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Published: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:00:00 EST

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Tom Petty Died Of Accidental Overdose: Coroner

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:16:29 EST

Musician Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose, according to a statement from his wife and daughter that was posted online.Petty had been suffering from a fractured hip that got worse during his recent tour, along with emphysema and knee pain.

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Flu May Be Spread By Just Breathing

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:15:12 EST

But the new study finds coughs and sneezes may not be necessary to saturate the air with flu virus.

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'Hot' Yoga Is No Better for Your Heart: Study

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:15:09 EST

The researchers noted that Bikram yoga has a global following, and entails running through a sequence of 26 standard yoga poses in 105-degree heat.

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Ex-NFL Pros Push for End to Kids' Tackle Football

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:15:07 EST

The group is instead endorsing a program called "Flag Football Under 14," launched by the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The program aims to educate parents and young players about chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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Michael Phelps Opens Up About Depression Fight

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:37:00 EST

The athlete said he wants to tell people about his battle with depression in the hope that it will encourage others with the disorder to seek help, CBS News reported.

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1 in 4 U.S. Stillbirths Might Be Prevented

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:15:07 EST

A stillbirth is the death of a fetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Worldwide, most stillbirths occur in low- and middle-income countries. But the United States has higher rates of stillbirth than many other high-income countries, the researchers said.

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For Supersized Cities, the More Trees the Better

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:15:06 EST

Trees cover an average of 20 percent of the area in the 10 mega-cities in the study and provide about $500 million a year in benefits such as saving energy and reducing pollution, according to the researchers.

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Tide Pod 'Challenge:' Web Fad Brings Big Dangers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:15:19 EST

There have been 39 reported cases of teens intentionally ingesting laundry pods during the first 15 days of 2018, poison control center statistics show.

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Concussion Not Needed to Trigger CTE in Brain

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:15:10 EST

The findings could lead to early detection and improved treatment and prevention of CTE, the researchers suggest.

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'One-Stop' Blood Test for Cancer Shows Early Promise

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:15:08 EST

The blood test is dubbed CancerSEEK. It was able to catch cancer cases anywhere from 33 percent to 98 percent of the time, depending on the type.

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Scientists Seek a Better Flu Vaccine

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:15:06 EST

Although further work is needed, the scientists hope their approach will lead to an effective at-home vaccine.

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Walmart Packet Turns Opioid Pills Into Useless Gel

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:42:12 EST

The disposal packets being handed out at Walmart's 4,700 U.S. pharmacies contain a powder that is placed in prescription bottles.

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A Mother's Story: Flu Killed Daughter in Two Days

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:31:49 EST

This year's flu season may be especially severe, CDC officials said in mid-January. So far this season, the deaths of 20 children have been linked to flu-related causes, and widespread flu activity has been reported in the entire continental U.S.

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Meat, Soda, Donuts May Up Odds for Colon Cancer

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:15:18 EST

These foods all increase inflammation in your body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies.

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Pill Cuts Ovarian Cancer Risk, Even for Smokers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:15:15 EST

According to the study from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, these trends were also observed for endometrial cancer as well.

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Are There Health Downsides To Vegetarian Diets?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:47:38 EST

Although vegetarian eating does have a stellar health reputation, recent news has focused on what could be bad about vegetarian diets and more stringent vegan plans, including reports of hair loss and depression.

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Obamacare Led to Rise in Breast Cancer Screening

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:15:14 EST

After the rule went into effect, the study found, the number of women in Medicare Advantage plans who got mammography screening rose by 5.5 percentage points: from just under 60 percent in the two years before the rule, to 65.4 percent in the two years after.

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Opioid Abuse Rises When Prescriptions Are Renewed

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:15:11 EST

The new study included more than 560,000 people who were prescribed opioids such as OxyContin or Percocet after surgery. None had a history of recent or chronic opioid use.

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Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:15:06 EST

The test detects so-called "circulating tumor cells" (CTCs). Researchers tested it on 620 people in Taiwan who were scheduled for a routine colonoscopy at a local hospital.

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Grind Your Teeth at Night? Botox Might Help

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:15:10 EST

The condition, called bruxism, can lead to pain, headaches, jaw problems and damaged teeth.

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Morning Sickness Drug May Not Work: Study

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:15:08 EST

The drug, Diclegis, failed to meet minimum effectiveness goals in the clinical trial relied upon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its approval in 2013, Canadian researchers reported.

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Cycling Won't Sabotage a Man's Sex Life: Study

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:15:06 EST

The new research on men surveyed 2,774 cyclists, 539 swimmers and 789 runners. All completed several research-validated questionnaires about sexual health, prostate symptoms, urinary tract infections, genital numbness and saddle sores, among other factors.

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Parents, Be Warned About Button Batteries: Doctor

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:20:58 EST

When a doctor in the Netherlands tweeted this stark X-ray shot of a “button” or “disk” battery lodged in a child’s esophagus, people took notice. Her post has been retweeted more than 8,000 times since early January.

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Reduce Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit to Cut Drunk Driving Deaths: Report

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:57 EST

All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported.

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Don't Rely on Just One BP Test for Kids: Study

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:15:08 EST

They found that nearly 25 percent of children and teens who had their blood pressure checked by their primary care doctor had readings in the high range, but less than half of those readings were confirmed when their blood pressure was checked again.

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Creativity May Rely on 'Teamwork' in the Brain

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:15:07 EST

For eons, researchers have wondered what sets the da Vincis, Shakespeares and Einsteins apart. Results from this new study offer more evidence to debunk the popular notion that creativity is a "right brain" activity.

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Jane Fonda Has Cancerous Growth Removed From Lip

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:51:52 EST

The 80-year-old downplayed the situation and noted that she received a clean bill of health, NBC News reported.

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FDA Works to Ease Storm-related IV Bag Shortage

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:43:17 EST

The agency is also monitoring the recent practice of filling new, but empty, IV bags with fluids to deal with the shortage.

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Trump in 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health, Doctor Says

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:15:09 EST

The annual four-hour medical exam took place Friday and involved 12 specialty consultants, Jackson noted. He added that none of the results of the exam had been omitted from mention at the news briefing.

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CVS: No More Photo Touchups in Beauty Product Ads

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:51:05 EST

If suppliers use altered photos in their marketing materials, they will be labeled.

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Weight-Loss Surgery's Benefits Wane for Diabetics

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:15:17 EST

The study began with 120 patients with type 2 diabetes from the United States and Taiwan. Half underwent weight-loss surgery while the other half had only lifestyle interventions.

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Brain Zaps May Help Curb Tics of Tourette Syndrome

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:15:07 EST

The procedure, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), improved tic severity by nearly half in 171 patients with uncontrolled Tourette symptoms at 31 hospitals in 10 countries.

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Breast-Feed Now, Stave Off Diabetes Later

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:15:16 EST

In babies, breast-feeding has been linked to a reduced risk for infections, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, some cancers and childhood overweight and obesity.

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To-Do List Before Bedtime Prompts Better Sleep

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:15:08 EST

The lab study included 57 university students who took five minutes before going to bed to either write down what they needed to do over the next few days, or to list the tasks they had completed during the previous few days.

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Sauna May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:15:08 EST

On average, the study found, sauna users saw a drop in blood pressure and artery "stiffness" immediately after their heat bath. They also showed an increase in heart rate that was similar to the effect from moderate exercise.

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Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:15:05 EST

Spontaneous rupture of the back of the throat is rare and usually caused by trauma, explained the authors of the report, published Jan. 15.

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CDC: Flu Hammering Country, With More to Come

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:09:31 EST

The number of people stricken by the flu continues to increase across the U.S., closing schools and filling hospitals, according to the CDC.

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Fungus, Bacteria Could Lurk In Your Dishwasher

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:15:07 EST

Microbes -- from bacteria to viruses to fungi -- are everywhere, including within and on the human body. So it's no surprise, the researchers said, that a kitchen appliance would be hosting them.

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BRCA Breast Cancer Gene Doesn't Affect Survival

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:15:17 EST

BRCA mutations are inherited and increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Between 45 percent and 90 percent of women with a BRCA mutation develop breast cancer, compared with about 12.5 percent of women in the general population.

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Pregnant Women Getting UTI Meds Linked to Defects

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:15:15 EST

The antibiotics -- trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) -- have been linked to a small risk for birth defects in pregnant women when given in the first trimester.

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Old Age Not Only Cause Of Surgery Complications

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:15:24 EST

A review of 44 studies that included more than 12,000 people aged 60 and older found that frailty, mental impairment, depressive symptoms and smoking increased the risk for complications after surgery.

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Asthma in America Carries $82 Billion Price Tag

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:15:09 EST

That figure includes medical expenses and costs associated with work and school absences and deaths.

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Raw Meat Not the Best Choice for Your Dog ... or You

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:15:16 EST

Raw meat diets for pets have become increasingly popular, but there is no evidence that they are healthier than typical pet foods, the researchers said.

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Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:15:12 EST

After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when she had to have an emergency C-section because the baby's heart rate was dropping rapidly during contractions.

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FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by Kids

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:15:11 EST

These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said.

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Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:15:09 EST

Iodine -- a mineral that helps regulate metabolism -- is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables.

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Tamper-Resistant Opioids May Not Stop Addiction

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:20:37 EST

Tamper-resistant opioid pills -- one attempt to curb prescription painkiller abuse -- aren't stopping overuse and overdosing, at least in Australia, new research shows.

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'Bone Cement': A Non-Surgical Option for Joints?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:15:22 EST

Injecting a calcium-based cement into the bones of some people with knee or hip pain could help them avoid joint replacement surgery, Ohio State University doctors say.

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