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Vacation Weight Gain Can Lead to 'Creeping Obesity,' Study Finds

Along with souvenirs, there's a good chance you'll return from your vacation with some extra weight, new research suggests. The study looked at 122 American adults, aged 18 to 65, who went on vacations ranging from one to three weeks between March and August. Sixty-one percent gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds, and...

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Health Highlights: Feb. 5, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nearly 13 Million People Sign Up for Obamacare in 2016 About 12.7 million Americans are signed up for Obamacare in 2016, the White House says. That number includes people who signed up for individual private coverage or renewed their insurance for...

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NFL Linemen Keep Growing, Putting Their Health at Risk, Experts Say

As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers gear up for Sunday's Super Bowl 50 showdown, many may be focused on the potential dangers of concussion, but that's not the only health risk football players face. Concern about the size of players -- especially linemen -- has been growing along with the players' waistlines. And some researchers are now suggesting...

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Texting After Dark May Harm Teens' Sleep, Grades

Instant messaging can be a source of emotional support for teens and help them collaborate on school projects, but new research shows that texting after the lights go out takes a toll on students' sleep quality and academic performance. "We need to be aware that teenagers are using electronic devices excessively and have a unique physiology," study...

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Super Bowl Foods Can Be a Win, Win: Healthy and Delicious

Super Bowl Sunday is as much about eating as it is about whether the Panthers or the Broncos score the first touchdown. Commonly served Super Bowl snacks, however, are often loaded with calories, fat and salt, cautioned Dana Angelo White, a clinical assistant professor of athletic training and sports medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. But...

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Many Donor Livers for Sickest Patients Rejected, Study Finds

It's common for transplant centers to reject donor livers for the sickest patients on the transplant waiting list, a new study suggests. That means those patients have a higher risk of death while they wait for a lifesaving transplant, the researchers found. The new study reviewed 23,000 donor liver offers to 13,255 U.S. patients on the liver transplant...

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Health Tip: Chickenpox Can Be Dangerous

-- Chickenpox is notoriously contagious, and for some people it can be very dangerous. Women who are pregnant, young children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk of complications. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these potential complications of chickenpox: Pneumonia, blood poisoning...

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CDC: Black Americans With HIV Still Less Likely to Get Ongoing Medical Care

While HIV diagnoses dropped significantly over the past decade in the United States, blacks with HIV are less likely than whites or Hispanics to receive routine, ongoing care, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2005 to 2014, annual HIV diagnoses fell 19 percent in the United States. Infections among black women dropped...

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Breast Cancer Survivors Vulnerable for Thyroid Tumors, and Vice Versa: Study

Women who survive breast or thyroid cancer are linked to an increased risk for the other, according to a new analysis. University of Chicago researchers who reviewed 37 published studies found breast cancer survivors were 1.55 times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than women who hadn't had breast cancer. And, female thyroid cancer survivors were...

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Wildfires May Boost Ozone Levels in Cities: Study

Wildfire smoke may boost levels of dangerous ozone air pollution, researchers report. Colorado State University scientists analyzed data collected over nearly 10 years at hundreds of air monitoring sites across the United States. They found that ozone levels were higher on days when there was wildfire smoke in the air than on days without the smoke. This...

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Can the U.S. Win the War On Opioids?

Remember the “War on Drugs”? This may conjure images of Mexican drug lords, packages of smuggled cocaine, or clandestine DEA agents. But now we all know that the real bandit is found right in our own home — in our bathroom medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people in the […]

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FDA Flashback: The Top Five New Drug Approvals From 2015

This past year close to 100 new drugs were FDA-approved, so it’s encouraging to look back and see the progress that’s been made as 2015 ends. In fact, more than 40 novel drugs, including a new drug class for patients with high cholesterol, a first-time biosimilar, a life-saving heart failure drug, and a controversial agent to […]

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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