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Opioid Abuse Rises When Prescriptions Are Renewed

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:15

The new study included more than 560,000 people who were prescribed opioids such as OxyContin or Percocet after surgery. None had a history of recent or chronic opioid use.

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Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:15

The test detects so-called "circulating tumor cells" (CTCs). Researchers tested it on 620 people in Taiwan who were scheduled for a routine colonoscopy at a local hospital.

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Grind Your Teeth at Night? Botox Might Help

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:15

The condition, called bruxism, can lead to pain, headaches, jaw problems and damaged teeth.

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Morning Sickness Drug May Not Work: Study

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:15

The drug, Diclegis, failed to meet minimum effectiveness goals in the clinical trial relied upon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its approval in 2013, Canadian researchers reported.

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Cycling Won't Sabotage a Man's Sex Life: Study

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:15

The new research on men surveyed 2,774 cyclists, 539 swimmers and 789 runners. All completed several research-validated questionnaires about sexual health, prostate symptoms, urinary tract infections, genital numbness and saddle sores, among other factors.

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Parents, Be Warned About Button Batteries: Doctor

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:20

When a doctor in the Netherlands tweeted this stark X-ray shot of a “button” or “disk” battery lodged in a child’s esophagus, people took notice. Her post has been retweeted more than 8,000 times since early January.

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Reduce BAC Limit to Cut Drunk Driving Deaths

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:15

All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported.

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Don't Rely on Just One BP Test for Kids: Study

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:15

They found that nearly 25 percent of children and teens who had their blood pressure checked by their primary care doctor had readings in the high range, but less than half of those readings were confirmed when their blood pressure was checked again.

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Creativity May Rely on 'Teamwork' in the Brain

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:15

For eons, researchers have wondered what sets the da Vincis, Shakespeares and Einsteins apart. Results from this new study offer more evidence to debunk the popular notion that creativity is a "right brain" activity.

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Jane Fonda Has Cancerous Growth Removed From Lip

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:51

The 80-year-old downplayed the situation and noted that she received a clean bill of health, NBC News reported.

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FDA Works to Ease Storm-related IV Bag Shortage

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 06:43

The agency is also monitoring the recent practice of filling new, but empty, IV bags with fluids to deal with the shortage.

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Trump in 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health, Doctor Says

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:15

The annual four-hour medical exam took place Friday and involved 12 specialty consultants, Jackson noted. He added that none of the results of the exam had been omitted from mention at the news briefing.

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CVS: No More Photo Touchups in Beauty Product Ads

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:51

If suppliers use altered photos in their marketing materials, they will be labeled.

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Weight-Loss Surgery's Benefits Wane for Diabetics

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:15

The study began with 120 patients with type 2 diabetes from the United States and Taiwan. Half underwent weight-loss surgery while the other half had only lifestyle interventions.

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Brain Zaps May Help Curb Tics of Tourette Syndrome

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:15

The procedure, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), improved tic severity by nearly half in 171 patients with uncontrolled Tourette symptoms at 31 hospitals in 10 countries.

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Can Crystals Heal? Separating Facets from Facts

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:38

Do alternative therapies really work?

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Breast-Feed Now, Stave Off Diabetes Later

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:15

In babies, breast-feeding has been linked to a reduced risk for infections, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, some cancers and childhood overweight and obesity.

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To-Do List Before Bedtime Prompts Better Sleep

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:15

The lab study included 57 university students who took five minutes before going to bed to either write down what they needed to do over the next few days, or to list the tasks they had completed during the previous few days.

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Sauna May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:15

On average, the study found, sauna users saw a drop in blood pressure and artery "stiffness" immediately after their heat bath. They also showed an increase in heart rate that was similar to the effect from moderate exercise.

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Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:15

Spontaneous rupture of the back of the throat is rare and usually caused by trauma, explained the authors of the report, published Jan. 15.

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