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Couple Celebrates Twin Pregnancy After Fertility Struggle: 'We prayed for 953 days'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:40:00 GMT

The couple, who were high school sweethearts, live outside of Houston in The Woodlands, Texas. They learned about their fertility problems shortly after they started trying to have a family in 2014.


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What 'This Is Us' Got Right About Panic Attacks

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:12:00 GMT

This week's episode of 'This Is Us' highlighted an important topic: panic attacks. And it got viewers talking.THIS IS US -- "Memphis" Episode 116 -- Pictured: Sterling K. Brown as Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)


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Doctors Can Ask Patients About Guns: Federal Court

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:45:00 GMT

A federal appeals court has ruled that Florida doctors can talk to patients about gun safety, declaring a NRA-supported law aimed at restricting such discussions to be a violation of the First Amendment's right to free speech.A collection of seized weapons seen on display during a press conference in New York on Aug. 19, 2013.


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Two Women Positive for Zika After False Negatives in D.C.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:01:00 GMT

The CDC is retesting 409 specimens that tested negative in Washington, D.C., last year, and so far two have already come back positive.Zika virus samples.


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Flu Vaccine Protects Only About Half, CDC Says

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:00:00 GMT

The CDC says the current flu vaccine protects only about half of people from infection.Vials of flu vaccine.Vials of flu vaccine.


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Stop Calling Trump Mentally Ill, Psychiatrist Says

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:59:00 GMT

It's not a personality disorder if you just landed the most important job in the world, one psychiatrist points out. He should know. He wrote the book.President Donald Trump arrives in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 9, 2017, for a meeting with airline executives.President Donald Trump holds an African American History Month listening session at the White House on Feb. 1.


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What the Sexiest Female Lips Really Look Like

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:06:00 GMT

Americans are turning to lip fillers and augmentation surgery in record numbers. But what does an ideal pair of lips really look like?SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: Miranda Kerr arrives at the 2012 AACTA awards at the Sydney Opera House on January 31, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)


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Brain Scans Detect Signs of Autism in Babies Before Age 1

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:28:00 GMT

It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds.MRI scans of 6- to 12-month-old infants at high risk of autism were able to predict a diagnosis at 24 months or later.MRI scans of 6- to 12-month-old infants at high risk of autism were able to predict a diagnosis at 24 months or later.


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Health Spending Set to Grow in 2017

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:16:47 GMT

Health spending slowed in 2016 but will speed up this year, driven mostly by Medicare spending and insurance premiums, government economists forecast.A doctor bandages a hand injury.


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Fasting Diet Takes Off Pounds, Improves Health

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:53:43 GMT

People who followed a special diet in which they "fasted" five days a month lost pounds and improved cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.During the fasting-mimicking phase of the regimen, participants consumed a low-calorie diet consisting of tea, energy bars, small snacks, and vegetable soups.


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Merck Drops Test on Alzheimer's Drug

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:06:28 GMT

A drug company has stopped one big test of an Alzheimer's drug because it's not helping patients.Dr Beau Ances and Matthew Brier of Washington University School of Medicine examining PET (positron emission tomography) scans of Alzheimer's disease patientsAssociate professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine Beau Ances MD, PhD, right, and Matthew Brier an MD/PhD student at the university, examining PET (positron emission tomography) scans of Alzheimer's disease patients


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First Trump ACA Rule Aimed at Calming Health Insurers

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:52:00 GMT

The Trump administration issued its first Obamacare regulation Wednesday - one aimed at calming down jittery health insurance companies.Hundreds of activists and allies from the newly-formed anti-Trump group Rise & Resist staged a peaceful protest at Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City, to fight against changes to the American healthcare system proposed by the Trump Administration and Republicans.Supporters of the Affordable Care Act protest in Denver on Jan. 31.


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Priciest Itch Prescriptions Come From Dermatologists

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:12:10 GMT

Patients who want to pay less for prescription skin itch creams may want to consider seeing their primary care doctor instead of a specialist.



H7N9 Bird Flu Worries Officials in China

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:03:00 GMT

As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in China last month, the Chinese government says.An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic h5 bird flu.An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic h5 bird flu.


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Rat Infection Kills One in NYC

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:46:00 GMT

The New York City health department says one person has died and two others are severely ill after they contracted a rare disease transmitted by rats.A rat leaves its burrow at a park in New York City in 2015.A rat leaves its burrow at a park in New York City in 2015.


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Atlanta Couple Turn Cancer Diagnosis Into Incredible Love Story

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:12:36 GMT

When she received a cancer diagnosis, Debra Bradley also got news to lift her spirits: a marriage proposal. Now, her cancer is in remission.Debra Bradley and Gary Gross.


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Ex-AL Manager of the Year Vows to 'Fight' After Cancer Diagnosis

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:09:00 GMT

The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that bench coach Ron Gardenhire has prostate cancer.Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, left, yells at umpire Greg Gibson after Gardenhire was thrown out of the baseball game against the New York Yankees on April 17, 2012.


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Abortion Clinics Report Threats at 20-Year High

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:53:00 GMT

Abortion rights advocates are "extraordinarily concerned" about a Jeff Sessions-led Justice Department in the wake of rising clinic violence.Community members hold a candlelight vigil at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Nov. 28, 2015, for victims of a shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic the day before. A UCCS police officer and two others were killed in the shooting.Community members hold a candlelight vigil at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Nov. 28, 2015, for victims of a shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic the day before.


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Study Gets to the Roots of Baldness

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:03:37 GMT

Researchers searching for the genetic roots of baldness say they've found more than 280 different genes are involved.Genetics of male pattern baldness. University of Edinburgh researchers found 287 genes linked with hair lossGenetics of male pattern baldness. University of Edinburgh researchers found 287 genes linked with hair loss


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OK to Edit Baby DNA for Health Only, Experts Say

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:03:00 GMT

It would be all right to permanently edit the genes of babies so long as researchers were doing it for the health of the children, experts said.A cloned human embryo is seen in this file photo.A cloned human embryo is seen in this file photo.


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No Rush: Supermarket Tests 'Relaxed' Checkout Lane

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:49:00 GMT

Supermarket checkouts are getting speedier, but this store has a "relaxed" lane for special customers.Relaxed supermarket checkout lane


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Company 'Pauses' Launch of $89,000 Muscular Dystrophy Drug

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:32:00 GMT

A drugmaker fiven FDA approval to market a generic drug for muscular dystrophy has 'paused' rollout after an outcry over its $89,000-a-year price tag.Jack Willis, center, Nolan Willis, right, and Max LeClaire, bottom, have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They attended the opening for Sarepta Therapeutics new global headquarters in Cambridge on June 2, 2014.Jack Willis, center, Nolan Willis, right, and Max LeClaire, bottom, have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They attended the opening for Sarepta Therapeutics new global headquarters in Cambridge on June 2, 2014.Hunter Gandee, 14, and his brother Braden Gandee, 7, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Bedford Junior High School in Bedford, Mich. The two will be making a walk to Ann Arbor in June to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy, which affects Braden.


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Here's What Health Insurance Coverage Looks Like Now

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:25:00 GMT

New federal government health insurance statistics show the rate of people going without health insurance fell below 9 percent in 2016.This map based on new statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows where in the U.S. people still lack health insurance.This map based on new statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows where in the U.S. people still lack health insurance.


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Celebrated Scientist Says Trump Is Wrong About Immigration

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:36:00 GMT

Michio Kaku may be American born and bred, but the outspoken physicist says immigrants are our future.US Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and the co-founder of string field theory, from the City College of New York, gives a lecture about the future technology and lifestyle at the IT event "5th Campus Party", at Anhembi park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 11, 2012.Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and the co-founder of string field theory, from the City College of New York, gives a lecture about the future technology and lifestyle at the IT event "5th Campus Party", at Anhembi park in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


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Aetna to Pay $1B Breakup Fee for Ending $34B Mega-Merger with Humana

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:29:00 GMT

Aetna and rival Humana are terminating their merger, after their $34 billion deal was blocked by a federal court on antitrust grounds.In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn. Health insurer Aetna Inc. has made a deal to buy competitor Humana Inc. in a $37 billion deal the companies say would create the second-largest managed care company, it was announced Friday, July 3, 2014.


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