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Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:21:00 GMT

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Digital Devices OK for Toddlers, Doctors Say

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:21:00 GMT

Updated advice suggests kids as young as 18 months old can handle the occasional session with a tablet, but an hour a day is plenty for kids under 5.A child looks at a mobile phone A child looks at a mobile phone

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Teen's Bond With Brother Inspires Pioneering Genetic Study

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:24:00 GMT

For most people, learning they have a 90 percent chance of developing cancer would be devastating. But for this teenager, it was a call to action.Casey, left and Tanner Longstreet in a family photograph.When Tanner Longstreet was 7 years old, he and his sister, Casey (right), would record videos of them playing together. Here, Casey trusts Tanner with eyeliner in a screen capture from their "makeover" video. Video courtesy of Casey Longstreet.J. Craig Venter and Casey Longstreet walk through one of the laboratories of the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California. Photo: NBC News.Casey Longstreet and J. Craig Venter in his office at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California. Photo: NBC News.Casey Longstreet has her blood drawn at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles as part of her regular monitoring. The Longstreet family (clockwise from top left): Greg, Marlo, Tanner and Casey. Casey, left, and Tanner Longstreet in a family photograph.

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Obama: Call it Want You Want, Obamacare Can Work

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:10:18 GMT

President Obama visited Florida, a battleground state and Obamacare holdout, to press improvements to his healthcare reform program.President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act at Miami Dade College in Miami on Oct. 20, 2016.A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website.

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Passionate, Graphic Answers Given on Abortion

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:26:00 GMT

Answering a question about the Supreme Court, the candidates pivot to abortion.Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 19, 2016 in Las Vegas. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8.

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Clinton, Trump Clash on Abortion Rights

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:49:00 GMT

The Hardball panel weighs in on the arguments made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton over late term abortion during the third and final presidential debate.

CDC Warns Pregnant Women of Miami Zika 'Red Zone'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:38:00 GMT

Federal health officials have made a new color-coded map for Miami and urged all pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Miami-Dade County.Barbara Betancourt holds her baby Daniel Valdes after being given a can of insect repellent by a police officer.Miami-Dade County, FL. Red shows areas where pregnant women should not travel. Yellow shows areas where pregnant women should consider postponing travel.

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Feds Expect 13.8 Million New Obamacare Customers

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:20:00 GMT

The Obama administration has set modest expectations for coming sign-up season. The biggest worries: rising premiums and dwindling choices.Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website in New York

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Teens Need Just 2 HPV Doses, Feds Say

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:52:00 GMT

There's good news for kids who haven't received all their HPV vaccines yet - they only need two doses of the vaccine instead of three.MA bottle of the Human Papillomavirus vaccination is seen at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. (L) gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine on Sept. 21, 2011 in Miami, Fla.

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Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Hit New High in U.S.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:18:00 GMT

The increase in cases reported last year comes just as just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding.A cartoon showing a gonorrhea bacteriumA cartoon showing a gonorrhea bacterium

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Flashback: Radical AIDS Activist Group ACT UP

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:06:20 GMT

The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, better known as ACT UP, was formed in 1987 to protest the government's slow response to the AIDS crisis. In

Moms of Zika Babies Struggle to Get Help

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:56:00 GMT

The first babies born with birth defects caused by Zika are turning 1 in Brazil, and their moms are strugglign to get help raising them.Angelica Pereira's 1-year-old daughter Luiza, disabled by the Zika virus, looks up during a physical therapy session at the UPAE hospital in Caruaru, Pernambuco state, Brazil on Sept. 27, 2016.Lucas Matheus, who was born with microcephaly, during his physical therapy session at the UPAE hospital in Caruaru, Pernambuco state, Brazil on Sept. 27, 2016.

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Zika Money Moving Slowly, Feds Say

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:17:00 GMT

Congress finally approved Zika funding at the end of last month. Now it's entered the slow, bureaucratic world of the federal funding process.A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a school Field Surveillance Coordinator Jeremy Vela uses tweezers to sort mosquitoes that will be tested in the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services virology lab on July 8.

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To Prevent Most Cavities, Kids Need This One Thing

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:48:43 GMT

Dental sealants can prevent 80 percent of cavities, but 60 percent of kids in need don't get them. One good solution: school-based dental programs.Dentist doctor examines a child's problematic tooth in dentistry office, child in a dentist chair in Canada on the Feb. 28, 2011.Dentist inspecting boys mouth before treatment.

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Biden to Accept Cancer Award in Honor of His Son, Beau

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:31:00 GMT

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) will present the vice president with the award on behalf of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Integrated Network Cancer Program.Former-Attorney General Beau Biden (L) with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, on stage at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado on August 27, 2008.Then-U.S. Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden (L) hugs his son Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center August 27, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. United States President Barack Obama speaks as US Vice President Joe Biden looks on while discussing the release of the Cancer Moonshot Report in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC.

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Zika Virus Found in Woman's Vagina for Weeks

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:13:00 GMT

A woman infected with Zika had evidence of the virus in her vagina for weeks, researchers reported Tuesday. Zika virus, marked with red, infects a mouse placenta. An employee examines tubes with the label 'Zika virus' at Genekam Biotechnology AG in Duisburg, Germany, February 2, 2016.

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How to Cope With 'Election Stress Disorder'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:40:32 GMT

The American Psychological Association says fully half of us say the presidential election has been a very or somewhat significant source of stress.Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump chase protesters out of a Trump campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Oct. 4, 2016.

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The Future of Medicine Is Here Now

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:45:23 GMT

Doctors can now diagnose patients who aren't in the same room — or even in the same city. In 2015 alone, about 20 million people received remote care.

U.S. Medical Care is Ho-Hum, Study Finds

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:07:00 GMT

Despite determined efforts to make it better, care for more most U.S.patients isn't much better than it ever was, a new survey finds.Inside doctor's office with basic equipment on the wall. Health care in Canada is universal and free.

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Latino Kids More Open to Smoking, Study Finds

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:37:16 GMT

When you ask kids whether they'd like to try smoking, one group really tends to stand out: Hispanic kids.A man smoking a cigarette on December 3 2013.

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Coffee and Beer Win the Twitter Food Fight

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:59:00 GMT

Twitter users prefer coffee and beer to wine and tacos, and walking is by far their preferred exercise, according to a new study.A Guy & Gallard cafeteria employee serves a nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee from Brooklyn-based roaster Gillies Coffee out of a tap at its cafeteria in New York July 31, 2015.

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Pepsi to Cut Sugar and Calories in Drinks

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:08:00 GMT

PepsiCo has set a target for reducing the amount of sugar in its soft drinks, aiming to tackle problems ranging from obesity to climate change.Pepsi bottles are seen lined up at a store in New York, U.S. July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonPepsi bottles are seen lined up at a store in New York, U.S. July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Doctors Are Making House Calls Again

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:55:00 GMT

The house call is making a comeback with the help of new technology and today's busy patients.Chantelle Cook, a nurse practitioner for Family Health On Call, treats a tiny patient at her home in Dallas.Companies like Dispatch will send medical professionals to your home at the touch of a phone screen.Chantelle Cook, a nurse practitioner for Family Health On Call, treats a tiny patient at her home in Dallas.

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Pink: Stronger Than Heroin, But Legal In Most States

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:05:00 GMT

The synthetic opioid known as pink, which may have killed two 13-year-olds in Utah, can be ordered legally through the mail.Community members gather at City Park during a memorial service for Grant Seaver in Park City on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.One toxicology lab has linked 80 deaths to the synthetic opioid known as Pink.Melissa Davidson and her daughter Jane Moyes of Park City, Utah.

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These 9 States Will Vote on Legalizing Pot in November

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:01:12 GMT

Of all the measures, California's is seen as the most crucial: Not only is California the largest state, but many see it as a bellwether of change.A woman shops at Oregon's Finest, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon, on October 4, 2015.A woman shops at Oregon's Finest, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon, on October 4, 2015.

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'Happy Rebirth Day': Twin Joined at the Head Separated Successfully

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:54:00 GMT

After 20 hours of surgery, doctors successfully separated 13-month-old twins conjoined at the head.

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