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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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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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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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A stressed life may mean a wider waistline

Days filled with stress and anxiety may be upping your risk of becoming overweight or obese, British researchers say.

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Lower back disk surgeries may benefit all ages

People of all ages seem to benefit from surgery for a slipped or bulging ("herniated") disk in the lower back, a new study suggests.

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No, your cat isn't a threat to your mental health

Cat owners can breathe a sigh of relief: Your feline's litter box likely won't put your family's mental health at risk.

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For stroke survivors, exercise is good for the brain: Review

A structured exercise program can help stroke survivors recover not only physically but mentally as well, a new review says.

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U.S. life expectancy may rise to over 80 by 2030

By 2030, American women will live an average of more than 83 years, while men may reach an average of 80, a new study estimates.

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Don't skip veggies in winter

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't eat fresh, healthy foods.

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Flu vaccine a pretty good match for viruses this year: CDC

It's not perfect, but this year's flu vaccine is a fairly good match for the circulating viruses, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

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'Love hormone' helps dads and babies bond

The "love hormone" oxytocin may program fathers to bond with their young children, a new study suggests.

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Cutting salt a health boost for kidney patients

Encouraging people with kidney disease to reduce their salt intake may help improve blood pressure and cut excess fluid retention, at least for a while, a new study suggests.

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Hey fellas, depression can strike new dads, too

(HealthDay News) -- Depression in and just after pregnancy is most often associated with moms-to-be, but a new study shows expectant dads can have similar symptoms.

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Geneticists get to the roots of hair loss in men

Gene research may offer a glimmer of hope for men challenged by that bane of aging -- male-pattern baldness.

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Dealing with diabetes distress

People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly -- and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times.

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Imaging study confirms brain differences in people with adhd

Researchers who pinpointed brain differences in people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say their findings show the condition should be considered a brain disorder.

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Trump administration rolls out new obamacare rules

Seeking to calm the nerves of jittery health insurance companies, the Trump administration on Wednesday rolled out tougher enrollment rules for the health care reform program known as Obamacare.

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Immunotherapy not a quick fix for hay fever

Immunotherapy -- often in the form of allergy shots -- can combat the runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure of persistent hay fever. 

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Screen time and teen time

A new study challenges the widely held belief that spending a lot of time playing video games, using the computer or watching TV is harmful for teens.

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Some partners need extra loving this valentine's day

The best gift you can give a stressed or depressed partner this Valentine's Day is extra love and support, researchers say.

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The best place to find your valentine

If you're still searching for your perfect Valentine, maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places.

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Be your child's valentine

Valentine's Day is two days away, and it's a great day to show your kids a little extra loving, child health experts say.

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Eczema may leave some flu shots less effective, study finds

It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin.

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What's next for the obamacare insurance exchanges?

Americans who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces could have fewer health plan choices and face new enrollment hurdles and cost pressures in 2018, health policy analysts say.

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Do older guys always prefer younger women? Maybe not

The stereotype that older men are usually attracted to much younger women may not fully reflect reality, a new study suggests.

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Winning the veggie wars with kids

For every parent who's ever pleaded with their young child to eat "just one more bite," a nutrition expert says there are ways to get kids to eat and even enjoy vegetables.

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Naps may sharpen a preschooler's language skills

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Learning new words can be a challenge for any preschooler, but kids who take naps may have an advantage when it comes to developing language skills, a new study suggests.

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Whole-grain foods may help you stay slim

Switching to whole-grain foods might help keep your weight in check as much as a brisk 30-minute daily walk would, a new study suggests.

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Could night shifts, heavy lifting impair a woman's fertility?

Women who work night shifts or do heavy physical labor may be somewhat less fertile than other women, new research suggests.

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A plug instead of a snip for male birth control?

A new gel-based vasectomy has proven effective in a group of monkeys, raising hopes it could one day provide a permanent but easily reversible male contraceptive option in humans.

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Terminally ill obese people less likely to get hospice care

Obesity affects many facets of life, and now a new study suggests that carrying a great deal of extra weight also may affect the way a person dies.

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U.S. doctors trained overseas have slightly better patient outcomes

Death rates are lower for older Americans treated by doctors trained in other countries than by those who went to a U.S. medical school, a new study reports.

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2.5 million U.S. women have condition that can cause infertility

About 2.5 million American women have had pelvic inflammatory disease, an often-symptomless infection of the reproductive tract that can cause infertility and lasting abdominal pain, a new U.S. government report shows.

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U.S. high school kids abandoning sweetened sodas

There's good news when it comes to American teens' diets, with more high school kids saying no to sodas and other sweetened beverages, researchers say.

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Laundry detergent pods linked to eye burn danger in kids

Liquid laundry detergent pods may be convenient, but young children are suffering vision-threatening burns from the chemicals inside them in increasing numbers, a new study finds.

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10,000 U.S. seniors die within week of er discharge every year: Study

Each year, about 10,000 generally healthy U.S. Medicare patients die within seven days of discharge from a hospital emergency department, a new study contends.

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Sleepless nights linked to asthma later in life

Insomnia may increase adults' risk of asthma, a new study suggests.

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Brain scans let 'locked-in' als patients communicate

Brain imaging enabled four severely "locked-in" patients -- all conscious and aware but unable to communicate -- to answer yes-and-no questions, researchers report.

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Tamer version of youth football looks to address safety concerns

In a bid to stem declining participation in youth tackle football leagues, USA Football said it plans to introduce a much tamer version of the game for young players.

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Even a little exercise can help with arthritis, study says

Just a little physical activity seems to go a long way toward helping older adults with arthritis remain able to do daily tasks, a new study finds.

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Flu hospitalizations, Deaths increasing: CDC

Although this year's flu season appears to be an average one so far, more hospitalizations are being reported and deaths are increasing, federal health officials reported Friday.

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Ways to stay active in winter

Adults should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day -- even in the depths of winter, a leading group of dietary and nutrition professionals advises.

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1 in 4 u.s. adults, 1 in 10 teens use tobacco

Despite the dangers, many American adults and teens still use tobacco products, a new study finds.

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Slim but sedentary: Risk of prediabetes may rise

Here's yet another reason to get off the couch: Inactivity is associated with greater risk of prediabetes, even for healthy-weight adults, a new study finds.

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Joints that make those popping or cracking sounds

If you've ever heard a loud pop as you bent down to pick something up, you'll be relieved to know that it's normal for your joints to make popping and cracking noises.

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Lack of exercise might invite dementia

Parking yourself in front of the TV may make you as likely to develop dementia as people genetically predisposed to the condition, a Canadian study suggests.

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Majority of primary care docs oppose repeal of Obamacare: Survey

A majority of primary care doctors oppose full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Fitter seniors may have healthier brains

Good heart and lung fitness can benefit older adults' brains, researchers report.

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High-tech blood sugar monitors may help people with type 1 diabetes

A continuous glucose monitor helps people with type 1 diabetes who need insulin shots every day manage their blood sugar levels safely, two new studies suggest.

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Gestational diabetes a risk factor for postpartum depression: Study

Gestational diabetes and a previous bout of depression can increase a first-time mother's risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests.

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U.S. deaths from cervical cancer may be underestimated

The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States may be higher than previously believed, and the risk is greatest among older and black women, a new study finds.

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Childhood asthma may encourage obesity, study suggests

A young child with asthma has a greater risk of obesity than one without the chronic respiratory condition, a new study suggests.

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Skin cancer cream linked to 5 dog deaths:FDA

Five dogs have died from exposure to a skin cancer cream prescribed for people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Study ties inflammation, gut bacteria to type 1 diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes show changes in their digestive system that aren't seen in people who don't have the autoimmune disease, a new Italian study finds.

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Screen time may not be so bad for teens after all

Teens who log hours of screen time every day -- on video games, smartphones, computers, TV and the like -- may not be doing themselves any harm, a new study suggests.

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MRIs might help guide preemies' neurological care

MRI scans shortly after birth might help determine which premature babies have sustained a brain injury that will affect their development, a new study reports.

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Incentives may spur poor families to buy more fruits, veggies

A quick chat with low-income families about financial incentives to eat more fruits and vegetables increased consumption of these items, U.S. researchers say.

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Postpartum depression affects new dads, too

Men can also suffer from postpartum depression after their baby is born.

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Why winter weather brings more flu

Winter's first chill may bring an unwelcome guest: flu outbreaks, a new study says.

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Irs reminds millions about fines for not signing up for obamacare

Even as Republicans in Congress race to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is reminding millions of Americans they still need to sign up soon for health insurance if they don't want to pay fines.

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Watching others 'vape' may trigger urge to smoke

A type of e-cigarette called a vape pen can trigger the urge to smoke among young adults as much as seeing someone smoke cigarettes, a new study contends.

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House joins senate in bid to repeal obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday afternoon to join the Senate in passing a measure to protect efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from a possible Senate filibuster.

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Flu tightens its hold on the nation

The pace of flu activity continues to quicken across the United States, and probably hasn't peaked yet.

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Common viruses a deadly threat at nursing homes

Common viruses pose a serious threat in nursing homes, often sabotaging standard infection control measures, a new case study suggests.

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Cold-weather foot care key for diabetics

Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns.

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How to spot a common, potentially dangerous, childhood illness

Nearly all children get respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by age 2. But just because the infection is common doesn't mean it should be taken lightly, one nursing specialist warns.

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High blood pressure often undiagnosed, untreated

Half of people tested at mobile clinics were unaware they had a condition that's often referred to as a "silent killer" -- high blood pressure, a new Canadian study reveals.

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Government-backed salt reduction efforts could deliver big health pay day

Government-supported policies to reduce people's salt consumption are highly cost-effective worldwide, a new study reports.

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Can teeth repair themselves without fillings?

Teeth might someday repair themselves using their own stem cells -- eliminating the need for conventional fillings, researchers report.

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