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Taco Bell Recalls Beef Tainted with Metal Shavings   

The company says a customer reported finding a metal shaving in their food. Two other complaints have since followed.

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2019-10-15 10:27:46

Is Melanoma Suspected? Get 2nd Opinion From Specialist, Study Says   

Getting a second opinion from a pathologist specially trained in skin lesions -- a dermatopathologist -- yields the most accurate results, the new study found.

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2019-10-14 14:42:19

Vision Problems Strike More Than 2 Billion Globally   

Untreated distance vision impairment in low- and middle-income regions is about four times higher than in high-income regions, and $14.3 billion (U.S. dollars) is needed to treat the 1 billion people with vision impairment or blindness due to cataracts, and short- and far-sightedness, the report said.

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2019-10-14 14:39:13

Suicide Attempts Rising Among Black Teens   

Researchers at New York University found that between 1991 and 2017, there was an increase in the number of black teenagers who said they'd attempted suicide in the past year.

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2019-10-14 14:35:03

Frequent Male Pot Use Linked to Early Miscarriages   

The association between frequent pot use before conception and miscarriage persisted even after researchers restricted their analysis to couples in which the female partner didn't use marijuana.

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2019-10-14 14:31:00

Girl With Cerebral Palsy Takes 1st Unassisted Steps   

A Texas mom is calling her young daughter her hero after the 6-year-old took her first steps without a walker or braces -- and video of the emotional moment has gone viral.

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2019-10-14 12:23:36

Nurse Pens Powerful Post About Flu Shot   

A nurse's Facebook post is going viral after she penned a powerful statement urging everyone to get a flu shot.

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2019-10-11 15:50:23

By Mid-Century, Heat Waves Could Cover Far Bigger Areas   

Previous research has predicted that the number and intensity of heat waves will increase, but this study is the first to examine changes in their potential physical size.

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2019-10-11 13:14:18

Pet Turtles Linked to Salmonella Outbreak: CDC   

Seven people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, the CDC said in an update about the ongoing investigation.

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2019-10-10 16:13:56

NYC Sues Flavored Online E-Cigarette Sellers   

The defendants created "a public nuisance" by selling e-cigarettes to people under 21 even though such sales have been illegal in the city since 2013, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, CNN reported.

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2019-10-10 15:47:56

Tying the Knot Is Tied to Longer Life Span, New Data Shows   

The age-adjusted death rate for the married declined by 7% between 2010 and 2017, according to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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2019-10-10 15:42:05

Nearly 5 Million American Kids Are Obese, New Study Finds   

About 4.8 million American kids aged 10 to 17 -- just over 15% -- were obese in 2017-2018, according to a new report.

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2019-10-10 15:39:15

How Does Early Menopause Affect a Woman's Heart?   

Researchers analyzed data from more than 300,000 women who were part of 15 studies around the world, and found that women who reached menopause before age 50 were more likely to have a nonfatal heart problem, such as a heart attack, angina or stroke.

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2019-10-10 15:11:10

Standard Memory Tests for Seniors Might Differ by Gender   

More women than men were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) when sex-specific scores were used on memory tests, researchers report.

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2019-10-10 15:08:08

Could Eating Healthier Be a Natural Antidepressant?   

Those who embraced healthier food choices reported less anxiety and much better moods within weeks, according to findings published Oct. 9 in the journal PLOS ONE.

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2019-10-10 12:28:35

Some Blue Bell Ice Cream May Contain Plastic Pieces   

The recalled ice cream was sold in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. No injuries have been reported from ice cream in this recall.

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2019-10-10 11:44:18

You've Lost the Weight -- Now Keep It Off to Keep Diabetes at Bay   

After losing weight with a yearlong intervention, blood sugar and blood pressure levels go down and cholesterol results improve. People who kept at least 75% of that weight off for another three years retained or had even greater health benefits, the study reported.

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2019-10-10 09:40:02

'Smartphone Slouching' More Serious Than It Sounds   

The national survey, published Oct. 9, asked respondents their level of concern about eye strain, carpal tunnel and other potential health consequences of mobile device use. Only 47% said they were concerned about poor posture and how it affected their health.

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2019-10-09 17:58:54

Home-Cooked Meals Linked to Lower PFAS in the Body   

People who tended to eat more fresh food and food prepared at home had slightly, but measurably lower levels of five "long-chain" PFAS chemicals in their blood compared to those who ate more of their meals at fast food and other types of restaurants.

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2019-10-09 17:55:38

Humans May Possess Ability to Regrow Cartilage   

The researchers are calling it the "inner salamander capacity."

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2019-10-09 16:13:40

$8 Billion Award in Risperdal Lawsuit   

Johnson & Johnson said the award is "excessive and unfounded" and that it would take immediate action to overturn it, the AP reported.

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2019-10-09 14:23:58

Head, Neck Melanomas Show Alarming Rise in Young Americans   

Researchers found that the incidence of head and neck melanoma rose nearly 4% a year from 1995 to 2001, and 1.2% a year from 2001 to 2014 in children and young adults.

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2019-10-09 14:15:21

Gender Reassignment Surgery Benefits Mental Health   

The investigators found that those who underwent surgery were 8 percent less likely to reach out for mental health care services in the first year after surgery.

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2019-10-09 12:53:08

'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek 'Not Afraid of Dying'   

The 79-year-old Trebek resumed chemotherapy last month after losing a large amount of weight and having his cancer-related numbers rise sharply, he told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Sept. 17.

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2019-10-09 10:41:54

Could a Pill Replace Insulin Shots?   

This experimental pill can withstand the trip through the gastrointestinal tract, scientists report. When it gets to the small intestine, it breaks down into dissolving microneedles that attach to the intestinal wall and release the drug into the bloodstream.

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2019-10-09 10:07:37

Passengers May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A   

American Airlines would not confirm that one of its flight attendants had hepatitis A or another disease, ABC News reported.

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2019-10-09 10:00:55

Cancer Screenings You Might Be Missing   

Most women know about mammograms and physical exams to check for early signs of breast cancer, but many may not be getting recommended screening exams to help detect and prevent other types of cancer.

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2019-10-08 17:26:17

Your Pregnancy Depression Risk   

Depression during pregnancy is still often overlooked, even though it happens just as frequently as the postpartum variety.

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2019-10-08 16:59:25

Simple Home Workouts   

For days when you don't feel like going to the gym or gearing up for an outdoor workout like running or biking, make it simple with these at-home cardio workouts.

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2019-10-08 16:54:49

Sugar Binges and Crashes   

Researchers note a loss of sensitivity to the hormone that regulates appetite and fat storage in obese children. Does this explain sugar binges and the "crash" that comes soon after?

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2019-10-08 16:53:19

Cancer and the Workplace   

If you've just learned you have cancer, you probably want to tell those closest to you. But what about your employer?

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2019-10-08 16:52:15

Common Cancers in Men   

For men, the top four cancers, after prostate cancer, are lung, colorectal, bladder, and melanoma, an oncologist says. Here's what men need to know.

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2019-10-08 16:49:13

Acupuncture for Your Pets   

If your pet has arthritis, allergies, digestive issues, hip dysplasia, or certain neurological disorders, your vet may recommend acupuncture.

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2019-10-08 16:44:30

Only a Third of Pregnant Women Get Needed Vaccines   

About two-thirds of pregnant women in the United States don't get vaccinated against both flu and whooping cough, putting them and their newborns at risk, a new report from the CDC says.

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2019-10-08 16:43:01

STD Rates Continue to Rise in the U.S.   

STD rates in the United States are continuing a years-long climb -- including a sharp rise in the number of babies born with syphilis.

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2019-10-08 16:35:46

Bill Would Limit Nicotine in E-Cigarette Products   

Currently, there is no national limit in the U.S., and some brands have nicotine levels several times higher than 20 milligrams per milliliter.

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2019-10-08 14:56:35

Walgreens and Kroger Halt E-Cigarette Sales   

U.S. health officials are investigating at least 18 confirmed deaths and 1,080 probable vaping illnesses in 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, CBS News reported.

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2019-10-08 14:34:30

Air Pollution Kills as Many People as Cigarettes   

The American Lung Association's 2019 "State of the Air" report shows that more than 141 million people live in counties with unhealthy air, an increase of 7 million people from the 2018 report.

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2019-10-08 14:06:33

Your Dog Might Just Extend Your Life   

Dog ownership decreases a person's overall risk of premature death by 24%, according to researchers who conducted a review of the available medical evidence.

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2019-10-08 10:28:59

Aspirin, Antihistamines: Kids Often Use OTC Drugs in Suicide Attempts   

Antidepressants, antipsychotics and antihistamines were also common choices, the researchers added.

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2019-10-07 16:09:30

Cause of Paralyzing Illness in Kids Remains Elusive   

For several years, the CDC has been investigating the condition, called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). It's a rare disease that attacks tissue in the spinal cord, causing muscles and reflexes to weaken.

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2019-10-07 15:33:05

Many ICU Admissions May Be Preventable, Large Study Suggests   

As many as 1 in 6 of the ICU admissions could have been avoided, the researchers found.

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2019-10-07 15:22:37

Can You Detox Your Lungs?   

If you have or are at risk for a lung condition such as COPD, you may have heard about ways people try to "detox" their lungs. Here's what you should know first.

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2019-10-07 13:56:48

Sia Has Chronic Pain Due to Neurological Disease   

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects connective tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs and tissues, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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2019-10-07 13:19:03

Singer Sia Has Chronic Pain and Genetic Disorder   

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects connective tissues that support the skin, bones, blood vessels and other organs and tissues, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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2019-10-07 13:19:03

Sen. Bernie Sanders Leaves Hospital; Doctors Confirm He Had Heart Attack   

Sanders waved to onlookers and gave a fist pump as he left Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center and was taken away in a waiting vehicle.

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2019-10-07 10:08:56

Actor Diahann Carroll Dies at 84   

Carroll was a pioneer in Hollywood and became one of the first female black actors to start in a television show.

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2019-10-04 15:50:49

Fungal Invasion May Drive Some Pancreatic Cancers   

The finding could advance the prevention and treatment of pancreatic cancer, which is usually fatal because it's often detected too late.

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2019-10-04 15:24:45

Trying to Conceive? Both Dad and Mom Should Give Up Drinking in Months Before   

If would-be moms and dads drink in the three months before pregnancy, and if mom drinks during the first trimester, they run the risk of having a baby with congenital heart disease

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2019-10-04 15:21:09

Mind-Controlled 'Exoskeleton' Restores Movement to Totally Paralyzed Man   

For the first time, a quadriplegic patient was able to walk and control both arms using this neuro-prosthetic, which records, transmits and decodes brain signals in real time to control an exoskeleton

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2019-10-04 14:44:15

Twins Are Becoming Less Common in U.S., for Good Reasons   

Experts suspect the decline probably stems from improved techniques for assisted reproduction.

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2019-10-04 13:13:23

Georgia Plant Reports 8-Day Ethylene Oxide Leak   

The city of Covington on Wednesday released a report on the September ethylene oxide leak at the BD facility, which the company said was about 7 pounds per day, totaling 54 in all.

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2019-10-04 11:30:28

Just a Little Weight Loss Can Put Diabetes Into Remission   

Researchers found that losing just 10% of your body weight during the first five years you have the disease can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes.

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2019-10-04 11:05:15

Your Washer Might Be Breeding Drug-Resistant Germs   

The warning follows an investigation at a German hospital where drug-resistant Klebsiella oxytoca was repeatedly infecting newborns. Investigators traced the outbreak to a washing machine, and the infections stopped only after it was taken away.

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2019-10-04 10:56:42

Multiple Myeloma Treatment: What's New?   

Is there anything new to treat multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer? Cutting-edge drugs target and kill cancer cells and use the power of your immune system to fight cancer.

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2019-10-03 17:51:52

Organic Chicken Less Likely to Harbor a Dangerous 'Superbug'   

A related study found that almost one-third of meat and poultry were contaminated with antibiotic-resistant forms of the bug, M'ikanatha said.

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2019-10-03 15:36:24

'Chemical Burns' May Be Vaping Lung Damage Source   

The researchers saw no evidence of tissue damage from lipids such as mineral oils, which until now have been a suspected cause of vaping-linked lung injuries.

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2019-10-03 13:53:39

Pacemakers, Insulin Pumps Could Be Hacking Targets: FDA   

This warning concerns several operating systems that could affect medical devices connected to a network like Wi-Fi and public or home internet, and equipment such as routers, phones and other communications gear, the agency said.

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2019-10-03 13:40:30

Seaside Living Soothes the Mind of Rich and Poor Alike   

The investigators compared people's health to their proximity to the coast and found that people living in towns and cities near the coastline reported having better mental health, even the poorest folks.

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2019-10-03 11:40:46

Bernie Sanders Treated for Blocked Artery   

Sanders, 78 -- the oldest candidate on the campaign trail -- felt chest discomfort during a rally Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. He is now recovering in a Las Vegas hospital, the campaign said.

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2019-10-02 17:12:38

County Delays Georgia Sterigenics Reopening   

The Sterigenics facility, which sterilizes medical supplies with ethylene oxide, had been temporarily shut down while doing construction to reduce its emissions of the cancer-causing gas.

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2019-10-02 16:12:31

Johnson & Johnson Settles Opioid Suit in Ohio   

The federal lawsuit is scheduled to start in less than three weeks, and four companies have already settled. But companies are still facing 2,000 lawsuits for their part in the opioid epidemic.

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2019-10-02 15:23:06

Bans on Flavored E-Cigs Continue   

In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine has called for a law banning flavored vaping products including mint and menthol. The statewide ban would not affect tobacco-flavored products, CNN reported.

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2019-10-02 15:17:37

Cooling Cardiac Arrest Patients May Mean Better Long-Term Brain Function   

For cardiac arrest patients with what's called a "nonshockable" rhythm, cooling the body almost doubles the odds they'll have good brain function if they survive, researchers have found.

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2019-10-02 15:09:07

Could Vitamin C Infusions Save Patients With Sepsis?   

Sepsis is a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, claiming as many as 300,000 lives a year, according to the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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2019-10-02 15:03:07

Despite Rise in New Cases, Breast Cancer Deaths Continue to Fall   

Researchers from the American Cancer Society found that the national decline in breast cancer deaths, which began about 30 years ago, is still evident. Between 1989 and 2017, the overall death rate dropped 40%.

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2019-10-02 14:30:33

'Nerve-Release' Surgery Helped Ease One Man's Tough Migraines   

Clinical research now indicates that about half of the people who undergo surgery to release entrapped nerves will experience complete relief from migraines, and another 40% will have fewer and less severe headaches

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2019-10-02 14:10:09

Mom's Warning About RSV Is Personal   

After a contagious illness sent her baby to intensive care, a New Jersey mom says "keep your mouths/breaths away from a baby's face, hands, and feet" to cut the chances of spreading respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

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2019-10-02 13:51:07

Antidepressants Might Raise Odds for Serious Pregnancy Complication   

Specifically, the drugs venlafaxine (Effexor) and amitriptyline (Endep) were associated with the highest risk, especially when taken for a long time.

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2019-10-02 12:54:28

Getting to the Bottom of Vaping Illness Outbreak   

CDC emphasizes it has still not zeroed in on a single cause, although chemical exposure is suspected.

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2019-10-02 08:52:10

Childhood TB Shot May Offer Lung Cancer Protection   

A tuberculosis vaccine commonly used in other parts of the world might reduce a person's risk of developing lung cancer if given early in childhood, a six-decade-long study reports.

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2019-10-01 15:35:09

Stroke Rate Continues to Fall for Older Americans   

Starting in the late 1980s, stroke rates among older Americans began to fall -- and the decline shows no signs of stopping, a new study finds.

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2019-10-01 15:25:44

Fish Oil Supplements May Do Your Heart Good   

Millions of Americans pop a fish oil supplement each day, hoping to bolster their heart health. Now, research suggests they may be on the right track.

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2019-10-01 10:43:08

One Dead in NC Legionnaires' Outbreak   

Confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease linked to a North Carolina state fair now stand at 79, including 55 people hospitalized and one death.

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2019-10-01 10:26:30

Juul Halts Funding For Vaping Ballot Initiative   

On Monday, San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc. said it will no longer fund an effort to quash an anti-vaping law in the city, effectively ending the campaign.

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2019-10-01 10:13:59

Paper Books Beat Tablets for Parent-Child Interactions   

Parents seeking quality reading time with their toddlers would do well to choose an old-fashioned book over an e-reader, a new study argues.

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2019-09-30 19:43:48

Controversial Studies Say It's OK to Eat Red Meat   

A group of new studies that found no link between eating red meat and health problems is generating controversy among some researchers for how the study was done.

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2019-09-30 17:47:24

Pediatric Group Issues Updated ADHD Guidelines   

New research about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has prompted a leading pediatricians' group has updated to update its guidelines for diagnosing and treating the disorder for the first time since 2011.

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2019-09-30 14:10:48

Mattel Offers Gender-Inclusive Doll Collection   

Mattel has launched a new line of gender-inclusive dolls aimed at making all kids feel welcome during playtime, the company says.

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2019-09-30 11:10:17

Many U.S. Seniors Are Going Hungry, Study Finds   

Almost 1 in 10 U.S. seniors doesn't have enough food to eat, a new study shows.

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2019-09-30 03:41:59

Raw Dog Food May Pose Salmonella Threat   

The FDA is warning people not to give dogs frozen Performance Dog Raw Pet Food because it has tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

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2019-09-30 02:32:12

Deer Can Give You Tuberculosis: CDC   

People can get a rare type of tuberculosis, called bovine tuberculosis, from deer, according to the CDC.

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2019-09-30 02:06:06

Gum Disease Might Raise Your Blood Pressure   

U.K. scientists found that those who had moderate to severe gum disease (periodontitis) had a 22% increased risk for high blood pressure, and those with severe gum disease had a 49% higher risk.

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2019-09-27 13:40:31

Evidence Shows Optimism Might Lengthen Your Life   

The studies also found the more positive one's outlook, the less one's risk for heart trouble or death.

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2019-09-27 13:08:48

Link Seen Between Infertility, Prostate Cancer   

According to new Swedish research that suggests that men who become fathers through assisted reproduction treatments may be more likely to develop prostate cancer in midlife.

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2019-09-27 11:10:11

Poll: Many Young Americans Think Vaping is Safe   

More than 20% of 18- to 38-year-olds called vaping harmless and nonaddictive; nearly 30% said flavored e-cigarettes do less damage to the lungs than unflavored ones.

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2019-09-27 09:35:39

Is It Safe to Order Your Birth Control Online?   

Many women get contraceptives through their doctor, but the issue of access to birth control has become more pressing as family planning clinics close across the United States.

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2019-09-27 07:39:19

Legionnaires Cases in North Carolina Rise to 25   

The number of cases of Legionnaires' disease tied to the North Carolina Mountain State fair has risen to 25, with one death, according to the state division of public health.

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2019-09-27 02:45:30

Heartburn Drugs and Cancer: What Are the Risks?   

FDA testing found the impurity in generic versions and in brand-name Zantac. Already, one major manufacturer has recalled its version of the drug, and another has ceased distribution.

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2019-09-26 16:03:52

Extreme Exercise Might Dull the Brain, Study Says   

The findings show that despite the benefits of endurance sports, an excessive training load can have ill effects on your brain, French researchers said.

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2019-09-26 15:40:10

Walking Pace May Signal If Stroke Patients Can Return to Work   

One of every four people who has a stroke is younger than 65 years old. As many as 44% may be unable to return to work, largely because of difficulty walking, the study authors said.

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2019-09-26 06:42:06

More U.S. Kids Being Diagnosed With Autism, ADHD   

Researchers found that between 2009 and 2017, the percentage of U.S. children and teens with a developmental disability rose from just over 16% to nearly 18%.

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2019-09-26 05:36:19

Stress of U.S. Politics Taking Mental, Physical Toll on Americans   

Nearly two out of every five Americans say politics is stressing them out, and one in five are sleepless or have had friendships damaged over politics, the researchers found.

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2019-09-26 05:29:19

New Hope Against a 'Dizzying' Form of Migraine   

Stimulating the vagus nerve appears to calm down centers in the brain that cause migraine and vertigo.

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2019-09-26 04:21:54

Cancer Risks Spur Calls to Replace Ethylene Oxide   

The current outcry from communities that have been exposed to the carcinogen ethylene oxide has federal regulators and device makers seriously rethinking a question that's been hanging over the sterilization industry for decades: Can ethylene oxide be replaced?

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2019-09-25 20:07:39

Billions of 'Microplastics' in Each Plastic Teabag   

Some tea companies are replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones, but the new bags may be adding billions of tiny bits of plastic to your beverage, a team from Canada reports.

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2019-09-25 18:25:29

Older Diabetics May Be Getting Too Much Insulin   

Older, sicker patients tend to be the ones most likely to still be using insulin to manage their blood sugar, despite guidelines that suggest it's often safer to lower diabetes treatment intensity with age.

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2019-09-25 16:53:11

Juul Labs' CEO Out   

In the midst of a national outbreak of vaping-linked illnesses and deaths, the president of Juul Labs' Kevin Burn is stepping down.

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2019-09-25 10:47:38

EEE: What You Should Know   

EEE has infected almost 30 people from seven states this year. In the United States, an average of seven EEE cases are reported each year, according to the CDC.

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2019-09-25 10:05:01

Study Links Menopausal Night Sweats to Impaired Thinking   

To their surprise, the investigators found that more frequent night sweats were associated with longer sleep -- and that the longer women slept, the more their attention and thinking skills ("cognition") decreased.

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2019-09-25 05:40:36

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