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Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing
2/16/2018
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
2/16/2018
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
2/16/2018
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
2/16/2018
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
2/16/2018
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
2/16/2018
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
2/15/2018
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
2/15/2018
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
2/15/2018
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
2/15/2018
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
2/15/2018
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
2/15/2018
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
2/14/2018
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
2/14/2018
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
2/14/2018
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
2/14/2018
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
2/14/2018
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?
2/13/2018
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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Routine Ovarian Cancer Screenings Aren't Helping
2/13/2018
Screening not only didn’t prevent any deaths, it also led to harm, the panel said.
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Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest
2/13/2018
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
2/13/2018
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
2/13/2018
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
2/13/2018
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
2/12/2018
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'
2/12/2018
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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