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Sleep Loss May Be Tied to Raised Diabetes Risk in Teen Boys

Teen boys who get too little of a particular type of sleep may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The research focused on "slow-wave sleep" -- an important stage of sleep that helps people store memories and recover after sleep deprivation. This type of sleep is also associated with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol...

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Health Tip: If You're a Diabetes Caregiver

-- Being a diabetes caregiver is a tough but rewarding job. Just like many responsibilities, it takes training and practice to do it well. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Learn as much as you can about the disease. Depend on your loved one's care team for advice and guidance. Don't make too many big changes at once. Make small changes...

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CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

U.S. health officials are shipping test kits for the Zika virus to health departments around the country. They are to be used by pregnant women returning from Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus may be to blame for severe birth defects. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also recommending that pregnant women avoid those...

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Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?

Patients with the leading form of lung cancer may be able to look to Coca-Cola Classic to solve a common medicinal challenge, new research suggests. As the Dutch scientists explain it, the effectiveness of the powerful lung cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib) depends on the pH level of the stomach. But many people on Tarceva must also take a proton pump...

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Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Barry Manilow Suffers Complications After Emergency Oral Surgery Barry Manilow canceled performances this week after developing complications from emergency oral surgery. The 72-year-old musician returned home to Los Angeles after a performance...

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Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table

-- While it may be easier to change a baby's diaper while up high on a changing table, there are risks with having baby at that height. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Choose a changing table that is sturdy and has a guard rail at least 2 inches high all the way around. Look for a table that is concave in the middle to help prevent...

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Gene Discovery Could Point to New Lyme Disease Test: Study

A distinctive genetic signature in people with Lyme disease could lead to new ways to diagnose the illness, scientists report. This gene signature occurs in the white blood cells of people infected with the tick-borne bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to the researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Johns Hopkins...

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Reliable Weight-Loss Programs May Be Hard to Find: Study

For people who need to lose a lot of weight, it might be tough to find a program in their community that meets nationally recommended guidelines for shedding pounds, researchers suggest. In a new study, almost 200 weight-loss programs were evaluated on whether they included five key standards: high-intensity intervention of at least 14 sessions in...

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New Mental Challenges Can Sharpen Aging Brain: Study

New mental challenges might help your mind stay sharp as you age, according to a small study. The research, from the University of Texas at Dallas, included 39 older adults who were randomly assigned to high- or low-mental challenge groups or to a control group. Those participants in the high-challenge group spent at least 15 hours a week for 14 weeks...

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Women With Asthma May Be Prone to Fertility Problems: Study

Women with asthma may take longer to get pregnant and have a lower pregnancy rate than those without the lung disease, new research suggests. The study included 245 women, aged 23 to 45, who had unexplained fertility problems and were undergoing fertility treatment. Ninety-six of the women had been diagnosed with asthma. The women were followed until...

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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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