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Hospital 'baby boxes' may help prevent SIDS in newborns

Child care experts say it's dangerous for infants to sleep in the same bed with their parents. Now, researchers report that "baby boxes" and parent education can help reduce the unsafe practice.

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New cholesterol fighting meds target key gene

New gene-based therapies appear to significantly decrease cholesterol levels in people, and could even cut down on arterial plaque, according to results from two early drug trials.

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Alzheimer's deaths jump 55 percent: CDC

As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer's disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report.

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CBO: 23 million would lose health insurance under house health care bill

The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that passed the House last month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to a much-anticipated report released Wednesday.

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Compound in pot eases severe form of epilepsy

A landmark clinical trial has shown that a compound in marijuana can ease life-threatening seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

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Could chocolate guard against an irregular heartbeat?

There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay.

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Helping ease kids' fears after Manchester terror attack

As reports of the carnage at Monday's Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England, continue to pour in, many teens with tickets to concerts during the coming summer music season may be reluctant to attend an event.

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City life tough on teens' mental health

City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests.

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1 in 4 Americans knows someone hooked on opioids: poll

More than a quarter of Americans -- and 1 in 3 millennials -- say they know someone addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

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First-try antibiotics now fail in 1 in 4 adult pneumonia cases

The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds.

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Fewer U.S. teens are boozing it up

American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals.

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The water's not fine: U.S. pool-linked infection doubles in 2 years

Families seeking to cool off don't expect to pick up a nasty infection. Yet, outbreaks of a diarrhea-causing parasitic infection have doubled in recent years at swimming pools and water playgrounds in the United States

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Are you addicted to your smartphone?

As great as smartphones are, you can get too attached to the gadgets.

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Century-old technique may help infertile couples conceive without IVF

A 100-year-old medical treatment could help infertile women get pregnant without undergoing pricey in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests.

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Suicide by insulin?

Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns.

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Nuts! Good medicine for colon cancer survivors?

Colon cancer patients might improve their chances of survival if they eat nuts along with an overall healthy diet and regular exercise, two new studies report.

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Could a weight-loss surgery lead to alcohol abuse?

After a popular type of weight-loss surgery, nearly 21 percent of patients develop a drinking problem, sometimes years later, researchers report.

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Your doctor's age might affect your care

Contrary to popular wisdom, an older, more experienced doctor may not always be the best choice.

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Think you're a 'fun drunk?' a 'mean drunk?' think again

Maybe you think you're the life of the party after your third gin and tonic. Or maybe you worry you'll drink too much and turn into a "mean" drunk.

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Is your child's day care center ready for pandemic flu?

The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns.

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Many under 40 may not need regular cholesterol checks: study

Many adults under 40 may not need to have routine cholesterol screenings, a new study suggests.

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'Female viagra' may lift a younger woman's libido

If a woman's sex drive has waned to the point where she's distressed about it, or the issue is causing relationship problems, the medication dubbed "female Viagra" may help, a review of several studies suggests.

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Blood thinners may prevent dementia in atrial fibrillation patients

A new study suggests blood thinners may also help keep dementia at bay.

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People with pre-existing health issues fear repeal-and-replace bill

Millions of Americans fear the worst as they face so much to lose if Republicans in Congress pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Fewer U.S. high school students drink, CDC finds

Drinking among U.S. high school students has plummeted in recent years, a new government report shows.

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New guidelines say no to most 'keyhole' knee surgeries

"Keyhole" arthroscopic surgery should rarely be used to repair arthritic knee joints, a panel of international experts says in new clinical guidelines.

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Life expectancy with HIV nears normal with treatment

Young adults with HIV who get treatment are living longer in North America and Europe, a new study finds.

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Common painkillers tied to slight rise in heart attack risk

Commonly used painkillers such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve might increase your risk for heart attack, even in the first week of use, a new study suggests.

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Zika risk may be lower than thought for some pregnant women

U.S. women traveling to areas where the Zika virus is circulating might be less likely to be infected than expected, but risk remains, a new study suggests.

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Addressing your cancer risk

Where you live appears to play a role in your risk of cancer, a new analysis suggests.

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Just 5 percent of daily salt gets added at the table

Tossing out the salt shaker may not be enough for your heart health. Most of the salt that Americans consume comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, a new study finds.

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Take control of your asthma

Many resources can help people with asthma manage triggers and symptoms, an allergist says.

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After suicide attempt, a phone call could save a life

A simple phone call can make a big difference to someone who's attempted suicide and may be contemplating another try.

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Red wine antioxidant might help diabetics' arteries

The antioxidant resveratrol -- found in red wine, peanuts and berries -- might improve the health of blood vessels in people with type 2 diabetes, a small study suggests.

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House OKs Republican health care bill

With one vote to spare, Republicans took the first steps Thursday in their longstanding battle to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Arthritis drug shows promise for ulcerative colitis

A new study finds that people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis who haven't done well on other treatments may find relief with Xeljanz (tofacitinib), a drug currently used to treat arthritis.

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House to vote Thursday on amended bill to repeal and replace Obamacare

After a week of working to wrangle support for an amended repeal-and-replace bill, House Republicans say they are set for a Thursday vote on legislation aimed at overturning the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

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Sleeping pills boost danger of falls, fractures in older users

Falls and resulting hip fractures can prove disabling and even fatal for seniors. And new research suggests the risk of hip fractures rises soon after an older person is prescribed a sleeping pill.

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Half of U.S. docs get payments from drug, device industries: study

About half of U.S. doctors received payments from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in 2015, amounting to $2.4 billion, a new study reports.

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Trump administration rolls back Obama-era school lunch rules

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will ease the requirements for healthy school lunch programs spearheaded by former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Low-dose aspirin may lower risk for common breast cancer by 20 percent

Score yet another point for low-dose aspirin: Regularly taking "baby" aspirin appears to protect women from the most common type of breast cancer, new research suggests.

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U.S. toddlers eat more french fries than vegetables

American toddlers are more likely to eat french fries than green vegetables on any given day, according to a new national survey on children's eating habits.

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Summer camp prep for kids with allergies, asthma

Heading to summer camp for the first time is always a little unnerving. But for a child with allergies or asthma, there are special concerns.

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Crossroads for Obamacare

Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, is still the law of the land. But its fate may be sealed by Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration in the coming days, weeks and months.

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Type 2 diabetes may be bad for brain health

Previous research has linked type 2 diabetes and memory loss. Now, new research may be closing in on some of the reasons why.

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Money pressures mount when a spouse gets cancer

Family income can take a big hit when a wife or husband cares for a spouse with cancer, researchers report.

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Oktoberfest study links boozing to heart woes

Drinking heavily over a short period of time can significantly boost the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, even in healthy people, new German research suggests.

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Energy drinks may give the heart an unhealthy jolt

The surge from energy drinks can cause unhealthy changes in your heart rhythm and blood pressure that don't occur with other caffeinated beverages, a small new trial suggests.

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Ick! synthetic mucus could battle dangerous bugs

Snot, phlegm and other forms of mucus may not be everyone's favorite subject, but scientists say synthetic mucus might help save lives.

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Opioid-related deaths might be underestimated: CDC

America's prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

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Common food nutrient tied to risky blood clotting

A nutrient in meat and eggs may conspire with gut bacteria to make the blood more prone to clotting, a small study suggests.

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The top 5 conditions that shorten Americans' lives -- and are preventable

More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds.

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Immune-based therapy shows early promise against MS

An experimental immune-system therapy appears safe for people with progressive forms of multiple sclerosis. And it may ease symptoms in some, a preliminary study suggests.

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Do diet sodas pose health risks?

In the battle to lose weight, many people switch to diet sodas. But while they cut calories they might also raise the risk of stroke or dementia, a new study suggests.

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College now the place to try pot: study

There may be new meaning to the term "higher" education: College has become a major setting for first-time pot use, new research contends.

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Stronger muscles may pump up kids' memory skills

Here's yet another reason to make sure your kids are active: New research shows those with stronger muscles may have better working memory.

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FDA approves device to help curb cluster headaches

Cluster headaches, though rare, are among the most severe forms of headache a person can face.

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High blood pressure: a silver lining for ovarian cancer patients?

A woman's prognosis after an ovarian cancer diagnosis may be affected by a number of unexpected factors, new research suggests.

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Early school start times tough on teens

Any parent who's ever had to drag a groggy teen out of bed in the morning would likely agree with new guidelines that say kids should start school later in the morning.

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New bowel disorder treatments needed, FDA says

There's no known cause or cure for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects more than 15 million Americans, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Pot smoking common among pregnant teens: survey

Adding to concerns about the harms of teenage pregnancy are new U.S. survey results that show 14 percent of teenage mothers-to-be smoke marijuana.

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Don't let bugs dampen your outdoor fun

If you've spent any time outdoors recently, you may have found yourself swatting away a fly or mosquito -- and that means it's time to bone up on bug avoidance.

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Is kindergarten the new first grade?

Study finds kids have higher reading skills when they enter 1st grade than they did a decade ago

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These 5 life skills can boost your odds of well-being

Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness: all important "life skills" that can raise your prospects for a happy, healthy life.

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Seniors' brain changes could make them vulnerable to scams

A pair of key differences in the brain may help distinguish which seniors are at risk of falling prey to financial scams, a small new study suggests.

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New meds make inroads against Crohn's disease

Fewer Americans with Crohn's disease are ending up in the hospital than in the past, according to a new federal study.

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Could a clinical trial help your child?

If a doctor suggests your child enroll in a clinical trial, you'll undoubtedly have questions.

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Diabetes continues its relentless rise

Two new studies on diabetes deliver good and bad news, but the overall message is that the blood sugar disease remains a formidable public health burden.

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Is 'desktop medicine' chipping away at patient care?

Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients, a new study reveals.

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Deep brain stimulation may ease Tourette 'tics'

Some young people with severe cases of Tourette syndrome may benefit from having electrodes implanted in the brain, a small study suggests.

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Club drug 'poppers' may pose eye dangers

For decades, use of the inhaled, legal high known as "poppers" has been common in dance clubs. But new research suggests the drug might pose a danger to club-goers' vision.

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Don't bank on heart-rate accuracy from your activity tracker

Wrist-worn activity trackers such as Fitbit don't reliably assess heart rate, a new study finds.

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Race may play role in obese teens' blood pressure

Obese teenagers are at increased risk of high blood pressure, but the effects of those extra pounds may vary by race and ethnicity, a new study suggests.

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Muppet with autism makes her 'Sesame Street' debut

A half-century into its run as an iconic staple of children's television, "Sesame Street" will introduce a character with autism to its world-famous neighborhood.

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Can smog raise breast cancer risk?

Women who live where the air is thick with pollutants may be more likely to have dense breasts, a known risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests.

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Skin's bacterial 'balance' may help trigger acne

An unbalanced population of bacteria on the skin may play a major role in acne, according to a new, small study.

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'Right-to-try' laws: a patient's best last chance or false hope?

The Trump administration may have failed in its initial effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but some activists hope White House support will prove valuable in changing another piece of federal health care policy.

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'Yo-yo' dieting does no favors for your heart

Yo-yo dieting -- quickly losing weight only to promptly regain it -- may raise the risk of heart problems, a new study suggests.

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Prolonged antibiotic use tied to precancerous colon growths

Taking antibiotics for an extended period in early to middle adulthood might increase your risk for precancerous growths in your colon, a large study suggests.

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Birth defects strike 1 in 10 U.S. pregnancies affected by Zika

One in 10 pregnant U.S. women with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a baby with virus-related birth defects, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

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Keys to heart disease care: communication and trust

People with heart disease may fare better when they feel they can trust and talk to their doctor, two new studies suggest.

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As weight goes up, so does death risk

Adults who become overweight or obese have a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or other illnesses, a new study suggests.

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Heart devices 101: guide to the tools that keep you ticking

Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide.

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Say goodbye to allergy misery in spring

Spring can rain misery on allergy sufferers, but there are a number of ways to ease your agony, a physician expert says.

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The saltiest foods may surprise you

You probably know that Americans consume way too much salt, but a new U.S. government report points the finger at some surprising sources of salt in the diet.

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Common post-op ear drops tied to eardrum perforations in kids

Children who suffer through multiple ear infections are often candidates for ear tube surgery. But a new study finds that the use of one type of ear drops -- quinolones -- after these surgeries may raise a child's risk...

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U.S. pedestrian deaths surged to record levels in 2016

For the second straight year, U.S. pedestrian deaths are setting alarming new records.

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Cases of Zika-linked birth defects dropped in Brazil in 2016

Brazil experienced a smaller-than-expected increase in cases of microcephaly in 2016, despite the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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FDA-ok'd drug offers hope to sickest MS patients

A new multiple sclerosis drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday offers hope to patients with the most severe form of the progressive disease.

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Got the HPV vaccine before you knew you were pregnant? Don't worry

The cancer-preventing HPV vaccine does not appear to have any ill effect on babies unintentionally exposed to it in the womb, researchers report.

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Brain-computer link restores some movement to quadraplegic man

Groundbreaking technology restores arm movement in quadriplegic man

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More older women hitting the bottle hard

More older American women than ever are drinking -- and drinking hard, a new study shows.

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Knee replacement doesn't always pay, researchers say

Knee replacement surgery isn't always a game changer, according to a new study that raises questions about the increasingly common procedure.

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Expect more deadly heat from climate change, study suggests

Deaths related to extreme heat are expected to keep rising, even if most nations can contain global warming at agreed-upon levels, a new study reports.

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Breast-feeding may not lead to smarter preschoolers

Breast-feeding may not make kids sharper or better behaved than their non-nursed peers over the long-term, a new study suggests.

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Older mothers may raise better-behaved kids, study suggests

Older mothers are less likely to scold or punish their young children, and those children tend to have fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems, a new study suggests.

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Young cancer survivors can face higher risk of pregnancy complications

Surviving a cancer when young may leave some women with another health issue: An increased risk for certain pregnancy complications.

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What you need to know about cholesterol

Cholesterol plays a vital role in your health, so it's important to understand the different types of cholesterol and how to influence their levels, a heart specialist says.

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Exercise: the cellular 'fountain of youth'

High-intensity exercise may help older adults reverse certain aspects of the "cellular" aging process, a new study suggests.

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Fewer patients die during hospital inspection weeks: Study

Hospital patients may be less likely to die if they are treated during weeks that inspectors are checking on the staff, a new study suggests.

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Fruit juice for kids: A serving a day ok

Pediatricians have long suggested that fruit juice may prompt weight gain in children, but a new review finds it harmless when consumed in moderation.

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House to vote Thursday on amended Obamacare repeal bill

As a critical vote to repeal "Obamacare" looms Thursday, House Republican leaders worked furiously on Wednesday to garner enough votes to begin dismantling the landmark health care reform law.

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Daily glass of beer, wine might do a heart good

Having a drink each day may help protect a person's heart against disease, a large-scale study suggests.

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Helping cancer caregivers help themselves

When people are diagnosed with cancer, it's easy to overlook the toll the disease also takes on their caregivers, say social workers who specialize in cancer care.

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'Heads up' football program tackles concussion danger in kids

A concussion prevention program that teaches young football players safer ways to block and tackle was tied to about a one-third lower risk of head injury, according to a new study.

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Autism greatly boosts kids' injury risk, especially for drowning

Children with autism are at extremely high risk of drowning compared to other kids, a new study reveals.

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Do energy drinks plus; Booze equal more injuries?

Mixing caffeine-loaded energy drinks and booze could be a recipe for trouble. That's the word from a new study that says the popular party duo ups the odds someone will get hurt.

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Obesity may raise girls' risk of asthma, allergies

Obese girls may face a significantly higher risk for developing allergies, a new study suggests.

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How to control mold, avoid allergies

Mold can grow almost anywhere. But limiting moisture can help prevent it from developing indoors and causing health problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Obesity in youth tied to higher odds for liver cancer in men

Overweight and obese young men are at increased risk for serious liver disease or liver cancer later in life, and those with diabetes have an even higher risk, a new study warns.

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Fewer U.S. kids overdosing on opioids

The number of U.S. kids who overdose on prescription painkillers each year may be declining -- but the incidents remain a major public health problem, new research says.

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Welcome spring and still survive your allergies

If you have seasonal allergies, the arrival of spring is probably less about warmth and flowers and more about itchy eyes and congestion.

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Eating for two often doesn't translate into a healthier diet

Despite the well-known wisdom of eating a healthy diet while pregnant, new research shows that most American women don't.

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U.S. suicide rates rising faster outside cities

Although the U.S. suicide rate has been rising gradually since 2000, suicides in less urban areas are outpacing those in more urban areas, according to a new federal report.

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Opioid dependence can start in just a few days

Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests.

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Some hospitals may overcharge for hip, knee replacements: Study

Some U.S. hospitals might be charging private insurers twice as much for knee and hip replacements as the implants typically cost, new research suggests.

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Another obesity downside: Higher esophageal cancer risk

Overweight 20-somethings dramatically increase their risk of esophageal and stomach cancer if they become obese later in life, a new study suggests.

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Which high school sport has the most concussions?

Female soccer players suffer the highest rate of concussions among all high school athletes in the United States, a new study finds.

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Poor sleep in preschool years could mean behavior troubles later

Preschoolers who get too little sleep may be more likely to have trouble paying attention, controlling their emotions and processing information later in childhood, a new study suggests.

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Can supplements ward off the 'baby blues'?

After childbirth, many new moms experience the "baby blues." Now, researchers suggest that just three days of an experimental dietary supplementation may vanquish the temporary sadness.

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More babies in strollers, cribs winding up in ER: Study

A growing number of babies and toddlers are landing in the emergency room for injuries related to strollers, cribs and other nursery products, a new U.S. study finds.

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Your DNA may determine how you handle the time change

Some people have more trouble adjusting to daylight saving time than others and genes may be the reason why, says an expert on sleep/wake patterns.

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Fitbits, other trackers may be unfit to measure heart rate

Fitbits and other wrist-worn fitness devices promise to keep track of your heart rate, but new research suggests they are less accurate than thought during certain exercises.

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Early allergies -- payback for a mild winter?

The mild winter in many parts of the United States looks like it could mean an early and severe allergy season, a physician says.

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Eye exam might help spot poor circulation in legs

Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible.

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More folic acid in pregnancy may protect kids from high blood pressure

Higher folic acid levels during pregnancy may reduce the risk of high blood pressure in children if their mothers have heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests.

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Your sex life may work wonders for your work life

What makes for a happy, productive worker?

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Have americans given up on losing weight?

More Americans are overweight or obese, but many have given up on trying to lose those excess pounds, a new study shows.

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Would you feel safe in a driverless ambulance?

Automated, driver-free cars and trucks may be the wave of the future. But new research suggests many Americans aren't sold on the idea of a ride in a driverless ambulance.

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Some melanoma survivors still seek out the sun

Even after surviving the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma, some people continue to go out in the summer sun without protection.

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New eczema drug promising in early trial

An experimental drug may significantly reduce the itching and improve the appearance of moderate to severe eczema, a new, preliminary trial finds.

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Does TV hinder kindergarten-readiness?

One big factor holding kids back as they enter kindergarten may sit in the family living room: the television.

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Who's top dog when it comes to 'Social intelligence'? Kids or pets?

Your pooch or your toddler -- who's the most "socially intelligent"? The answer could be a toss-up, a new study suggests.

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Do early dental visits really prevent kids' cavities?

Children who start seeing the dentist before age 2 may not have any lower risk of cavities later on, a new study suggests.

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Colon cancer on the rise among gen xers, millennials

Americans in their early 50s and younger -- Gen Xers and millennials -- are experiencing significant increases in colon and rectal cancer, a new study reports.

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Do you need an antibiotic?

Hoping to lessen their misery, most people would like to know whether the respiratory illness they've got could be helped by an antibiotic.

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Is a drowsy teen headed for a life of crime?

A new study suggests that teenage boys who are chronically sleepy in the daytime may be at higher risk of becoming violent criminals as adults.

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