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Permanent Birth Control: His and Her Options

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:00:48 EST

If you're sure you don't want kids, find out from WebMD what's involved with permanent birth control options like vasectomy and tubal ligation.

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Can Marijuana Be The Answer For Pain?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:19:57 EST

As patients and doctors look for alternatives to addictive pain killers, many are turning to marijuana. While the plant is increasingly legal across the United States, research is limited into its effectiveness and potential side effects.

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A Big Belly Bad for Your Heart

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:15:11 EST

Those with a normal BMI (an estimate of overall body fat based on height and weight) but high levels of belly fat were about twice as likely to have a heart attack, procedures to open blocked arteries, or to die from heart problems during the follow-up than people without belly fat.

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Wrist Device Shows Promise for Hand Tremors

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:15:08 EST

Essential tremor affects upwards of 7 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Neurology. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure.

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Opioid Scripts Down, But Anti-Addiction Meds Up

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:35:49 EST

The number of people in the U.S. who received new prescriptions for medications to treat opioid addiction nearly doubled during 2017, from 42,000 to 82,000 per month.

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U.S. Better Able to Tackle Health Emergencies

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:15:08 EST

While there were gains in two-thirds of states, there were also inequities. The highest-scoring state (Maryland, 8) was rated 25 percent higher than the lowest-scoring states (Alaska and Nevada, 6.4), according to the foundation's report, which was released Tuesday.

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Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:15:07 EST

Overall, nearly two-thirds of opioids prescribed after surgery went unused by patients, the study found. These drugs wound up lingering in patients' homes, inviting abuse and the potential for addiction, Habermann said.

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Could a Tattoo Someday Spot Your Cancer?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:15:07 EST

The biomedical tattoo is made up of cells embedded with sensors that measure levels of blood calcium.

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You and Your Pooch May Have Similar Tummy Bacteria

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:15:19 EST

The researchers also found that changes in protein and carbohydrate levels in the diet had similar effects on the gut microbiomes of dogs as on humans.

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Panel: FDA Should OK Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:15:17 EST

The committee recommended that Epidiolex, an oral solution, be approved for treatment of severe, early-onset forms of epilepsy in a small number of patients.

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More Cases in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:15:07 EST

The illnesses have been identified as linked to a particularly virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7. Cases have now been reported in five more states, the CDC added, bringing the total number of states involved to 16.

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Gene Therapy May Be Cure for Rare Blood Disorder

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:15:18 EST

There are an estimated 288,000 cases of beta-thalassemia across the world, making it one of the most common genetic diseases, according to an editorial accompanying the study.

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Just One Concussion Could Raise Parkinson's Risk

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:15:14 EST

The new study identified more than 325,000 veterans from three U.S. Veterans Health Administration databases. Half of this group had experienced a traumatic brain injury at some point in their lives.

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What's the Best Way to Track Your Blood Pressure?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:15:11 EST

For every 14-point increase in a person's 24-hour systolic (top number) pressure during ambulatory monitoring, the risk of death rose by 58 percent. That was with other factors -- including office-based readings -- taken into account.

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French Man First to Have Second Face Transplant

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:15:17 EST

Along with medicines to reduce the risk that the second transplant is rejected, Hamon is also receiving mental health support and speech therapy.

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'Dance Moms' Star Paralyzed From Spinal Infection

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:15:08 EST

Early Tuesday, Miller underwent nearly five hours of surgery to remove the back part of several vertebrae to relieve pressure on her spinal cord.

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Does Pot Really Dull a Teen's Brain?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:19:01 EST

Further, intellectual effects that do crop up from frequent pot use appear to wear off soon after a teenager stops partaking, researchers report.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:34:19 EST

Former first lady Barbara Bush, who had COPD and congestive heart failure, died at the age of 92.

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New Therapy May Prevent Tough-to-Treat Migraines

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:15:13 EST

Researchers found that the injected drug, called erenumab, could prevent migraines if other treatments fail to do so.

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Skin Sensor Could Track Alcoholics' Booze Intake

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:15:19 EST

Routine monitoring of people in addiction treatment programs is a challenge. The most common way to check patients' blood alcohol levels is a breathalyzer, but the devices are bulky, not that accurate, and require patient initiation.

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BP Meds Tied to Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Women

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:15:17 EST

In a large study of postmenopausal women, those who had ever taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB) saw their pancreatic cancer risk shoot up by 66 percent.

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Ketamine Spray May Help Stop Depression, Suicide

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:15:13 EST

Ketamine has a checkered history, and is perhaps best known as the recreational club drug "Special K."  But researchers have also noted its effects in easing signs of depression.

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Sen. John McCain Stable After Intestinal Surgery

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:08:08 EST

Since December, the longtime Republican senator and 2008 GOP presidential candidate has been receiving physical therapy related to brain cancer treatment.

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Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:15:24 EST

In a change from its 2012 recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is recommending against vitamin D supplements for "community-dwelling" (those living at home) adults over 65 for preventing falls.

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The Poop on House Mice: They Carry 'Superbugs'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:15:21 EST

Overall, the researchers found that between 3 percent and 14 percent of the mice carried bacteria that cause human gastrointestinal infections, depending on the specific bug.

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Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:15:21 EST

Overdose donors were also more likely to have had hepatitis C or be tagged with an "increased infection risk" label. Specifically, 18 percent and 56 percent had hepatitis C or were labeled risky, respectively, over the study period.

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Girls Born to Obese Moms May Face Early Puberty

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:15:15 EST

For the study, the researchers examined the metabolic health of more than 15,000 women and the start of puberty in their daughters. A growing number of 6- to 11-year-old girls are entering puberty these days, and researchers have been trying to find out why.

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Barbara Bush’s End-Of-Life Decision Stirs Debate Over ‘Comfort Care’

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:51:09 EST

The former first lady’s announcement “not to seek additional medical treatment” and to focus on “comfort care” is shining a light on end-of-life choices.

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Overcoming Fear of Back Pain May Spur Recovery

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:15:29 EST

Patients in the program reported 50 percent less pain after the treatment. They also reported paying less attention to pain.

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U.S. Women Less Likely Than Men to Get Statins

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:15:12 EST

The findings suggest efforts in recent years to close gender gaps in the use of recommended treatments after a heart attack have failed, according to the researchers.

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Can 'Mono' Virus Up Odds for 7 Other Diseases?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:15:16 EST

The review actually uncovered preliminary links to 94 additional diseases, including breast cancer.

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Love Your Hair Color? You Have 100 Genes to Thank

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:15:14 EST

The researchers who pinpointed the origins of hair hue said their findings could improve understanding of health conditions linked to pigmentation, including skin, testicular, prostate and ovarian cancers.

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New Drugs May Be Big Advance in Lung Cancer Care

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:15:13 EST

The combination treatment also drove down the risk that the cancer would spread by nearly as much, added the research team from NYU Langone Health in New York City.

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Don’t Ditch the Coffee Over Cancer Risk News

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:02:52 EST

If you drink a moderate amount of coffee now, there’s no good reason to stop. For those who don’t drink coffee, don’t expect your doctor to recommend that you start.

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Animal Feces Found in Counterfeit Makeup

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:16:31 EST

High levels of bacteria and animal waste were found in counterfeit makeup confiscated by Los Angeles police.

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Barbara Bush in 'Failing Health'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:01:41 EST

She's received treatment for decades for the thyroid condition Graves' disease, had heart surgery in 2009, and had surgery in 2008 for a perforated ulcer, the AP reported.

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Drug Keytruda May Help Block Melanoma's Return

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:15:10 EST

The drug also gained attention after former President Jimmy Carter announced in 2015 that Keytruda had beaten back his brain cancer.

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‘Scary’ Lung Disease Now Hits More Women Than Men

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:45:18 EST

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), linked to long-term smoking, has traditionally been considered a men’s disease. But data show it is now more prevalent among women — in large part because they embraced smoking much later than men did.

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Company Recalls More Than 200 Million Eggs Due to Salmonella Scare

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:15:12 EST

Nearly 207 million eggs produced at a farm in Hyde County, N.C., are being voluntarily recalled because of concerns of contamination with the salmonella bacteria.

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Ariz. Romaine Tied to Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:15:12 EST

Overall, 22 people have been hospitalized with the E. coli O157:H7 strain, across 11 states. No deaths have occurred, but in three cases patients developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, the CDC said.

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Limit Alcohol To One Drink a Day: Study

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:20:44 EST

Adults who exceed the one-drink-a-day limit can expect to die at a younger age than those who do not.

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Yoga Can Soothe Anxious Grade Schoolers

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:15:12 EST

Yoga at school might work wonders for the younger set, new research suggests.

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Fewer U.S. Kids Are Getting Cavities

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:15:11 EST

Fewer U.S. kids are plagued by tooth cavities compared to just a few years ago, but income disparities persist, according to a new U.S. government study.

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Doctor Salaries Show Modest Rise, Report Says

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:17:50 EST

The Medscape Physician Compensation Report is the most comprehensive and widely used doctor salary survey in the United States for the eighth year in a row.

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Study Says Pot Use Highest Among Restaurant Staff

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:15:08 EST

Workers from various industries were asked if they'd used marijuana or hashish at least once over the past month. The study was led by Roberta Smith, of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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Philly's Soda Tax Is Working, Study Finds

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:15:07 EST

The new tax adds 1.5 cents per ounce to the cost of sugared and diet beverages, including sodas, fruit drinks and energy drinks -- 18 cents for a 12-ounce container. The drinks have been linked to unhealthy diets and obesity.

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E. Coli Outbreak Hits 7 States, Source Is Unknown

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:36:15 EST

The patients range in age from 12 to 84. Six patients have been hospitalized, including one who developed kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

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Who Lives Longer -- Night Owls or Early Birds?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:15:27 EST

Night owls also had more health problems -- twice the risk of psychological disorders, 30 percent more risk of diabetes, 25 percent increased risk of neurological problems, 23 percent higher risk of gastrointestinal disorders and 22 percent increased risk of respiratory disease.

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FDA OKs AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:44:06 EST

The FDA has approved the first medical device that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect diabetic retinopathy in adults with diabetes that can be used by non-eye care professionals.

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Control Blood Pressure to Keep Dementia at Bay

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:16:03 EST

The study authors concluded that blood pressure reduction -- not the medications themselves -- is what lowers dementia risk.

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