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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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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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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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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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