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Hospital Bed Sheets Still Germy Despite Washing
10/19/2018
Despite being washed with industrial detergent in high, disinfecting temperatures, hospital sheets still were contaminated with the potentially life-threatening C. difficile bacteria, researchers found. And those sheets spread the bacteria to uncontaminated ones.
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Almost Half of Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: CDC
10/19/2018
In a national health survey, 49.3 percent of people aged 20 and older said they'd tried to lose weight over the past 12 months, the CDC reports.
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Stroke Rates Higher Among Pot Users
10/19/2018
A new study says that smoking marijuana could raise the risk for any stroke by 15 percent and 29 percent for an ischemic stroke -- the most common kind,
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Polio-Like Illness Strikes Kids, Frustrates Doctors
10/19/2018
The good news is that the disease is very rare. Only one in 1 million people will get it, and most of them will recover without treatment. Still, because the disease is more likely to strike children, and because of the mysteries of it and because of the dramatic health effects, it gets more attention than it might otherwise.
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Study: Let the Sun In to Cut Down on Germs
10/19/2018
In a new study, about 12 percent of bacteria, on average, were able to reproduce in dark rooms, compared with 6.8 percent in sunlit rooms, and 6.1 percent in rooms exposed to UV light, ABC News reported.
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Did da Vinci's Genius Stem From 'Lazy Eye'?
10/18/2018
A scientist believes that Leonardo da Vinci had strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes, which may have forced the artist to rely on only one eye, a perspective that may have been a creative boon.
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Protective Use of Antivirals Cuts New HIV Cases
10/18/2018
In a study of gay men who did not have HIV who were given antiviral drugs protectively, the number of new HIV infections fell from 295 cases in the year before the program rollout to 221 cases the year after.
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Study: Skin Creams May Be OK During Radiation
10/18/2018
Contrary to the usual advice, a new study has found that, unless applied very heavily, skin creams did not raise the radiation dose to the skin during cancer treatment.
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3-Drug Therapy Might Be Cystic Fibrosis Advance
10/18/2018
In what researchers call “a breakthrough,” two clinical trials have found that two different three-drug treatment plans could help 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis. “It’s not a cure,” said one of the lead researchers. “But it could be game-changing.”
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Self-Control Key to Weight Loss, Brain Scans Show
10/18/2018
Brain scans reveal that people who are better at losing weight have more activity in regions of the brain associated with self-control, a small new study reports.
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FDA Panel OKs Stronger Opioid Despite Concerns
10/18/2018
The company says there's a need for opioid pain medicines that don't require swallowing, because some patients have difficulty taking oral medication and may not have access to IV opioids. The FDA had earlier flagged two safety concerns.
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Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes'
10/18/2018
There's no proof that cardboard baby reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and they may pose other risks, British researchers said this week, concerns that are shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Common Drug Shows Promise Against Lymphedema
10/18/2018
Researchers in two new pilot studies report that ketoprofen, a common anti-inflammatory drug, significantly eases swelling and other skin damage from lymphedema.
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Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia Later
10/17/2018
Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, researchers have found. This form of dementia is triggered by impaired blood flow in the brain.
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Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help
10/17/2018
New research appears to challenge longstanding wisdom that those who struggle with rosacea should avoid both caffeine and hot drinks of any kind.
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Report: Burger Chains' Antibiotics Plans Flawed
10/17/2018
Only two burger chains in the U.S. earn top marks for avoiding ground beef pumped full of antibiotics, according to a new report issued by a group of environmental and consumer groups. Shake Shack and Burger Fi both earned A’s while nearly all other major burger chains failed.
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Drug-resistant Salmonella Hits Dozens Across U.S.
10/17/2018
The agency is not yet advising consumers to stop eating chicken but urges anyone who does to make sure it is properly cooked. Illnesses began in January, and the most recent case was confirmed in September.
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WebMD Infographic: Missing the Signs
10/17/2018
Do you know if your child is stressed? View this chart to learn more about the signs.
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In Pregnancy, Doctors' Focus is on Baby, Not Mom
10/17/2018
Experts say there has long been concern that obstetrics has focused on babies’ well-being almost to the exclusion or certainly to the detriment of moms, and many hope and believe that tide is starting to turn.
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Number of Autism Genes Now Tops 100
10/17/2018
Researchers say that we now know of 102 genes that are associated with autism.
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Post-surgery pounds can predict health problems
10/17/2018
In a study of pounds regained after weight-loss surgery, the percentage of pounds put back on helped predict serious health problems, researchers said.
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U.S. Birth Rates Still Dropping, Moms Still Older
10/17/2018
Fewer babies are being born in the United States, and women are generally older when they have their first child, according to a new government report.
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Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Help Aging Brain
10/16/2018
Researchers studying cognitive health related to hearing and vision found that the rate of mental decline was halved after cataract surgery and was 75 percent lower after people got a hearing aid.
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Bigger Family, Lower Cancer Risk?
10/16/2018
Researchers who analyzed data from 178 countries found that people from larger families were less likely to get cancer than those from smaller families.
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CDC Warns of Polio-Like Virus Striking More Kids
10/16/2018
The CDC on Tuesday reported 127 cases of a rare but devastating polio-like virus, partially paralyzing hundreds of children in 22 states. It’s the third wave of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) to hit the United States since 2014.
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