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CDC says flu vaccine just 25 percent effective against leading strain

Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame.

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Booze beats pot at being unhealthy: Oregon poll

Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests.

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FDA approves first blood test to detect concussions

The first blood test to help diagnose a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Obamacare helped more young women get prenatal care: study

One of the main features of Obamacare -- providing insurance for adults under age 26 through their parents' health plan -- allowed many pregnant young women to obtain prenatal care, new research shows.

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The right way to weigh yourself

The scale can be your best friend -- or your worst enemy -- when you're on a diet.

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Depression common in U.S., women hit hardest

Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say.

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Driving may be risky business on 4/20 pot holiday

America's highways are decidedly less safe on April 20, a day when stoners publicly celebrate marijuana use.

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Preemies get a slow start on friendships

As if preemies didn't face enough struggles, a new study finds they have more difficulty making friends, though things improve once they start school.

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Hey kids, just say no to energy drinks

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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FDA says U.S. will now produce critical MRI component

A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report.

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Cancer-causing HPV can hide in the throat

Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat.

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Picking a new primary care doctor

There are times in life when you need to pick a new doctor, or primary care provider.

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Losing weight eases obesity-related pain. but how much is enough?

Losing 10 percent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds.

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Easing your child's asthma

If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it.

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Menopause may worsen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests.

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Babies with normal head size might still have Zika-linked brain damage

Fetal brain damage caused by the Zika virus can go undetected in pregnancy, and can occur even if a baby's head size is normal, research in monkeys suggests.

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Weak vaccine making flu season even tougher, CDC says

This flu season continues to be one of the nastiest in years. And it isn't helping that the flu vaccine may be less than 20 percent effective against the season's dominant strain, according to a new Canadian report.

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Dog bites more common for anxious people

Maybe there's some truth in the long-standing belief that dogs can sense fear in a human.

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Migraines tied to higher heart trouble risk

Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches.

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Set new milestones for exercise motivation

A goal like having a flat stomach may give you the initial impetus to start exercising, but may not be enough to keep you on track.

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Lone star ticks won't give you lyme, but can still make you sick

Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report.

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Procedure beats drugs for a-fib with heart failure

For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows.

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Responding to opioid crisis, FDA puts more restrictions on Imodium

Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to help ease withdrawal.

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A diet to boost a woman's fertility?

Could the so-called Mediterranean diet boost success of infertility treatment involving in vitro fertilization?

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Talk therapy may be worth it for teen depression

Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don't take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds.

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Scientists zero in on better saliva-based HIV test

An experimental saliva-based HIV test shows promise, researchers report.

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How to take action against acne

Waiting for acne to clear up on its own can be frustrating, especially for teens who are already self-conscious about their appearance.

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Emergency services crews often unprepared for diabetic crises

If you call 911, you expect to get the medical services you need.

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Expanded use of clot-removing procedure could change stroke care

A procedure that plucks stroke-causing clots from blood vessels in the brain may be useful in many more patients than previously thought, new research shows.

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Sleepy U.S. teens are running on empty

Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday.

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First monkeys cloned from process that created 'Dolly' the sheep

The world's first genetically identical monkey clones have been created by Chinese scientists, who say they've broken barriers to human cloning.

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Troubling stroke trend among U.S. moms-to-be

A rare type of stroke is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study finds.

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Americans finally getting a little more sleep

Are bleary-eyed Americans getting a break at last?

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Tobacco's harms may come sooner than smokers think

Smokers often think their habit won't have health consequences until far into the future, a small survey suggests.

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Teen drinking ups risk for liver diseases later

Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report.

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Will smoking pot harm your heart? Experts weigh in

Anyone worried that smoking a lot of pot could lead to a heart attack or stroke will just have to keep worrying for the time being.

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Former NFL pros push for end to kids' tackle football

A group of former National Football League greats is urging parents not to let their children play tackle football until they're at least 14 years old

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'Hot' yoga is no better for your heart: study

It's called "hot" yoga because it's practiced in sweltering temperatures, and some research has hinted that it might improve heart health more than traditional yoga.

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Opioid abuse rises when prescriptions are renewed

How long you take opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids you take, researchers report.

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Concussion may not be needed to bring on CTE brain disease

Head impacts, not just concussions, may lead to the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to new research.

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U.S. smoking rate falls, but 38 million still light up

The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show.

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Scientists seek a better flu vaccine

Instead of getting a flu shot at the doctor's office, you might someday inhale a nasal spray vaccine at home.

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Reduce legal blood-alcohol limit to cut drunk driving deaths: report

Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report.

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Cycling won't sabotage a man's sex life: study

Men who are avid cyclists needn't worry that hours spent on the bike will translate into problems in the bedroom or bathroom, new research claims.

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Brain zaps may help curb tics of Tourette syndrome

Electric zaps can help rewire the brains of Tourette syndrome patients, effectively reducing their uncontrollable vocal and motor tics, a new study shows.

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Trump in 'excellent' physical, cognitive health, doctor says

President Donald Trump is in excellent physical health and also shows no signs of age-related cognitive decline, according to a detailed briefing Tuesday following his annual check-up.

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Fewer hospitals closed after Obamacare expanded Medicaid

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas, a new study finds.

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Women seem more prone to winter blues

The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds.

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Mediterranean diet a recipe for strength in old age

A Mediterranean diet may make seniors less likely to become frail and help them maintain their health and independence, new research suggests.

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Surgery or antibiotics for appendicitis? Here's what patients chose

Even though appendicitis often resolves with the use of antibiotics, the overwhelming majority of Americans would opt for surgery instead, a new survey finds.

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FDA bans use of opioid-containing cough meds by kids

Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids.

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As CHIP money runs out, millions of U.S. kids may lose health care

Time is running out for millions of American kids covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Tobacco's grip on U.S. veterans

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. military veterans smoke or use some form of tobacco.

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Vitamin d supplements may make arteries healthier

High doses of vitamin D seem to keep arteries more flexible and pliable, potentially warding off future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, preliminary research suggests.

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Screening, treatment cuts breast cancer deaths in half

Breakthroughs in breast cancer screening and treatment have slashed the percentage of women dying from the disease, a new analysis reveals.

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Conceiving despite IUD use is tied to higher odds for pregnancy complications

Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise.

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Blood banks need January donors

Want to make a difference right now? Consider donating some blood.

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The opioid crisis' hidden victims: children in foster care

As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the United States, the toll on the littlest victims -- the children of addicts -- is mounting, new research shows.

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What to do if your child has chickenpox

Have a child with chickenpox? Don't despair. There are a number of things you can do to care for a child with this disease.

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Stress is tough on medical 'surrogates' when a loved one is ill

When seriously ill hospital patients can't express their wishes about their medical care, decision-making often falls to emotionally drained family members.

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Respiratory virus lurks as wintertime worry

A common respiratory virus that circulates in winter can pose a serious threat to children, an expert warns.

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Could gene therapy someday eliminate HIV?

Gene therapy may have the potential to eradicate HIV in people infected with the virus, new animal research suggests.

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Clean Air Act may be saving more lives than thought

The number of Americans who die each year from inhaling fine-particle pollutants has dropped dramatically since 1970, thanks to laws that originated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Prenatal vitamins tied to lower autism risk in kids, study finds

Taking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce your child's risk of autism, a new study suggests.

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More U.S. women obese before pregnancy, experts sound the alarm

Prepregnancy weights continue to rise in the United States, with less than half of women at a healthy size before conception, U.S. health officials report.

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Goodbye, needles? Patch might be the future for blood-sugar tracking

Developers of a new patch hope to eliminate a big barrier in type 2 diabetes treatment -- painful finger-sticks and injections.

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Most U.S. babies start solid foods too soon

More than half the parents in the United States start feeding their babies solid foods before they're 6 months old -- the age now recommended by health experts, a new study indicates.

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Special baby formula doesn't seem to prevent type 1 diabetes

A specially prepared baby formula does not protect children with a genetically high risk for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.

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Booze may help or harm the heart, but income matters

Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests.

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8 small changes for a slimmer you in 2018

Small steps can make a big difference in your body and health

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Seniors, lose the weight but not the muscle in 2018

If you're a senior who's pledging to lose weight in 2018, be sure you're shedding excess fat without losing muscle and bone.

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Asthma worse for overweight preschoolers: study

Preschoolers with asthma may have worse symptoms if they're overweight.

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Mris safe with older pacemakers, study finds

Powerful magnetic fields created during an MRI scan were thought to play havoc with some pacemakers, but a new study says these scans are safe for people with the heart devices.

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Teens and their phones: what you should know

In a world full of digitally charged teens, it would be unlikely to expect parents to cut their children off from smartphone use completely.

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Air pollution can be deadly for seniors

Even levels of air pollution deemed "safe" by U.S. government standards may shorten the life spans of seniors, new research suggests.

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The sooner kids learn to eat healthy, the better

Exposing young children to a wide range of healthy foods when they're young can help instill good eating habits, researchers report.

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Feeling sad? Here's how to beat the holiday blues

The holiday blues might be a common phenomenon, but there's plenty you can do to protect your mental health this time of year.

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High school coaches, players know little about concussion

The link between concussions and brain injury might be a hot topic in the NFL, but at the high school level? Apparently not so much.

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Kidney disease can lead to diabetes, not just the other way around

Kidney disease increases the risk for diabetes, a new study finds.

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Seniors don't need calcium, vitamin d supplements: review

Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes.

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New tax law means end of Obamacare's individual mandate

With a flourish of his pen, President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law the biggest revamping of the U.S. tax code in three decades. It also means the end of the Affordable Care Act's controversial individual mandate

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As income rises, women get slimmer -- but not men

A comprehensive survey on the widening American waistline finds that as paychecks get bigger, women's average weight tends to drop.

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Squeezing in exercise over the holidays

With a hectic holiday schedule, exercise often falls by the wayside. But finding ways to sneak in activity will help you avoid weight gain and ease some of the stress this season can bring

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Can eating fish make kids smarter?

Myth has it that fish is brain food -- but it just might be more than myth, a new study suggests.

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Two foods could help ex-smokers' lungs heal

For smokers who've managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one.

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Holidays can be hard on lonely seniors

More than one in three elderly Americans describe themselves as lonely, and the holidays can be especially isolating for them, geriatric experts warn.

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U.S. life expectancy drops as opioid deaths surge

The opioid epidemic continues to chip away at the average American life span, federal health officials reported Thursday.

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Holiday chocolates no treat for dogs

Holidays, and all of the chocolate goodies that come with the celebrations, can be particularly dangerous for dogs, researchers warn.

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Marriage may make heart disease a little less dangerous

All things being equal, an unmarried heart patient may face a higher risk of death than a married heart patient, new research suggests.

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Cancer survivors often face another hurdle: faster aging

Treatments that help people beat cancer also can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report.

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FDA approves gene therapy for rare form of blindness

A new gene therapy to treat children and adults with a rare type of inherited vision loss has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Stamping 'smoking kills' on cigarettes may keep teens from the habit

A grim reminder -- "Smoking Kills" -- emblazoned right on a cigarette may help young people avoid the deadly habit.

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Flu vaccine could work as well as last year's shot: study

As the flu barrels across the United States, the good news is that this year's vaccine may work better than many expected.

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Live close to a gym? You're probably a bit trimmer

When it comes to staying fit, research suggests it really is about location, location, location.

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Spoon-feeding not necessarily safer for infants

When babies are ready to eat solid foods, those who feed themselves some finger foods are no more likely to choke than babies who are spoon-fed, new research found.

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Decline in antibiotic use in livestock isn't enough, critics say

Sales of antibiotics for use in U.S. livestock fell in recent years but still remain too high, according to the National Resources Defense Council.

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Race, age bias common in U.S. medical care: survey

Nearly 20 percent of older people who've sought care for chronic illness say they experienced discrimination in the U.S. health system, a new study reports.

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Graphic anti-smoking ads can backfire on kids

Graphic anti-tobacco posters intended to deter young people from buying cigarettes might actually have the opposite effect.

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Drug may help surgical patients stop opioids sooner

Opioid painkillers after surgery can be the first step toward addiction for some patients. But a common drug might cut the amount of narcotics that patients need, a new study finds.

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Drinking more wine these days? Your glass may be to blame

Wonder why people seem to be drinking more these days? Perhaps it's the size of their wine glass.

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Rain may not cause achy joints after all

Many people insist their joints ache more when it rains. But that popular notion might be all wet, a new study suggests.

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Are men just 'babies' when they get the flu? Maybe not

As winter rolls into town, so does the flu and all its miserable symptoms.

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Health care workers mixed on using medical marijuana in kids

When it comes to kids with cancer, most health care providers who care for them say they'd help their patients get medical marijuana.

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Tried to quit but still smoking? Help's on the way

When it comes to kicking the smoking habit, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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Is there a best time of day for exercise?

Many studies have tried to pinpoint the best time of day to exercise for peak performance and best results. But most of these studies were designed for elite athletes.

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Just a little weight loss may cut breast cancer risk

It's never too late for women to lose weight to lower their breast cancer risk, a new study suggests.

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Moms' soda habit in pregnancy may boost kids' odds for asthma

Kids are more likely to develop asthma if their moms chug sugary drinks during pregnancy, a new study suggests.

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Have eczema? No need for bleach baths, study suggests

Bathing in water is just as effective for the treatment of eczema as bathing in a bleach solution, a new review of previous research indicates.

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Creating your family health tree

A family health history can be key to your wellness.

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Genes start mutating soon after life begins, study finds

Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered.

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As hearing fades with age, dementia risk may rise

Age can often bring a loss of hearing, and for some, mental decline in the form of dementia. But are the two linked?

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Gene therapy may allow hemophilia patients to go without meds

Gene therapy has helped 10 men with a form of the bleeding disorder hemophilia produce a critical blood clotting factor. This could eliminate the need for tedious and costly standard treatments, researchers report.

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Tough flu season ahead: vaccine may only be 10 percent effective

There's bad news about this year's flu vaccine.

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Smokers 10 times more likely to use pot daily

A strong link exists between smoking and daily marijuana use, with U.S. smokers 10 times more likely to use pot every day, a new study says.

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Later school start times do help kids feel rested: study

Later school start times could help teens get the amount of sleep they need, according to a new study.

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For teens, vaping today may lead to smoking tomorrow

The e-cigarette may not be just a "healthier alternative" to smoking for teens. New research shows that teens who vape may be more apt to use tobacco cigarettes later on.

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Steep rise in deaths for people hospitalized after opioid OD

The death rate has quadrupled among people whose opioid use lands them in a hospital, a new U.S. study finds.

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People with epilepsy may gain from common sleep apnea treatment

It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy.

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Flu can have dangerous domino effect on older adults

Even months after recovering from the flu, older people remain at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke or disability, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases warns.

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Do receding hairlines mean receding heart health in men?

Preliminary research hints -- but cannot prove -- that men who lose their hair relatively early in life might be at heightened heart risk.

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Newborns in pain might not show it

Just because your newborn isn't a crybaby doesn't mean he doesn't feel pain, new research suggests.

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Could your coffee habit lengthen your life?

Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is not only safe for most people, it might protect against heart disease or an early death, a new review suggests.

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Patients more prone to complain about younger doctors

Patients apparently are more likely to complain about younger doctors. Case in point: ophthalmologists.

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60 percent of U.S. kids could be obese by age 35

The majority of children growing up in America today will be obese by age 35, a new computer analysis predicts.

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New migraine drugs show promise

Two new migraine drugs have shown promise in late-stage clinical trials.

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Intense workouts may boost memory

Pump up your workouts, pump up your memory, new research suggests.

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Patients react poorly when docs say 'no'

Patients used to see doctors as kindly-but-firm professionals -- experts who knew what they were talking about and whose advice should be heeded, even if it wasn't necessarily welcome.

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Pot may alter brain function of some with HIV

Using marijuana when you have HIV could lead to problems with brain function if you also abuse alcohol or drugs, a new study finds.

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Bullied teens more likely to take weapons to school

Bullied teens are twice as likely to take weapons such as guns or knives to school, a new study reveals.

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For seniors, any physical activity is better than none

Don't try saying you're too or too busy to exercise, especially after that calorie-laden Thanksgiving dinner.

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Who's most distracted behind the wheel?

Texting, talking on cellphones, eating, drinking -- distractions such as these are a driving hazard, and are more likely to occur among young men, new research shows.

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Everything you need to know about exercise and hydration

Working up a good sweat when you exercise lets you know you're working hard, but it's also a sign that you're losing water -- water that needs to be replaced.

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Insulin pill may delay type 1 diabetes in some

It's often said that timing is everything. New research suggests this may be true when giving an insulin pill to try to prevent or delay type 1 diabetes.

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Almost 21 million worldwide now have access to HIV meds

The number of people with HIV who take life-saving antiretroviral medications has increased by tens of millions worldwide in recent decades, a United Nations report says.

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Spread joy, not foodborne illness, for Thanksgiving

Though foodborne illness can put a quick end to Thanksgiving festivities, that need not be the case, food safety experts say.

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Opioid crisis hitting boomers, millennials hardest

The U.S. opioid epidemic seems to be taking its biggest toll on the baby boomer and millennial generations, a new study suggests.

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Report: industry hid decades-old study showing sugar's unhealthy effects

Big Sugar seems to have copied the Big Tobacco playbook, a new report contends.

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How to spot an eating disorder

Eating disorders are common in the United States. But they're hard to identify and tough to fix.

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Babies start connecting words early on

Babies apparently have a better understanding of adults' language than you might think.

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Shaming overweight kids only makes things worse

Overweight kids who are shamed or stigmatized are more likely to binge eat or isolate themselves than to make positive changes such as losing weight, a leading pediatricians' group says.

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How to spot the virus that puts some babies in the hospital

Is your baby's stuffy nose and cough just a cold or something more serious?

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Obamacare may have helped more Americans quit smoking

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a greater increase in low-income adults who quit smoking than did states that did not expand Medicaid, a new study found.

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CDC wants America to eat its fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables can be delicious and nutritious -- but too many Americans are still passing them by, a new report finds.

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Calm parents help calm kids with ADHD

As challenging as it can be to raise a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research offers biological evidence that calm, positive parenting may help these kids master their own emotions and behaviors

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'Boomers' doing better at avoiding eye disease of aging

Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss in older Americans. But new research shows that baby boomers are somehow avoiding the illness at higher rates than their parents did.

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U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for health care compared to other countries

It's often no fun getting old in America: A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

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Cardiac arrest rare in young athletes but tough to predict

Young athletes have a very low risk of suffering a fatal cardiac arrest -- and most of those tragic cases probably cannot be predicted, new research suggests.

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Is meth use destroying vets' hearts?

Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report.

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Can treating gum disease keep blood pressure in line?

Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research.

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Uninsured heart patients often face daunting bills

A life-threatening heart emergency can spell financial doom for people who don't have health insurance, a pair of new studies shows.

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Definition of high blood pressure drops

Nearly half of all adult Americans will be considered to have high blood pressure under new guidelines issued Monday by the nation's top heart health organizations.

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Healthier diet, less salt: the recipe to beat high blood pressure

Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows.

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Binge-watchers, beware: long tv time poses clot risk

If you love to while away a weekend watching a season's worth of episodes from a favorite TV series, you may inadvertently put yourself at risk for developing a dangerous blood clot.

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Menus with calorie counts seem to be paying off

Requiring calorie counts on menus may pay off in the war on obesity.

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Switching to whole grain foods could trim your waistline

Put down that forkful of perfectly twirled white spaghetti, and grab a plate of whole grain pasta instead.

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Does your pet have a weight problem? Here's how to tell

Cats with diabetes, dogs with cancer, birds with high cholesterol or even rabbits who cannot turn around to clean themselves -- what do these animals all have in common?

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Smog may harm your bones, too

Exposure to air pollution can increase the risk for osteoporosis and broken bones in older adults, a new U.S. study suggests.

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Risk of breast cancer's return can linger for decades

Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows.

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A dangerous new twist on cyberbullying

As if the idea of teen cyberbullying isn't harrowing enough, a new study warns of a strange twist in which kids anonymously post hurtful messages -- to themselves.

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Even light drinking may raise your cancer risk

Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

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Yoga may give lung cancer patients, caregivers a boost

For advanced lung cancer patients, yoga appears to help improve their overall physical function, stamina and mental health.

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Older women can 'walk away from the grim reaper'

Ladies, slip on your sneakers and walk briskly every day, and you might prolong your life.

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Abusing pot, booze lowers teens' chances for success in life

The American dream of success is a lot harder to attain for teenagers who use pot and alcohol, especially if they become substance abusers, a new study reports.

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Cord blood therapy for cerebral palsy shows promise

For a child with spastic cerebral palsy, simply grasping a toy may be impossible. But infusions of their own umbilical cord blood might make basic movements like this easier, researchers say.

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About half of Americans get health care in ER

When Americans need medical care, almost one in two people choose the emergency room, a new study reveals.

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What exercise regimen is best for healthy weight loss in seniors?

Seniors who want to lose weight should hit the weight room while they cut calories, a new study suggests.

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Are artery-opening stents for chest pain a waste of time?

With findings that some experts believe could change cardiovascular care, a new study suggests that the placebo effect of stents in heart patients with chest pain may be far more pronounced than thought.

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Gene therapy, new drug battle a rare but deadly disease in kids

Babies born with a previously untreatable degenerative nerve disease now have two fresh sources of hope for their future.

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'Drug courts,' treatment focus of new White House opioid strategy

Steering opioid addicts toward treatment programs instead of prisons, while tightening federal policies on opioid prescribing, could curb the opioid epidemic, President Donald Trump's opioid crisis commission said Wednesday.

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Alcoholic parent may sow seeds for teen dating violence

Having an alcoholic parent may increase the risk that a teen will commit dating violence, researchers say.

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Are some heartburn meds tied to stomach cancer?

Popping certain heartburn drugs like they're candy might up your odds for stomach cancer, new research suggests.

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Kids' high blood pressure often overlooked

One in every 30 children in the United States has high blood pressure. Now, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics may help doctors screen children 3 years and older for the condition.

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Belly fat widens odds of emergency surgery troubles

Excess belly fat dramatically increases the risk of complications and death after emergency surgery, a new study finds.

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Gene therapy may fight brain cancer's return

A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer.

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Botox may offer new hope for young migraine sufferers

Botox injections may help bring relief to children suffering from migraines, a small study suggests.

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Is successful heart surgery all in the timing?

Planning to have open heart surgery anytime soon? You might want to ask your cardiologist to book an afternoon slot in the OR.

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Trump declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency

In his first major speech Thursday on the opioid epidemic in the United States, President Donald Trump declared the crisis a public health emergency.

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A boy, two magnets -- and a trip to the ER

Proving yet again that kids will try almost anything when you're not watching, one European 11-year-old wedged two small magnetized disks up his nostrils -- causing serious medical issues, his doctors report.

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