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Peanut Allergy Treatment Shows Promise in Study

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:18:58 EST

By the end of the study, 67 percent of the participants who took the peanut flour were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts, compared with only 4 percent of those who took the placebo.

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Herbal Drug Kratom Linked to Salmonella, CDC Says

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:15:16 EST

Kratom grows naturally in the Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has been sold as a dietary supplement -- typically to help manage pain and boost energy.

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The High Cost of Surviving Rabies

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:00:46 EST

The price of rabies treatment has skyrocketed nearly 400% over the past decade, leaving some patients with bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:15:12 EST

In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was also able to detect 98 percent of breast cancers correctly, the researchers said.

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Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is …

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:15:09 EST

By the end of the study period, the investigators found a wide range of results. Some dieters lost as much as 60 pounds, while others gained as much as 20.

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Feds Sue Britax for Failing to Recall Strollers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:13:39 EST

Britax says the problem isn’t with the design of the jogging stroller, but with parents not following instructions for safe use.

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Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated In Jail

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:15:18 EST

To see whether the program was working, researchers from Brown University compared overdose deaths among former inmates during the six months before the program started and the same period a year later.

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Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:15:16 EST

A flu shot is recommended for every person older than 6 months in the United States, even though the CDC reported on Thursday that this year's vaccine is only 25 percent effective against H3N2 influenza, the cause of most illness so far this season.

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Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:36:34 EST

There was also a slight drop in doctor visits for flu-like illness: 7.5 percent of patient  visits during the week ending Feb. 10, down from 7.7 percent of patient visits the week before.

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Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:15:14 EST

Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers.

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Transgender Woman Able to Breast-Feed Infant

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:34:52 EST

Doctors said the case shows "modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women," The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. reported.

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In Shooting's Wake, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:15:13 EST

Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective means of halting blood loss.

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Kids With Sickle Cell Are Missing Out On Meds

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:15:10 EST

Bacterial infections are a major health threat for children with sickle cell anemia, but taking daily antibiotics can reduce that risk by 84 percent, according to the study.

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How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:15:08 EST

Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid being around other people.

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CDC: Most Children Dying From Flu Not Vaccinated

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:44:10 EST

Most children who have died of the flu so far this season had not been vaccinated, according to the CDC. Of the 63 confirmed flu deaths, investigators have health histories on 56 of them. Of those, 54% had an underlying medical condition which placed them at greater risk of severe flu complications.

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Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:15:07 EST

Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts of smog-producing particles into the air, the researchers explained.

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FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:02:45 EST

J.M. Smucker Co. said it has pulled specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food.

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Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Lots of New Meds

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:15:08 EST

Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets.

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Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:15:20 EST

But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed in Havana, Cuba, last year remains mysterious, reports a team led by Dr. Douglas Smith of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma an Advantage

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:15:07 EST

Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found.

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Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:15:09 EST

Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests.

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Yes, It's True: We're Hungrier After Losing Weight

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:19:44 EST

Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese men and women, Norwegian researchers report.

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FDA Approves First Blood Test to Detect Concussion

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:15:22 EST

Known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, it could help reduce the need for CT scans and thus decrease radiation exposure to patients, according to the FDA.

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Parents Find Kids' Weight Grades Hard to Swallow

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:15:08 EST

About half of U.S. states have laws requiring schools to conduct BMI screenings among their students, according to a study published last year in Current Obesity Reports.

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Drug Might Be Safer For Dementia Psychosis

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:15:11 EST

British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease symptoms of agitation in dementia patients, but in a much safer way.

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Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:15:14 EST

Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters' attempts to maintain weight loss by slowing down the body's metabolism, the new study suggests.

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Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:15:16 EST

Among women, slightly more than 10 percent have depression, versus 5.5 percent of men. And the mood disorder affects everyday life for a majority of these people, the 2013-2016 questionnaires show.

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Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Higher Fracture Risk

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:15:07 EST

COPD -- often linked to smoking -- is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a progressive, debilitating illness that currently has no cure.

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Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:15:12 EST

The study linked those simple changes to a smaller waist, and lower rates of obesity and overweight.

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Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:15:08 EST

The investigators found that women -- especially those 18 to 39 years old -- developed stones more often than men. They were most likely to have so-called infection stones, blamed on chronic urinary tract infections.

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No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:15:09 EST

The therapy -- known as cranial electrical stimulation (CES) -- involves a handheld device that delivers low-intensity electrical currents through electrodes placed on the head.

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Ick! U.S. Woman Has First Case of Human 'Eye Worm'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:15:21 EST

For days, the woman's left eye felt irritated. It felt like there was a hair or something in her eye.

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Unsafe Water Found in Faucets Across the U.S.

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:15:19 EST

Almost 8 percent of community water systems are plagued by health-based violations of water quality standards in any given year, the study found. That meant up to a quarter of all Americans were affected.

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Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:15:16 EST

The death rate is as high as 7 percent for pneumococcal pneumonia, 20 percent for bacteremia and 22 percent for meningitis, the researchers said.

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New Shingles Vaccine: What You Need To Know

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:35:14 EST

The new vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and a painful complication called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) in all age groups.

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Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:15:38 EST

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants were 15 percent more likely than a doctor to prescribe an antibiotic to adults with these four conditions, the study found.

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Driving May Be Risky Business on 4/20 Pot Holiday

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:15:35 EST

Your risk of dying in a fatal wreck increases about 12 percent on that date, comparable to the increase in traffic risk that's been observed on Super Bowl Sunday, according to the analysis of crash data.

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Baby Suffocation Deaths From Co-Sleeping Rise

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:08:42 EST

While the number of babies that die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been falling, the number of babies dying from accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed skyrocketed 184% from 1999 to 2015, according to new statistics released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Opioid Maker To Stop Marketing Painkillers to Docs

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:10:57 EST

The company is slashing its sales force in half to 200, and the remaining representatives will no longer visit doctors to market Purdue's opioid products, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Can UV Light Be Used to Kill Airborne Flu Virus?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:15:14 EST

Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light -- called far-UVC -- easily kills airborne flu viruses while posing no risk to people.

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The Purrfect Diet for Your Fat Cat

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:17:59 EST

The goal was to help the cats shed 1.5 percent of their body weight per week. That's in line with recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association.

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Scientists Create First Lab-Grown Human Eggs

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:19:00 EST

U.K. researchers who created the first laboratory-grown human eggs say their achievement could lead to news ways to preserve the fertility of girls undergoing radiation or chemotherapy for cancer.

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Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:15:15 EST

Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors.

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Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:15:12 EST

About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old have experienced a head injury, according to U.S. health officials.

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Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:15:06 EST

Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns.

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Two Drugs Offer Hope Against Prostate Cancer

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:15:12 EST

Two cancer drugs can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer, a pair of new trials shows.

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More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in S. Korea

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:15:22 EST

An investigation into the outbreak began after 41 security guards developed diarrhea and vomiting. Food and water sources were being inspected at a mountainside facility in Pyeongchang, where the guards were staying, the Associated Press reported.

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Mental Illnesses Share Genetic Similarities

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:15:19 EST

By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia.

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