

July 9th 2019, 5:21 pm

Billionaire, Presidential Hopeful Ross Perot Dies

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Perot made his fortune in the computer services industry and eventually ran for president in 1992 and 1996 with populist talk of restoring Norman Rockwell's America, according to the Times.

July 9th 2019, 4:21 pm

One Downside of Legalized Pot: Poisoned Pets

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As more states legalize marijuana, the drug poses an increased poisoning risk to pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) warns.

July 9th 2019, 2:51 pm

'Semi-Slug' Spreading a Lethal Parasite in Hawaii

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Between 2007 and 2017, rat lungworm disease (clinically termed angiostrongyliasis) is the likely cause of a battery of serious neurological problems that afflicted 82 men and women, two of whom eventually died from their illness.

July 9th 2019, 2:51 pm

Legalizing Marijuana Not a Trigger for Teen Toking

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Medical marijuana laws don't appear to influence teens' use of pot one way or the other, according to survey data from more than 1.4 million U.S. high school students.

July 9th 2019, 2:51 pm

Giving Up Alcohol Boosts Mental Health in Women

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For people who stop drinking, the benefits may be similar to those experienced by people who quit smoking, who ultimately have health outcomes similar to those who have never smoked, the authors suggest.

July 9th 2019, 12:21 pm

Parent Who Listens Can Help Kids Thrive Despite Trauma

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Traumatic events in a kid's life can cause the child to neglect school work and increase the odds that they'll wind up repeating a grade, researchers found.

July 9th 2019, 11:51 am

Eyedrops Sold at Walmart, Walgreens Recalled

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Altaire says the products, which are designed to be sterile, may not be, raising the risk of infections and even death, the FDA says.

July 8th 2019, 4:05 pm

Stevie Wonder to Have Kidney Transplant

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He made the announcement Saturday at a concert in London, England, and said he did so to quell rumors, the Associated Press reported.

July 8th 2019, 4:05 pm

Prostate Cancer Treatment Linked to Dementia Risk

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In total, 13% of men who had received the therapy went on to develop Alzheimer's disease over eight years of follow-up, compared to 9%  who hadn't gotten the treatment, the study found.

July 8th 2019, 4:05 pm

Cavi Brand Papayas Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

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The illnesses in this outbreak began between Jan. 14, 2019 and June 16, 2019. Most of the patients are older than 60.

July 8th 2019, 11:34 am

Dog Treats Linked to Salmonella

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While the FDA and CDC are still investigating, Pet Supplies Plus has recalled its bulk pig ear product, Pig Ear Treats.

July 5th 2019, 12:35 pm

'Targeted Hygiene' Embraces Some Dirt and Germs

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Targeted hygiene means intervening with kids and their environment, but only when you can stop the risk of infection

July 3rd 2019, 11:14 am

Pot a Substitute to Opioids or Sleep Meds for Many

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The findings stem from a survey of 1,000 people who use marijuana in Colorado, where it is legal. Of the 65% who said they use pot to quell pain, 80% said it was very or extremely helpful.

July 2nd 2019, 5:05 pm

Iodine Rx for Thyroid Raises Cancer Risk: Study

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This new study included nearly 19,000 patients who received radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism (mainly Graves' disease) between 1946 and 1964. None of them had cancer at the start of the study.

July 2nd 2019, 4:35 pm

Anti-Vax Push a 'Man-Made' Health Bind: Scientists

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The experts called on governments and policymakers to support laws that limit exemptions from mandatory vaccination and to regard childhood vaccination as an essential service -- in line with services such as police, firefighters and public sanitation.

July 2nd 2019, 4:35 pm

Millions Hurt by 'Secondhand' Alcohol of Others

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A new study finds the effects of "secondhand" alcohol harms are widespread, with nearly 1 in 5 Americans -- 53 million people -- reporting having been harmed by someone else's drinking during the past year.

July 2nd 2019, 3:48 pm

Need Emergency Air Lift to Hospital? It Could Cost You $40,000

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The median charge of an air ambulance trip was $39,000 in 2016, about 60% more than the $24,000 charged just four years earlier, researchers found.

July 2nd 2019, 3:35 pm

FAQ: All About Ticks 2019

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After feeding on a host animal’s blood, the adult female lays eggs -- from 1,500 to as many as 5,000.

July 2nd 2019, 2:32 pm

Surgery Helps Babies With One Heart Chamber Live

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When babies are born without one heart chamber, a special surgery can save their lives. But a new study shows that these patients face lifelong health issues that require special care.

July 2nd 2019, 2:21 pm

Recall: Fresh Vegetables for Listeria Risk

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The fresh vegetable products originated from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, ME, and were distributed across the United States. Most were sold in stores in Connecticut, Maine, and Pennsylvania

July 2nd 2019, 1:21 pm

Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test: CDC

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Less than 40% of Americans have ever had an HIV test.

July 1st 2019, 5:24 pm

Low Vitamin D at Birth Tied to High Blood Pressure

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Compared to children born with normal vitamin D levels, those born with low levels -- less than 11 nanograms per millimeter (ng/ml) in cord blood -- had a 60% higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure (upper number in a reading) between ages 6 and 18.

July 1st 2019, 4:39 pm

Soy's Heart Benefits Hold Steady Over Time

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The team's findings come as the FDA mulls possibly removing the right to a labeling claim that soy "may reduce the risk of heart disease," first approved by the agency in 1999.

July 1st 2019, 4:39 pm

Where a Woman's Fat Lies Hints at Heart Risks

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Researchers report that if you look more like an apple than a pear, your chances of heart trouble are heightened, even if you are a normal weight.

July 1st 2019, 4:39 pm

Gut Bacteria Help May Boost Obese People's Health

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Over three months, volunteers who used a pasteurized version of the supplement lost an average of 5 pounds. Meanwhile, their cholesterol levels dipped and the progression of their "pre-diabetes" slowed.

July 1st 2019, 4:39 pm

MS Linked to Higher Cancer Risk

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Multiple sclerosis is a tough disease to manage and live with, but a new, long-running Norwegian study suggests it might also raise cancer risk.

July 1st 2019, 4:21 pm

How Are You Feeling? Check Your Wristband

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A high-tech wristband is being developed along the same lines, potentially helping patients who struggle with mood disorders.

July 1st 2019, 3:09 pm

Crypto, Other Dangers Abound Around the Pool

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Outbreaks of diarrhea-causing cryptosporidium are increasing 13% each year, and 7,465 cases of crypto infection were reported from 2009 through 2017.

July 1st 2019, 2:51 pm

Eye Injuries From Fireworks Have Nearly Doubled

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The number of eye injuries caused by fireworks nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is urging Americans to take proper safety precautions this holiday.

July 1st 2019, 10:12 am

FDA: More Food-Related Heart Disease in Pets

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The cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) -- 515 in dogs and nine in cats -- were logged between January 2014 and April 2019.

July 1st 2019, 9:59 am

Child Dies From E. Coli After Visit to County Fair

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One of four children who became ill with E. coli after visiting the San Diego County Fair has died.

July 1st 2019, 9:59 am

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mexican Papayas: CDC

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A salmonella outbreak that's sickened 62 people in eight states appears to be linked to whole, fresh papayas from Mexico.

July 1st 2019, 9:13 am

HPV Vaccine Beating Cancer-Causing Virus Worldwide

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HPV vaccination programs significantly reduce  human papillomavirus infections and precancerous cervical lesions, a new global review finds.

June 28th 2019, 3:18 pm

FDA Cracks Down Again on Kratom Products

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The latest warnings are two of several the FDA has issued to alert consumers about what it says are the serious risks associated with the use of the products.

June 28th 2019, 3:18 pm

Last Flu Season's Vaccine Only 29% Effective: CDC

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The effectiveness of last season's vaccine was the second lowest since 2011.

June 28th 2019, 1:18 pm

'Huggable' Robot Bear Helping Hospitalized Kids

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Parents reported their kids had less pain when they interacted with the robot.

June 28th 2019, 1:18 pm

Fisher-Price Recalls 71,000 More Infant Sleepers

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About 4.1 million units of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper were recalled in April after being linked to at least 10 deaths

June 28th 2019, 12:59 pm

FDA Recalls Insulin Pumps Over Security Concerns

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The FDA has recalled certain Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps because there’s a risk of them being hacked, the agency said.

June 28th 2019, 12:59 pm

Air Pollution Bad News for Your Blood Pressure

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The study investigated the association between long-term exposure to air pollution, how far people lived from green spaces and major roads, and the development of high blood pressure and some components of metabolic syndrome.

June 27th 2019, 8:15 pm

FDA OKs 1st Drug for Sinusitis With Nasal Polyps

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Dupixent (dupilumab) is given by injection every two weeks. It was approved to treat patients with nasal polyps and chronic rhinosinusitis -- defined as a prolonged inflammation of the sinuses and nasal cavity, the FDA said.

June 27th 2019, 7:15 pm

Infections, Especially UTIs, May Trigger Strokes

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The study found that the risk of suffering a stroke was heightened in the weeks and months after any infection that required a trip to the hospital. But urinary tract infections (UTIs) showed the strongest link.

June 27th 2019, 5:28 pm

Massive Fireworks Recall in Three States

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The commission says two boys were injured using the broken end of one of the recalled products. One of the boys lost a hand in the explosion.

June 27th 2019, 4:27 pm

Suicide Rates Soaring Among Black Teens

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Suicide deaths among black females aged 13 to 19 rose 182% between 2001 and 2017, while the rate among black teen males rose 60% during that same period.

June 27th 2019, 2:41 pm

Processed Foods in Pregnancy May Be Tied to Autism

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Researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine in Orlando found that high levels of propionic acid (PPA) -- used in processed foods to extend shelf life -- change nervous system development in the fetal brain

June 27th 2019, 2:11 pm

Early Risers May Be a Little Less Likely to Get Breast Cancer

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What the study team couldn't determine was exactly why your sleep type -- early bird or night owl -- could affect your risk of breast cancer.

June 27th 2019, 12:13 pm

Alzheimer's Genes Might Show Effects in Your 20s

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The results revealed that participants between 18 and 65 who had family members with Alzheimer's scored lower than those who did not. That included even young adults in their 20s.

June 27th 2019, 9:54 am

Why Your Foot Calluses Might Be Good for You

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Researchers found that calluses offer the foot protection while you're walking around, without compromising tactile sensitivity -- or the ability to feel the ground.

June 26th 2019, 5:26 pm

Many Young Men Putting Health at Risk to Bulk Up

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The behaviors, called “disordered eating,” include eating to gain weight and using supplements or anabolic steroids to increase muscle or body size.

June 26th 2019, 4:29 pm

Urine Test Might Dictate Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Researchers from the United Kingdom report that they've created a urine test that can predict the aggressiveness of a prostate cancer far sooner than standard methods.

June 26th 2019, 4:29 pm

Energy Drinks: Quick Pick-Me-Up or Health Hazard?

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Although people 18-38 are the biggest consumers of energy drinks, almost one-third of teens ages 12-17 use them on a regular basis.

June 26th 2019, 3:29 pm

Money Worries Around Food May Spur Migraine

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When researchers weighed other factors -- like income, education and smoking and drinking habits -- people who were concerned about affording groceries were 58% more likely to suffer from migraine headaches.

June 26th 2019, 3:29 pm

San Francisco To Ban Sales Of E-Cigarettes

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Under federal law, the minimum age to buy tobacco products is 18. California and 15 other states, however, have raised that age to 21 or passed measures that will set it to 21 by 2021.

June 26th 2019, 2:59 pm

Fewer Young Women Getting Annual Pelvic Exams

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Experts believe the change in doctor guidelines from recommending annual pelvic exams to only "when indicated by medical history or symptoms" played a role in the decline.

June 26th 2019, 2:40 pm

San Francisco First City to Ban E-Cigarette Sales

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Supporters believe the ban will reduce underage use of e-cigarettes, while critics say it will make it more difficult for adults to buy an alternative to regular cigarettes.

June 26th 2019, 2:40 pm

Many Docs at Stem Cell Clinics Lack Specific Training

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About half the companies studied offer unproven stem cell treatments for conditions where they do not have a physician with the needed training to treat those conditions, the lead researcher said.

June 25th 2019, 5:23 pm

Young Female Smokers at Especially High Heart Risk

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Women ages 18-49 who smoked had a more than 13 times higher chance of having a major heart attack than did those who didn't smoke. Men in this age group who smoked had an 8.6 times higher risk than nonsmokers.

June 25th 2019, 3:50 pm

Could Antibacterial Triclosan Weaken Women's Bones?

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Triclosan is found in a variety of products including soaps, toothpaste and mouthwash. The FDA banned it from hand sanitizers, but it's still widely used in other products.

June 25th 2019, 3:38 pm

Could Coffee Be A Help in Weight Loss?

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It’s the first research in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on the calorie-burning fuctions of brown fat, said the study leader.

June 25th 2019, 1:23 pm
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